Window and door manufacturers are offering customers more options. New products include aesthetically pleasing designs, more glass, better protection from the elements, digital solutions, and new materials.
Supplemental Sun | marvin.com
Marvin unveiled its Awaken Skylight, which utilizes digital technology to adjust the amount of light and air coming into a home. The Awaken Skylight comes with supplemental lighting, which can be controlled via a mobile app or Bluetooth-enabled wall switches. By adjusting the temperature warmth and brightness of the supplemental light, the product can simulate daytime, sunset, or sunrise lighting inside the house. The skylight won the Best Window and Door Product Category and was also recognized as a finalist in the Best Home Technology Product Category at the 2020 International Builders’ Show. The skylight will be available to dealers by the middle of this year.
Window Seating Available | marvin.com
The Marvin Skycove is a fully constructed, projected-glass box structure that can seat one or more people to extend functional living space. Because the window protrudes out, the glass on the sides and top offers more light and visibility than traditional rough openings. The window, which won Best Indoor Product at the 2020 International Builders’ Show, is built on a steel structure, designed to hold 60 pounds per square foot. There are two sizes options: 6.5 feet wide by 70 inches high and 8.5 feet wide by roughly 7 feet high. The product will be available in mid-2020 to Marvin dealers in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, Minnesota, and select areas in the Northeast.
Automatic Window | andersenwindows.com
Andersen Windows extended its line of MultiGlide doors to include sizes optimal for a pass-through window for outdoor entertaining areas. The MultiGlide pass-through windows slide on continuously adjustable synthetic rollers for a smooth and quiet operation. Their flush hardware enables them to stack or pocket into the wall, creating a wide-open space. Customers can add automation to open their pass-through window with the touch of a button. The MultiGlide door line is available in heights down to 48 inches and increased widths to fit openings up to 50 feet. All MultiGlide doors feature both contemporary and traditional frames and are customizable with dozens of exterior and interior designs.
Large-Span Skylights | veluxusa.com
The SkyMax skylight, by the Velux Group, enables customers to bring in natural daylight through large skylights spanning up to 10 feet. A finalist in the Best Energy Efficient Product category at this year’s IBS, the SkyMax skylight doubles the square footage of standard flat-glass skylights without losing thermal efficiency, according to the company. SkyMax skylights also incorporate a condensation channel to prevent leaking, which eliminates the need for weep holes. For large, single-light spans, the vinyl frame is structurally reinforced with aluminum. All SkyMax skylights have a standard baked enamel finish in Quaker Bronze. Nine additional colors, including copper cladding, are available.
All Aluminum | kolbewindows.com
Kolbe has entered into the aluminum window and door market with its introduction of the VistaLuxe Collection AL Line, a full selection of thermally broken all-aluminum windows and doors that emphasize clean lines, style, and functionality. Kolbe’s VistaLuxe AL line offers tilt-turns and hoppers, casements and awnings, direct sets, swinging doors, pivot doors, folding doors, multi-slide doors, lift-and-slide doors, and Hi-Finity multi-slide doors. With distinct options, the all-aluminum line offers a choice of popular colors with powder-coated or anodized finishes.
More Glass, More Light | jeld-wen.com
Introduced at IBS in January, Jeld-Wen’s Siteline Multi-Slide patio door system features 3-inch stiles and rails and a zero-clearance sill, which allows for more glass and natural light coming into a room. Panels can be as large as 60 inches wide by 108 inches tall and can be configured with up to six panels in a single direction or 12 panels in a bi-parting configuration. The door panels have a wood interior with a laminated, veneered lumber substrate and an extruded aluminum exterior. Horizontally retractable screens are available. With panels as small as 30 inches wide by 36 inches tall, the product can also be used as a pass-through window system.
Wall of Glass | nanawall.com
NanaWall, at IBS this year, showcased its SL84 aluminum-framed system, which represents the company’s slimmest and most thermally efficient line of folding glass walls. With a frame profile intersection of 3 7/8 inches, the SL84 offers the slimmest aluminum profile available from the company. The Bionic Turtle is a patented polyamide single-piece insulbar design that provides an insulating thermal break within the frame profiles for energy efficiency and also serves as a concealed channel to house the locking rods. A multipurpose frame insert can guide cabling for the SL84 to connect to a home security system.
A Door that Endures | enduraproducts.com
Endura introduced its FrameSaver FusionFrame system, a door frame system that’s also a door installation system. The composite door frame offers maintenance-free performance that provides protection against rot and wood-ingesting insects. The product is offered in a prefinished white option that is ready to install. FusionFrame jambs and mulls require fewer shims and offer the durability needed over time to withstand temperature fluctuations. The product was a finalist for the Best Window and Door Product in the 2020 Best of IBS Awards. FusionFrame can be utilized for jamb depths ranging from 49/16 inches to 89/16 inches.
The Feel of Iron | jeld-wen.com
At IBS 2020, Jeld-Wen showcased the IWP Aurora door, which features the company’s Foundry finish, a multistep finishing process that creates the look and feel of iron, but offers the performance benefits of fiberglass. Iron doors create a desirable look, but offer poor thermal properties, such as overheating in the summer and frosting during the winter. IWP Aurora fiberglass offers a better barrier against the elements and resists denting or shrinking and requires little maintenance, according to Jeld-Wen. The company’s Foundry finish is available in five colors including metallic black, flat black, silver, medium bronze, and tumbled white bonze. Custom colors are also available.
Foam Core Fire Door | thermatru.com
Therma-Tru foam core fire-rated Fiber-Classic and Smooth-Star fiberglass doors deliver a lighter-weight solution for applications that require fire-rated products, such as multifamily, commercial, and house-to-garage, with all the benefits of fiberglass. Tested to withstand a minimum of 20 minutes of fire exposure with temperatures that reach more than 1,400 F, foam-core fire-rated fiberglass doors are filled with heat- and cold-resistant material that helps keeps a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These doors feature a polyurethane foam that reduces overall door slab weight by more than 45% when compared to a cement core fire-rated fiberglass door slab.