In the past, darker window frames were limited to painted wood, aluminum, aluminum-clad, or composite material frames due to the higher price point. Affordable, low-maintenance materials such as vinyl were limited to white and tan because of the colors’ low reflectivity and resistance to heat build-up from sun exposure. However, advances in vinyl pigments and new, thermal-resistant paints now provide architects with a wider array of dark colored window material options that are more affordable. This course will explore the basic aesthetics and trends of dark colors and provide a detailed discussion of choosing available dark window styles.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine window aesthetics and trends surrounding dark windows for new and existing residential projects.
  • Compare and contrast the manufacturing process, advantages and disadvantages, and ease of dark color application to various window materials.
  • Analyze the challenges and standards relating to heat build-up.
  • Summarize the elements architects need to look for to ensure quality, durability, performance, and customer satisfaction when specifying dark windows.