The outside of the house is among the most important features for homeowners, since it provides that instant “curb appeal.” And curb appeal isn’t just a myth; sister publication Remodeling’s 2016 Cost vs. Value report pegs the average return on an entry door replacement at 82.3% of the cost for fiberglass doors, with a 91.1% return for steel doors. Vinyl windows also made it into the top profitable projects, averaging a 73.3% return on investment. This year, the trend on display continues to be that bigger is better, with large doors that slide open to merge the indoors with the outdoors.

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LaCantina is expanding its large-door offerings with its new vinyl folding system, introduced to bring contemporary design to a broader market with a more affordable price point. The vinyl door system is low maintenance and works in all types of climates; it is designed to align when both open and closed to create a strong aesthetic profile. Panels are available in standard and custom sizes up to 8 feet tall and 18 feet wide in a range of configurations.

Reveal Windows & Doors’ Slide & Seal system provides wide sliding doors without the hassle. Panels slide on recessed stainless steel tracks and automatically seal when closed. The system is available in several wood species and with optional complete automation.

ThermaTru’s Classic Craft Rustic Collection now offers 3- by 8-foot and 3.5- by 8-foot door and glass options for larger entryways. The fiberglass doors replicate the look of wood with Southwest and European styling. More than 15 glass designs are available.

Panda Window and Doors’ FlexCounter is a counter-mounted system that runs along a recessed track. It can transform a kitchen into an interior/exterior entertaining space, and is available in lift and slide, multi-slide, horizontal sliding wall, and folding configurations.

Marvin Windows and Doors’ sliding screen door option for its Ultimate Multi-Slide Door provides protection from insects and the elements while still letting the outside in. Screens are available up to 12 feet wide and retract completely when not in use.

Milgard Windows & Doors’ Essence Series radius casement windows combine the appearance of solid wood with the durability of fiberglass. Designed for a more streamlined look, the windows utilize concealed hinges and a handle that tucks away when not in use.

Weather Shield Windows & Doors’ multi-slide door can accommodate openings as large as 50 feet wide and 10 feet tall. As part of the Premium Series and Contemporary Collection, it is offered in single-parting, bi-parting, or 90-degree corner configurations.

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