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When it comes to shopping for energy efficient windows and doors, most Charlotte homeowners don’t know their “U-Factors” from their elbows. But there are important industry terms that homeowners need to understand in order to select the right products for their needs, according to the experts at JELD-WEN Windows & Doors and The Design Center.

Window and door efficiency is measured in a number of ways, so it’s important to base choices on industry certifications, not a manufacturer’s advertising claims. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) conducts tests for energy efficiency based on the entire product, not just the glass.

 Efficiency ratings are based on these important factors:

 U-Factor:  This is the amount of heat flowing through a product. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the product is.

  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC):  This indicates the ability to block heat generated by sunlight. The greater the blockage, the lower the SHGC.
  • Visible Light Transmission:  This is the percentage of sunlight that penetrates a window or door. A higher number means more light enters through the glass.
  • Low-E Glass:  Low-E, or low emissivity, refers to a transparent metallic coating applied to one surface of insulated glass. In the winter, Low-E reflects some of the interior heat back into the home. During warm weather, Low-E glass reduces the amount of the sun’s heat from entering the home, lowering cooling needs. Manufacturers have improved the energy-saving qualities of Low-E glass, with products such as LoĒ3-366, which offers greater protection from solar heat gain.

The easiest way to identify the most energy efficient products on the market is to look for the ENERGY STAR label on products qualified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In order to be ENERGY STAR qualified, a company must be NFRC certified. NFRC certification is conducted by a third-party organization that uses industry accepted standards for evaluating and certifying energy performance. 

When it comes to windows and doors, the ENERGY STAR program also takes into account those products most suitable for particular regions and climates. Look for windows and doors with the label that shows they meet ENERGY STAR qualifications suitable for your region. 

Energy Efficient window are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.

The Design Center is located in the Ballantyne area at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411.

With a return of family togetherness, smaller living spaces have U.S. families adjusting to new household realities.

Things are getting tight in the American household, and it’s not just the recession squeeze.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2007, the number of parents living in an adult child’s household increased by 67 percent. At the same time, a recent Pew Research Center report (Nov. 2009), shows that one in 10 young adults ages 18 to 35 say the poor economy has forced them to move back in with their parents. Add to that the fact that for the first time in nearly 15 years, the size of new homes in the U.S. is shrinking, (down 7 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau), and it’s clear that the American household may be getting a little too cozy for comfort.

Whatever the cause of these new phenomena—whether it can be blamed on job loss or the more positive signs of Americans’ desires to build closer family bonds during increasingly insecure times—forward-thinking designers, architects and builders are being called upon to consider “proximity with privacy” solutions that will take some of the pressure off crowded households.

The need to relieve tension and stress and promote independence and interaction, yet also provide the much-needed personal space within multigenerational homes, has become a necessity for sandwiched families.

Many experts agree that separate living quarters, which may include a second master suite and even a second kitchen or cottage, are the best solutions for third- and fourth-generations living together. However, with major conversions being out of reach for many financially strapped homeowners, experts such as JELD-WEN, a leading manufacturer of windows and doors, are offering simple solutions designed to work with the many different needs that an extended family may have.

Peace and quiet
There’s no doubt about it: the more people crowded into close quarters, the more noise increases exponentially.

“Most people don’t pay attention to interior sound control,” said John Downs, JELD-WEN
product marketing manager. “However, they may subconsciously experience general discomfort or uneasiness in an area of their home and not realize the impact doors can have to improve this issue. Unfortunately, that means many people are still living with thin, hollow core interior doors that do next to nothing when it comes to blocking sound. Yet switching out interior doors is one of the most cost-effective changes you can make to increase living comfort.”

For a few hundred dollars, replacing interior doors with the latest sound-reducing technology can drastically help control noise.

JELD-WEN’s ProCore® The Quiet Door® is up to 50 percent quieter compared to a hollow core door, effectively blocking out many common household sounds. It also delivers the heft of an all-wood door and is available in a wide variety of stylish designs.

Other lower-cost tips for instilling peace and quiet in the home include testing the sound emission of appliances and household items such as vacuums before purchasing them. Many sound-reducing models cost no more than other new versions, yet won’t significantly contribute to household noise.

Experts also say that at least 25 percent of noisy rooms should have sound-absorbing materials like carpet or wall coverings to prevent loud footsteps from carrying throughout the home. Finally, consider designating a “quiet zone,” such as a spa-like bathroom retreat or a reading nook in the farthest corner of the home, that is free from noisy electronics and the hustle and bustle of family activity.

An increase in household energy
A household full of family members undoubtedly raises the energy level. More people typically means a bigger energy load, as the home is working 24/7 to try to keep up with different schedules and individual demands. That means more household electronics, laundry loads, and heating and cooling needs. This can be an unexpected financial drain on families who may be working hard to conserve limited resources.

