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101 Top Products: Windows + Doors

Among the best window + door products included in BD+C's Top 101 Products report are Jeld-Wen's EpicVue windows, Yale/Assa Abloy's Yale Pivot Collection, and Zola Window's Thermo ALU75 Windows.

March 26, 2018 |


1. EpicVue Windows | Jeld-Wen

This line of clad-wood windows is engineered with a robust aluminum-extruded sash that provides rigid strength and stability and helps support the pane. This allows for expansive openings, including a 90-degree “direct set” option for panoramic views. EpicVue windows are made with Jeld-Wen’s AuraLast water-based wood treatment to protect from rot, water saturation, and termites. Available in nine wood species and five stains.


2. architectural wall system delivers natural wood LOOK | Sierra Pacific WindowS 

When aluminum or steel storefronts or curtain walls won’t do the trick, Sierra Pacific Windows offers its wood-based Architectural Wall System. The product line brings fresh design possibilities to the light commercial market with its expansive glass aesthetic, sloped glazing option, and all-wood interiors, plus a vertical glazing system that provides load-bearing structural integrity. The use of Douglas fir glulam beams can obviate the need for steel beams, even for walls up to 14 feet in height. Designs can include shed, gable, or circular styles, as well as skylight framing in flat plane, ridge, hip, or circular. The wall system can also incorporate aluminum-clad wood windows, doors, and corner units from the maker. The vertical glazed systems are tested to ASTM standards for air and water infiltration and structural wind-load performance. The glazing styles all meet a 0.28 U-value or better, and are rated for DP50 or DP70, depending on the application. The extruded aluminum exterior is available in unlimited AAMA 2605 powder-coated colors.


3. 8300 Series Windows | Wausau Window and Wall System

The 8300 custom window series is available in a variety of styles—fixed, project-in or project-out casements, awnings, and hopper vents—and has been tested to meet AAMA AW-100 standards, including the new AAMA 910-16 life cycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles. The company also tested floating vent (pictured) and fixed floating-vent configurations, achieving an AAMA AW-40 Performance Class rating.


4. Yale Pivot Collection | Yale/Assa Abloy

This lever for interior and exterior doors features a two-way push/pull operation for enhanced accessibility in residential and light commercial applications. It can easily be pushed opened with a hip when carrying an item. It is designed to allow young children, the elderly, and the disabled to quickly open the door in an emergency. The Yale Pivot Collection comes in three finishes: satin nickel, polished brass, and oil-rubbed bronze.


5. Multiglide Doors | Andersen Windows

Designed to fit openings up to 25 feet wide and 10 feet high, MultiGlide doors are available in stacking and pocketing configurations, and in all-aluminum or aluminum-clad wood options. Panels can be 28 to 60 inches in width and 761/2 to 1161/2 inches in height. Bottom rail heights range from 41/16 to 12 inches. Adjustable synthetic roller wheels provide smooth, quiet operation.


6. Ultimate Bi-Fold Door | Marvin Windows and Doors

The Ultimate BiFold Door system is available in frame heights up to 10 feet and panel widths up to three feet, six inches. The unit uses two hinges rather than three for a clean, streamlined look, with less visible hardware. Concealed, multi-point locking system comes standard. Options include a retractable screen, which is concealed within a surround when not in use. Configurations up to 551/2 feet.


7. Vinyl Folding Door System | Lacantina Doors

A new vinyl folding door system is available in standard sizes up to eight feet high and 18 feet wide. The door panels feature a narrow 215/16-inch stile and rail profile for added glass and light. Concealed multi-point locking provides added security. Standard color options: white and tan. Hardware finish: stainless steel or bronze. Also available in custom sizes. Comes standard with low-e dual-glaze glass.


8. ‘Connect’ Touchscreen Deadbolt for keyless locking | Schlage

This “smart” deadbolt lock integrates with Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings for advanced applications such as voice activation accessibility and keyless, one-touch locking. Its fingerprint-resistant touchscreen ensures access code numbers won’t wear or become detectable after use. Alarm mode senses vibrations at the door and alerts users with an audible alarm.


9. Scenescape Collection | Pella Corp.

This line of multi-slide, lift-and-slide, and bi-fold doors is installed on a floor sill track for smooth operation. The multi-slides and lift-and-slides come in multiple configurations up to 10 panels wide. The bi-fold doors can be arranged in a variety of ways: panels can travel to one side or open in the middle, and tracks can be straight, meet at a 90-degree corner, or curve. Bifolds can fit openings from four to 35 feet wide.


10. Thermo Alu75 WINDOWS | Zola Windows

This triple-pane, thermally broken aluminum window system comes standard with R-11 glass or with optional R-15 quad-glass. The frame incorporates a three-chamber thermal break that, in combination with its multi-lock configuration and triple air seals, delivers interior comfort and energy savings. Available in a variety of window types, including tilt-and-turn, lift-and-slide, and French door.


11. Series 600 Window Wall | Western Window Systems

Designed for commercial or residential projects in moderate climates, this window wall system offers a contemporary aesthetic and seamless integration with the company’s hinged and sliding doors and hinged windows. A thermally broken option is suitable for colder climates. Completely customizable with an array of configurations, including arches, circles, and polygons.



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