Exterior Doors


A truly beautiful exterior door is a bold expression of architectural style and the owner’s personality. Typically, the first material that comes to mind is wood. But high-quality, handcrafted fiberglass is equally up to the task, especially in demanding climates. JELD-WEN® IWP® Aurora® fiberglass exterior doors, for example, are virtually indistinguishable from real wood.

Your choice of brand has implications for various parts of the operation. Builders are loyal to brands that offer the features, benefits and durability they require. With doors and windows, most settle on one or two brands that meet their price and performance specs, and that offer strong warranties they know the dealer and manufacturer will stand behind. When deciding which brands to align with, large-volume builders obviously want a breadth of product that will serve them across all their home models without adding unneeded complexity. To simplify the specification process, they may opt for a base product with various options in glass grille patterns, so they can use it in different neighborhoods with different styles. This type of consistency also pays off in the sales process. “By sticking with a few trusted brands you’re better able to explain their features, benefits and advantages to the buyer,” says Scott Alden, a…

JELD-WEN Style Collections guide customers to the perfect doors and windows to get the style they’re after. When the time comes for homeowners to select windows and doors for their new home or remodel, it’s possible for them to have too many options. With e-commerce sites, Pinterest, Instagram, and design blogs presenting endless possibilities involving the style, colors, features, and finishes for windows and doors, it’s easy for customers to get overwhelmed. JELD-WEN created four thoughtfully curated Whole Home Style Collections—Farmhouse, Coastal, Updated Traditional, and Simply Modern—to help homeowners discover the doors and windows designed to bring these popular styles to their homes.

Large-opening door systems with outstanding building envelope performance Materials science has helped power the thermal performance of our homes to new heights of efficiency. The rise of evolving residential building and energy codes, above-code standards such as passive house, and state initiatives like California’s Title 24 demonstrate how far and fast building envelope design has advanced over the last 20 years. Exterior wall assemblies have never been tighter, drier, or more energy conserving. U-factors, R-values, and other energy rating metrics continue to improve as materials science finds new ways to enhance cladding, sheathing, air/moisture barriers, and insulation. So it’s ironic that one of the housing industry’s most popular trends today is to replace a vast portion of the exterior wall assembly with a large opening door system. There was a time when a large expanse of glass meant compromising building envelope efficiency. Today innovations in material science and manufacturing help building pros achieve their aesthetic…

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