Exterior Door Manufacturers


USA: Exterior Doors: Exterior Door Manufacturers





Exterior doors may be made of timber, aluminum or vinyl. They are designed to provide security, and to resist exposure to the elements. Exterior doors are available in a wide range of traditional and contemporary styles, and may incorporate glazed panels. The glazed panels may be plain or may be decorated in a stained glass style. Timbers commonly used for exterior doors include Mahogany, Cedar, South American Oak, Hard Maple, Andean Walnut, Malga Cherry, and Knotty Alder. Each type of timber has its own distinctive grain and coloring.


The leading exterior door manufacturers selected by Abacus Construction Index, which are listed below, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects including online catalogs, styles and materials.

Andersen. Andersen is a leading exterior door manufacturer. Founded in 1903 by Danish immigrant Hans Andersen in Hudson, Wisconsin, the company has grown to employ more than 9,000. Its headquarters in Bayport, Minnesota, covers sixty five acres. An early innovation, in 1905, was the 'two bundle' method of window construction. Frame pieces were standardized in size, then packaged in separate vertical and horizontal pairs. Windows could then be assembled on site in less than ten minutes. The Andersen website contains sections on products, window types, patio door types, window problems and low-E4 glass. There is also an ideas section with a photo gallery and information about art glass, including the Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass series. The Anderson range of doors includes single hinged doors, hinged doors with multiple panels, gliding doors, sidelights and stationary panels, transoms, and commercial doors made to fit standard and custom commercial entries.

Clark Hall. Clark Hall is a leading manufacturer of external doors and French doors. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been operating for more than 35 years. It supplies high quality hardwood and wrought iron entry doors. Available hardwoods for external doors include: Honduran Mahogany, Indonesian Mahogany, African Mahogany, Cedar, South American Oak, Andean Walnut, Malaga Cherry, Premium Knotty Alder, and Hard Maple. The wrought iron exterior doors are hand-forged by experienced artisans. The Clark Hall website has sections for stock doors, custom doors, wrought iron doors, and interior doors. There is also a trade section with information about volume discounts for exterior doors. Clark Hall custom exterior doors include designs with decorated glass panels, divided light doors with small glass panels separated by strips of wood, leaded glass exterior doors, and solid doors in a variety of hardwoods. 


IDRC. IDRC was founded in 1997 and has premises in Mountain View, Huntington Beach, and in Fremont, California. In addition to providing replacement interior doors, IDRC will also replace external doors and front entry doors with bespoke doors. The IDRC digital measuring system, known as the Jambscan, can take the dimensions of a door in less than one minute; a three dimensional image of the door frame is then transferred to a door cutting machine which is controlled by computer. The old exterior doors remain in their frames until the new doors are fitted. The installation of each new exterior door takes about ten minutes. Available materials for exterior doors include: mahogany, cherry, maple, oak, pine, alder, and fiberglass. In the case of painted doors, multiple coats of lacquer paint are sprayed on in the factory; this avoids any brush marks, runs, or streaks in the paint.


Milgard. Milgard is a leading exterior door manufacturer. The Milgard website contains sections on getting started, products, and finding a dealer for Milgard products. There is also an image gallery. In 1958, Maurice Milgard and his son Gary started Milgard Glass Company in a small building in Tacoma, Washington. The Milgards soon diversified into manufacturing aluminum windows. In 1968 they started producing sliding glass doors. Two years later, aluminum frames were redesigned to fit both single-pane and insulating glass. Milgard developed a type of aluminum frame that was suitable for cold weather areas where only wood frames had previously been effective. In 1989 Milgard started offering windows with frames made from vinyl. WoodClad fiberglass windows were launched in 1990. In 2001 Milgard was bought by Masco Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand name consumer products for the home. Today Milgard has more than 3,000 employees. Milgard manufactures exterior doors, including patio doors, in aluminum, vinyl and fiberglass.

Sculptural Glass Doors. Sculptural Glass Doors is situated in Bellingham, Washington, USA. It is a collaborative operation between three firms which make an unusual type of double-skinned decorative glass door. The array of curved forms within the glass produces a very spectacular visual effect, greater strength, and better standard of thermal and sound insulation. Sculptural Glass Doors was is an initiative of Bill McColl, whose McColl Studio invented the ClearCast glass method. McColl Studio designs the glass elements of all the sculptural glass doors. Garibaldi Glass Industries Inc tempers the ClearCast glass and hand makes each glass door panel into a tempered, insulated unit at their plant in Burnaby, British Columbia. NorthStar Woodworks is a long-established producer of crafted millwork; NorthStar assembles the ClearCast glass panels into hand made wooden doors.




You may also like to visit our USA product guides on: Back Doors, Bifold Doors, Door Handles, Door Hardware, French Doors, Front Doors, Screen Doors, and Storm Doors.


Publisher: Abacus Construction Index is a professionally edited directory of recommended construction websites, published by Extonet Ltd. It is financed only by Google advertising; no payment is received from included websites.


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