100 Best New Products of 2014: Windows & Doors

The top window and door products from the past year based on Professional Remodeler reader feedback.

July 28, 2014
100 Best New Products of 2014: Windows & Doors

ProVia Fiberglass Entry Doors

ProVia’s Signet line of fiberglass entry doors has strong hardwood stiles and rails dovetailed at each corner. The professional-class doors are hand-stained and customizable with different styles, colors, and finishes on each side. Finishes include Cherry, Mahogany, Fir, and Oak. The DuraFuse finishing system features P3 Fusion that allows for a 10-year finish warranty. The doors can be ordered in widths and heights in 1/8-inch increments.

 

Solar Innovations Skylights

Solar Innovations now offers custom-built skylights in side-glazed (flat) and pyramidal configurations. Within the pyramidal options, homeowners can choose from: straight eave double pitch, ridge mounted, pyramid, hip end, straight eave lean-to, and single slope. Homeowners can currently choose from 14 glass combinations and 2- or 2.5-inch glazing bar sill types.

 

 

Marvin Ultimate Casement Windows

Marvin’s Passive House Institute U.S. certified window is available with tripane glass in a 13/8-inch profile, or quad glazing with Heat Mirror technology in a 1-inch profile. The tripane boasts a U-value of 0.18 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.349; the quad glazing version features a 0.19 U-value and 0.349 SHGC. Marvin offers six wood-species options, nine factory-applied interior stain and paint finishes, and 19 standard exterior clad colors.

 

 

 

 

Velux Fresh Air Skylight

The solar panel built into this curb-mounted skylight from Velux captures direct and indirect sunlight to recharge the operating system. No wiring is required to install the skylight, which features an integrated rain sensor that automatically closes the skylight in the event of inclement weather. Velux also offers the Fresh Air skylight in a deck-mounted model. Homeowners will be able to save money due to a 30-percent federal tax credit for both product and installation.

 

Jeld-Wen Custom Pocket Double-Hung Windows

Part of Jeld-Wen’s custom wood window line, this replacement pocket window is ideal when the existing window frame and surrounding wall are in good condition, but the sash needs improvement. Homeowners can select an all-wood exterior or a clad exterior with 41 color options. The AuraLast Wood can accommodate numerous existing frame sill slopes, divided lite profiles, and glass packages, including Energy Star-rated models.

 

 

 

Therma-Tru Pulse Fiberglass Entry Door

A mahogany-grained fiberglass design and Echo option for doors and sidelites expand the family of Therma-Tru Pulse doors. Available in 6-feet-8-inch and 8-foot heights, the Pulse family also includes oak-grained fiberglass, smooth fiberglass, and steel product line options. Pulse doors are characterized by clean lines and sharp right angles for a modern look that builds on vintage aesthetics.

 

Milgard Moving Glass Wall Systems

Homeowners can now get bi-fold and pocket styles with the Milgard Moving Glass Wall System, giving them even more options for indoor-outdoor living. Bi-fold doors feature a loaded operation, eliminating the need for a structural header, as each panel folds on top of the adjacent panel. Pocket doors slide into the wall when opened, taking up less space in the room. Milgard offers numerous stock finishes, including white, dark bronze, anodized aluminum and aluminum clad wood (clear vertical grain Douglas fir and pine).

Pella 250 Series Windows

Available in single-hung, double-hung, and sliding styles, these vinyl windows from Pella bring significant energy savings to a home. Low-E insulating double-pane glass is standard, but Pella also offers triple-pane glass. Homeowners can choose to have argon between the panes for increased energy efficiency. The vinyl frames offer easy maintenance and include full-frame profile and edge detailing. Simulated-divided-light and between-the-glass grilles are offered.

Simonton Reflections 5500 Vinyl Windows

This series of vinyl windows from Simonton feature a classic frame design with high energy efficiency and long-lasting beauty. ProSolar low-E glass with argon gas is standard; high-performance options include a triple-pane insulating glass unit and ProSolar Shade low-E glass. Reflections windows can be customized with Decorum by Simonton features including seven exterior colors, three woodgrain options, and four premium hardware finish options.

 

 

 

Integrity Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung Windows

Combining pultruded fiberglass, wood interiors, and flexible fitting, Wood-Ultrex is a frame-in-frame design built in 1/64 -inch increments for appropriate sizing up to 4.5 feet by 7 feet. Upper and lower sashes can be opened for cleaning and a window control opening device can be used to prevent falls. It comes in operating, picture, and transom units, and provides a 3.25-inch replacement frame with through-jamb installation.

 

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