New IWP® Aurora® Fiberglass Pivot Doors: How to Make a Grand Entrance

Pivot doors are a fresh way to create a modern entrance. Long used for commercial entries, they’ve now become a coveted look for high-end residential properties.

The hardware allows doors to swing on a point at the top and bottom. Seen mainly in contemporary designs, pivot doors display a “floating” effect, conjuring a very modern vibe.

Two trends fuse for a desired look

An IWP® Aurora® pivot door merges two trends in building. First, pivot doors create a seamless transition from interior to exterior. The desire of homeowners to have an outside living space that fits naturally with the interior continues to grow. Pivot doors are ideal for this trend.

The second trend is the use of larger doors to construct grand entryways. Pivot door hardware can support much heavier, broader and taller doors than traditional hinges can.

Pairing with the Aurora door

Pivot door hardware pairs impeccably with our Aurora custom fiberglass doors. These handcrafted doors offer the most authentic replicated woodgrain available. They look like real wood, but they deliver the durability and superior performance of fiberglass. Plus, there are many options for creating a customized look — from finishes to glass inserts.

One of the most impactful features of the Aurora pivot door is its sheer size. Each door can be crafted up to 10 feet tall and four feet wide.

The September 2017 edition of Professional Builder features an Aurora pivot door (A802) in an award-winning contemporary home in Playa Vista, California. Designed by Robert Hidey Architects and built by Brookfield Residential, this beautiful 4,500 square foot home with zinc metal paneling and expansive glass won the Gold Professional Builder Design Award.

Smooth operation

Aurora pivot doors operate almost effortlessly. With the door rotating on a pivot box, even a larger panel can be opened with a simple touch, giving the illusion that the door is independent of its frame.

Get the look

Aurora fiberglass pivot doors are a unique architectural solution for everything from custom homes to multi-family residences to light commercial entries.

Want to learn more? Get design ideas here.

Cool to the Touch: Light-Colored Exterior Door Inspiration

Keep your entryway climate under control with a smart combination of door materials and paint colors

Baby, it’s hot outside. You’ve likely checked most of the boxes on the to-do list of keeping your home cool and comfortable on the inside: Energy-efficient windows, as well as blinds and window coverings; a well-maintained air conditioning system and duct work; and if you’re lucky, a few well-placed trees that impart plenty of shade. And while your doors aren’t left open to “air condition the neighborhood,” you might be surprised how much your exterior doors can impact the inside of your home.


According to the US Department of Energy, dark, dull colors can absorb 70 to 90 percent of the sun’s radiant energy, which can then be transferred into the home (and can also affect how quickly the door’s exterior weathers). Alternately, light-colored paint can help reflect the sun’s heat away from the home. But homeowners need not be resistant to light-colored exterior doors—because “light” doesn’t have to translate to “white.”


The kind of door can also have an impact on whether guests will be greeted by an overheated entryway. Wood doors are beautiful and will keep the inside of your home cool, but their material and finish are susceptible to the elements and do best with plenty of coverage. For best results, always pair a wood exterior door with a significant overhang. This protects the door and its finish, adds cooling shade, and helps keep inclement weather outside the home.


Fiberglass doors are built to consistently withstand the rigors of any climate—hot or cold, wet or dry. Shown here, a Smooth-Pro™ Fiberglass Craftsman door from the Statement™ Collection is prefinished in Stone and features a direct glaze insert. Fiberglass doors are also available stained or primed and ready to paint.


Steel offers strength and durability and is a good choice for most climates. While a steel door can become hot to the touch—as a general rule of thumb, you should be able to comfortably place your hand on the door for 30 seconds—choosing a light-colored  exterior door finish will help reflect the sun’s light and slow down the buildup of heat. JELD-WEN® steel doors are available prefinished or primed and ready to paint.

Pick a Paint

Choosing the right paint is essential to a beautiful, long-lasting, light-colored exterior door. More brands are developing paints specially formulated for front doors that are quick drying and protect against the elements.

Sherwin-Williams has two offerings, SnapDry™ and SuperPaint®. SnapDry™ Semi-Gloss Door and Trim Paint dries in as little as one hour, and a door can be closed without sticking. SnapDry™ is resistant to dirt and fingerprints, UV and weathering. SuperPaint® Exterior Acrylic Latex promises to deliver outstanding performance and protection against the elements. The formula goes on smooth, resists fading and peeling, and is dirt- and mildew-resistant. And thanks to its advanced acrylic resin technology, you’ll enjoy outstanding adhesion and color retention.

