Are Doors and Windows Taking on a New Contemporary Style?

John G. Swanson
February 8, 2012
THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style
 A contemporary styel door and window in the Kolbe booth.

A walk through the aisles of the International Builders' Show yesterday before it opened suggests when new construction does comeback, it's likely to be feature more contemporary styling. From an industry perspective, it is most evident in doors.

Traditional six-panel designs had migrated to more Craftsman styles and now cleaner, contemporary designs. ODL, the producer of decorative glass doorlites is showing a new option that uses two perforated metal panels to create a modern new look for doors.  Of course, most of the multi-panel sliding and folding systems offer a new contemporary style too.

Are you seeing the trend? That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear from you. Is your company selling fewer "traditional" products? Are you selling more doors, windows or even hardware that's more contemporary in style? Email me or post a comment below to tell me what's happening on the style front. And, if you're at the show, what are you seeing that's new and interesting? We'd love to hear from you on that front too.  


Survey Results as of 02/14/2012 :


Are doors and windows taking on more contemporary styles?

There may be some movement in that direction.





I don't see much change in the styles in demand.





Yes, it's a strong trend.





The majority of our respondents definitely see a shift, and I heard from a few readers who see the trend as strong.  "We are definitely seeing an increase in demand for the contemporary styling our narrow stile folding door product lines offer, with more glass and light," reports Matt Power, president of LaCantina Doors. "Definitely, contemporary is big," says Sam Hanna, CEO of Borano Custom Wood Doors.

Talking to exhibitors and learning more about products introduced at this year's show also reinforced the impression I got from my initial IBS walkthrough. I note a lot of those discussions in my show report.  Products offering more contemporary styling are also evident throughout our overview of new products introduced at in Orlando, coming from manufacturers ranging from Jeld-Wen, Kolbe, and Masonite to Ply Gem and Therma-Tru.

I'll add one other thought about IBS here. I would not say energy efficiency, impact performance or even green went away, but I would say overall, the impression I got from this year's NAHB show was that aesthetics and design are achieving a higher profile in window and door industry product development and marketing these days. There were R-5 and impact products on display certainly.  One could find see products that were "sustainable" or featured recycled content too. But window and door industry exhibitors were emphasizing looks much more than anything else this time around.

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