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

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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.

Wood Window Black Interior Finish Sparks Hot Trend

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Wood window interior finishes don’t have to be boring or standard. They actually create an opportunity to make a statement. One the biggest trends in window design right now is black interiors. The wood window black interior finish brings refinement to any room. Windows don’t have to be in the background. With this type of finish, they’ll become a focal point.

Why a prefinish is ideal

If you’d like to create this look in your home or projects, it’s vital to get a prefinish. You do not want to paint your windows once installed. Even if they are primed, you’ll never get the polished look of a factory finish. With hand painting, brush marks are inevitable. The factory finish typically has a warranty and is baked on to prevent chipping or fading.

Wood window black interior finish design ideas

Not sure how to incorporate a black interior window finish into your spaces? Here are a few tips:

  • Use a complementary wall paint that either subdues the black (other dark colors like gray or navy) or allows it to stand out even more (lighter colors like whites, yellows or other neutrals).
  • Avoid color combinations that could make the room look unsophisticated (orange, red, pink).
  • Keep windows visible; don’t cover them with window treatments unless needed for privacy.
  • Choose black hardware for your windows for a cohesive look.
  • Black interior casement windows look great against a white shiplap or textured wall.
  • Black interior patio doors are a great accent to a neutral room with white molding.
  • Add transoms over patio doors to fill an entire wall with black trim.

These are just a few design tips for black interior trim windows. Black trim is versatile. It can look great in Contemporary, Craftsman or Farmhouse style homes.

We offer this finish on wood windows and patio doors. It’s now a standard color on Custom Wood and Siteline® windows. Get inspired with our Pinterest board.

Interior Door Design Ideas

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Redefine your spaces with these chic looks

Do you think of your interior doors as purely functional? Are they just something you must have for privacy? What about their design? Could new interior doors give your space a fresh look?

Interior doors are a budget-friendly way to redefine any room. And it’s a relatively easy DIY project. In this post, we’ll share some interior door design ideas you can try.

What’s behind the door influences its design

The average home has 10 interior doors. Depending on what’s behind the door, your interior doors could have different purposes. Bathroom doors are for privacy and typically have a solid core to reduce sound transmission. Interior doors that divide two rooms may be more creative. Consider how the use of barn doors acts as a barrier but also adds convenience and style.

Contemporary ideas

With a few purposeful lines, interior doors can capture a simple, unique look. Add some color to these doors for a more dramatic look. The smallest accents can add just enough style, creating a signature aesthetic.

Another contemporary idea is the use of panels. With multiple-panel configurations, you can also add glass. Clear or translucent glass inserts protect privacy or let light into the space. With multiple panel options, you can use the same door design throughout with different configurations for a consistent look.

Interior doors as art

You can design your own interior doors. A composite wood door is an excellent choice for a design of your own. Create an etched or carved appearance for a look that’s very Old World. Or create specific details designed to be straight or curved, depending on the aesthetic you most desire.

Prefinished woodgrain options

If you love the look of rich wood but don’t want the maintenance or costs, choose a prefinished woodgrain look. Our prefinished woodgrain interior doors use a hand-brushed finishing technique and two-tone process for a striking look. They are also molded doors with no gapping or stile/rail separation.

Change your space with new doors

Now that you’ve considered the possibilities of interior door design, it’s time to get inspired. View our complete line of interior doors including molded and flush.