One of the best ways to offset the increase in energy demands is to incorporate more energy-saving features that will also increase the home’s comfort level. Highly energy efficient, affordable JELD-WEN® Vinyl windows that are ENERGY STAR® qualified can help reduce utility bills over the long run, saving money month after month. Under the government’s new economic stimulus plan, families can also take advantage of federal tax credits of up to $1,500 for qualified energy efficiency improvements related to items including windows and doors. JELD-WEN has made it easy to determine the specific requirements and which products qualify for the tax credits by visiting http://www.jeld-wen.com/taxcredit.

The federal requirements stipulate that qualified products must be installed between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010.
Different needs, universal solutions
As children boomerang back home after college and elderly parents move in with their children, home designs and operations need to function well for both the young and the old.

Safety, including easy-to-operate and secure window and door locks, as well as wider doorways to accommodate increased traffic flow and potential mobility issues, are important considerations. Making sure family members check to ensure fire alarms and fire extinguishers are operable, develop an emergency evacuation plan and create a centralized place for updated emergency numbers are key priorities.

Above all, most experts agree that multigenerational living can be a joyful, rich experience—it simply requires some planning and a shift in what has been the “typical” American lifestyle.

“Americans have gotten so accustomed to bigger houses and bigger spaces, this may be a bit of an adjustment,” said Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of Today’s Homeowner television show. “The good news is, there are plenty of things you can do within an existing home to make it more comfortable and accommodating, no matter who ends up coming back home.”

If you have window and doors needs for a multi-generational household, visit The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.
The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411.  For further information please visit our website at www.jeld-wen.com.

There are the superstars of home improvement—the flashy granite counters, lavish floor coverings and elegant custom cabinetry—that typically earn top billing on the remodeling charts.

With obvious benefits and the hefty price tags that go along with them, they tend to steal the show when it comes to renovation wants and desires.

But what about homeowners without a razzle-dazzle budget who still want to add pizzazz and character to their home? Fortunately, the experts say, there are still plenty of home improvement opportunities waiting to be discovered that can lend both substance and style.

“In today’s market, it’s time to get creative and think beyond the large-scale remodel to smaller improvements that will still have a significant impact. The beauty of these projects is that they are relatively affordable and easy to accomplish,” said Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of the Today’s Homeowner television show.

Neglect Case #1: Doors of shame

Doors are a prominent feature in nearly every room of a home, and many rooms contain more than just one. Entry, passageway and closet doors take up a large amount of space. The National Home Builders Association estimates that there is an average of 19 doors in today’s home and yet, interior doors are often overlooked as an opportunity to make a major difference in a home’s overall look and feel.

In fact, in a recent survey of interior designers conducted by JELD-WEN, less than 35 percent said they would expect that replacing interior doors would improve the look of a client’s home. However, after seeing pictures of the before-and-after difference an interior door upgrade made,
98 percent said that it had a positive effect and they would definitely consider interior door replacement for future projects.

Many JELD-WEN® interior doors are available for $100–$200, and the styles and options are nearly endless. With Santa Fe southwest styles, American traditional flat panel looks, cottage motifs with intricate detailing or Craftsman classics, choosing the right interior door style can immediately accentuate great architectural design and serve as an impressive focal point without changing anything else in a room. For homeowners who complain about dark and dated interiors, crisp white interior door finishes can have a dramatic impact on brightening and refreshing the home’s overall interior design. So why do they continue to be neglected?

“Our studies show that a lot of people would like to replace their interior doors, but they don’t know how to go about it, they’ve never taken the time to evaluate the options available or they can’t find the right contractor to do the job,” said John Downs, JELD-WEN product marketing manager. “We hear it all the time—homeowners who update their doors can’t believe the positive difference it makes, and wonder why they didn’t do it sooner.”

Neglect case #2: Not-so-neat-and-trim

Another interior feature of the home that is nearly universal is trim work. Windows, doors, floorboards, ceilings, trim can make the difference between homes that look finished, well-cared for and contain lots of character, and those that don’t.

Like interior doors, endless trim styles, finishes and patterns are available, and trim is typically inexpensive and fairly easy to install with the right tools and know-how. Details such as crown molding can add a rich look while wainscoting can create a custom style that adds tremendous interior design value. Floorboards that are spotless and free of dings and scratches call attention to beautiful flooring and highlight wall colors.

“It seems like a small touch, but it can make all the difference in the world in a room,” said Lipford.

Neglect case #3: Hardware horrors

In kitchens and baths, hardware receives top billing, as it typically is used as a jewel to accent great cabinetry, but that same sensibility isn’t always carried out in the rest of the home. Experts suggest making sure hardware is coordinated throughout—in a finish and style that’ll match the home’s architectural character.