From Benjamin Moore, the Aura® Grand Entrance® line offers excellent color retention and is available in any color, in either a high gloss or satin finish. Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra is an exterior satin enamel that imparts a pearl-like finish, and Clark + Kensington’s exterior Paint + Primer in One is ready for a second coat in just one to two hours.


There’s a JELD-WEN exterior door for every home style—start here for inspiration.

Safety First: Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season is here, officially open for business from June 1 to November 30. And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, this season is expected to be near or above normal. Despite the sheer power of hurricanes, you don’t have to feel vulnerable during the season, or year-round. Arm yourself with some basic information and a solid plan before the possibility of a hurricane arises in your area.

Satellite Image of 2017 Hurricanes Katia, Maria and JoseHurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose. September 2017. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens and Jesse Allen, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership and Terra MODIS data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE)

Hurricanes, sometimes referred to as tropical cyclones, are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The strength of a hurricane is based upon its maximum sustained winds.

Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.

Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.

Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.

Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The aftermath of Hurricane Camille. Biloxi, Mississippi, August 17, 1969. Camille was one of only three Category 5 hurricanes to ever make landfall in the United States. Image credit: NOAA.

Know the difference between a hurricane “watch” and “warning.” According to the National Weather Service, a hurricane watch means that there’s no hurricane yet, but weather conditions could cause one. Experts will announce a hurricane watch 48 hours before they think dangerous winds will begin. A hurricane warning is more serious. It means a hurricane has already started or is just about to start. For a deep dive into more specific advisories, watches and warnings, or to learn more about hurricane season in general, check out the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center.

Aerial image of New Orleans' Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, causing levies to break and flood some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.Aerial image of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, causing levies to break and flood some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Image credit: NOAA

Even if there’s no imminent risk of a hurricane, there are steps you can take now to ensure you, your family and your home stay safe. Visit for up-to-date information, checklists and downloadable resources, like this 12-page FEMA eBook, How to Prepare for a Hurricane.

Originally built in the mid 1800s, the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans was heavily damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. As part of JELD-WEN’s Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative, the lighthouse was outfitted with aluminum-clad Custom™ Wood windows made with superior rot-resistant AuraLast® Wood and ImpactGard™ glass.

Doors and windows are the most vulnerable area of a home during a hurricane, particularly the glass. Just one broken window can affect a home’s structural integrity. Windows and patio doors with ImpactGard® protection are designed to resist impacts so even if the glass cracks, the fragments will adhere to the interlayer, ensuring the shards remain within the frame. ImpactGard® protection also meets the nation’s toughest building codes. These codes specify that windows must withstand a nine-pound 2×4 traveling at 50 feet per second (34 miles per hour).

JELD-WEN put ImpactGard™ glass to the ultimate test as part of the Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative. Since 2005, JELD-WEN has provided windows outfitted with AuraLast® Wood and energy-efficient or impact-rated glass to lighthouse restoration projects. The Custom™ Wood windows and custom-designed wood or fiberglass doors are designed to preserve each lighthouse’s historic aesthetic. The combination of AuraLast® Wood and ImpactGard™ glass can help ensure that windows in coastal settings will not only look good, but will also stand up to harsh climates. Now that’s what we call peace of mind year-round, not just hurricane season.

Party in the Back: Build a better space for outdoor entertaining

Summer is here, and that means heading outside for pool parties, cookouts and all-around fun. And whether you’re just beginning to plan an outdoor kitchen or ready to upgrade your existing space, consider these essential building blocks for creating an outdoor entertaining area you’ll enjoy and want to share all summer (and beyond).



Detail photo of outdoor kitchen countertops, flooring and stacked stone panels that make up the island
Some of your favorite indoor surfaces — think quartz, granite, marble or travertine — are equally suited for outdoor living. Above, this kitchen features Tuscany Beige travertine pavers, Babylon Gray quartz countertops and Rustic Gold RockMount stacked stone panels for the cabinet base’s exterior. (
MSI Stone)


Modern outdoor kitchen arranged in a half moon layout with light gray pavers and black tiles

For the minimalist who wants elevated design and clean, smooth lines, Techo-Bloc’s Industria collection of pavers is teamed up with the company’s newest finish, HD 2. The smooth Para HD 2 stone pavers, shown here in Greyed Nickel, create a sleek pathway to the kitchen space. The large pavers transition to the long, thin Industria rectangles — also in Greyed Nickel — set in a half-moon floor that echoes the kitchen’s curved design. Industria pavers in Onyx Black are nestled atop large river rocks and provide another pathway from the kitchen to adjacent outdoor entertaining areas. (Techo-Bloc)


Cambria USA Roxwell quartz beauty photos with an arrangement of cut citrus.

