Hurricane Resistant, Custom & Quality Windows and Doors

 

Personal notes first: In our opinion, you get what you pay for in windows and doors. There just are not bargains in this category unless you run across some windows or doors that were ordered for a certain job and not used or the wrong size was sent, etc...Another consideration is the use of plastic in your window's construction--folks, PLASTIC DOES NOT LAST, NO MATTER WHAT THE SALESMAN TELLS YOU. Maybe you are going to sell the house in a few years and do not care. But if you are building quality construction, avoid plastic in any way and at every turn.

In traditional architecture, an important thing to consider is whether or not you can settle for anything less than 'true divided light' in your windows or French doors. True divided light means that the mullions are real and separate individual panels of glass (or sandwiched double/triple pane glass) from one another. Many window and door companies have gotten completely away from true divided light construction and try to 'fake' it in various ways. Pella uses what they call 'simulated true divided light'. I am here to tell you they do not look like the real thing and only cheapen the appearance of classic architecture. Pella sandwiches a piece of foam between the large front and back panels of glass to supposedly give the appearance of real mullions. Other companies have these snap-in grids to simulate the mullions between what would be smaller panes of glass. They fool no one. Windows constructed in this way may make the window easier to clean since you can remove the fake mullion snap-in to window-wash, but they look cheap in the long run.

One other point concerns whether or not your home will be subject to wind driven rain. In most inland situations, French windows and French doors open to the inside of the house.  This makes sense because the door is more protected if left in an open position and a sudden shower develops. On a coastal home, you should have your French doors open outward so the force of storm wind blows them closed even tighter, not open.  Makes sense, nes pas?

Something else to keep in mind: The windows sold at Home Depot and Lowes are usually special lower quality versions or lines that Pella or whoever, makes just to be sold in these discount giants. They are not the exact same windows and doors that you will see in a Pella, etc...showroom, so you cannot compare the prices directly.

jeld-wen windows logoJeld-Wen Windows and Doors--now low E glass comes standard in their wood windows and patio doors and in the Courtyard Collection steel doors. Jel-Wen wood windows are made from a very special, no-rot treated wood. Details are on their website. The good doors and windows for coastal locations are wood with aluminum cladding and coastal hinges and hardware. They make fine hurricane proof windows and French doors with impact glass in both a single and double glazed option. The main emphasis seems to be energy efficiency at Jeld-Wen. www.jeld-wen.com 

nanawall doors logoNanaWall Systems has a fabulous website with all sorts of animations to show the  creativity  and flexibility of their opening glass wall systems. Bring the outdoors into your home with a wide-opening NanaWall.
Easily open NanaWall panels to blend indoor and outdoor spaces of your residence. Connect to nature. Enhance beautiful scenery with unobstructed views. NanaWalls are weather-tight to wind, water, snow and ice when closed. Folks living on or near the coast love homes with huge glass walls that can be opened and closed. NanaWall Folding Systems consist of glass panels connected together in a train. The glass panels can be hinged off either one or both side jambs and meet in a number of ways. The NanaWall is a full line of precision engineered systems that have been independently tested for air infiltration, water penetration, structural performance and forced entry. A Dade County  approved system is also available. An extensive report on test results is available under at their website under "performance". In the past 15 years, NanaWalls have been installed in thousands of commercial and residential buildings throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. A vast selection of project photos can be viewed in their Photo Gallery. NanaWalls provide unique solutions for any opening wall situation. At Nana Wall Systems they believe that if you can imagine it, they can probably create it. www.NanaWall.com

weathershield windows logoWeatherShield is one of the few companies that still offers true divided light. Weathershield  makes a very high quality product.  They also offer French Doors in 10 Ft. as a standard height. This is a good thing, as you'd pay considerably more for custom doors to get 10 Ft height from other companies. Most other companies are going to try to talk you into 8 ft doors with a separate transom above. This in no way gives the same effect of a 10 ft door. If you don't believe me, walk thru both and you decide. Class vs. ordinary.  www.weathershield.com

hurd windows logoHurd Windows and Doors--Wood windows and doors are custom made with careful attention to detail of fit and finish. Hurd offers both single and double glazed impact glass hurricane proof windows. Hurd offers five basic categories of windows to choose from. This includes all-wood windows, aluminum clad wood, or vinyl. Plus, the Coastal Series with shatter-resistant, laminated glass. Stainless hinges and hardware is standard. www.hurd.com

