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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.

Increase comfort and efficiency with the right windows A building’s envelope is the physical barrier between the interior and exterior environments. It includes all of the elements that contribute to keeping conditioned indoor spaces dry and comfortable. When thinking about the envelope, the first things that come to mind are the roof, walls, foundation, insulation, and assorted types of waterproofing. However, it’s also important to consider how critical windows are for the durability, energy efficiency, healthiness, and livability of a building. Beyond providing natural light, windows have a central role in keeping moisture, air, and heat outside or inside of the building—depending on the season…

Go beyond code with performance grade Many decisions go into building a home that will survive whatever nature throws at it. Considerations for choosing the windows are often guided by building codes that evolved in response to lessons learned about surviving disasters and extreme weather events. For example, engineers determined that when a hurricane tears the roof off a house, it’s often because windows were breached, letting strong winds in to push the roof up and off from the inside. Even if the roof holds fast, wind-blown rain blasting through a failed window will still cause significant damage. After Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in 1992, generating $27 billion in property damage, new requirements for windows regarding impact resistance and design pressure were added to building codes to help houses survive such disasters. Today’s homeowners increasingly want their homes to not merely survive extreme events, but also to be resilient. According to the Resilient Design Institute, resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It’s the ability to bounce back after a disruption or interruption. A truly…

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:

Homeowners and builders alike are excited about internet-connected controls in homes. But truly smart windows and doors are rolling out at a slower pace. With so many new devices hitting the market for smart home integration, what about smart windows and doors? Though there are many AI possibilities for doors and windows—security system sensors, smart video doorbells, and voice-controlled window shades—fully AI-enabled windows are slower to get to market. The technology for amazing advances in windows and doors is there, but the cost is not yet justified by the potential benefits.

The forecast for windows in the coming year and beyond is big units with an unobstructed viewing field, set in minimal frames of a dark hue. The aesthetic is unabashedly modern, and shapes are square and rectilinear. “I actually think the move towards modern—I use the term to mean clean and unfussy—is here to stay,” says Greenwich, Conn.-based designer and builder Sabine Schoenberg, host of Sabine’s New House. To achieve the large window units that homebuyers want, architects are mulling windows together, sometimes mixing shapes. Corner windows are a trend, says JELD-WEN’s Jennifer Matson. “For larger windows, like in living areas, fixed windows are just fine. We can make an inoperable window larger than one that operates. It just comes down to the weight of the glass.” “Everybody wants more glass and less frame,” says Joe LeFlore, South Florida Millwork vice president. “Bigger is better. I got five plans today…

Windows are one of the most delicate areas of the building envelope, requiring precise installation to prevent moisture intrusion, air infiltration, and energy loss. Today’s trendy, large windows and wide expanses of glass may not require many more steps than traditional units—but the larger the product, the more sensitive the installation. Mike Westfall, senior field support manager for JELD-WEN, shares nine key areas to consider when installing large windows: Building envelope integration. The window must be an integral part of the envelope in order to eliminate or direct air and water from the wall cavity and avoid durability issues. Westfall suggests a complete pre-installation mockup of the window and wall section with input from the full design team.Continuity with the weather resistive barrier. Continuity between the windows and the barrier prevents air, water, and vapor from penetrating around the window. Along with ensuring proper installation, the mockup allows the WRB representative to…

Did you know that most wood windows have at least 70 parts? JELD-WEN’s modern wood windows certainly aren’t the same as those made 50 or even 25 years ago. Wood windows once held the largest market share in the U.S. window industry until vinyl became the preferred material. Wood windows were officially eclipsed by vinyl windows in the 1990s. This happened for several reasons. Vinyl came to be perceived as more durable. The cost effectiveness of the vinyl window also made it popular. However, the modern wood window is gaining market share. The market is expanding rather than deflating, mainly due to the new construction of wood windows. Most of this revolves around treated wood products. Treatments can help the wood resist rot and stand up better to the elements, even termites. The need to create a more durable wood became a critical goal for JELD-WEN, one that was accomplished with the…

It’s what you don’t see that often matters the most Did you know there are parts inside your vinyl windows that, although you’ll never see them, provide security, structure and functionality? When thinking about the anatomy of the vinyl window, you may have heard terms like frame, sill and casing. But there are so many more parts! There are misconceptions surrounding the manufacture of vinyl windows. Many think it’s just a bunch of machines putting the pieces together. Actually, dozens of hands touch every vinyl window, and it’s often the parts you don’t see that make all the difference. What you don’t see The exterior of a vinyl window is mostly standard depending on the type, such as casement or double-hung. There are many ways to customize the exterior of your vinyl window, but you’ll find that how it’s built to perform is one of its best features. The actual…

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