Outdoor countertops should meet all of the same requirements they do indoors, as well as be able to stand up to the elements. Natural quartz, shown here in the Roxwell pattern by Cambria®, is a strong choice. Not only is quartz remarkably durable — even more than marble or granite — it is maintenance-free, nonporous and nonabsorbent, making it ideal for food prep and meals. (Cambria)


Cabinets & Islands

Not unlike the aforementioned surfaces, today’s outdoor kitchen cabinet options are as elegant and modern as the most upscale interior cabinets. NatureKast offers truly modern and totally weatherproof options, from the PVC cabinet and drawer boxes to the resin used to create the door and drawer fronts that look and feel like real wood.

NatureKast Contempo Door Style Cabinets Arctic Slate finish in a rustic contemporary outdoor kitchen NatureKast outdoor kitchen cabinets in the Louver and Slab door styles in a Silver Birch finish

The new Contempo door style, shown here (top) in Arctic Slate, is a transitional design that is equally at home in a modern space or a rustic, farmhouse-style space. A combination of slab and louvered door styles in the Silver Birch finish (above) contrasts with the darker finish of the flooring and the solid wood beams overhead, and imparts an upscale coastal cottage vibe to the heart of this outdoor entertaining space. (NatureKast)


John Michael Kitchens Modern Marine Blue Flat Panel Cabinets with Wolf stainless steel grill.

John Michael Kitchens — makers of some of the most luxurious outdoor kitchens around — uses marine-grade 316L stainless steel for all of their handmade cabinets. Resistant to rust and corrosion, marine-grade stainless steel offers weatherproof protection in any environment, not just coastal areas. Available with two door styles (Shaker-style inset doors or flat-front panels, shown above) and more than a dozen colors, including Marine Blue, shown here. (John Michael Kitchens)


John Michael Kitchens Trio Freestanding Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Components

An emerging trend in outdoor kitchen design is the freestanding mobile kitchen or mobile cart. From a chef’s prep station to storage cabinets to even a pizza oven cart, the options from John Michael Kitchens all feature the same heavy duty marine-grade stainless steel used to handcraft the brand’s built-in cabinets. Add low-profile casters that are virtually undetectable, and you’re on the move to becoming a backyard chef. (John Michael Kitchens)


Outdoor Kitchen Island with wood faced cabinets and VIking Stainless steel grill and appliances

Outdoor kitchen packages from Viking® are available as pre-configured designs based on the brand’s stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets. With island, angled and straight-lined layouts, and from four to eight cabinets, Viking’s outdoor kitchen packages are designed to accommodate their award-winning grills, warming drawers, side burners and more. (Viking)

Stay tuned for our July guide to American-made grills, smokers and other outdoor cooking essentials. In the meantime, learn how a folding door system can open up your home to all of the possibilities that outdoor entertaining has to offer.


Photos courtesy of vendors. 

Natural Light & Blended Indoor/Outdoor Spaces Are a Breath of Fresh Air

If your vision for your home includes abundant natural light and indoor rooms that visually expand into outdoor spaces, look no further than vinyl windows and patio doors. Designed with performance in mind, JELD-WEN® Premium™ Vinyl windows and patio doors are beautiful and durable, and offer a wide range of features and options to match any style of home.


Casement Windows: Let the Fresh Air In

Casement windows are the picture of design simplicity. This operating type of window provides maximum ventilation and allows the sash to be opened outward to the left or right.


Awning Windows: Mix & Match

Typically found atop doors and in combination with other windows, awning windows make a unique and practical statement in many architectural styles. Awning windows have top hinges and open out from the bottom in an outward swing, just right for letting in natural light and fresh air. Choose from two hardware styles (a multi-point lock or a standard folded nesting handle) and seven finishes to customize the look and functionality of your awning windows.


Single-Hung Windows: Simple & Smart

Single-hung windows feature a bottom sash that lifts vertically towards a fixed top sash and tilts in for easy cleaning and maintenance. These windows are best suited for traditional architectural styles. Choose from 10 exterior finishes to complement your home’s paint and trim colors.    


Double-Hung Windows: Universally Appealing

Versatile double-hung windows are wonderfully suited for a variety of architectural styles. They feature an upper and lower sash that slide vertically past each other in a single frame. Both sashes tilt in for convenient cleaning. Choose from multiple grille designs (or none at all) and four glass options to customize your new or replacement vinyl double-hung windows.


Fixed, Radius & Geometric Windows: Beauty from Every Angle

 The beauty of fixed, radius and geometric windows is their uniqueness. These windows are direct or sash glazed and come in a wide array of beautiful shapes, such as half-round, quarter-round, full-round, segment arch and elliptical. The absence of window treatments invites an infusion of natural light. 


