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NOV 2018

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"I guess it seems like the market is kind of starting to cater itself to us—to where people are looking for customization and dierent things—and that's where we've been over the last 20 to 30 years," Levy says. "I think the biggest thing to drive home is that we're building the doors to •t the openings versus having the opening •t the doors. Instead of you just buying a 34-inch door and adjusting the opening to make it work and spending more time and materials to make it •t the door, we can customize the doors on 1/8-inch increments inside, outside, skin, colors [and] glass. So basically, you order that door, and you order not just the door but an entry door system that's going to •t into that opening for the most part, and save you a lot of time and money out in the •eld." | enhance a home's curb appeal," Rhine contin- ues. "A larger door makes a statement while still allowing for simplistic and Šexible designs to complement other aspects of the home. A good example of this is our new Classic-Craft American Style Collection Shaker-style doors, which oer a simple yet sophisticated look that draws attention and complements a wide variety of architectural styles and elements." A door is the centerpiece of a home, accord- ing to ProVia's Levy, and the statement of late is to dierentiate it from others. To help with that, ProVia introduced glaze •nishes that de- liver a rustic, aged look as well as several bright color options, like reds and yellows, that have been on the uptick. He echoes sentiments that web and visualizer tools (the company oers an iPad app) help with giving homeowners con•dence in their purchasing decisions. door—–erma-Tru's Rhine says personal style, curb appeal, quality and durability, security and privacy, and door system tend to be top factors—it's a balancing act for manufactur- ers to ensure their product oerings check all those boxes. "Bottom line: It's about giving the homeowner control to •nd the style, design and features that match their personal desire," he adds. "–erma-Tru's ongoing research in- forms us that more and more homeowners are seeking glass options that allow natural elements of the outdoors to remain visible from inside the home, yet also provide a level of privacy. [Our] vast selection of style and door con•guration options, as well as decorative or privacy glass options, lets the homeowner choose the amount of light they desire. "–e demand for larger doors aligns with the desire for more dramatic entryways that S I N C E I T S F O U N D I N G in 2011, Zola European Windows has offered entry doors to complement its window and sliding door pack- ages. Florian Speier, vice president and head of product development, explains the com- pany's four styles of entry doors reflect four approaches to design. The four styles Speier details are Glass Entry Doors, Rail & Style Doors, Custom Modern Doors and Custom Historic Doors. "We love providing the whole window/door package, so the entrance door is often the fun part as it is rare that we have to put a damper on creativity," he says. "All our customers work with a dedicated Zola Project Manager, and on complicated projects Zola will add a staff architect to the team. The discussion on entrance doors typically starts with the designer or customer supplying images or sketches of what they have in mind, and then we produce matching shop drawings." While custom designs are the norm for Zola, there is a trend toward brightly colored entry doors as well as toward mid-century designs, Speier notes. Additionally, "the push to bigger and bigger doors is definitely there. Zola caps it at 10 feet, because we are committed to airtight and well-sealing doors that function smoothly for decades," he adds. "Pivot doors are especially popular in larger sizes, but it does require a well-protected entranceway to make this work." Speier says that Zola will soon be launching an integrated intuitive locking system. "The other new development in the residential market would be custom crafted wood doors that are seamlessly integrated into either expansive sidelights or even glass façades. Many archi- tects design these walls with sleek aluminum profiles, and combining a custom crafted wood door into these makes for a beautiful material contrast," Speier adds. Zola European Glass only sells entry doors in combination with a window package. | Doors and Windows ZOLA EUROPEAN WINDOWS offers customizable door options, such as its Custom Modern Door style (top) and Glass Entry Doors (above). ĜųÏĬåŏŏŅĺĜĺŧƚĜųƼϱųÚ QualifiedRemodeler.com QR November 2018 53

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