Most Innovative Door

2012 Crystal Achievement Award Winners


Large Manufacturer

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  The Overture door can function much like traditional patio doors, but its panels can also be folded away to create a wide opening.

Overture Folding Door Series

Royal Building Products

Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

The new all-vinyl folding door system presents the window and door market with a unique alternative to the traditional patio door offering and makes homeowners the envy of their neighbors. The multi-panel doors are offered in sizes up designs to 24 feet wide and 10 feet high for residential, light commercial and commercial applications. To maximize viewing area and bring the outside in, the doors are constructed with slim-line, all-welded PVC sash that offers an abundance of natural light to illuminate the living space.

Royal manufactures the doors and sells them through vinyl fabricators, enabling these customers to take advantage of the increasing popularity of multi-panel doors.  

Manufactured by the supplier and sold through window and door manufacturers, the doors feature a highly-insulated, all-vinyl 6 9/16-inch frame that makes them suitable for all climates. The sash accommodate the most common IG configurations, ranging from 1-inch dual glazing up to 1⅜-inch triple glazing—enabling the doors to meet the most stringent energy codes. The Overture door can also achieve R-6 ability without using such options as Krypton, foam-fill or films and is Energy Star-qualified. Enhanced security is provided by a multipoint locking hardware as well as independent locking systems at every other panel. The high quality hardware provides years of maintenance-free operation.

The introduction of the Overture Folding Door generated enthusiasm and interest among industry attendees at Win-Door 2011 last November in Toronto, the manufacturer reports. In addition, it was awarded "Coup de Coeur" (most interesting new product) at Contech, a recent building industry trade show in Montreal.


Small/Medium Manufacturer

  Knotty alder, left, and pecan are two of the Artisan Premium finish options offering a high level of detail for a realistic wood look.

The Artisan Premium Fiberglass Door Collection

GlassCraft Door Co.

Houston, Texas

The Artisan collection features six unique woodgrain textures that are factory finished to create an appearance that rivals that of a real wood door. The unique realistic “green” finishes include Pacific knotty alder, American black walnut, antique cherry, reclaimed mahogany, rustic white oak and cottage fir, were developed in response to consumers’ growing demand for the more realistic and warmer look and feel of wood, without compromising energy efficiency, durability and sustainability.


The real wood look of the doors is achieved with the use of detailed layers of extremely finely defined woodgrain textures and patterns, coated with multiple layers of low VOC, water-based translucent stains and glazes with color enhancing technology that provide a rich complexity of color said to be unmatched in its realistic appearance. The Artisan factory finish is protected with a long-lasting UV top coat. The clear UV finish produces a high-quality, extremely durable protective top coat that allows the door to be packaged and shipped immediately. It offers unsurpassed protection through multiple delivery chains, installation processes and construction site abuse.

The collection is available in a variety of options, including decorative glass, a unique decorative grille-between-the-glass internal grille, exterior wrought iron grilles, SDL bars, and speakeasy doors. The Artisan factory pre-finished fiberglass door combines the best of both worlds, providing the desired qualities of a real hardwood’s beauty, warmth and quality, while offering all the benefits of a low-maintenance fiberglass door built to last a lifetime, the manufacturer states.






Other 2012 Crystal Achivement Award Winners:




Most Innovative Window

Large Manufacturer
Designer Series Windows with SmartSync Technology
Pella Windows & Doors

Small/Medium Manufacturer
HSW60 Window/Door Combination
NanaWall Systems



Most Innovative Component

Accoya Wood
Accys Technologies

Innergy Rigid Thermal Window Reinforcements
Deceuninck North America

Array Light Control System
ODL Inc.

Glass/Glazing Component
Bella Fleur Corp.


Unique Innovation

WTS Paradigm
Virtual Door Display
Jeld-Wen Inc.





Most Innovative Plant

Vytex Windows


Most Innovative Machine

IG Production/Glazing
Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System
GED Integrated Solutions

Frame/Sash/Panel Fabrication
Sandy Door Machine
Eugénie Technologies





Most Innovative Marketing Progam

Large Manufacturer
Lead-Free Awareness Campaign
Simonton Windows

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Dealer Program
Sunrise Windows

Industry Supplier
Legacy Launch Kit
Phantom Screens


Best Product Literature

Company Catalog

Product Guide
Western Window Systems

Industry Supplier
Introductory Brochures
Brio USA


Best Industry Website

Large Manufacturer
MI Windows & Doors

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Provia Products

Industry Supplier
Quanex Building Products



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