The Craftsman style is the look of the moment in doors. More than just a trend, the clean lines and solid elegance of the Arts and Crafts era make it a versatile style, just as at home in rustic suburban settings as it is in the city. And the style is a perfect opportunity for fiberglass door manufacturers looking to showcase how much their doors resemble authentic wood.
“Our new doors are reminiscent of early 20th century American architecture,” says Jeld-Wen product marketing manager Shane Meisel. “[They] replicate the distinctive appearance of natural wood — and wood is the essence of Craftsman style.”
Many companies offer glass options with true-to-the-era geometric patterns in beveled and colored glass. These choices can be a great selling point for homeowners looking for a way to up curb appeal and distinguish their homes from the others on the block.
Tru-Stile. Three door series were added to the Authentic Designs collection at this year's International Builders' Show. The Art Deco Series, shown, features flat-panel doors with square or beveled sticking and applied moldings. The Farmhouse Series is inspired by the classic American homestead, and the High Country Series has a rustic, cabin feel. 303.286.3931. www.trustile.com.
Jeld-Wen. Striking period style marks the line of Craftsman fiberglass doors, part of the IWP Aurora Collection. Featuring clean lines, flat panels, and Shaker-inspired sticking in three door and side light designs, the custom doors replicate the beauty and weight of real wood, says the company. The doors are offered in oak and mahogany wood grains and several finish options, including honey and mocha. 877.535.3462. www.jeld-wen.com.
Kolbe & Kolbe. The Ultra Series Extruded Aluminum Clad Raised Panel doors feature an aluminum-clad exterior and 70% fluouropolymer finish. The interior is offered in a number of wood species. Removable grilles, grilles-in-the-airspace, and Performance Divided Lite are also available. 800.955.8177. www.kolbe-kolbe.com.
Windsor Windows & Doors. The Pinnacle patio door is offered in sliding, in-swing, or out-swing styles in three standard heights. Its stiles and rails are constructed of Ponderosa pine core and skins for a rich appearance. Choose from a latex-primed or clad exterior. Several hardware finishes and styles, as well as a range of glass options, are available. 800.887.0111. www.windsorwindows.com.
Masonite. Part of the company's Anniversary Collection, the Cheyenne Two Panel Plank door has a new sticking profile and striking beaded planks. Feature lines distinguish the door's architecture with stile and rail authenticity. The door is offered in 6 foot, 8 inch- and 8-foot heights in both passage and bifold doors. 800.663.3667. www.masonite.com.
Peachtree. The Newport fiberglass entry door line offers a new panel design with a smooth exterior and textured interior. The interior's wood-grain face can be stained to enhance the look. The exterior can be finished in one of six colors. The entry doors are available with half view and three-quarter view oval, round top, or rectangular windows. 800.732.2499. www.peachtreedoor.com.
Simpson. Taking a cue from Frank Lloyd Wright, the expanded Craftsman Collection features glass options with geometric patterned art glass.
The collection includes one-, two-, and three-panel doors, with a selection of matching transoms and side lights for each door. Door heights can be 6 feet, 8 inches, 7 feet, or 8 feet, and in a range of widths from 3 feet to 3 feet, 6 inches. 800.952.4057. www.simpsondoor.com.
Vetter. Introduced earlier this year at the International Builders' Show, the company's Insulated Hurricane Impact patio doors have a durable layer of .090-inch or .100-inch gauge polyvinyl butral (PVB) bonded between two panes of annealed laminated glass. The out-swing patio door is offered in French and traditional styles, and is rated to ASTM 1996 Missile level D and ASTM E1886. A range of clad colors is offered. 800.838.8372. www.vetterwindows.com.
Therma-Tru. A spring-loaded foot bolt and easy-to-operate, multi-point locking system ensure security on the Fiber-Classic Sliding Patio Door System. Additional features include flush-glazed tempered low-E insulated glass, pultruded fiberglass frames, and a full system limited lifetime warranty. The interior surface of the doors can be painted or stained to match any décor. 800.537.8827. www.thermatru.com.
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