Loewen Windows and sliding glass doorsLoewen Windows--makes premium wood windows and doors, distributed globally by a worldwide network of professional dealers. Windows are constructed of Douglas Fir or mahogany. The Loewen LiftSlide allows expansive glass panels (up to 70 square feet in a single panel) to roll smoothly and easily during operation. This gives you a panoramic view, and extends the living space of your home. The doors glide easily on almost-unnoticeable stainless steel “Barely There”™ tracks. The LiftSlide mechanism effortlessly carries glass panels weighing up to 850 pounds. The track protrudes 3/16” above the finished floor so your interior and exterior finishes flow seamlessly. Door stiles are comprised of an aluminum/wood hybrid. Their strength allows you to locate the LiftSlide in places like mountain, hillside, coastline, or lakefront locations. The LiftSlide can be manufactured in straight, radius, serpentine, corner and angled configurations. While the LiftSlide is a unique entryway product, it is fully compatible with the Loewen product portfolio. www.loewen.com

Sierra Pacific WindowsSierra Pacific Windows--Manufacturer of quality custom wood windows and doors. With features including one of the thickest extruded aluminum cladding systems on the market, a wide range of clad colors and hardware choices, and standard offerings in Ponderosa Pine or Douglas Fir is a window company to check out. Sierra Pacific is one of the largest private timberland holders in North America. Sierra Pacific Windows is a division of Sierra Pacific Industries. They have a very interesting product called Cardinal Glass, Cardinal’s LoĒ²-272 blocks 84 percent of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and delivers a remarkable 96 percent performance improvement in winter nighttime insulation (R-value) compared to non-coated air-filled insulating glass. However, it is virtually invisible to the eye. Sierra Pacific clad windows are made with extruded aluminum...one of the thickest aluminum extrusions in the marketplace. They''ve avoided the problems associated with inferior roll formed aluminum. But, they are located on the west coast and seem to have a primarily west coast customer base, so not sure about hurricane rated windows. Call them. www.sierrapacificwindows.com

Bella Vista European style windowsBella Vista Windows and Doors--n 2004, Bella Vista Windows and Doors was created by Loewen Windows to produce custom wood windows and doors for luxury homes. Every door and window built by Bella Vista is crafted with dedication to detail that can only be found in a custom factory with experienced craftsmen. Theyoffer uunlimited design possibilities in a large variety of wood species. www.bellavista.loewen.com

henselstone windows logoHenselstone Window & Door Systems
--Henselstone Window & Door Systems is a Northern Virginia company providing a comprehensive line of energy-efficient low maintenance European windows and doors. Henselstone Corporation is the exclusive distributor of WERU custom windows and doors in the United States. WERU is the largest residential window and door manufacturer in Europe. WERU's wood, aluminum clad and vinyl windows as well as over 20,000 front entrance doors. offer a huge selection. Henselstone Window & Door Systems offer custom-made tilt-turn, pivot/hopper windows, French doors and windows, tilt-slide and lift-slide patio doors, and custom-made front entrance doors. Choose from different wood types, such as Sapele Mahogany, Alder, Fir, Walnut, Cherry, Pine or Meranti, have your aluminum cladding in any custom color, get a wood texture on your virtually maintenance free Castello product, or just request a certified hurricane package with impact rated glazing.
www.henselstone.com  

Luxbaum windows and doorsLuxbaum Windows and Doors, manufacturers of custom windows and doors designed and built in the grand European tradition, hurricane tested, impact resistant, & Dade County certified. Their windows and doors are made from Merbau, a wood from Southeast Asia that is unmatched in beauty, strength, and a natural resilience to the elements. The wood's physical characteristics exceed those of Mahogany by over forty percent. Merbau is highly resistant to termite and other beetles due to high mineral, oil and silica content. Luxbaum employees the centuries old wood working skills of the Balinese, the procurement of the finest European machinery and tools, and the highest quality hardware from the leading manufacturers in Germany and Switzerland. The impact resistant Luxbaum Windows and Doors are designed to exceed the highest standards of the Miami Dade County Protocols. This performance has been accomplished through the careful engineering of the joinery, consisting of multiple dowels at corners of the jamb as well as the sash. As reported by the Rosenheim Institute, dowelled and coped connections are significantly stronger than mortise and tenon joints. Luxbau, LLC. A Florida based company manufactures Luxbaum Windows and Doors, in its own factory on Bali. Luxbau has been founded by the principals of The Landfall Group, of West Palm Beach, Florida, premier builders of exquisite single family residences in the Palm Beaches since 1981. Development work of this product line has evolved out of the extensive coastal construction experience and the company's commitment to excellence. View their online photo gallery. www.luxbaum.com 

