CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Forget small and subtle, the biggest style trend for windows and doors this year is large and in charge.
As homeowners and builders alike grow more upbeat and confident in the market, demand has risen for massive statement pieces that create an undeniable wow factor. At IBS this year, JELD-WEN, a leading manufacturer of windows and doors, is highlighting this trend with oversized and innovative window and door designs.
JELD-WEN’s new Custom Wood Folding window also stretches style limits. This impressive window operates accordion-style and is available in a variety of wood species. Two eight-panel window units can be put together to create a massive expanse of up to 48 feet, longer than the average school bus.That includes JELD-WEN’s Epic® Custom Wood windows. These larger window styles push the boundaries with enormous expanses of glass made possible with thicker stiles and rails, larger hardware, and extruded sash – all designed for strength while making a big style statement. For example, JELD-WEN can offer an operable double-hung window up to 120 inches tall and create even larger nonoperable sizes, such as the 15-foot JELD-WEN® Epic® windows that grace the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
Making a bold statement with large window and door styles doesn’t mean builders or homeowners have to sacrifice performance. JELD-WEN’s Epic windows are designed to meet ENERGY STAR® qualifications. They come standard with energy efficient, LoE3-366 insulating glass as well as Neat® glass, which harnesses the sun’s UV rays to loosen dirt from the glass. The Epic and Folding windows are available standard with AuraLast® pine wood and feature an unprecedented Lifetime Limited Warranty* against rot and termite damage.
Making a signature statement throughout the home
JELD-WEN experts are also seeing homeowners use statement windows and doors in some unique places. Areas of the home that have traditionally been considered more private, including bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways, are now featuring oversized windows and doors to help highlight great views and bring the outdoors in.
“It’s not about the specific room – it’s about capturing great views, natural light and the connection to the outdoors throughout the entire house,” said JELD-WEN Executive VP of Sales & Marketing Bob Merrill. “More than ever, people are choosing windows and doors to be their home’s focal point.”
JELD-WEN® IWP® Custom Wood door with Tilt & Turn sidelites
For the modest, JELD-WEN offers a variety of beautiful privacy glass that allows for natural light, but provides more privacy than clear glass. Even so, more homeowners are willing to stretch the boundaries of what’s considered public versus private and welcome the greater exposure along with a great view.
Beyond size, making a statement also means unique style features. For IBS, JELD-WEN is highlighting other attention-getting designs such as curved pivot doors, modern Dutch doors, and door sidelites and windows that both tilt and turn.
“When it comes to new construction and remodeling, selecting the right windows and doors has become top priority,” said Merrill. “People are recognizing the opportunity to use amazing window and door designs in ways that create signature statements for their home.”
JELD-WEN - a leading global manufacturer of windows, doors, and treated composite trim and panels – operates 90 facilities in more than 18 countries with $3.5 billion in revenues; half of which comes from outside the United States. The company provides products that enhance the beauty and functionality of homes and commercial buildings. JELD-WEN’s full breadth of products has earned numerous awards and endorsements for dependability, innovation and excellence. With a strong commitment to sustainability, JELD-WEN is a recognized leader in manufacturing energy efficient products – providing solutions that deliver exceptional value for builders, architects and homeowners around the world. JELD-WEN has been an ENERGY STAR® Partner since 1998. For more information about JELD-WEN, or to find a dealer, visitwww.jeld-wen.com or call 800-877-9482.