Innovative New Doors and Windows for Your Home
By: Danny Lipford
There were a number of innovative new doors and windows on display at the 2011 International Builder’s Show, including:
- Decorative glass doors from JELD-WEN Windows & Doors.
- Acrylic block windows from Hy-Lite.
- Hinged door sidelights with screens from Therma-Tru Doors.
- Sliding glass patio doors with blinds between the glass from ODL.
Watch this video to find out more.
Danny Lipford: This entry door from JELD-WEN adds a gorgeous wheat pattern to its obscure glass insert to make a functional element more beautiful. These acrylic block windows from Hy-Lite are lighter than real glass blocks, so they can be made operable for ventilation – as casement, or on units. To add ventilation to entry door units, without covering the beautiful door, Therma-Tru has hinged the side lights and added screens to them. Now that’s a great, new concept.
Allen Lyle: Blinds between the glass is not that new of a concept. But when they’re on a sliding glass door, that’s new; and that’s what I found here at the ODL booth. Same conveniences, because the blinds are inside the glass. That means no more dust and dirt – I love that. Dangling cords have always been a safety concern; not so, they’re eliminated. You’ve got your up and down, your tilting, open and close, and of course the blinds also move with the door. Now, one other option you can add to this – and I love this – is a low profile, retractable screen door.