Hardware immediately updates a home, and the reverse is also true. Chipped, discolored or outdated styles date a home and can seem like relics from another time. And don’t just consider handles and knobs—hinges, doorstops, locks and other hardware accents should match and represent the same style.

“There’s a big difference between charmingly historic and simply out of date,” said Downs.
“Typically, you can’t go wrong by making sure your finishes match and the styles you select are true to the architectural design of the home.”

Neglect case #4: Storage shortage

It may not be considered interior design by definition, but storage is definitely a desirable attribute for today’s homeowner. Editors of Meredith Publishing state that a top trend for 2010 is the desire for more storage. Evaluate your home and get creative. Adding storage in laundry rooms, attics or basements, closets and the garage doesn’t have to be expensive and will pay off in terms of the overall comfort and resale value of the home.

Neglect case #5: Left in the dark
Most interior design experts agree: the right lighting can truly change a home’s overall look, feel and mood. Adding a few inexpensive overhead lights and lamps to help brighten dim rooms increases their use and value. Consider selecting new interior doors with glass panels to allow light to filter from room to room. When remodeling, consider adding larger windows, French doors or skylights to further open up and expand a space.

Above all, experts say, think outside the box when it comes to improvements.

“Doing smaller, overlooked improvements and projects can make as big of a difference as the major ones,” said Lipford. “The best tool to figure out the potential opportunities to refresh your home and add character is your imagination.”

Energy efficient and stylish windows and doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.
The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411. For further information please visit our website at www.jeld-wen.com.

Sun, wind, snow and rain – virtually nothing can stop JELD-WEN’s new Builders Clad-Wood Sliding Patio  Door from performing, even in the toughest conditions.

The ability to affordably protect against a wide variety of weather conditions makes this door system exceptional: To control sunlight, the doors offer an option of either blinds between the glass, or Low-E glass panels which are filled with argon and thermally sealed, to reduce fading of interior furnishings and  provide increased energy efficiency.

Builders Clad-Wood Sliding Patio Doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.

For maximum water- and rain-resistance, JELD-WEN uses a double punch of protection, including its proprietary solid pine AuraLast wood, which offers an industry-leading warranty against water decay and saturation. The doors also feature a fiberglass sill with corner key construction to create a tight seal and raise wood components above the water line to further prevent water absorption. Fiberglass provides an exceptional thermal barrier and the integrated concealed sill anchoring system reduces bowing.

Wind is no problem for JELD-WEN Clad-Wood Sliding Patio Doors. Manufactured with sweep system seals to prevent water from entering during heavy winds, these doors can meet a DP 50 code requirement.

For overall low-maintenance performance, the exterior frame and panel surfaces are completely covered with extruded aluminum cladding with integral nail fins. Cladding is available in six of JELD-WEN’s most popular colors, including Brilliant White, French Vanilla, Desert Sand, Hartford Green, Chestnut Bronze and Black.

All this toughness comes beautifully easy. JELD-WEN’s Builders Clad-Wood Sliding Patio Doors are built to be exceptionally smooth and simple to operate. Stainless steel rollers are adjustable for effortless gliding. The blinds between the glass are easy to raise, lower and tilt, with a special control that moves precisely with minimal manipulation.  As an added benefit, the door system can meet ENERGY STAR qualifications and is eligible for an energy tax credit.

The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411. For further information please visit our website at www.jeld-wen.com.

For added curb appeal and the look of real wood with easy-care maintenance, JELD-WEN is offering a new composite window system for its garage doors that features a one-piece woodgrain frame and simulated divided lites (SDLs). The system optimizes the window size and viewing area, is available with single-pane or dual-glazed insulated tempered glass, and can be painted or stained to match the door’s base color.  Standard prefinish options include White or Portabello for a warm, down-home appeal.

JELD-WEN® Wood Composite garage doors provide the look of wood without the maintenance, the strength of steel without the potential for rusting or denting, and the durability of fiberglass without the cost.  JELD-WEN Wood Composite technology conserves natural resources, as skins and trim boards are made of recycled fiber. Click for more information on JELD-WEN garage doors.

These garage doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.  The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411.  For further information please visit our website at www.jeld-wen.com.

October is Energy Awareness Month 2010 and a perfect time for Charlotte homeowners to give inefficient windows and doors the cold shoulder.

According to a recent study commissioned by JELD-WEN, a leading manufacturer of windows and doors and a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, nearly 26 percent of homeowners say what they dislike most about their existing windows and doors is that they are drafty and inefficient. As the temperature outside drops, homeowners notice that these inefficiencies quickly turn into rising utility bills.

As much as half of the energy used in a home goes toward heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To minimize the energy and dollars spent to heat a home this winter, it’s essential that windows and doors are energy efficient.

