Frame Your View with Stylish Window Treatments

Whether it’s a big city skyline or an idyllic nature scene, a gorgeous view is without a doubt priceless. And while we’re big fans of unadorned windows, stylish window treatments and coordinating décor only increase the beauty of a JELD-WEN window. We chose three different windows and dressed them up to complement the surrounding décor and frame that stunning view.

Modern Farmhouse

Idea board for modern farmhouse kitchen window treatments, featuring white cotton curtains and iron hardware.

The modern farmhouse look has surpassed simply being trendy and has taken its rightful place among classic decorating styles. From the white shiplap to the smooth marble countertops, this kitchen is an ideal space to build on that look. For the wood casement windows, dark interior finishes like Chestnut Bronze or black for the grille—shown here in the six-lite Colonial style—offer contrast to the bright, light-filled space. Simple window treatments like the Lindstrom white cotton curtains from Crate & Barrel filter light and add subtle texture. Pair the curtains with iron hardware for dimension and complete the look with a trio of mini pendants over the sink, like the Sandy Springs style from Wayfair.


Bold Outlook

A modern idea board for floor to ceiling bedroom window treatments. Floral pattern curtains, solid cellular shades and a complementary polished aluminum light fixture.

Ready to break all those “small space” rules? Floor-to-ceiling custom wood casement windows bring instant drama into this subtle bedroom, offering lots of light and endless styling opportunities. Light-filtering cellular shades are an easy way to invite color into a space. Shown here in Cosmopolitan Chipotle, Bali’s DiamondCell shade insulates and provides privacy without sacrificing style.

But wait, there’s more! Consider a layered look and introduce a patterned curtain to make a bold statement with your window treatments. This magnolia curtain from Anthropologie is made from a light cotton slub, which won’t darken the room or weigh down the overall look. Top off the room with an oversize light fixture, like the polished aluminum Donna pendant from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.


Cozy Loft

Idea board for window treatments in a cozy loft apartment. Includes a black leather chair, chandelier and modern sliding shade panels.

Big windows, open floor plans and high ceilings—don’t let the grand scale of a loft dictate the level of coziness you can create. This custom wood single-hung arch top window deserves to be seen, but when privacy is in order go for minimal coverage like these fabric sliding panels. A cozy space isn’t complete without a spot for curling up with a good book or cup of coffee, right? This low-profile Equestrian Chair from Schoolhouse Electric features broken-in leather for a well-worn look, while a nailhead trim keeps the piece classic. Round out the space with a light fixture that imparts a warm glow, like the Sola 36 Chandelier from Design Within Reach. The handcrafted aluminum canopy and hand-blown glass globes are a stunning mod-meets-vintage mashup, and add a slice of sleekness to the space.

 

Find the perfect window for your window treatments.

Instant Upgrade: Colorful Doors for Indoors and Out

A door is much more than an entryway. It’s a design statement and part of the bigger picture of what makes your house a home, so let your personality shine through with colorful doors. Whether you love spring-y pastels, amped-up primary colors, or the subdued hues we’re calling “new neutrals,” it’s time to take the color wheel for a spin.

JELD-WEN doors have multiple paint options available. If you’ve got DIY plans, have your door delivered primed and ready to paint. Take your pick of dozens of standard prepainted color choices—or choose a custom color—and leave the work to us.

 

Watercolor Pastels

Traditional living room with pink walls and connecting room with a pastel green JELD-WEN door.

When simple, clean lines meet dramatic, sharp-edged design, the result is the TRIA Collection L-Series. Shown here in cucumber, this TRIA Collection L-Series composite door complements the décor of the adjacent sitting area and pairs perfectly with the rug for a look that transitions easily from room to room.

 

Make a modern and welcoming first impression with a Studio Collection exterior door. The Caribbean blue hue complements the home’s blue-gray shiplap for a decidedly oceanside vibe, and the pattern on each door keeps it simple with clean, crisp lines.

 

A living room and sitting area with a lemon yellow door. JELD-WEN colorful doors.

Add a bit of drama to a traditional space with a TRIA Collection R-Series composite door. The details and contours of the design add visual interest, while the sweet lemon chiffon color keeps the look classic. And with more than 100 design options to choose from, customizing your personal space with a colorful door has never been easier.

 

Bright & Bold

JELD-WEN colorful doors. A child's playroom with a toy shelf and kid-size table and chairs. The door is bright red.

The simple panel design of the Carrara Smooth door is a great choice for a playful kids’ space. Paint it a bright, bold red and pair it with some fun, kid-friendly hardware. Choose the ProCore® solid core option for increased durability and noise reduction.  

 

Neutral room with a bright sky blue door. JELD-WEN colorful doors.

If you’re ready to bring in a big splash of color, you can’t go wrong with the Corvado Smooth molded wood composite door style. This handsome door gives depth and detail to rich colors—like this brilliant sky blue—thanks to the plank panel design.

