Invite the outdoors inside

Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors

Industry: “[More people are turning toward] larger sizes, slimmer panel designs, window applications of folding windows, performance ratings, concealed hardware,” says Brian Hedlund, product marketing manager, Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors.

Product offering: “Jeld-Wen offers folding door products that are part of our Custom Clad Wood Window & Patio Door, Custom Wood Exterior Door and Custom Aurora Exterior Door product lines,” Hedlund says.

Where it’s going: “Wall systems in general are going more mainstream and becoming available in more mid-level categories as opposed to being only a high-end product,” Hedlund says. “Replacement-friendly versions of the product are starting to become more prevalent, and designs that were largely dated for the last few years are starting to be revised to be more streamlined, low-profile and less obtrusive.”



Industry: “Homeowners are opening their walls both visually, with wide expanses of glass, and physically, with doors that allow for large connections between the outdoors and indoors,” says Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing, Kolbe Windows and Doors.

Product offering: “Kolbe’s Folding Door systems are offered as part of the Ultra Series and Heritage Series in numerous panel configurations and other accessories. With a maximum of eight panels per side, units can offer up to 45 ft. of unobstructed views,” Bremer says.

Where it’s going: “Homeowners want to create spaces that are as individual as they are,” Bremer says. “We expect homes will continue to be designed with folding doors, as long as the outdoor views and outdoor living areas are important.”



Industry: “Americans who are looking to remodel their homes are seeking alternatives to a traditional slider in order to maximize their space and incorporate a lifestyle that a folding door will provide,” says Matt Power, president and cofounder, La Cantina Doors.

Product offering: “La Cantina Doors’ latest door — the aluminum thermally broken — has maximum design flexibility and performance for virtually any environment,” Power says. “The aluminum door is favored for its sleek design with thin 2¾-in. stile and rail. Manufactured to any design specification, this door can suit large openings up to 52 ft. wide and 10 ft. tall with eight doors opening in each direction.”

Where it’s going: “Folding doors will continue to gain consumer awareness and popularity for many different types of applications both commercial and residential,” Power adds.



Industry: “We’re seeing requests for larger openings, bigger lengths and widths, even replacing an entire wall with a glazed element. People are extending their living spaces into the outdoors. They’re moving to a three-season exterior space, with covered decks, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens,” says Jon Sawatzky, channel and brand marketing manager, Loewen.

Product offering: “Our bifold doors operate with a chassis based on a swinging door panel to provide complementary aesthetics. We can supply doors that are up to 16 panels and fold to the outside so you don’t lose that interior space to functionality,” Sawatzky says.

Where it’s going: “A request for the folding door is becoming more common in smaller projects. Historically, people had a two-panel sliding door, but you can cover 52 ft. on this type of door system,” Sawatzky says.



Industry: “Folding doors are becoming more popular and are a great way to get a fresh new look. They’re a modern twist on the sliding door look and can be a good way to save space in a door opening,” says John Kirchner, public relations manager, Marvin Windows and Doors.

Product offering: “One of our newest doors is the Ultimate Lift and Slide, which is our largest door ever. Its large sizes and easy operation allow a seamless integration of indoors and out,” Kirchner adds. “[These doors are] available in sizes up to 60 ft. wide.”

Where it’s going: “Homeowners who are looking for something special want to bring the outdoors in or want to let in lots of light would be well served to consider a folding-style door,” Kirchner says.



Industry: “According to a recent survey by the American Institute of Architects, even as homeowners choose smaller homes and fewer specialty rooms, they are expanding living areas into the outdoors through outdoor living spaces and outdoor rooms,” says Ebrahim Nana, president, NanaWall Systems.

Product offering: “The NanaWall is a custom-made operable glass panel system that opens wide to blur the line between indoors and outdoors. Easily opened, the panels stack or stow away out of sight, opening the room to the outside. When closed, the NanaWall provides a weather-resistant barrier protecting against wind, rain, snow and cold temperatures,” Nana says.

Where it’s going: “[We are] seeing the folding door trend move north. The NanaWall is increasingly used to create outdoor rooms and entertaining areas from kitchens in New York to living rooms in Ohio, Michigan to the Canadian Rockies,” Nana says.



Industry: “The floor plans of today’s architecturally designed custom home frequently include moveable wall systems that expand lifestyles into [outdoor] spaces. The folding door is a great solution that allows the homeowner better views and flexibility in contrast to smaller conventional doors with less glass,” says Sue Weiland, owner, Weiland Sliding Doors and Windows.

Product offering: “The Weiland Beefy Bifold can be built as tall as 13½ ft. and panels as wide as 5 ft., depending on chosen configurations,” Weiland says.

Where it’s going: “The desire to have access to the outdoors is changing the way we live. Site-specific design, the use of light and ventilation, and the maximum use of space created by eliminating traditional barriers are helping integrate our living areas to our surroundings,” Weiland says. “The folding door is an obvious choice to meet these expectations. We continue to see strong growth in all aspects of our business.”