Best New Doors and Windows
The International Builders' Show presents the finest in fenestration. Our editors' gallery highlights the best new windows and doors of '07
Having efficient new windows and doors doesn't mean giving up your house's historic character. These styles, seen at the International Builders' Show, will save money on the power bill without sacrificing curb appeal.The biometric SmartScan lock opens when it recognizes a fingerprint—even if you've lost your keys, you've probably still got your hand. Its battery-powered system remembers up to 50 fingers, which you can save (or delete) in seconds. It's programmable for unlimited or temporary access, and, if necessary, you can just use an old-fashioned metal key. Approx. $200; Kwikset.
Don't suffer with seventies-style aluminum sliding doors when you can get that trendy bronze-clad look in anodized aluminum—a weatherproof, hard-as-nails metal finish that won't chip off. Finishes in clear, champagne, black, copper, and three shades of bronze are available on Eagle windows and doors. See Eagle for pricing.
The new TruScene window screens block bugs invisibly, offering up to 50 percent more clarity than a conventional screen. A micro-fine steel mesh stops the smallest bugs, yet still offers plenty of air and light. See Andersen for pricing.
Andersen's classically designed 400 series combines an old window's charm with a modern one's performance. New offerings in the energy-efficient line include diamond lights, circular panes, and hundreds of other customizable styles that readily retrofit into an old home. Woodwright model shown; starting at approx. $484, Andersen.
New hide-away interior brackets allow coastal homeowners to prepare for storm season easily and attractively. The recessed brackets hold plywood in place when necessary, then fold flush against the window's interior casing to disappear from view when not in use. See Andersen for pricing.
Send Pella a sketch of your dream window or door and the company will fabricate it for you. In this custom fiberglass front door on display at IBS, angular muntins mimic the branches of trees. See Pella for pricing.
These three-layer windows—glass on the outside surrounding a shatter-resistant polymer core—withstand repeated blows from a 9-pound 2x4 shot from a cannon at 50 feet per second. The company calls their HurricaneShield glass "breakthrough technology," but a demo at IBS proved that no storm is breaking through these windows. See Pella for pricing.
A few options available on Pella's custom entryways can take your house back in time. You could get a Prohibition-era "speakeasy grille" that slides out of the way to reveal only the eyeballs of the inhabitants, or you can opt for the medieval clavos seen here. Approx. $630-$900; Pella.
Pella's homage to Craftsman-style door architecture includes period details such as the dentil molding seen here. In keeping with the Craftsman tradition, each door shows natural wood grain cast in low-maintenance fiberglass. Approx. $720-$1130; Pella.
Old-fashioned looks combine with modern construction and weather stripping to make a neighborly exterior double door that keeps kids and pets out of restricted zones without closing them off. This Craftsman-style door is available in wood or fiberglass through Jeld-Wen's IWP line. Approx. $4,500; Jeld-Wen.
Kolbe and Kolbe's new weighted-sash windows pair efficient, insulated new glass with classic double-hung technology. Brass weights, pulleys, and chains are custom-built for each project using a variety of wood species. See Kolbe and Kolbe for pricing.
The beautiful, authentic wood doors from Craftsmen in Wood make a convincing argument to accept no substitutes. The Arizona company's extensive catalog includes doors made of new and reclaimed ash, oak, alder, and others, in various finishes and styles. Custom hardware and cabinet fronts are available as well. See Craftsmen in Wood for pricing.
Slide them up when the window is open and roll them out-of-sight when the window's closed—blocking bugs when you need to and leaving the view unobstructed when you don't. Choose between manual and motorized, remote-control operation. Can be customized to fit any opening. See Phantom Screens for pricing.
Dress up the driveway with custom or stock gates in all-wood or composite construction. Though their 3-inch thick cedar is most popular, the gate shown here is redwood, accented with ornate curves and a chip-and-dale entry pattern. See Custom Gates for pricing.
Schlage's new password-protected door locks operate via a preset 4-digit access code. Available on deadbolts for exterior doors and on latches for interiors, the codes allow only those in the know to come through the door. In case you forget, a regular key can be used as well. Approx. $125, Schlage.