winguard windows logoPGT® WinGuard® Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors provide your home with effortless, full-time protection against flying debris and hurricane-force winds. According to PGT, theres no need for inconvenient, unsightly panel, accordion or rolldown shutters plywood or other storm protection devices. Even when you're away, WinGuard Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors guard your home against storms and intruders with no effort, while reducing noise and providing UV protection. WinGuard with vinyl frames and standard insulated glass also provides enhanced energy efficiency.  www.winguard.com

kolbe wood windows and doorsKolbe & Kolbe makes a quality product. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. manufacturer of premium quality wood and aluminum clad windows and doors. Kolbe & Kolbe has manufactured windows and doors of superior quality and style for over 55 years. Their wide array of standard shapes and sizes, as well as custom millwork capabilities, make Kolbe & Kolbe windows and doors perfect for any home or project.  Their website has a wealth of info and a extensive FAQ section. Kolbe & Kolbe windows are doors are primarily constructed of wood. Most may be ordered unfinished, primed, finished with K-Kron II, or with aluminum cladding applied to the exterior. Vinyl windows and doors are offered by Kolbe Vinyl Windows and Doors, a division of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. Steel and FiberOptixTM fiberglass doors are offered by Acore Door, a subsidiary of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. For those in hurricame zones Kolbe & Kolbe not only offers impact glass, but impact products. Please view or download a brochure about SeaStorm® Glass or Impact Products.  www.kolbe-kolbe.com

Another high quality window and door manufacturer:
sabana windows and doors logoSabana Windows sells wood windows and
doors with Dade County approval. We are talking hurricane country ! They design and manufacture mahogany impact windows and doors, shutters and floors in traditional French styles. Sabana Window's high performance pre-finish is designed to give the highest quality coating for wood windows and doors. Sabana's large old world style double exterior front doors are manufactured in  2-3/8” thick styles  from Honduran mahogany with  a stainless steel threshold. They are prehung onto the 1-3/4" jambs complete with hardware 3 point or 8 point locking mechanism and surface bolts and tested for hurricane impact, water infiltration, and forced entry. Sabana can supply Cremone Bolts,Surface Bolts and beautiful old world style hinges. www.sabanawindows.com

bieber windows and doors logoBIEBER USA  sells stock and custom wood windows and doors made in France. Whether you're building a dream home or remodeling a museum, their custom wood windows, French doors, entrance doors and sliding/folding doors are adaptable in any type of architecture. Experience the traditional beauty and warmth of classic wood.
They produce each of their products only from the world's finest woods: exotic Meranti Mahogany, Scandinavian Pine, or French Oak.
They use durable German hardware (GU/Freco) and finish with environmentally friendly stains and treatments (Sikkens). Bieber's end product has great beauty and functionality. Look at the Bieber photo gallery to see some inspiring applications of their windows and doors.  www.bieberusa.com

custom window and door logoCustom Window and Door Millworks has worked with clients in all of Canada, throughout the United States and as far abroad as Hong Kong and Japan. They build individually carved doors and windows to customer specifications. They are best known for Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir and use only the finest grade of kiln dried wood that will last a lifetime and beyond. Other species such as oak and mahogany are available. Custom Window and Doors We has the flexibility to build whatever size and style of wood door or window you want, especially useful for large timber framed or log homes. www.customwindowdoor.com

therma-tru windows and doors logoThermaTru has a new division called: Therma-Tru's New Florida Building Code™ Approval Site. They have a great deal of information available including , Detailed instructions for door system installation for hurricane-level performance., Cross-sections of installation requirements in AutoCAD format for cut-and-paste into building plans, Frequently asked questions relative to the new Florida Building Code, and a online tool called the Wind Load Calculator, Calculates wind loads for door systems according to ASCE 7-98 as required by the 2001 Florida Building Code. ThermaTru offers many hurricane resistant products such as Outswing Construction Series Steel Doors - Impact Resistant
, Inswing Construction Series Steel Doors - Impact Resistant, Inswing Residential Ins. Fiberglass Door , Outswing Residential Ins. Fiberglass Door, Premium & Construction series Outswing Glazed Residential Insulated Steel Double Doors, abdOutswing Glazed Residential Insulated Steel Door w/Sidelites www.thermatru.com

