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IN DEPTH: Doors And Windows

IN DEPTH: Doors And Windows
embarq-fiberglass-entry-door-from-proviaEmbarq fiberglass entry doors from ProVia provide a 0.10 U-factor and a 2 1/2-inch thickness to accommodate more insulation. An integrated channel in the side rails and header allows more energy-efficient foam to be used, while a dual-perimeter seal creates a barrier against drafts and energy leaks. The custom-designed sweep accommodates the door’s added thickness.

Indeed, while the Craftsman style that has dominated choices in recent years remains popular, it’s seeing its position challenged. “Modern, contemporary looks are definitely growing in popularity,” says John Plummer, president of GlassCraft Door Co. “The whole modern look is sweeping the country.” The firm’s Contemporary ollection, featuring clean lines similar to mid-century modern door looks, is selling well. “Sales have exceeded our projections. We are planning to expand our line to take advantage of that, to about double the number of options we have now.”

Others agree that contemporary styling is growing rapidly in popularity. “The contemporary design trend of the last few years has really taken off, with more customers demanding that style,” says Weather Shield’s Koester. “Homebuyers are looking for homes with clean lines, and manufacturers have started to group their products to target that desire. Now customers are looking at those options that weren’t really designed for the new contemporary styles and asking, ‘What else have you got?’”

Weather Shield redesigned its Contemporary Collection to stay in tune. “The frame is clean and flush with the sash,” Koester explains. “It eliminates the shadow line. It’s not a lot of big things, more little things that make it different and separate it from the Craftsman look that’s been popular for so long.” There is a move to more modern styles overall. “The flat door with four or five panes of glass is coming back,” says Randy Albaugh, director of sales at ProVia. “More modern styles are doing well.”

weather-shield-contempory-collectionThe new additions to Weather Shield’s Contemporary Collection offer an exterior flush frame for window units, a 3 1/4-inch bottom rail on hinged, bi-fold and sliding doors, and a range of interior and exterior finishes for the aluminum-clad products. The line provides narrow-profile frames and European-style hardware, with many options.