Window and Door Manufacturer Finds Homeowners Demanding

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New survey finds garage door durability ranks higher than appearance, energy efficiency.

When it comes to garage remodeling, homeowners are first and foremost looking for garage door durability, according to an independent research study commissioned by JELD-WEN (, a leading window and door manufacturer.

Nearly 45 percent of respondents in JELD-WEN's Perfect Home Survey indicate that garage door durability is the number one attribute they look for in their garage. Appearance is the next most important attribute at 22 percent, followed by energy efficiency and design.

Other notable garage door and remodeling findings from the survey include:

  •      Almost one quarter (23.5 percent) of respondents said they plan on remodeling their garage in the next year.
  •      14.5 percent said they would be remodeling their garage for parking, while 13.4 percent would use it for storage
  •      Only 43 percent believe their garage lets in enough natural light
  •      When asked specifically about energy efficiency, a combined 55 percent say it is either a very important or important attribute for a garage door.

"Because it is often the most visible exterior element of a home, the garage door is beginning to get more attention from today's homeowners and garage remodeling is becoming more important to them," said John Monfore, product marketing manager at JELD-WEN. "When considering a garage remodel, we found that homeowners want a long lasting, functional garage door in addition to great curb appeal."

It's no wonder that garage remodeling is getting a closer looks from homeowners. The Perfect Home Survey found that the garage door is now the most used exterior door when entering the home for both men (42 percent) and women (41 percent). The front door was close behind as the second most used exterior door.

Addressing homeowners' need for durability, JELD-WEN offers the only wood composite garage door lines on the market today. Unlike standard steel garage doors that may be covered in plastic or wood, JELD-WEN® wood composite garage doors are made from the same durable material throughout - from the trim to the face of the door. This technology means that wood composite garage doors offers exceptional performance with very little maintenance, and helps prevent problems such as cracking, splitting, shrinking, expanding, rusting and denting.

JELD-WEN® Wood Composite Garage door lines include the Traditional Series, the Carriage House Series and the Estate Series. Wood composite garage doors can also be embellished with stylish details such as unique trim designs, beautiful woodgrain patterns, decorative hardware, multi-planked grooves and a variety of window inserts to help bring more natural light into the garage.

Perfect Home Survey Methodology
Nearly 1,000 qualified homeowners nationwide participated in the online survey conducted by JELD-WEN window and door manufacturer. The sample group contained representatives from five age groups, all U.S. geographic regions, and a wide variety of income levels. The study was conducted in October 2006.

JELD-WEN, inc. is the world's leading reliable window and door manufacturer. Based in Klamath Falls, Ore., JELD-WEN began as a small Oregon millwork plant in 1960 and has grown into a company with nearly150 divisions and more than 20,000 employees worldwide. JELD-WEN is the official window, door and millwork provider of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, Proud Partner of THE PLAYERS and title sponsor of the JELD-WEN Tradition. JELD-WEN was the only window or door manufacturer to be named 2003 ENERGY STAR® "Partner of the Year" by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Eleven JELD-WEN® product lines and all windows and doors constructed with AuraLast® wood have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal. JELD-WEN® windows and doors have been honored by numerous consumer and industry publications. In 2005, JELD-WEN® Auroraâ„¢ Custom Fiberglass exterior doors received a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating. For more information about the exceptional value and reliability of JELD-WEN products, or to find a dealer near you, please visit or call 800-877-9482.

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