 

JELD-WEN colorful doors. Bright white modern kitchen with blue-gray backsplash and translucent door framed in lime green

The MODA Collection of interior doors boasts 21 designs that can be customized with solid panels, clear or translucent glass, or mirror panels. Framed in a cheerful lime green, this colorful translucent glass door softens the space, offers privacy, and lends a dose of color in a crisp white kitchen. It’s a great choice for anyone who isn’t quite ready to go wild with color.

 

The New Neutrals

JELD-WEN colorful doors. Bedroom with double door entrance. The doors are painted a deep slate blue

Give your bedroom a sophisticated entryway with a pair of MODA Collection solid panel doors. When painted in a rich new neutral like this slate blue, the double doors become a new take on an accent wall.

 

JELD-WEN colorful doors. Pretty light filled kitchen with soft blue walls and a deep green Craftsman door

The Craftsman III molded door style continues the unadorned, aesthetically-balanced style created more than a century ago. The traditional look becomes modern in a deep forest green hue, making it a focal point of this simple and stylish dining room.

 

JELD-WEN colorful doors. Close up of contemporary home with dark green entrance door

An entryway can showcase the home or complement its overall style. The contemporary Studio Collection integrates accent details into a smooth fiberglass surface panels to create five distinct door styles. Engraved lines, clean and crisp, create a two-tone shadow effect no matter what color you choose, making the Studio Collection exterior door a perfect canvas for this leafy green hue.

 

Ready to plan your project? Take a look at our full product lines of interior and exterior doors. You’ll find the colorful doors you’re looking for.

The Modern Wood Window

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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 invention of AuraLast® pine. AuraLast has revolutionized our wood window offerings. Because it is treated to the core, it has the ability to resist wood rot, water infiltration and termites. But that’s not the only thing innovative about our wood windows.

What’s inside a wood window?

The construction of wood windows is an engineering feat. Dozens of hands touch wood windows during manufacturing. We don’t “stock” wood windows. They are made based on orders. So, if you thought there was a warehouse in every plant with stacks and stacks of wood windows, that’s not really how it works. There is still a lot of handcrafting that goes into every wood window.

The modern wood window advantage

AuraLast is just one of the advantages of today’s wood window. There are additional elements that elevate it from where it began. It has an aluminum frame and sash for extra strength. Thermal breaks offer a barrier to reduce the flow of thermal energy into and out of a room. A concealed jamb liner is found in a double-hung to ensure smooth operation.

The subject of wood windows can become very technical. This is just a quick review to help you understand the importance of how a window is built from the inside out.

We invite you to learn more about our wood window lines, including W-2500™, Siteline® and Custom Wood windows.

Window Glass Divided Lites: SDL Versus GBG

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History, differences and what’s best for your home

The divided lite goes back hundreds of years to the first glass windows. Windows didn’t always have glass. Prior to this, they were just openings.

The original divided lites were individual panes of glass held in by mullions. Glass production was in its infancy so it could only be produced in pieces about the size of someone’s hand.

These glass panes then needed to be linked together to form a larger space. Muntins joined glass, thus the invention of the true divided lite. Muntins were originally made of cast iron but were replaced with wood in the early 1800s. Windows from this period are what would be considered a historic or traditional divided lite.

Glass becomes easier to produce

With the Industrial Revolution, glass production became easier and less expensive. Larger pieces of glass were produced. This meant the end of the true divided lite. However, the authentic look of divided lites was still desired then and now. Look at most homes today or even commercial buildings, and you’ll find some type of divided lite.

SDL versus GBG

With modern windows, there are two ways to achieve the divided lite look. Simulated divided lites (SDL) offer the most authentic look. SDLs are permanently adhered to both sides of the window with a narrow spacer bar within the insulating glass airspace. This look adds more depth. SDLs provide a bit more breadth in terms of options relating to shape and finishes.

Grilles between the glass (GBG) are as described, between the glass. The grille pattern is completely encased in the glass. This means less maintenance, as you won’t have to clean between all dividers. GBGs are also more budget friendly.

Ultimately, the use of SDLs or GBGs is a personal preference and depends on the type of look you want for your home.

Learn more about window options by viewing two of our popular window series: Siteline® wood windows and Premium™ Vinyl.

Exterior Door Materials: Wood, Fiberglass and Steel

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Check out this comparison of the most popular exterior door materials

When choosing the right exterior door, you’ll want to compare each material. The three most popular exterior door materials are wood, fiberglass and steel. Each has its own advantages. In this post, we’ll take a look at each material and provide relevant information so you can make an informed decision.

Wood

Wood is the most traditional and one of the oldest materials used for doors, dating back to ancient times. The earliest records of wooden doors are represented in the paintings of the Egyptian tombs.

Fast forward a few thousand years, and wood is still an excellent choice for doors. Doors can be crafted from hardwoods and softwoods. The most widely used are Cherry, Oak, Walnut, Mahogany, Knotty Alder, Douglas Fir and Pine.

