The Evolution of Colored Windows and Doors


When building or renovating their home, homeowners choose everything from light fixtures and hardware, to cabinets and the colors on their walls. All these decisions make the home uniquely theirs. Thanks to new technology, homeowners can now also choose the exterior color of their windows, adding another dimension of customization to their home. Josh Williard, product manager at MI Windows and Doors, knows the task homeowners face when they are building or remodeling. “Windows give homeowners another opportunity to add personality to their homes,” stated Williard. “New technologies are available that allow windows to be transformed with colors that range from dark browns and black to silver and green.”

Homeowners can achieve their desired color through three distinct processes: co-extrusion, lamination, and coating.

Co-extrusion is typically the most expensive process among the three options; however, the color is approximately 450 percent thicker than the average paint layer. During the extrusion process, two colors are extruded simultaneously and layered together, creating a color “cap” on the exterior of the product. This thicker color layer diminishes or eliminates the need for touch-ups.

Lamination provides improvements in aesthetics and offers reflective technology for top performance in high-temperature areas. Laminates are available for both interior and exterior applications and can offer homeowners a satisfying solution when looking for a more traditional bronze aluminum exterior or wood-grain interior look. After the profiles are extruded, they are coated with a high-stick adhesive and the three-layered laminate color is applied by a series of precision rollers and blades. The laminate’s three layers consist of a white, infrared reflective base layer; a pigmented, infrared transparent center layer; and a durable top color layer. Each laminated profile is tested to ensure an adequate seal of the foil before they are used to fabricate a window. “Laminated products have a performed excellently over the past 10 years,” said Williard.

The latest advancement to the world of colored windows comes in the form of coatings.  This state-of-the-art technology combines heat reflective coatings with adhesion-promoting additives and oven-baked application to ensure the paint will maintain color and flexibility while preventing peeling, blistering, and flaking. Vinyl windows are painted after assembly, which allows the manufacturer to offer a variety of colors without having to inventory additional materials.           

MI Windows and Doors recently announced the introduction of a painted exterior program for its 1600 Series replacement windows available throughout the eastern half of the country. Customers can now choose from eight environmentally friendly color options to enhance their home’s curb appeal.

“Today’s homeowners are incredibly style conscious and windows are increasingly becoming an area where they want to display their individualism,” stated Williard. “We’re excited to introduce these new color options so homeowners have the opportunity to express their unique sense of style through the use of our products.”

As homeowners continue to seek ways for their home to stand out, the consumer demand for color will continue to rise. According to Williard, the number of color-coated windows manufactured is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. It is estimated that 16 percent of all vinyl windows manufactured by 2019 will be painted. “The window industry is going to continue to come up with new and even more innovative ideas to provide for the demand,” concluded Williard. “Our color coated program is exciting, and we look forward to seeing how homeowners and builders use our products to enhance their home designs.”

More Helpful Articles

colored glass, MI Windows and Doors

Colored Glass Windows: Your Complete Guide

Colored glass windows are becoming increasingly popular. Learn about the various colored window styles in our latest blog post and get inspired for your project.

window installation, MI Windows and Doors

How to Install a Window: Tips and Tricks from the Pros

Looking to install your new replacement windows yourself? Learn how to install a window and get important tips and tricks in our complete guide.

window installation, companies, MI Windows and Doors

How to Find the Best Window Installation Companies

Need to replace your windows and do not know where to start? Let this guide from MI Windows and Doors walk you through what to look for in the best window installation company.


Vinyl Windows From MI Adorn St. Jude Dream Home® Near Kansas City, Missouri

Located in the chic neighborhood of Reserve at Stoney Creek in Lee’s Summit, Mo., the St. Jude Dream Home® Kansas City is a beautiful new structure that was recently sold at auction to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


New In-Law Suite Brings Grandmother Closer To Family With Superior Windows From MI

Originally dubbed “Providence” by the farmers who emigrated there in the early 18th century from southeast Virginia, the town of Fairfax still provides a heavenly slice of Americana for its 24,000 citizens.


MI’s Vinyl Single-Hung Windows Create Stunning View To Experience Outdoor Pleasure

Viridian Reserve at Hickory is located in the heart of Chesapeake, Virginia


Kitchen Redesign with New MI Windows Helps Bring in the Light for Entertaining

In modern society, we shop, stream movies, and compete in online games with competitors from around the world — all from the comforts of our home.


MI Windows Bring The Light Into Pennsylvania Sunroom With Top-Selling Replacement Windows

Sunrooms – or, as they’re also known, solariums – can denote a certain level of status.

lancaster case study

Upscale Units In Lancaster Boast MI Vinyl Windows With Clay Exterior

Like many medium-sized cities across the country, Lancaster, Pa., is going through a renaissance.

melbourne case study

Tiny House Manufacturer Unveils New Model With MI's Energy-Efficient Windows

A number of factors have combined in the 21st century to create Americans’ current fascination with tiny homes, including the demand for a greener lifestyle and a craving for simpler living.

Add a comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.