New Technology and Expanded Offering Push JELD-WEN Fiberglass to Head of Class
JELD-WEN’s fiberglass offering reaches new heights in 2013
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. –During the 2013 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, JELD-WEN is going “all-in” with three tiers of fiberglass doors. JELD-WEN is introducing a new fiberglass lineup with added species and panel designs, available in a greater array of widths and heights, and unveiling even more realistic wood grains only rivaled by Mother Nature herself.
First up, the Smooth-Pro and textured Design-Pro collections are undergoing changes in their manufacturing technologies that translate to improved aesthetics and much more variety; in fact, these collections will expand their offering by more than 50 percent this year. JELD-WEN is adding Fir and a textured white Oak wood grain to the Design-Pro collection, to deliver the good looks, long-lasting durability and low-maintenance convenience of fiberglass to more homes than ever before.
Continued strong demand for taller doors led JELD-WEN to increase the number of smooth and textured door styles in seven- and eight-foot heights. Six Smooth-Pro models will be available in 7’0” heights, and seven will be available in 8’0” heights -- with continued expansion in height offering expected in both Smooth-Pro and Design-Pro collections as the year progresses.
Another boost to the Smooth-Pro line is the introduction of direct glazed designs, which maximize the daylight-viewing area and provide a flush frame profile around the glass for a clean, modern look.
JELD-WEN has also re-engineered and expanded its Architectural Fiberglass collection. Using state-of-the-art technology, the JELD-WEN Architectural Fiberglass door collection matches the true look of wood grains in striking detail. The collection will feature the industry’s most popular wood grains, Mahogany and Fir, and will also feature the much more unusual Walnut wood grain. The doors will be available in many architectural styles, from Old World to Craftsman and contemporary designs. Details such as raised mouldings and hardwood edge bands will complete the authentic look.
What sets the JELD-WEN Architectural Fiberglass door collection apart from the industry are the silicone molds used to capture the wood grain. This proprietary process allows the unique wood grain patterns to be directly transferred from a wood door to a fiberglass facing, without the intermediate transfer to metal dies – which would involve more labor, detail degradation, and added cost. JELD-WEN’s process not only preserves the individual subtleties of the wood, but also gives the company the ability to produce exotic wood grains and unique panel designs at a surprisingly appealing price for homeowners.
“Fiberglass doors have been marketed as wood replicas for many years with varying degrees of success,” said Derek Brosterhous, director of product marketing for doors at JELD-WEN. “We have put our efforts behind producing the most realistic wood grain possible and what we have accomplished is a fiberglass door that is indistinguishable from actual wood – truly revolutionary in the door industry.”
JELD-WEN Architectural Fiberglass doors are anticipated for availability in the marketplace Spring of 2013.
Finally, the JELD-WEN Aurora® Custom Fiberglass collection is in a class by itself. The Aurora Custom Fiberglass line is where JELD-WEN perfected its proprietary process of transferring wood grain from real wood doors to fiberglass, using silicone molds. Custom sizes, unique panel designs and custom hand-applied finishes truly put these doors in a class by themselves. Aurora doors come with many options including radius/arch tops, intricate carvings, art glass, antique and distressed finishes, and decorative metal accents such as clavos and straps.
One example of the great potential for customization of Aurora doors is the high-end entry door system selected for the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) “New American Home,” a desert-contemporary home situated in the Marquis Seven Hills area outside Las Vegas. NAHB’s 2013 International Builders’ Show attendees can tour the New American Home January 22 – 24 via free shuttle buses departing from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
PRODUCT FAST FACTS: JELD-WEN Fiberglass Door Lines
JELD-WEN has a three-tiered fiberglass door line-up, which means there is a fiberglass door suitable for virtually any project – from sensible to sensational and everything in between. JELD-WEN Fiberglass doors can be found in residential and commercial remodels as well as residential and commercial new construction.
Benefits of Fiberglass
JELD-WEN® fiberglass doors provide builders, remodelers and homeowners with the reliability they can depend on. There’s virtually no maintenance because they don’t dent or decay in extreme conditions. JELD-WEN fiberglass doors are available with smooth or textured surfaces for ready-to-paint or stain applications, or beautifully factory prefinished.
Smooth-Pro and Design-Pro
Smooth-Pro and Design-Pro doors feature a no-dent fiberglass skin and are built with composite capped stiles and rails to resist water and insect damage. They feature an innovative BASF Neopor® Core for energy efficiency.
Smooth-Pro doors feature a wide array of smooth panel designs that come paint-ready with no prep work required for paint finishes.
Design-Pro doors are textured and available in four distinct wood species: Oak, Mahogany, Fir, as well as textured primed white. The doors easily accept stain with minimal prep work for a beautiful, lasting finish.
Architectural Door Collection
The JELD-WEN Architectural Door Collection features state-of-the-art technology that creates a more realistic wood grain pattern. Doors are available in three wood species (Walnut, Mahogany and Fir) with hardwood edgebands for authenticity, as well as an innovative BASF Neopor® Core for superior thermal performance over time.
Aurora Custom Fiberglass
JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors are exceptional in the marketplace because they are the only fiberglass doors that offer such a vast array of customization -- size, shape, species, panel and glass designs, and professional hand-finishing with unmatched elegance. Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors are created using actual wood doors as a pattern for the mold. The mold replicates the grain pattern and other unique details, like knots in the wood. For discerning consumers who want one-of-a-kind, solid wood, masterpiece entryways, but live in extreme climates or have a harsh exposure, Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors are the perfect match because the only thing that matches their beauty is their durability.
About JELD-WENJELD-WEN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors. JELD-WEN has 20,000 employees across more than 100 locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company’s extensive product offering encompasses windows, exterior doors, interior doors and related building products that are sold globally through multiple distribution channels, including retail home centers, wholesale distributors and building products dealers. JELD-WEN has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 1998. For more information on JELD-WEN, visit www.jeld-wen.com.