Choose the best material, style, and configuration for your next upgrade

In this post, we’ll address the replacement of windows and patio doors, offering a bit of guidance for homeowners and contractors alike. What are the options? What are the benefits?

Having likely spent more time in your home over the past couple of years, you may have decided to finally tackle some of those overdue projects you now have to look at every day. Windows and patio doors routinely top the list. Updating them can make a huge difference, not only for the aesthetic appeal of your home but also for your wallet.

In this post, we’ll address the replacement of windows and patio doors, offering a bit of guidance for homeowners and contractors alike. As you’ll see, the majority of JELD-WEN® windows can be used for remodeling projects, and we also have specific products available that are designed for true replacements, such as pocket windows or double-hung sash replacement kits.

Experienced DIYers who replace existing windows with pocket windows or sash replacement kits can save as much as 60% on materials, time, and labor costs when compared to traditional window replacements.

Let’s explore the options.

1. Replacing windows

Window technology has improved over the years. For example, even if aging windows are still beautiful, chances are good they might be adding to the electric bill. Replacing old windows with new ENERGY STAR® certified windows increases energy efficiency year-round and brings beauty, ease, and reliability to homes.

Choice matters

Varieties of style and shape mean there is sure to be a window winner for virtually anyone and any home. A key ingredient to consider is the material used to construct the window. Which one is right for your project?

Wood windows — Wood offers a warm, inviting look that can match nearly any home style. Use AuraLast® pine and you’ll enjoy the beauty of natural wood, but without the worry of wood rot. These windows are built to be ready for stain, clear coat, or paint to get the desired look. Plus, they’re easy to take care of.

In answer to the rising demand for wood replacement windows, JELD-WEN offers the Siteline® Pocket and Sash Pack. This series includes double-hung pocket, casement pocket, and sash pack windows and can be used to replace any comparable wood window product. Plus, the windows are manufactured with the same quality, functionality, and aesthetics that have made the original Siteline collection so popular.

The Siteline® Pocket and Sash Pack includes double-hung pocket, casement pocket, and sash pack windows and can be used to replace any comparable wood window product.

Clad-wood windows — This option features beautiful wood inside the home and low-maintenance metal cladding outside to provide extra protection against the elements. The baked-on finish is durable, easy to care for, and available in a variety of colors.

Vinyl windows — Vinyl is available in a wide range of operating types and designs, and it’s remarkably durable, simple to maintain, energy efficient, and reliable. At JELD-WEN, we offer glass breakage coverage as well. 

JELD-WEN® Premium™ Vinyl (V-4500™) windows offer the look of wood windows with the reliable performance and easy maintenance of vinyl, with a wide range of options.

2. Replacing patio doors

Patio doors provide convenient access while creating unimpeded views that flood interior spaces with beautiful natural light. Adding seamless indoor/outdoor functionality to your home can transform how homeowners live and use spaces, from the family room to the kitchen.

Different configurations and styles

Today, the options for patio doors are as varied as the homeowners who use them. They come in a wide range of configurations and styles to suit different architectures and designs. All deliver that welcome connection to the outside in a unique way. Depending on the patio door’s location and your preference, any of these varieties would work well:

JELD-WEN’s award-winning Siteline® Low-Friction Glider® delivers the benefits of a wall system at a price comparable to that of a sliding door.

Which material is right for you?

Choices also abound when it comes to the material used to build the door. Each offers distinct benefits. At JELD-WEN, we’re available to help you pick the one that’s right for your needs.

Wood — Combine lasting performance, innovative technology, and artistic design with wood. JELD-WEN makes wood doors available with AuraLast pine to protect against rot, water damage, and termites.

Fiberglass – Low-maintenance fiberglass resist dents, scuffs, rotting, swelling, and shrinking and offers high-end performance and energy efficiency.

Vinyl – This modern style provides the look of real wood with the durability and performance of vinyl and comes in two- to six-panel options.

Glass options

The glass in patio doors can deliver performance and style, and JELD-WEN offers a wide range of glass options. Simulated divided lites (SDLs) feature grilles permanently attached to both the interior and exterior glass, with metal spacers between the panes of insulating glass to provide design detail. JELD-WEN also creates high-performance options that deliver efficiency while helping reduce our impact on the environment.

Also, check out innovations like ImpactGard® windows and patio doors, which are engineered and tested to stand up to the strong impacts of windborne debris and harsh coastal conditions. Standard and optional Low-E glass choices provide a variety of benefits, including increased energy savings, more comfortable indoor temperatures, less fading of interior furnishings, and reduced condensation.

JELD-WEN® F-2500™ fiberglass folding patio doors bring the contemporary elegance of glass to the forefront while delivering high-end performance and energy efficiency.

Measure and install carefully

It is extremely important to install and finish windows and patio doors correctly. Precise measurements are critical. Explore the installation and finishing videos and documentation for instructions, videos, and more details.

Find your inspiration

To prime your imagination, explore the wide selection of beautifully designed and engineered JELD-WEN windows and JELD-WEN® patio doors.

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Transform any home with JELD-WEN patio doors.

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