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.

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.

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.

Lakefront Home Offers Stunning Views with Wood Windows and Patio Doors

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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.

Windows

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.

How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Window

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Ever wonder why windows are often located over kitchen sinks? We did, so we did some research. The kitchen sink window had its origins for completely practical reasons: light! Sinks came before electricity so there was the need to see what you were doing.

The size of the first kitchen sink windows were much smaller than what would be installed now. That’s because glass was much more fragile hundreds of years ago. So, the first kitchen sink windows were probably only 24” to 30” wide.

Electricity then became the norm in the 20th century, but a window was still likely to be placed above the sink. The kitchen was also becoming more of a hub of the home. Whereas centuries before, kitchens were not meant for guests or conversation. They were placed far away from dining or living areas. Looking out the kitchen window while preparing food or washing dishes might have provided a pleasant view of a backyard or allowed parents to keep an eye on playing children.

Kitchens have evolved tremendously in the last few decades. Kitchens aim to be warm and inviting. They’ve become a place to do more than just cook and eat. Most modern homes now have open layouts that merge kitchen, dining and family areas. But a window above the kitchen sink is still a design feature that many crave. If that’s you, here are a few tips on how to choose the right one for you.

Select the style first

Kitchen sink windows often are hard to reach to operate, depending on how far your sink juts out. With this challenge, it may be harder to open a single- or double-hung window. Instead, a sliding window that moves left to right may be a better choice.

If you’re more interested in ventilation than view, an awning window is an excellent choice. Awning windows open from the bottom and swing out.

Once you decide on the style, you’ll need to consider material.

Material considerations

The material of your kitchen sink window will probably be the same as all the other windows in your home. If you are replacing just this window, you’ll find options in both vinyl and wood. Vinyl and a treated-wood product like AuraLast® pine provide durability and require minimal maintenance.

Customize for your aesthetic

Vinyl and wood windows both provide many different ways to customize your window. You can use color to make a statement, or a stain to match other wood features. Add grilles for depth or to match your other windows.

Ensure it’s energy efficient, too

You’ll also want to make sure you’re choosing features to help with efficiency. Low-E glass, or low emissivity, is an invisible metallic coating on the glass designed to reflect infrared light, keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Be sure this in an option on the glass for your window.

The kitchen has become the true heart of a home. Enjoy yours with an amazing kitchen sink window.

AuraLast® Pine is Built to Last

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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!