ProBuilder Product Report: Exterior Doors

Take a look at these exterior doors from Marvin, Andersen, Kolbe and others.
By By Nick Bajzek | September 30, 2007

 Marvin Windows and Doors

For homeowners who want a grand entrance, Marvin Windows and Doors' 2¼-inch French Doors come in 8-foot or 10-foot sizes to accommodate growing ceiling heights. The doors can be configured for in-swing or out-swing and can be clad in one of 19 colors. The doors use standard insulated or the company's Low-E2 glass. For FREE information, visit


Andersen Windows & Doors

With the look of a traditional French door and a tall bottom rail, the 200 Series Hinged Inswing patio door from Andersen Windows & Doors also features innovative sill channels to keep water out. The doors come in single- and two-panel configurations with Low-E or dual pane insulating tempered glass. For FREE information, visit



Made with an aluminum interior and exterior or optional wood interior, Kolbe's Lift and Slide Door Systems feature panels that can nest behind one another or recess into pocket opening. Also available is the company's Folding Door System, which features models with panels that fold back against each other for a clear opening. For FREE information, visit


Weather Shield Windows & Doors

Harkening back to the Prohibition era, the Speakeasy door from Weather Shield Windows & Doors is part of the company's Collections series. The doors are built with 2¼-inch-thick panels in five wood species with a distressed look. The viewport is fitted with insulated glass and kept closed by a bronze clasp. For FREE information, visit


 Mirage Screen Systems

Keeping bugs and sun out of outdoor living areas is the Mirage Solar Screen Solution from Mirage Screen Systems. The Mirage features a unique sun-sensing automated control that activates the screens to keep UV rays out. Made of woven fiberglass, the screens can be programmed via timer controls that network with the home's thermostats. For FREE information, visit


Simpson Door Co. 

Eight new French door designs from Simpson Door Co. range from simple configurations for clean lines to multiple glass lites for a more dramatic look. Simpson Prairie French doors are available in 138- and 134-inch thicknesses and can be specified in widths ranging from 2′6″ to 3′6″ and in heights of 6′8″, 7 feet and 8 feet. For FREE information, visit



The WinGuard Sliding Glass Door Series 730 comes standard with PGT's impact-resistant laminated glass, which uses a special PVB layer heat-pressed between two pieces of glass to keep the pane from shattering if debris hits it. The doors feature corrosion-resistant hardware and can be manufactured in 4-foot by 10-foot panels. For FREE information, visit



More flair is key to the Exterior Folding Door System, according to Jeld-Wen. The latest option offers a true 90-degree corner that can be completely opened to the outdoors. This is achieved with two folding door units that meet at the corner where two walls would ordinarily join. Beveled door edges and double weatherstrips ensure the doors are sealed against the elements. For FREE information, visit



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