10 Things You Didn’t Know About JELD-WEN Wood Windows


Wood windows have been part of homes for hundreds of years. They were the original window material. Not until the 19th century did metal become a window material. Vinyl windows didn’t become a major player in the market until the 1970s.

Wood windows have gone through a makeover in the last few decades. The manufacturing of wood windows is a very technical process. This process has many steps and details. The process and the material have greatly improved.

We put together this list to introduce you to JELD-WEN wood windows.

  1. A JELD-WEN wood window has 70 individual parts.
  2. Our treated wood product, AuraLast® pine, is treated to the core.
  3. AuraLast repels termites.
  4. You can choose from a variety of finishes for the interior and exterior of your windows (even two different colors!).
  5. AuraLast is real wood, not a composite. The exterior of AuraLast windows doesn’t require cladding, allowing for a more accurate historical representation.
  6. Performance glass is available for most wood window lines, including energy-efficient and impact-resistant options.
  7. Contemporary or traditional glazing stops are available.
  8. Our wood windows are viable in coastal areas. Combining AuraLast pine with ImpactGard® glass creates a wood window product that can withstand Wind Zone 2 or 3.
  9. We offer American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2605 certified products.
  10. We have National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) rated products for the following areas: U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and visible light transmission.

Want to explore our entire wood window line and learn more? Visit our wood window page for information, options and reasons why our wood windows are different.

Lakefront Home Offers Stunning Views with Wood Windows and Patio Doors


This custom-built home sits lakefront on Lake Norman in North Carolina. The residence, belonging to home builder Jeff Ross, is a mix of styles, blending contemporary and traditional. With large wood windows, straight lines, symmetry and a muted palette, this lakefront retreat is timeless yet forward thinking.


Because of the beautiful views from the house of the lake, expansive windows were a must. Jeff wanted to soften the front elevation with all wood products. JELD-WEN recommended our Siteline® casement wood windows and patio doors. Siteline products are made with AuraLast® pine, a surface-to-core treated wood that provides protection against wood rot, water damage and termites. The Siteline windows allow for visual lines to be consistent.

To capture that perfect view from inside the home, JELD-WEN provided several units in direct-set frames. With direct set, the windows could be the size desired and offer the most optimal view.

Jeff explained, “I wanted to bring the lake into the back of the house. What helped make that happen was JELD-WEN product. It helped me create the perfect symmetry that I wanted from the start.”

Interior doors

Jeff chose flush birch interior doors for a contemporary yet traditional vibe. The doors have a thick 1-3/4″ solid core feel and were stain grade to provide some of the softer accents of wood in the interior of the home.

Patio doors

The main entrance door is an IWP® custom patio door. With large windows on either side and a pentagon shaped set of windows above, natural light flows through the entire entrance. Additional patio doors are at the back of the home. This is an area where interior and exterior merge. Siteline sliding patio doors provide the ideal transition from interior to exterior. Jeff requested narrow stiles and rails to portray slim lines.

Explore more of this unique lake house by watching the video, featuring builder and homeowner Jeff Ross.

Introducing DesignGlide™ Soft-Close Barn Door Hardware


Turn any standard-sized door into a barn door

Barn doors aren’t just for the barn. In fact, they have become a great functional and unique element of home design. The challenge many faced was that hardware was complex and only worked with special sized doors. Understanding the need in the home design market, JELD-WEN developed DesignGlide™ barn door hardware. DesignGlide is a unique, soft-close barn door hardware that works with any standard 80” door.

What makes DesignGlide so unique?

  • Use with any standard 80” door (the typical size for interior doors)
  • Remove your old door – no other work required
  • Accent rails for top and bottom add extra style
  • No slamming shut ever

This patent-pending system is revolutionizing the barn door market by providing a world of possibilities for design options. With the freedom to choose any door, a barn door can fit any aesthetic. Use a sleek, simple door for a contemporary look. A paneled door in a dark color or stain adds character to a Modern Craftsman home. Or go rustic with reclaimed wood for a traditional farmhouse vibe. With two hardware finishes, you can create a variety of styles.

DesignGlide is DIY friendly

Since no new framing or special doors are needed, DesignGlide can be installed rather easily. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware to create a barn door system.

