This article originally appeared on the BUILDER website.
For their newest product offerings, the industry's window and door manufacturers continue to focus their efforts on creating resilient products that can stand up to the test of hurricane season - particularly if they're looking for HVHZ or Miami-Dade County approval. At the same time, in response to a renewed focus on indoor-outdoor living, the newest patio doors sport large panels, slim frames, and highly-customizable panel configurations.
Here are a few of the newest door, window, and patio door products:
The Ply Gem EuroSeries is available in two-, three-, or four-panel configurations, with a maximum size of 21 feet by 9.5 feet. Despite the door’s size, a proprietary EuroGlide operation system allows for easy movement. The door is HVHZ (High Velocity Hurricane Zone) tested, and meets impact protection requirements for the Florida Building Code, including Miami-Dade County. The vinyl frame is available in a variety of two-tone finishes. plygem.com
Haas Door has added four new polycarbonate impact window glazing options—clear, dark gray, bronze, and pebble—to the American Tradition 900 series of steel garage doors. Taken together, the door and glazed windows offer design pressures of +48.0/-52.0 for doors up to 10 feet, 2 inches wide, and +31.3/-34.9 for doors 10 feet, 3 inches to 16 feet, 2 inches wide. Doors with impact glass are not rated for use in an HVHZ. haasdoor.com
The Sky-Frame Hurricane doors and windows have fulfilled Miami-Dade County requirements for extreme weather and impact resistance, and comply with HVHZ criteria in the Florida Building Code.
The panels can measure up to 91 inches wide and 138 inches high, are permitted for design pressures up to 75 psf, and have passed water resistance testing up to 22 psf. Multitrack setups allow for an unlimited number of sliding doors and windows near each other. sky-frame.com
The next phase of the Marvin Modern collection adds Casement and Awning windows in crank-out or push-out movement styles. All Marvin Modern products are distinguished by slim sightlines, designed for minimum visual distraction. The frames consist of a high-density fiberglass exterior over an aluminum interior, which provide durability and energy efficiency. Casement windows measure up to 3 feet wide and 9 feet tall, while Awning windows measure up to 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. marvin.com
ODL’s newest Traditional-Style Simulated Divided Lights (SDL) door glass configuration features a six-light grille over a full-length pane and measures 22 inches by 64 inches. The SDL door glass series emulates the look of divided-light door glass by applying external grilles over a full glass pane.
The injection-molded window frame allows for a simpler installation process, and reduces the likelihood of warping or separation from the glass over time, according to the company. The glass is available in oak or white frames. A variety of clear and decorative door glass styles are available, including low-E glass. odl.com
The F-2500 patio door system offers the manufacturer’s folding patio door operation type at an “approachable” price point, designed and built for the repair, remodel, and new-home construction markets, according to the company. The two-panel door system features fiberglass construction with an aluminum-clad frame and a bottom-mounted hardware track. It is currently available from select retailers in a primed white finish; a wide release in all of the firm’s finish colors is set for later this year. jeld-wen.com
The newest sliding door in Weather Shield’s Contemporary Collection offers larger sizes, improved performance, and advanced sill design. With a 2 ¼-inch-thick door panel, the new door expands maximum panel widths up to 5 feet and heights up to 10 feet. The door has a multipoint locking system, TPE synthetic rubber weatherstripping, precision bearing rollers, and a low-profile 1 ¼-inch sill. It can be shipped assembled or loose and installs like standard sliders. weathershield.com
The Boral Windows gliding patio door system is made for design flexibility, with a wide range of customization options. The saddle-style doors are available in two-, three-, and four-panel configurations, and range up to 8 feet high and 16 feet wide. It features a mechanical frame, welded sash, stainless-steel rollers on vinyl rails, dual-seal weather stripping, and an internal weep system.
The frame system is knocked down, allowing for easy transport and on-site assembly for contractors. boralamerica.com