“Energy efficient windows and doors are crucial to maintaining a home’s comfort during even the coldest months,” says Brian Hedlund, product marketing manager for JELD-WEN. “Homeowners who replace single-pane glass windows with ENERGY STAR qualified products can save hundreds of dollars on energy costs annually, according to ENERGY STAR.”

To maximize a home’s energy efficiency, consider the following tips:

1.    Start at the front
A home’s front door can play a vital role as one of the first lines of defense against the elements. If a door does not close properly or lets in a draft, a homeowner’s utility bills can pay the price. Homeowners should check the weather-stripping and any gaps around the door that can let heat escape. If these features cannot be easily fixed, it may be time to replace the door.

2.    Glass matters
Choosing windows with insulated Low-E glass is an important step in making a room more energy efficient because the special coating helps reflect some of the interior heat back into the home. These double-paned windows also greatly enhance energy efficiency, compared to single-paned windows.

Vinyl windows have become exceedingly popular because of their low maintenance and energy efficient features. For homeowners who prefer wood windows, manufacturers like JELD-WEN have introduced “pocket” replacement windows that come with Low-E glass and are designed for installation into existing window frames, which makes the process simpler, quicker and less damaging to a home’s structure.

3.    Drive home efficiency
The garage is often forgotten when it comes to energy efficiency, but it’s one of the largest entry points of the home. The temperature of a garage greatly affects the overall temperature of the entire home. For energy savings in the garage, find a proper-fitting garage door and make sure that the door leading from the garage to the inside of the home is also energy efficient.

4.    Energy efficiency pays off
Beyond the initial purchase price of a product, consider the long-term value that energy efficient products offer in terms of annual measurable savings. Homeowners who make energy efficient updates to their home, including windows and doors, can qualify for up to $1,500 in federal tax credits if installed by Dec. 31, 2010.

Energy Efficient windows and doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.  The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411. Please visit our website www.jeld-wen.com for further information.


JELD-WEN, the world’s leading manufacturer of windows and doors, is raising awareness that what seems obvious may not always be the case when it comes to great home style.

Charlotte homeowners who have long envied those neighbors with meticulous front entries and amazing curb appeal are being made aware that they might be mistaken in what they perceive to be true. In fact, experts say that it’s possible that those who have long admired the exquisite wood entry doors of their neighbors may have been operating under a false assumption all along.

“It’s time to face facts”
Master of disguise, JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors have been in the spotlight in many of these instances. Authorities point fingers to the fact that it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between these doors and real wood doors, which has earned JELD-WEN numerous awards and recognition for product excellence.

“People shouldn’t be surprised if they can’t immediately spot the difference – even the experts have trouble telling them apart,” said Derek Brosterhous, product marketing manager for JELD-WEN. “What many people perceive to be wood doors are in fact our Custom Fiberglass line. We take that as the ultimate compliment.”

Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.

A growing awareness
With a new Douglas Fir species style being introduced this month, JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors have become even more masterful at realistically mimicking a variety of woodgrains. Known for its straight, clean lines that work well with contemporary, traditional and even rustic styles, Douglas Fir has long been one of the most popular wood species for homeowners, builders and architects. Specific door designs include Classic, Craftsman, Estate and styles with glass insert and sidelights – all available in different system configurations. The new Douglas Fir species is available in 10 stain colors, and discerning homeowners can choose additional style elements including clavos and straps as decorative accents.

It’s understandable that JELD-WEN’s Custom Fiberglass door line is highlighted in these cases of mistaken identity, says Brosterhous. The company has taken pains to ensure that its Custom Fiberglass doors also actually sound like real wood when visitors come knocking, thanks to a solid, energy efficient core.

With the addition of Douglas Fir, the Custom Fiberglass line is now offered five finishes, including Oak, Mahogany, Alder and paint – making it even more tricky to tell the difference between real wood.

Making a positive ID
Homeowners who may be suspicious that their neighbor’s door is actually a JELD-WEN Custom Fiberglass door masquerading with exquisite wood style are advised to watch for telltale signs. Experts say clues may include:

–    A seemingly lack of interest in maintenance. JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass Doors require virtually no maintenance and won’t swell, fade or warp under extreme conditions. If the neighbors have a beautiful-looking wood door but do next to nothing when it comes to maintenance, it may be a sign that it’s actually fiberglass.

–    Style consistency. As a wood species, Douglas Fir naturally yellows as it ages. JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors maintain color consistency, so the grain and stain stay true over time.

–    Confidence to the extreme. Fiberglass will hold up to extreme exposure or harsh weather. It is a perfect option for homes that experience direct sunlight and moisture where wood doors may not be suitable.

The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411. Please visit our website at www.jeld-wen.com for further information.

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