It’s a four step process:

  1. Install hardware.
  2. Place top and bottom accent rails.
  3. Attach track and backerboard.
  4. Hang your door.

Barn doors are versatile

Where will you use your barn door? Barn doors add depth and interest to any room. How you decide to use yours is up to you. DesignGlide lets you be the designer. Use it as bathroom door where a typical outswing door wont’ fit. Replace traditional bi-fold doors on a laundry room or closet. Divide an office area from a great room. Or use them as a way to cover shelving, entertainment centers or storage.

Learn more about DesignGlide barn door hardware today! 

AuraLast® Pine is Built to Last


Read the whitepaper on our treated to the core wood, AuraLast pine

Treated woods are common in the wood window and door industry. But not every treated wood is the same. In our whitepaper, we examine why treating wood extends its life, the differences in the AuraLast process and how it protects against the elements.

Read the whitepaper to learn more about our innovative process and product!

Patio Doors for Outside Living Spaces


Adding a new deck or patio? Read this post to find the right patio doors for your outside living spaces.

Merging the interior and exterior continues to be a sought-after amenity in homes. Homeowners love the idea of expanding their living space. Outside living spaces are becoming very sophisticated. This space may feature an entire outside kitchen, fire pit, water effect and grander furnishings. There’s  much to consider when choosing patio doors for outside living.

If you are planning an outside living space makeover by adding a new deck or patio then you’ll need to consider the flow between interior and exterior. Your new patio door should be worked into your plans to address traffic, access, natural light, fresh air, privacy, space considerations and ease of use. Leaving the patio door as an afterthought could make it more challenging so make it a priority in your design.

Here’s how to pick the right patio doors for outside living.

Swinging vs. sliding patio doors

With a swinging door, clearance for the door to open is required. If it swings outward then you’ll need to make sure that no furniture inhibits the door. If it swings back into the interior, remember wall placement. When is limited but you like the idea of a swinging door, choose an option with one swinging door and one stationary panel.

Sliding doors typically have one stationary panel and one panel that slides horizontally. A standard sliding door offers less access but works well in tight spaces. A multi-sliding patio door may be the best of both worlds. It’s a simple way to create a large, open space. This look creates a seamless transition to the outdoors. You can find multi-sliding in up to six-panels and 24 feet wide.

Go even wider with folding doors

If you really want to open up the back of a home to the outside, folding doors deliver. With folding doors, the doors open accordion-style. These folding wall systems open and close easily with tracking at the head. Ball bearings provide smooth operation. Folding patio doors are available in a variety of materials and configurations, reaching up to 48-feet wide.

What material is right for you?

Different materials offer different styles, performance and price advantages. The right door effectively bridges the gap between indoors and out. Picking the right material often depends on the climate and style of the home. Ask questions about how each material (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) will fare in your environment.

Additionally, you’ll need to choose from glass options. A Low-E glass helps with energy efficiency. Textured glass lets light in but provides privacy. You may also want to research an impact resistant glass like ImpactGard®. ImpactGard can be a great asset for coastal homes. It also provides further security. Even if the glass cracks, the fragments will adhere to the interlayer, so the shards remain within the frame

Different materials require different maintenance as well. Work with an expert to determine what will perform well and look great.

Turning your backyard into a grand oasis is very exciting. You’ll enjoy the space for years to come. Choosing the right patio doors for outside living brings everything together. For ideas, feel free to browse our patio door options.

Windows 101: Wood Windows


Welcome to the world of wood windows!

Today’s wood windows aren’t the ones you may remember from your grandparent’s house. Wood windows have lost market share to the most cost-effective vinyl options. Vinyl is now thought to be more durable than wood with less maintenance. But not all wood windows are the same.

It’s certainly reasonable to be concerned about the unknowns around wood like rotting, termite infestation or water damage. These issues can cause major headaches for wood window homeowners.

To help remove these concerns, manufacturers began treating the wood used in windows. Most manufacturers apply a surface treatment, meaning the treatment does not penetrate the wood.

JELD-WEN’s treatment goes further. Through innovation and research, we created AuraLast®. AuraLast is a unique treated pine product. It goes all the way to the core, penetrating beyond the surface. AuraLast provides protection against wood rot, water damage and termites.

The AuraLast difference

  • It’s easy on the environment. The water-based treatment releases up to 96 percent fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during the manufacturing process than traditional solvent-based methods.
  • It helps protect against termites. Termites can be devastating to wood windows but not those built with AuraLast. It safely and effectively repels termites, preserving the beauty of your investment.
  • AuraLast stands up to the elements, protecting against water damage and rot like no other.

Learn more about our wood windows.