For well over 100 years, since the Great Exhibition Crystal Palace was built in 1851, steel framed windows have existed. As a result of the Great Exhibition, which took place at the height of the Industrial Revolution, these windows immediately skyrocketed in popularity and remained in vogue for quite some time, with Frank Lloyd Wright using them often throughout the 1930s. Their appeal did, however, eventually wan and by the time mid-century design came around, steel framed windows were rarely used. In recent years, however, they have started making a comeback. As you read this guide, you will learn how to incorporate steel framed windows into contemporary home design.
The frames are available in dozens of colors
Thanks to modern technology, steel is now available in more than just gray. If you’re looking for a fun way to add a pop of color to your space, consider colorful steel window frames. You can choose from just any imaginable color and can even use these windows as art, of sorts. Some interior designers love creating window walls that use bright steel. These walls are not only functional but eye-catching from both inside and out.
The frames don’t take up much visual space
In order to support the weight of glass panes, wood, and even vinyl, window frames must be fairly substantial in size. Steel frames, however, are so strong that even very thin pieces can hold glass. This is great for homeowners who want to take full advantage of the natural beauty that both North Carolina and South Carolina have to offer. Instead of devoting wall space to bulky frames, choosing steel will allow to have as much window square footage as you possibly can.
The frames can work in nearly any home style
There are few, if any, types of houses that will not work well with the look of steel window frames. Remember, this material has its roots firmly planted in the Industrial Revolution, so they look perfectly authentic in historic homes and lofts, especially those built during the Victorian age. If you have an industrial aesthetic in your home, you can take full advantage of the raw appeal of steel.
However, steel window frames can also complement traditional decor in newer houses. Instead of trying to force these window frames to look like the rest of the home, the best approach is to play-up the fact that they are different. By contrasting them with plush, traditional furnishings, your residence will have a significantly more visual interest than it otherwise would have.
The frames are relatively affordable
Steel window frames are not typically very expensive, making them accessible for nearly all homeowners in our service region. Do remember, though, that you will also have to account for the cost of the glass window panes. It’s a good idea to get several quotes from manufacturers before you make your final decision. Your contractor can help you if needed.
At Hatch Homes, we love transforming houses. If you are thinking about adding steel window frames to your home, you are about to experience a major transformation! Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and to learn more about how we can help you with all of the renovation jobs you’ve been dreaming of having done.