Most Innovative Door

2011 Crystal Achievement Award Winners


Large Manufacturer

pgt doors

Series 470, 570, 2770 and 2870 Sliding Glass Doors


PGT Industries

N. Venice, Fla.

Providing a new option to meet demand for wide-opening, multi-panel door systems, the Sliding Glass Door Series SGD 470, 570, 2770 and 2870 is an all-vinyl panel and frame system with a choice of insulating or laminated insulating glass. Frame color options include white or beige for the 470/570, and white or two-tone (bronze exterior with white interior) for the 2770/2870.

The system provides flexibility, including pocket door configurations.  

A dual point mortise lock provides outstanding security while 2⅛-inch wheels allow the panels to glide. Installation and assembly screws are hidden for a polished look. The all-vinyl panel and frame sliding glass door comes with up to eight panels, on up to four tracks. A first for a vinyl sliding glass door, whether two, three or four track is selected, the frame comes in one piece. A pocket configuration is also available, including an option for a recessed handle which allows the panels to stack flushed.

The 570/2770/2870 doors are Miami-Dade NOA certified as impact-resistant. Design pressure for a 4 x 8-foot panel starts at ± 60 and can reach up to ± 100; a 5 x 8-foot panel meets ± 80. Interchangeable and reversible panel interlocks allow for easy reconfiguration on the job site. Panels can be installed or removed from the interior or exterior.




Small/Medium Manufacturer (Tie)


SecuraSeal Sliding Patio Door


Haddon Windows & Doors

Bensalem, Pa.

A completely new and innovative locking system on the SecuraSeal sliding patio door is designed to make the common single or dual latch system found on nearly every sliding patio door obsolete. In addition, the frame and sash are constructed using energy efficient high performance MikronWood composite to provide better thermal and strength characteristics than vinyl, wood and fiberglass.

 A video demonstrating the door's unique locking mechanism  

The door's locking system features a 76-inch dual sided anodized aluminum locking mechanism integrated into the patio door for a clean look and optimal security. There is no external access to lock and the top-to-bottom locking mechanism thwarts lifting, jimmying, prying and just about every known access method into a patio door. An innovativeslide and pin system secures the lock in place so homeowners can be assured of a locked door. When the door is locked, the panel is rigidly in place, with no rattling or shaking. Prying off the handle will not provide access to the lock. The lock is internal, integrated and separate from the handle for the best of security, functionality and performance. This also gives the homeowner more choices of handles.

The composite material in the frame and sash offer the beauty of wood, along with durability and weatherability. MikronWood’s K-Value, a measure of thermal conductivity where lower is better, is 62 percent lower than wood, 69 percent lower than hollow vinyl and 83 percent lower than fiberglass, enabling the door to provide superior energy efficiency. The material is also insect-proof, rot-proof and impervious to moisture and salt-air.




Nantucket Collection Doors


Simpson Door Co.

McCleary, Wash.

The Nantucket Collection of doors combines two durable, weather-resistant wood species with a modified mortise-and-tenon construction technique to deliver the beauty of a natural wood door with long-lasting performance, no matter what nature sends its way. Available in multiple designs, sizes and panel options, the doors are manufactured using two-piece laminated stile-and-rail construction (no veneers). Door components are assembled using a modified mortise-and-tenon joinery technique featuring face-driven pins.

Nantucket Collection doors are manufactured using black locust and Nootka cypress. Black locust is one of the heaviest and hardest woods in North America, and has a dramatic grain pattern that gives these doors a unique look. It’s strong and highly rot resistant, even in extreme conditions, and is often used in tough exterior applications such as fence posts, railroad ties and mine shafts. The tenons and pins in all Nantucket doors are made with black locust, which eliminates stile and rail separation and gives the doors an eye-catching, handcrafted appearance. The rest of the door can be ordered in either black locust or Nootka cypress. Nootka cypress is a durable wood with excellent dimensional stability. Traditionally used for shingle siding and other exterior applications, Nootka cypress offers a fine texture, uniform color and straight grain that can also take stain or paint well for a beautiful finish.

A unique construction method is employed to deliver long-term performance.  

Simpson analyzed dozens of wood species and construction techniques to derive the combination used in the new doors. Based on years of lab and field-testing and proven performance, Simpson is offering the Nantucket Collection with a 10-year warranty for exterior wood doors. The exterior wood doors are available in 1¾- and 2¼-inch thicknesses, with 1 7/16-inch Innerbond double hip-raised or flat panels and either ovolo or shaker sticking. All divided lite doors are constructed with ¾-inch insulating glass and use ⅞-inch wide simulated divided lites. Design pressure ratings of DP50 and matching jambs and brickmould are available.


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Large Manufacturer
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Milgard Windows & Doors

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Series V-100 Tilt & Turn WinDow
Windoor Inc.


Most Innovative Component

Double Snap Trim
Royal Window & Door Profiles

Sentry Multipoint Hinged Patio Door Hardware
Truth Hardware

Glass/Glazing Component
Pleotint SRT Film
Pleotint LLC


Unique Innovation

Implementation of QR Codes
Seaway Manufacturing Corp.



Most Innovative Plant

MasterGrain/Weber Manufacturing Technologies

Most Innovative Machine

Frame/Sash Fabrication
SCF 430 Multiprocessing Machine
Joseph Machine Co.

IG Production/Glazing
OptiGas 500 with ThermalCert
Integrated Automation Systems LLC & Fenetech Inc.



Most Innovative Marketing Progam

Large Manufacturer
No-Leak Skylight Introduction
Velux USA

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Sentinel by CGI Product Launch
CGI Windows & Doors

Industry Supplier
Project Nexus Launch
Quanex Building Products

Best Product Literature

Large Manufacturer
The Design Center Literature System
Jeld-Wen Inc.

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Tru Tech Magalogs
Tru Tech Doors

Industry Supplier
Sentry Multipoint Hardware Sysem Brochure
Truth Hardware

 Best Industry Web Site

Large Manufacturer
Windsor Windows & Doors

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Lincoln Wood Products

Industry Supplier
Phantom Screens


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