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Builders overcome the challenge of restoring historic buildings by replacing deteriorated wood windows with high-tech wood windows that don’t rot and are environmentally friendly. Restoring historic buildings can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to replacing deteriorated wood windows. Dry rot is the main reason why architects and builders need to restore old windows in historic buildings, meaning that new windows need to be able to stand the test of time. Today, builders are finding innovative ways to effectively replace historic windows with high-tech wood windows, which have a specific environmentally friendly treatment process to prevent against wood rot, bending, or insect infestation. This is the first in a four-part blog series that revolves around the design flexibility, aesthetic, and durability of wood windows.

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.

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:

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…

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