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Window technologies in 2024 — Emerging trends to watch

April 12, 2024

If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards.

An old adage that rings truer than ever in the fenestration industry. 

Windows have come a long way since their invention, and their journey of innovation is one that continues at great pace. 

Keeping on top of the latest trends and emerging technologies is crucial for installers for a number of reasons. 

Knowledge about new products and services can give you a competitive edge in the market. It puts you in a position to offer customers a wider range of options, which can make a big difference when they’re trying to decide which windows best suit their requirements. Demonstrating a superior level of expertise also helps build trust, and shows they can have confidence in your ability to provide a first-class service.

From a practical perspective, keeping up to date with advancements in technology means you have the necessary skills to install these state-of-art systems. 

For anybody concerned their finger isn’t quite on the pulse at the minute – this blog will get you up to speed in no time at all.

8 window trends & emerging technologies to watch in 2024

 

1. Energy efficiency

The importance of energy efficiency is a trend that continues to rise year on year. And 2024 will be no different. With continued uncertainty around energy prices, home and business owners are paying more attention than ever to windows and their energy ratings.

 

2. Sustainability

While reducing household bills is a major factor for a large number of cost-conscious consumers, reducing their carbon footprint is also a growing consideration. The demand for eco-friendly windows shows no sign of slowing down in 2024 with many choosing eco-friendly windows in a bid to contribute to a more sustainable future.

 

3. Soundproof windows

The world isn’t getting any quieter, meaning noise pollution  remains a serious menace (not to mention a genuine health concern) for some homeowners. Advancements in acoustic laminated glass are making it a more affordable and stylish option for those wanting a more peaceful living environment. 

 

4. Solar panel windows

You’ve seen solar panels on roofs, but what about solar panel windows? Solar windows, also known as photovoltaic windows or transparent solar panels, are able to generate electricity from sunlight while allowing light to pass through. This eco-tech is still very much in its early stages, but you’ll be hearing a lot more about it as the year goes on.

 

5. Switchable glass

The future of privacy. Switchable glass, also known as smart glass or dynamic glass, can change its transparency with the touch of a button. Currently used in planes and offices, it’s beginning to find a home in homes. Expect 2024 to be the year where homeowners begin asking about switching to switchable.

 

6. Self-cleaning glass

Low-maintenance solutions are always high up on people’s list of priorities. And self-cleaning glass could be the next household revolution everyone’s soon talking about. While the tech has been around for a while – a dual-action coating that uses daylight and rain to break down and wash away dirt – an expanding market could soon see it become more affordable and readily available.

 

7. Smart locking systems

Powered through mobile and WIFi connectivity, smart locks are the latest in home security technology. The technology may not be commonplace just yet, but it is on the way. Soon, it won’t be long before we have apps telling us when a door or window has been left open, or alerting us if someone has been tampering with the locks.

 

8. Maximising natural light

Moving away from tech for a minute, and focusing on aesthetic appeal; larger window sizes are becoming an increasingly popular choice for people wanting to feel a stronger connection with the outdoors while indoors. Installing large areas of glazing to allow in natural light is a trend that only looks set to grow in 2024.

 

Are current trends here to stay?

We touched on energy efficiency, sustainability and soundproofing in the previous section –  and it’s safe to say that these ‘trends’ are here for the long haul. 

In terms of window systems, PVCU Casement Windows are as popular as ever, and we can’t see that changing anytime soon. Versatile, secure and energy efficient, they suit a wide range of property styles, from traditional to modern, and commercial to residential, so you’re rarely ever going to go a long period of time without discussing their benefits with customers. 
The vintage style never goes out of fashion and FlushSash Windows, with their classic features and modern design, continued to prove a popular choice with people last year. An attractive look on homes of all ages, we’re confident that popularity will only increase in the coming years.

Standout colours are also part of a design trend we don’t see being toned down anytime soon as homeowners look to make a real impression with their properties. 

Whatever colour they or an architect decide to go for, VEKA’s Variations range offers nearly 900 permutations – for all tastes, and trends.

VEKA is here to help

The future of fenestration has never been brighter. But we completely understand how staying up to date with all the latest developments can often feel overwhelming. That’s why we have a dedicated, and highly knowledgeable, support team on hand to help keep you on trend and ahead of the competition. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch – we’re always happy to help.

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