traco windows and doors logoTRACO Windows and Doors are tested to withstand the most severe hurricane force wind loads. TRACO's unique window & door systems have helped to earn TRACO a reputation as an industry leader on a global scale with service from Texas to Maine, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Pacific Rim Islands. Residential Team Members have developed one of the most comprehensive residential offerings on the market today with high-performance Low E and Heat Mirror glass and custom-designed products featuring exclusive TRACO View-Safe Tempered glass that's four times stronger than ordinary glass. TRACO's broad product line includes windows, doors, sunrooms, and the Next Generation Power Two Window System a Composite Window System that delivers the strength and durability of aluminum on the outside, the warmth and comfort of vinyl on the inside and two-in-one custom color combinations. www.traco.com

torterolo re talian doorsTorterolo & Re Italian Doors & Shutters--for Style and Security. You can get armour plated doors and entrances with fire-stop security fromthis Italian manufacturer. These doors offer security like you do not often see. With strong planning and construction technology, Torterolo&Re amour-plated doors offer high level performance against break-ins. The range of production of Torterolo&Re is divided in three series of doors. The Gold Series offers double sheet structure with internal vertical reinforcements and insulation. The structure of the SILVER Series outside is made up of a single galvanized steel sheet, and reinforced vertically by three sturdy "omega". The frame and interior frame are available in various versions, to adapt to every situration; studied to guarantee the maximum of solidity with the structure, they are formed in ribbed sheet of 20/10. The locks, of latest generation, and different for the various models, offer a high level of reliability. The choice of Torterolo&Re door panels is so wide that they can satisfy every request. Plain smooth or special panels, pantographed or in massive wood, painted or in various wooden hues are available, for outdoor or indoor use. Torterolo&Re combination entrances are available in a wide series of modules which allow a great variety of solutions. www.torteroloere.it

inovative window and doors logoInnovative Window Products-- Uniquely designed to be Installer friendly they offer their new Single Hung 1000 Series, Horizontal Roller 2000 Series and the Fixed Glass 3000 Series. All products are available in Non-Impact, Large Missile Impact and Small Missile Impact to meet all  needs for construction in hurricane prone areas. They are available in white frames. Bronze, Clear Anodized and Custom Color will be available upon request. Innovative Window Concepts LLC is a Florida Based Company located in Boynton Beach, Florida---Definitely hurricane country. www.4iwc.com

cgi windows and doors logoCGI Windows company designed new lines of windows and doors to meet impact standards without the need of shutters. CGI was the first manufacturer in the U.S. to offer a complete line of Miami-Dade County approved impact resistant windows and doors using KeepSafe™ Maximum laminated glass. The line of CGI products are also approved by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). Esthetics and performance were the two major concerns addressed in the development of the current impact resistant line of products. CGI offers the perfect combination of design Innovation and high quality. If you live in a hurricane zone , check these products. www.cgiwindows.com

windoor logoWinDoor Incorporated is a manufacturer of high quality hurricane resistant windows and doors located in Orlando, Florida. WinDoor offers the widest variety of door systems and options including: 90° and 135° Disappearing Corners and Inline Doors. Both available with and without pockets. Custom colors and two-tone custom colors are available. WinDoor products are tested and certified to AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2 standards and Miami-Dade Protocols PA201, PA202, and PA203 for Large and Small Missile Impact in panel systems up to 10 feet high. (Single glazed and insulated glass for impact or non-impact). WinDoor products are fully warranted. They are engineered for a lifetime of protection from hurricane force winds, flying debris, forced entry home intrusions, damaging solar UV rays, and sound transmission. WinDoor products are fully warranted.  www.windoorinc.com  

certified windows and doors logoCertified Windows & Doors is a family owned and operated South Florida Home Improvement Contractor specializing in installing hurricane resistant windows, replacement windows and doors. The Certified Windows & Doors company has over 35 years of experience in the South Florida area. They serve Broward and Palm Beach Counties in FL. They offer a complete line of specially designed impact and non-impact aluminum windows and doors available in anodized, white, and bronze electro-static painted finish. Located in Pompano Beach / Boca/Delray area. www.certifiedwindowsanddoors.com

golden windows logoGolden Windows and Doors--located in Ontario Canada, established in 1961. They offer all wod windows and aluminum clad wood windows. There is a line of vinyl windows too. They do not seem to offer impact glass windows but since they are in cold Canada, I get they offer triple glazed windows. www.GoldenWindows.com

