Best New Home Products 2010: Windows & Doors
A complete cheat sheet to this year's freshest ideas for your home's windows and doors
Custom Folding Sliding Doors by Folding Door Co.
Here's a secret we had to share: You no longer have to refinance your property to afford an architectural wall of glass doors that collapses to create an indoor/outdoor space. In fact, you can order this system as if you were ordering drapes—it's that simple. Custom made for openings up to 50 feet, these aluminum-framed doors are shipped in a DIY kit directly from the factory in Britain.
About $10,000 for a four-door system; thefoldingdoor.co.uk
Pet Door Option by YesterYear
The typical plastic doggie door has as much charm as a mud flap. That's why we fell for this wood pet hatch, which matches the door's decorative panels and preserves its design integrity.
Cottage Charm in Spanish cedar; about $789 as shown; http://www.vintagedoors.com
Door Surround Kit by Focal Point
It's great to see this exterior door molding offered as a kit. The two pilasters, header with dentil detail, and keystone will put the finishing touch on your home's first impression. The primed molded polyurethane resists insects, mold, mildew, and rot, and promises to look good for years to come.
About $174; homedepot.com
Essence Series Windows by Milgard
Behold, the first fiberglass window to feature solid-wood interior trim. Finally. Now you can show off stained or painted woodwork without sacrificing the myriad benefits of fiberglass-framed windows—which, as you know, are strong, stable, rot resistant, insect proof, paintable, low maintenance, and, now, attractive.
A 3-by-5-foot double-hung starts at $400; milgard.com
Electrochromics Tinting Windows by Sage
While we're waiting for flying cars, we'll settle for electronically tinted glass, now available in triple-pane construction with a whopping R-value of 8 (versus, say, 3 for double-pane windows). At the touch of a button, the built-in nanotechnology dims the glass to shade a room. Sync it with your home automation system to save energy.
A 30-by-60-inch awning window from H Window Company costs about $1,575; sage-ec.com