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101 Best New Products: Windows & Doors
Our annual report of the top window and door products of the year.
Ultimate Venting Picture Window
Marvin Windows and Doors’ Ultimate Venting Picture Window offers unobstructed views of a traditional picture window, yet is operable for cross ventilation purposes. The window’s sash projects outward to reveal a screened-in opening that vents stagnant air, reduces condensation and keeps out insects. From the exterior view, the window appears closed at all times, providing users a sense of security when opening their windows at night.
The most energy-efficient product line Andersen has ever built, the A-Series meets the latest Energy Star performance criteria and incorporates reclaimed sawdust in the trim system. The line includes double-hung, casement and stationery windows, as well as patio doors — all available in standard and custom sizing, three interior wood species, nine prefinished interiors, 11 standard exterior colors, and a broad choice of accessories and complementary exterior trim to match virtually any architectural style.
Decorative Glass Windows
With the Hy-Lite line of operable Decorative Glass Windows, homeowners can select from operable casement or awning windows in American, Craftsman, Euro, Euro Blue, Brilliance Wrought Iron, and Spring Flower styles. The combined aspect of easy-open windows and Energy Star-qualified energy efficiency options on many of these windows make them a good choice for bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, and bedrooms.
Marvin Interior Doors
The new interior doors from Marvin Entry Doors have the same custom capabilities as entry doors for a complete home package. Made of solid wood, customers can choose any of the seven architectural styles offered. Optional FSC-certified Honduran Mahogany and Cedro Macho can be specified. The swinging interior doors are offered as single and double doors. Editor's note: Marvin no longer produces interior doors. For a full look at Marvin's door offerings, visit www.marvin.com.
ODL’s Energy Star-qualified Tubular Skylights, now with the Solar Powered Dimmer, are ideal for any room in the home where light is limited. Traditional skylights can result in “hot spots” — not so with these tubular models. They also feature the company’s patented Solar Lens Dome, which gathers sunlight even during low-light hours. The two-piece kit makes installation a snap.
Model 980 Impression Collection Door
Overhead Door’s Model 980 Impression Collection Door provides the aesthetic of wood garage doors with the durability and energy efficiency of a fiberglass surface. To create the look of wood grain, the company utilizes Therma-Tru’s patented AccuGrain graining process, which provides a high-definition wood texture. The door is available in 10 colors, three grain finishes, and multiple glass options, as well as with polyurethane, foamed-in insulation that can help cut energy costs and reduce noise.
Key Control Deadbolt
Developed as a cost- and time-saving alternative to traditional master key systems for multi-family applications, Kwikset’s Key Control Deadbolt allows building owners to re-key the cylinder in seconds without removing the lock from the door. The device features a double-cylinder design — a top concealed cylinder is for the property manager and the exposed lower cylinder is for the tenant — that provides quick access for re-keying.
With SecureKey, only a unique reset key can be used to re-key the cylinder. Schlage’s new hardware features the SecureKey cylinder that allows builders and homeowners to re-key the lock in seconds without removing it from the door. This ANSI Grade 1, BHMA-certified cylinder is bump- and pick-resistant.
No Leak Skylight
Velux has new surprises in store for you in the deck-mounted product family, now designated the No Leak Skylight. It carries a 10-year installation warranty (an industry-first) plus 20 years on glass, 10 years on skylights, and five years on blinds and controls. Features include a third layer of water protection, low-e glass, and pre-painted frames and sashes.
Simonton Windows has introduced a variety of popular exterior color options in its Decorum by Simonton line of window and door style solutions, including brick, chocolate, bronze, cream, driftwood, pine, and tan. Homeowners can combine any of these exterior colors with white, tan, and rich antique cherry, maple, and contemporary oak wood grain interior options. Premium hardware finishes in the Decorum line, including brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and polished brass, can be selected to complement and create a customized look.
Fiber-Classic Mahogany Collection
Designed to complement the growing popularity of higher ceilings and grand entryways, Therma-Tru’s Fiber-Classic Mahogany Collection is available in an 8-foot height, along with the traditional 6 foot 8 inches. The doors offer the rich look and warmth of mahogany hardwood, but at a price value compared with premium wood doors. Styles include: craftsman, bungalow, arts and crafts, mission and cottage motifs, as well as Victorian and traditional.
Interior Doors with Lumicor
Simpson’s line of interior wood doors is available with Lumicor decorative acrylic panels. Made with translucent resins and encapsulated materials such as grass, paper, metal, and patterned fabric, Lumicor panels can be specified in place of glass in select interior French door designs. Customers can choose from resin panels with natural, textile, or industrial materials, or create their own custom panel with a combination of items to achieve their desired look and privacy rating.
Architect Series Precision Fit
Pella’s Architect Series Precision Fit casement replacement windows slide into existing window openings, helping to retain surrounding interior trim, wallpaper, paint, or plaster. Precision Fit products are designed for applications where the exterior frame of the window remains in good condition, but an upgraded sash unit is desired to increase energy efficiency or eye appeal.
Solatube Ventilation Add-On Kit
Designed to work in conjunction with the company’s 160 DS 10-inch Solatube daylighting device, the Solatube Ventilation Add-On Kit brings natural light to any bathroom. The integrated fan and lens design provides an attractive look, and comes with interior add-on trim, a fan motor, and ventilation duct.
Contractor Series 2000
The Contractor Series 2000 from Ply Gem Windows adds a value priced replacement product with premium features and cutting-edge technologies that anticipate future advances in window design and technology. The series is available in double hung, casement, sliding window, awning, fixed, special shape configurations, and patio door styles. All styles can be configured to meet 2010 Energy Star standards, as well as the higher 30/30 requirements.
The NanaWall Systems SL82 Structurally Glazed Folding Glass System has won product design awards in two of the world’s most famous competitions: The Red Dot and iF Design Awards. The SL82 NanaWall works for commercial and residential project foropenings up to 39 feet wide. The all-glass, thermally insulated folding glass door can be designed with a flush sill and is available with triple glazing (with U-values as low as .29). Each individual panel size can be a maximum of 3 feet 3 inches wide by 8 feet 2 inches high.
Jeld-Wen’s FiberLast exterior doors combine a certified level of eco-friendly recycled wood, durability, style, and energy efficiency. The doors are Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)-certified to contain at least 35 percent pre-consumer recycled wood for the door slabs. FiberLast’s solid wood stiles are made with a process that releases 96 percent fewer VOCs than traditional dip treatment processes.