anderson windows logoAndersen Windows and Doors--Best known for making wood windows and patio doors. Serving homeowners and contractors. Replacement parts available even for discontinued models. Part of the 400 Series, Andersen® windows and doors with Stormwatch™ Protection feature tough vinyl cladding that resists the effects of salt air helping give them the ability to withstand high winds and debris. KML by Andersen™ creates entranceways for sophisticated tastes. Custom designed and crafted by hand. Andersen annually manufactures more than six million wood windows and doors, with sales worldwide. www.andersenwindows.com

screen tight logoScreen Tight  porch and screen door new and replacement screening system is a new, mo-betta and stronger method for outdoor screen enclosures. It is suppose to be fast and easy. Several seaside homeowners have written to report great success even after coastal homes experienced recent hurricanes. ScreenTight will send you a free sample of the product upon request. www.screentight.com  

Window and Door Hardware for Hurricane Rated Windows

Crown City Hardware is a true jewel of a place to buy wonderful period hardware of all types. The print catalog is a joy to flip thru even if you don't make a purchase. The Restoration Collection includes Door Hardware, Hinges, Glass Collection, Cabinet Hardware
Window Hardware, Hooks, Bath Hardware. The website has great lengthy discussions of with definitions of the different periods of American building. The Victorian period, which was named after England’s Queen who reined over this long era, crossed the Atlantic and incorporated the highest point of the industrial revolution. For the first time in history, products could be mass-produced, making them available to average people at affordable prices.  Decorative hardware was no exception. Toward the last half of the 1890’s a new revolutionary movement, The Arts & Crafts period ,lasted nearly 30 years through the first part of the 20th century and transitioning into the period that followed the First World War, also called Craftsman style. The new modern style was termed Deco, and is generally considered the last true period of decorative arts. The stylish hardware from that era is referred to as Art Deco. At over 400 pages, representing over 4,000 hardware and restoration related items, the Volume 6 Crown City Collection full color catalog is an unparalleled resource for restoring your home or building. Products are featured actual size where possible to offer you accurate detail and exact sizing. The products selected to be in this catalog were chosen for their uniqueness, character, and importance to restoration. www.CrownCityHardware.com

Omnia’s Architectural Trim is an extensive collection of solid brass hooks, switch plates, door knockers and pulls, Cremone bolts, house numbers, and key escutcheons. The development of this collection focuses on the distinctive touches that clarify and reinforce fine architecture and design. Omniahas a line of finely crafted solid brass hardware along with ornate cabinet hardware.   For contemporary settings, Omnia’s line of stainless steel lever latchsets is designed to accentuate any setting where a modern, sophisticated look is desired. Made from the highest grade material available, every piece is strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion and staining. Virtually effortless to clean, Omnia’s stainless steel lever latchsets will maintain their smooth, rich luster for the lifetime of your home, while their interior components will represent the  exceptional standards Omnia has set for more than 40 years. www.OmniaIndustries.com

Australia

For folks in Australia or New Zealand, look at Canterbury Windows and Doors. Canterbury is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of timber windows and doors. For new or replacement applications, Canterbury can even make “one off”, custom,  windows to your exacting requirements. They can also advise on compliance of your designs to Australian Standards, where applicable. You only need to provide either a sample of what you want, a CAD drawing, a photo or even just a sketch for their design team to assist you with window and door suggestions. Their website has a .pdf whitepaper catalogue download and the photo galleries show many different types of windows and doors and bi-fold glass doors. www.canterburywindows.com.au

Hurricane Shutters

Timberlane Woodcrafters, Inc. located in North Wales, Pennsylvania has the most fun home design website I have been to ever ! You can spend hours enjoying the interactive exterior shutter design feature, just be sure to un-block your pop-up blocker. Click on 'Shutter Designer' on the left. Timberlane makes a high-quality hurricane shutter which meets or exceeds Dade County and Texas Building Code Specs.  On the 'about us' page you can read how the whole company is involved in the profit sharing program and really take a lot of pride in the craftsmanship. Timberlane's shutter collection is historically accurate and they offer really hard to find hand-forged shutter hardware. This is a must see website. www.timberlaneshutters.com

