The International Builder’s Show (IBS) kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas, and the halls were packed with attendees looking for the latest products. Industry companies had plenty to offer.

Doors always are a mainstay no matter where you turn at IBS, and this year was no different. At almost every booth you heard the words “modern,” “contemporary” and “clean lines” a great deal.

Modern is a Mainstay

Therma-Tru was one of the companies that had a lot of these modern looks on display. The door company showed off flat frames that the representatives say pushes that trend even more.

Jeld-Wen's modern two-panel door.
Jeld-Wen’s modern two-panel door.

“The vintage theme is also coming into that modern space as well,” said Heather Sonnenberg, vice president of strategic marketing at Therma-Tru.

The company also showed frameless options and wider SDLS. Sonnenberg also reported that while flush-glazed doors launched 30 years ago they are still popular.

At Jeld-Wen the company set up their booth in terms of rooms, and you guessed it—there was one devoted to modern designs. The company added molded two-panel doors this year. “People want that clean minimalist look,” said Jim Flickinger, director of product marketing.

The MODA collection offers21 standard designs and are also customizable. The wood doors offer panel designs that can be mixed-and-matched with identical glass designs. This gives customers the opportunity to match all-panel door styles with the same style of glass doors, or French doors, letting homeowners achieve a contemporary style throughout the home.

Masonite's Heritage Series.
Masonite’s Heritage Series.

The company also noted that its recent purchase of Karona gives them high-end offerings so they now they offer the whole spectrum for interior doors.

Masonite expanded its Heritage Series with its Logan two-panel door. The interior molded door features a streamlined and clean Craftsman design to complement both traditional and modern home designs.

Patio, Custom, Steel and More Doors

Milgard’s Essence sliding patio door line is made with natural wood and a fiberglass exterior.

Patio doors were also on display, and Milgard added to its Essence sliding patio door line with new inswing and outswing options. The doors are built with natural wood and a tough, durable fiberglass exterior.

Whatever the material, exhibitors had plenty of options including GlassCraft that showed a new door which combines the benefits of steel and composite. The door is three times thicker than most steel, says president John Plummer, who adds that it is thermally broken which is also unique. But what he says is truly different is that the door can be field trimmed which is of great interest to those who stopped by.

GlassCraft’s new door is three times thicker than regular steel, according to the company.

Many companies showed off their products but then noted they can also provide custom doors as well. At Hope’s Windows and Doors, Ryan Carlson said, “everything we do is fully custom.” The company offers steel doors and windows for high end residential applications and can offer everything from sliders to folding doors.

Finally, at the Endura booth the company focused on identifying the costs of problems so customers can avoid costly service calls. To that end, the company launched the website for prehangers, builders and dealers. “You can see how much your door is costing you and what you can save by using the Z cap articulating sill,” says Kelsie Murdock, marketing coordinator. “Time spent adjusting the sill is time and money saved. When prehangers meet with their customers they can also use the tool.”

There is much more to report from IBS so stay tuned to all week for more reports.


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