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

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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.

Patio Doors for Outside Living Spaces

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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: Window Glass Options Guide

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Glass is an important part of windows and patio doors. There are multiple window glass options to fit the needs of the environment and climate. We’ve gathered all the glass options offered in JELD-WEN products in this handy guide.

LoĒ³-366® glass

A high performing glass with insulating argon gas, LoĒ³-366 helps homes stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Use of this glass can help windows qualify as ENERGY STAR® products. This glass allows light in but not heat. The view is also clearer compared to a tinted glass. It also protects against fading of interior furnishings by blocking up to 95 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

The glass is manufactured using a sputter coating process and contains a third layer of silver coating.

Neat® glass

Neat glass was developed to be virtually self-cleaning. It works as a coating that allows for easier cleaning. It uses the sun’s UV rays to loosen dirt so water can rinse it away. The titanium dioxide layer reacts chemically with the sun’s UV rays and causes organic materials that are on the glass to decompose.

It works on cloudy days as well. Up to 80 percent of UV radiation gets through cloud cover. A thin layer of silicon dioxide creates an ultra-smooth surface. Because all the microscopic peaks and valleys have been filled in, debris can slide off windows during rain. Water disperses evenly and rolls off, reducing water spotting.

Preserve® glass

This protective window film keeps windows safe and clean during construction. It also protects from scratching. Preserve is applied to both outer and inner surfaces in overlapping layers. It eliminates the issue of “ghosting” labels leaving imprints. It also helps crews work around windows without the concern of damage or the time to wrap and secure windows.

The coating peels off in one smooth motion. It contains no harmful chemicals and requires no special disposal.

It’s a fantastic way to save time and protect valuable materials.

Tinted glass

Tinted glass reduces glare. It’s ideal for areas that receive a lot of direct sunlight. Tints available include green, bronze, reflective gray and reflective bronze.

Insulated glass

High-performance Low-E glass combined with advanced spacer systems and gas sealed between the panes are key elements that provide an energy efficient window. Options include double-pane and triple-pane. A double-pane has an intercept spacer. Triple-panes have super spacers.

Textured glass

Textured glass gives you the opportunity to let light in while maintaining privacy. Many options are available including these five choices: Glue Chip, Rain, Obscure, Narrow Reed and Seedy Reamy.

Laminated glass

Laminated glass consists of panes of glass with an invisible interlayer, sandwiched together to create an extremely sturdy glass unit. This provides increased protection for home safety and from incidental impact. It also provides an improved barrier against sound and harmful UV rays.

Tempered glass

This type of glass is treated with heat, so it can withstand greater force or pressure on its surface. It also will not break into sharp pieces.

ImpactGard®

This glass stands up to strong impacts from windborne debris as well as harsh coastal conditions. It’s the industry’s leading laminated glass technology that can withstand a nine-pound piece of lumber striking it head-on at approximately 34 miles per hour. It also reduces sound transmission, blocks up to 95 percent of harmful UV rays and enhances home security.

Safe impact-resistance

During a severe storm, a broken window can affect a home’s structural integrity. Windows and patio doors with ImpactGard glass are designed to resist impact. Even if the glass cracks, the fragments will adhere to the interlayer, so 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).

Secure forced-entry resistance

Windows and patio doors with ImpactGard glass resist forced entry. Because the interlayer separating the panes helps resist a potential intruder’s glass cutter, break-ins are less likely.

Learn more about our window offerings by browsing our complete line, which includes wood, vinyl and aluminum.