No matter the scope of the application, there is an ever-growing selection of unique windows and doors to fit your needs. Manufacturers are continuing to expand their lines to suit the tastes of even the most discriminating homeowner, including new options for materials, cladding colors, decorative glass, metal finishes, dual-sided units, and between-the-glass blinds and grids.
Katy Tomasulo is managing editor for PROSALES and TOOLS OF THE TRADE magazines.
Best of Both Worlds An understated style, uncomplicated design, and solid construction give Classic-Craft American Style Collection fiberglass entry doors an Arts and Crafts feel reminiscent of early-1900s bungalows. The doors feature the texture of real wood with the thermal performance and durability of fiberglass, the maker says. They include vertical-groove straight graining, clean lines, square real-wood edges, and a wide, full-length lock block. Decorative glass options are assembled directly into the door. Therma-Tru. 800.537.8827. www.thermatru.com.
Over the Top CrestWood double-hung windows are now available with a simulated transom, which provides the look of a traditional transom but is more structurally sound, easier to install, and less expensive the maker says. The simulated transom comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, including rectangular, half-round, and gothic. The windows have PVC exteriors in white or almond; interiors come in pine or white PVC composite. Various grille and glass options are available. Crestline. 800.552.4111. www.crestlinewindows.com.
Gotta Vent The entire pane of the Venting Picture Window lifts up and outward 21/4 inches, allowing for both ventilation and a large, unobstructed view. The full perimeter of the opening — but not the glass itself —is protected by a hidden screen made with fiberglass-wrapped reticulated foam that resists mold, mildew, and UV rays. For security purposes, the window always looks closed from the exterior. Marvin. 888.537.8266. www.marvin.com.
New Tradition Evoking the charm of Old World windows, Homestead wood windows are operated by unlocking a sash lock and pushing the window outward rather than by using a crank handle. Concealed friction hinges, available on most units, keep the sash open in any position. The windows come in incense cedar or mahogany. Architectural Traditions. 520.574.7374. www.architecturaltraditions.com.
Fab Five Offering the classic look of a solid-wood door without the cost, Rockport molded interior doors feature a traditional five-panel design popular in the 1920s and '30s, with a classic beaded sticking style. The doors can be specified with ProCore construction, which provides a sound-transmission-control rating higher than that of solid-wood doors. The units have a pre-primed, smooth surface and come in two thicknesses, two heights, and a variety of widths. Jeld-Wen. 877.535.3462. www.jeld-wen.com.