More and more of us work from home. It’s time to turn the home office into a peaceful, more productive place. Some say the coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed how many of us will go to work. About four percent of the U.S. workforce worked from home through 2019. In 2020, that number skyrocketed to more than 50 percent, a massive test of the work-from-home concept. Experts now say by the end of 2021 up to 30 percent of us will permanently telecommute. The world has changed. Today there’s an increasing need to make the home a professional work environment. That frequently starts with household acoustics. Children, lawn mowers, pets, vehicles, appliances, and music can create a cacophony of noise that can interfere with video conferences, distract from tasks, and slow productivity.
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.
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Critical considerations for choosing windows and doors that meet performance and style requirements The goal of every remodel is to maximize the home’s long-term value while increasing comfort for the homeowner. Today let’s cover how to accomplish that by choosing the right windows and doors. Replacing the windows, for example, can improve energy efficiency with a tighter home envelope. And modern doors are more functional and secure than their older counterparts. Replacing these elements with updated materials and design helps increase curb appeal and the overall home value. How do you choose the right windows and doors for your remodeling project? Here are a few elements to keep in mind:
Home features change with the times, and it is often manufacturing advances that bring prices within a range that more consumers can afford. Large-span glass door systems are having their moment. Long an enviable feature on high-end homes, indoor/outdoor living features are selling well all over the United States and at many price points.
Fire-rated doors help reduce the spread of fire and smoke in a home or building. Both commercial and residential structures can use fire-rated doors. Fire door materials and parts Fire doors can consist of a combination of materials: gypsum, steel, timber, Vermiculite, aluminum and glass. Both the slab and the door frame must meet requirements to earn a fire-rating. The door frame parts include seals, hardware and the structure. On an even more granular level here is a breakdown of elements: Seals An intumescent strip, which expands when exposed to heatGaskets to prevent the passage of smokeNeoprene weatherstripping Door hardware Automatic closing devices or objectsBall-bearing hingesGas sealsPositive latching mechanismsSmoke seals Standards for fire-rated doors If a window is present,it must have a rating as well. Fire-rated glass may contain wire mesh glass, liquid sodium silicate, ceramic glass or borosilicate glass. Wired glass typically withstands the fire. The sodium silicate liquid…