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IN DEPTH: Doors And Windows

IN DEPTH: Doors And Windows

There’s a similar shift in choices for windows. “The traditional look blended into the Craftsman and rustic looks, and now people are looking for something a little different in many cases,” says Sean Smith, product line manager for windows at JELD-WEN. “They want a transitional look, where there’s more glass and bigger viewing areas than with previously popular styles. There’s less traditional sticking and caming, and it’s replaced with angular lines with cleaner, crisper looks. The thinner frames make the glass area bigger.”

Interior doors also are following that trend. “For interior doors, there’s a trend toward clean lines,” agrees JELD-WEN’s Monfore. The company’s flat-panel door is especially popular. “We’re also seeing lines popular in Europe that have curves and some feeling of movement to them. We’re still looking to see if that will be universally popular and gain attention here.”

GlassCraft introduced a side-rolling “barn door” for various interior applications. “It provides an upper-end look for rustic and modern designs,” says Plummer. It also provides a focal point while saving space.

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Material choices also are evolving, following recent patterns toward vinyl windows and fiberglass doors. “There is growing interest in fiberglass doors and more interest in the material,” says Masonite’s Albrighton. “We are focusing on grains that are relevant and pleasing. We expect to tap into that interest for the next three to five years as a key element of sales, and we are looking at avenues that fit those styles. A general six-panel door won’t fit all styles and preferences anymore.”