Sliding Windows: Clean & Simple

Clean lines and a streamlined look set the tone for single-sliding windows. One sash in this type of window slides horizontally in grooves or tracks towards the fixed sash. To ensure your sliding windows are secure without sacrificing ease of function, choose MAG-Lock® hardware. A MAG-Lock automatically locks the window, and with the use of magnets it only activates when the window is in the closed position, creating an audible click.


Bay & Bow Windows: Think Outside the Box

Bay and bow windows add a new dimension to every living space. Bow windows feature a set of joined windows that create the illusion of a curved wall and increase the view. Bay windows extend a space outward and can provide a shelf for plants or decoration.


Single-Slide Patio Doors: Bring the Outdoors In

Outdoor living spaces become an extension of the indoors with single-slide patio doors. They’re ideal for nearly any patio or deck. The sliding door opens smoothly and easily by sliding along a horizontal track. For a French door appearance, select optional wide stiles.


Multi-Slide Patio Doors: Expand Your View

Take a simple and elegant approach to creating large, open spaces. The Premium™ Vinyl multi-slide patio door makes a dramatic statement, opening up rooms and connecting seamlessly to the outdoors. Create light, open spaces with up to six panel units reaching 10 feet high and a total of 24 feet wide.

Explore the full line of Premium™ Vinyl windows and doors and bring your vision to life.  

Curb Appeal After Dark: Let Landscape Lighting Illuminate Your Home

Light up the night with beautiful landscape lighting design

From the manicured lawn to the well-appointed porch, you’ve worked hard to create a home that is welcoming to guests and eye-catching to passersby. The addition of a well-planned landscape lighting design will ensure your home’s curb appeal is in the spotlight even when the sun goes down.

But where to start? Consider your home and the surrounding property. Are there areas you want to illuminate for safety, such as steps and walkways? Does your home have architectural details that simply must be seen at night? Perhaps you have flower beds filled with interesting plants or decorative elements such as statuary?

Once you have chosen the focal points of your lighting plan, it’s time to explore the different types of landscape lighting.   


Types of Landscape Lighting

Hinkley Pathlights Round Posts

Path lighting adds style and safety to a walkway. Consider the light output of your fixtures to determine spacing that keeps the light from overlapping. Stagger the lights along each side of the walkway to create pools of light that illuminate a safe passage to the home’s entrance. (Atlantis Round Bollard, Hinkley Lighting)


Exterior Night image of modern multi level home with landscape and hardscape lighting

Hardscape lighting is ideal for use with brick or stone columns and under all types of steps, including wood, stone, brick and composite. It also works well on the underside of outdoor surfaces such as hand railing and fence rails.


Nighttime image of a home's exterior that is illuminated with spot lights

Spotlights are the workhorses of landscape fixtures. Use them to highlight the most visually-appealing focal points such as foliage, trees and architectural elements, like this home’s stone façade. (120v retrofit path and accent lights, Kichler Lighting)


Steps with lighted risers leading to entryway with modern JELD WEN door and windows.

Step lighting is a safety must for any outdoor zones with elevation elements, especially in areas without overhead lighting. Consider the traffic pattern of your space to ensure commonly used areas are covered. Step lights should be installed on the horizontal center of each riser.


Landscape Lighting Techniques


Beautiful home exterior landscape lighting grazing technique

Grazing emphasizes a textured surface — think tree trunks or stonework — by placing a light source within one foot of that surface and aiming the light beam parallel to it. 


Uplighting and downlight landscape light techniques displayed along a walkway and wall

Uplighting illuminates an area, surface or object from below to create a focal point in the landscape. For example, a spotlight is aimed at the tree in the foreground while the front of the home remains relatively dark. Alternately, downlighting illuminates an area from above, such as a tree-mounted spotlight pointed at specific garden elements or an area that needs a little extra light for safety. (FX Luminaire Lighting)


Landscape Lighting Design Techniques Shadowing and Silhouetting

Shadowing is an effect created by placing a light source in front of an object and projecting a shadow onto a surface behind the object. For example, placing spotlights directly in front of a row of bushes will produce shadows on the home’s façade. Silhouetting is used to dramatize a uniquely-shaped object, with a spotlight placed between the object and the front of the home. (Spot and path lighting, Kichler Lighting)


Landscape lighting design should be equal parts functionality and creativity. Whether you illuminate a simple walkway with path lighting, or project the shadows of hedges onto the front façade of your home, landscape lighting will ensure your property’s best features are in the spotlight. 


Photos courtesy of vendors.