QMI Storm Safe Hurricane Roll Shutters ---Alulux, the largest manufacturer of rolling shutter systems in the world, has selected QMI as their exclusive distributor in the United States. Alulux provides over 35 years of roll shutter experience and offers the largest selection of the highest quality rolling shutter slats, grilles, housings and components in the world. QMI sells hurricane shuttrs with punched openings so that you do not have to have a home or business in total darkness when the shutters are in use. You can see the various punched pattens on their website. They come in 7 different colors. You can get hand cranked roll down shutters or motorized controls.
Their shutters are tested and approved in accordance with all current certification authorities to provide hurricane protection. The shutters pass all current state codes for hurricane protection. Currently there are numerous wind load specifications established and accepted by different counties through out the U.S. There is no single adopted windload chart accepted, so each installation needs to check with the local county, state, or governing body to establish the correct wind load table. Check with your local building inspector for the applicable code. www.qmishutters.com/product_lines/stormsafe.shtml

Roll-a-way manufactures an exclusive storm and security shutter system with an outstanding record of proven performance as protective barriers for windows, doors, balconies and more.
www.roll-a-way.com

Jordan's Aluminum, Inc., a family owned and operated business, with 23 years experience providing better solution in storm protection for residential and businesses in South Florida.  Jordan's Aluminum, Inc. manufactures and installs all types of storm protection products and ships them throughout the U. S. and the Caribbean. We are fully licensed and insured in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties and perform all work according to municipal building codes. Buy rolling shutters online can  save you up to 40%. They   will manufacture them and ship directly to you. These shutters are prepared for easy installation. Bahama shutters are functionally practical, provide storm protection, allow free flow ventilation, and do not obstruct your view. Accordion shutters offer an affordable, durable means of protection against storms and intruders. They work on any type of opening and are ideal for larger openings such as sliding doors and across balconies. Permanently fastened to your home, the accordion shutters are easily operated by one person from inside or outside. The shutters are equipped with a T-Handle lock and 4 locking rods to ensure it remain in the proper position open or closed.
www.stormsecure.com

Kestrel Wood Storm Shutters--Since 1989, Kestrel has been a global provider of the finest quality interior and exterior wood shutters and doors. We are consistently specified for commercial and residential properties, for both new construction and historic restoration. Dade County approved Traditional Wooden Hurricane Shutters. Available with Operable/Fixed louvers, Raised/Flat panels, Board-n-Batten and custom designs. Ideal for Historic Properties. The European shutter line mirrors the architecture and the lifestyles found throughout the regions of Europe. Their substantial dimensions are strong yet proportion is not forgotten. In Italy the 'shutter within a shutter ' type is often seen on lovely older buildings. A louver with kick-out
smaller shutter within a shutter. The smaller, inner shutter acts as a bahaman shutter being hinged at the top. This allows you to prop out the inner shutter when the shutters are closed over your window. Give your home the look that only a real wooden shutter can provide while protecting your home during the hurricane season. All of Kestrel's historic designs are available with a special, reinforced fiberglass sheet that provides protection greater than specified by the engineers for Dade County, Florida. You can even retrofit your existing panels. www.diyshutters.com

Service Magic can put you in touch with a hurricane and storm shutter installer in your area. Their website is designed for you to input info and them to in turn have someone get in touch with you--no pictures or product info. www.servicemagic.com

J and L Shutters---classic.....nice looking, strong and heavy.  I'd have them do the installation as the shutters tend to warp a bit if the are lying about in hot sun and that makes installation difficult. J&L Shutters, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a manufacturer of PERMEX exterior shutters. J&L Shutters' almost 50 years in the window coverings industry has provided both experience and knowledge to create the patented PERMEX exterior Dade County approved wood-look shutter. This completely synthetic, functional and custom-made shutter is the only exterior shutter in the industry that offers a lifetime warranty against all manufacturing defects and a 10 year warranty on paint defects backed by Sherwin Williams. One bit of advice--put a delivery date deadline penalty clause in your contract with them to save yourself many frustrating phone calls. www.jlshutters.com

carriage house wood garage doorsWood Garage Doors--In Mt. Hope, Ohio, Amish craftsmen hand-build some of the finest wood garage doors in the world expressly for your home. The Wayne-Dalton Series 7000 doors combine the classic swing-open appearance and detailing of carriage house wood doors with the convenience of standard sectional garage doors. Carriage house style doors made with true rail and stile construction. To maintain the look of a custom swinging door, clear cedar trim is applied in single pieces before cutting so the wood's grain matches down the full height of the door. The frame is kiln-dried hemlock with a polystyrene insulation core. You may specify your door's facing in mahogany, hemlock, MDO plywood, tongue-in-groove cedar or plywood. www.wayne-dalton.com

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