Why you’ll love wood exterior doors:

  • Beauty and warmth immediately invites guests into your home
  • From modern to traditional, wood is versatile
  • Any stains or paints work on wood doors
  • Sturdy, heavy feel
  • Insulating core
  • Customizable based on size, style, accents, glass and more
  • Good at reducing sound

Fiberglass

Fiberglass has unique qualities that make it a great material to use in variety of applications. It’s strong yet lightweight. It also has weather-resistant qualities. It’s been used in aviation as well as in boats and car bodies.

Now, it’s a leading material for exterior doors. The sophistication of the processes used to create fiberglass doors makes it almost impossible to tell the difference between wood and fiberglass. Our Aurora® custom fiberglass doors are made to order and are handcrafted. Aurora doors even have imperfections created by hand for authenticity. When touching an Aurora fiberglass door, you can actually feel the grain and texture.

In addition to the Aurora, we have many other fiberglass door lines that provide all the great benefits of fiberglass at a budget-friendly price. Those include the contemporary Studio™ Collection and the Statement™ Collection, both offering multiple styles.

Fiberglass has many benefits that make it a durable, quality choice. The doors have energy-efficient cores with insulating properties. They also resist bowing, warping and denting. Fiberglass doors can be stained or painted, depending on the look you desire. They are often less expensive than real wood doors.

Steel

Steel is a great material option for exterior doors. It offers durability, safety and style. Exterior steel doors are dependable as well as aesthetically pleasing.

The best steel doors are made to last. They include wood stiles and rails with mitered top corners. Why does this matter? It helps prevent water absorption. A neutral, low-sheen, baked-on enamel primer reduces the occurrence of fading. Epoxy primer coats the back of steel doors to resist corrosion. An energy-efficient core is an additional feature. A steel bottom rail is added for strength. Proper coating prevents the door from rusting from the inside out.

Steel also provides additional security. Install an optional steel edge for added peace of mind. Steel doors are low maintenance and the least expensive of the three materials discussed. You can learn more about steel doors in our blog.

Which material is right for you?

Now that you have all the basics, it’s time to choose. You’ll want to consider several things to make the best decision including:

  • Budget
  • Architectural style
  • Climate and environment
  • Overhang
  • Accents and glass options
  • Paint versus stain

Here’s a quick comparison review.

Wood

  • Easy to stain or paint
  • Very customizable
  • Reasonable at reducing sound transmission
  • Insulating core

Fiberglass

  • Energy efficient
  • Weather resistant
  • Stain or paint
  • Highly durable
  • Affordable
  • Highly customizable

Steel

  • Water-damage resistant
  • Durable and resists rusting
  • Low maintenance
  • Best pick for smaller budgets

If you’d like to learn more about our exterior doors, you can browse all our options.

Wood Composite Interior Door Benefits

Wood composite interior doors

Because you deserve the best interior doors

There is more to an interior door than just what you see. What it’s made from and how it’s made impact many factors of its performance and style. When determining what material is right for your doors, consider the many benefits of composite interior doors. Describing the material as composite wood means it is made from an engineered wood product, which is constructed from wood fibers. Wood composite door benefits include better performance, reduced sound transmission, sustainability opportunities and more design options.

Wood composite interior doors perform better

Composite doors don’t react to humidity the way wood doors do. Solid wood doors can expand or contract depending on the level of humidity. Composite doors, however, resist splitting and warping.

Composite doors are also more durable. They can withstand the daily abuse an interior door encounters.

Any room can be a quiet room

Composite doors have a solid core, which helps block out unwanted noise. When compared with a hollow door, composites can block up to 50 percent more noise. There are plenty of spaces in residential and commercial settings that could benefit from this application. Use a composite door on bathrooms, laundry rooms or offices.

Composite doors offer a more sustainable solution

Composite doors can be No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) certified. This references the type of resin used in composite woods. Formaldehyde occurs naturally in some wood. Having the NAUF certification simply means there was no further formaldehyde added. Composite doors can also contain recycled wood fiber content.

Fire-rated available

Our composite wood doors are also available as 20-, 45-, 60- and 90-minute fire rated. This can offer additional safety features. Options depend on door size and style. Learn more about fire ratings for doors.

Elevated design

Composite doors provide so many design possibilities! There are options for contemporary and traditional looks. You can even design your own with our TRIA™ interior doors. The TRIA collection features three options: C-, L- and R-Series. The C-Series offers a carved appearance with simulated raised panels and two etched profile choices. The L-Series is sleek and simple. Two solid surfaces surround the interior panel. This means no gaps or places in need of touch-up paint. The R-Series stands out with dramatic contours and has three molding detail options.

Our molded wood composite interior doors offer several all panel designs. These are available as textured or smooth. They arrive ready to paint.

Composite doors are also available as flush. Flush doors are clean and offer a traditional look. Because they are composite, they have minimal maintenance. Choose a wood finish or paint.

Composite wood doors have much to offer your spaces. With design and performance, these doors are sure to meet all your needs.