IN DEPTH: Doors And Windows

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But not everyone is sold on the notion that the market is truly shifting. “The contemporary look is growing, but we are not embracing it completely,” says Mark Albrighton, senior director of exterior doors at Masonite. “It’s big in urban areas, but we’re not convinced it’s wide-spread at the ultra-modern end of the look.” The company’s new line is modern but not ultra-modern, he notes. “It can work across many architectural designs. It fits a number of platforms without being too severe.”

Craftsman doors remain a top seller. “The craftsman style is still really popular both for renovation and new homes with some architectural styles. I don’t expect that will go away,” says ODL’s Fowler. “It provides smaller glass areas, often higher than eye level, so more clear or lightly frosted glass is used in those styles.”

“There’s a more holistic understanding of a door’s position in the overall design of the home and a desire to match its style to that of the home,” says Masonite’s Albrighton. “Someone with a Spanish Revival style now is looking for a door that better fits that architectural genre more specifically. Some will cross architectural styles, but more want something specific.”

Door lites are changing to meet the new styles, notes John Monfore, product line manager for exterior doors at JELD-WEN. “We are adding some door lites to our line, but they offer a simpler style than past ones. It’s all part of a movement to extend the home’s interior style further into the exterior.”

Adds GlassCraft’s Plummer, “People are definitely moving away from arched transoms and sidelites. We’re seeing more of a trend to double doors to make an entry larger. More than half the doors we sell are 8 feet tall and are being put mostly into high-end homes. They fit with styles that are less decorative.”

GlassCraft Door Co. has introduced the BarnCraft Collection of premium rolling doors in four Design Series of products, including the Barn Door Series (shown), which features a weathered, rustic look. Other styles comprise the Contemporary Series, with minimalist and modern designs, the Two Panel Series and the Divided Lites Series.
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Craig A Shutt

Craig A. Shutt, senior contributing editor of LBM Journal, has more than 35 years of experience covering the LBM industry.