Masonite Innovation Center Drives Industry Trends, Technology, Performance

At first glance, a beautiful door is simply a beautiful door. But at Masonite, it’s more than that—it’s the unprecedented amalgamation of years of research, design, engineering, and development to ensure products are on trend, offer the most advanced performance, and deliver the highest quality possible.

Every product Masonite sells begins as an idea at the Masonite Innovation Center in suburban Chicago, the only facility of its kind among door manufacturers and one whose pioneering work and technology influence the entire industry in its approaches to aesthetics, product construction and materials, and installation techniques.

Behind the walls are a host of comprehensive science and engineering labs, a replication of the manufacturing process, full-scale test facilities, and on-site tooling. Perhaps even more remarkable is the brainpower at work, with 58 team members that include 11 advanced degrees and a broad range of disciplines across material sciences, chemistry, engineering, industrial design, and market development. They work in a truly integrated design process that helps transform ideas—whether they originate on the jobsite or the fashion runway—into doors that stand the test of time in appearance and durability.

Masonite’s dedication to innovation and quality can also be seen in many of the machines, from a massive CNC milling machine that cuts huge plates of high-grade steel into door facing dies to an electron microscope purchased to troubleshoot a product challenge to a formaldehyde testing machine, one of only seven in the country, that allows the company to take customer health assurance one step further than competitors. On-site testing capabilities allow Masonite the freedom to test all in-development products to failure point under heat, cold, water, wind, and saltwater with more efficiency than using third parties. Similarly, in-house dies further ensure product quality and help avoid supply issues down the road by improving speed of product adjustments.

This level of dedication to back-end, full-scale R&D is rare in the industry, but is one that assures customers they are purchasing a product that is fully engineered to exacting design and performance standards at every stage, using the most up-to-date technologies and techniques.

See for yourself. Take a walk through the Masonite Innovation Center in our latest video:

Why Should You Install Barn Doors?

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Author: Sarah Kellner
Date Submitted: 2/12/15

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In the past decade, interior design has been heavily influenced by simple country and “old world” charm. Everywhere you look, vintage pieces are popping up, from framed antique maps to shelving made from reclaimed wood. This influence is also apparent in the emerging popularity of interior barn doors.

What are barn doors? Rather than hanging in a frame with hinges on the side, barn doors are exactly what they sound like: doors, often wood and oversized, that attach to a track on the wall above the doorway with a sliding mechanism. Interior barn doors are incredibly trendy and stylish, but unlike some home trends, this one won’t become dated because in addition to being interesting and eye-pleasing, barn doors are incredibly practical.

We sat down with the experts at Masonite to discuss the appeal and benefits of installing interior barn doors. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Aesthetics

According to Keith Kometer, Masonite’s Vice President of Residential Product Development, “Barn doors have become so popular because they are unique. Very outside of the ordinary. You can [create the look] with something extremely familiar, from rustic woods on to looks that are entirely modern. People are designing rooms to fit around statement pieces that serve as focal points.”

Speaking of statement pieces, you don’t have to just stick to wood or white finishes. Barn doors can double as wall art, so why not go bold with a colorful finish like deep crimson? We’ve even seen someone create a barn door out of a vintage 7-Up sign. The sky is the limit!

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2. Functionality

Not only are barn doors very attractive, they are highly functional. Masonite’s lead industrial designer, Patrick Ege states, “Barns doors add a level of functionality you can’t get with normal doors. You can close off an entire room with one door.” What a great way to vary the look and feel of your home’s interiors.

3. Space Saving

Interior barn doors are perfect for areas where you don’t have the swing space for a traditional door. While their footprints are smaller than standard hinged and pocket doors, bear in mind that with barn doors, you do need to have enough wall space adjacent to the doorway where the door will slide.

4. Simplicity of Installation

Another great selling point for interior barn doors is that they are super easy to install. No construction is required as it is with pocket doors. Installation is as easy as attaching a mounting board to the wall with drywall anchors, spacers and lag bolts directly under the place where the track will go. Then assemble and cut the steel track if necessary, drill your holes, and install the track making absolutely certain that it is level.  Attach the hanger rollers to the door slab, guide the rollers over the track to hang the door, make sure everything is secure and functions properly and you’re done!

Barn doors are a great way to make a statement in your home. Where will you hang yours?

Sarah Kellner is a writer for The Home Depot. With a background in art and design, she writes on a wide variety of home improvement and real estate topics. To configure your own custom Masonite door, click here. You can also shop interior doors on homedepot.com

 

Design Inspiration from Unassuming Places: Masonite’s Interior and Exterior Doors Come to Life

Barrington Sierra AvantGuard Black Walnut 2 Panel Camber Top PlankVisitors at this year’s NAHB International Builders’ Show® are in for a new and innovative booth design and concept from Masonite®. In past tradeshows, booth designs have been simply constructed for designers to see the products, displayed in an orderly fashion. Unlike any other year, a circular configuration featuring a life like home designed booth will take its visitors right into what feels like home.

This “immersive experience” environment will present Masonite’s vision of doors as a piece of the overall aesthetic envelope and design of a home.

Each Masonite door will lead to various rooms designed to show the versatility in the brand’s interior and exterior doors. This allows designers to see the products while experiencing a demonstration of capabilities for Masonite® products.

Plan on attending? Expect two full-sized vignettes featuring products from several popular collections, including the Barrington®, Belleville®, AvantGuard®, Lemieux™ and Palazzo™ brands. While touring the vignettes, visitors will experience how Masonite doors can be integrated into everyday life and truly become a vital aspect of the architecture and design strategy.

Stop by Booth #C5008 for the experience. For more information, visit www.masonite.com.

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Transform Your Interior With Palazzo Series® Molded Panel Doors

When changing the look of a room, homeowners often start with the basics: a fresh coat of paint, a few new pieces of furniture or even new flooring. But one way to upgrade a room that is sometimes overlooked involves the interior doors. Unless you’ve opted for a full-scale remodel, you’re probably using the original interior doors that came with the house. By swapping out those older doors for new ones, you can breathe new life into a boring room. Continue reading

Lemieux Torrefied Door from Masonite is one of this Year’s 101 Best New Products

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Professional Builder annually presents the standout products from the past year based on reader response and inquiry. The Lemieux Torrefied Door from Masonite is featured as one of this year’s 101 Best New Products in the August issue. See the write-up on page 27 of the publication.Professional_Builder_101_Best_New_Products

 

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Upgrade Your Door During The Masonite Fall Rebate Program

Craftsman FiberglassWith the change of seasons, homeowners often make additions or renovations to their homes. If you are thinking of hiring a contractor for a fall remodeling project or to simply replace your door, now is the perfect time.. From Sept. 15 to Dec. 15, 2013, Masonite is offering mail-in rebates on popular exterior and interior doors during the “Get Paid To Upgrade” Select Rewards Program for homeowners, licensed remodeling contractors and builders. Continue reading

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Spice Up Your Entrance! Upgrade Your Masonite Entry Door with a Simulated Divided Lite Kit

Adding glass panels or side lites to a new Masonite entry door is a great way to create a unique look that neighbors will notice. The new Simulated Divided Lite (SDL) kit from Masonite makes it easy to “customize” a clear or textured glass Masonite door or sidelites.  Compatible with 6.8” and 8’0” doors and sidelites, each kit offers the old world charm of true divided lite without the need for a complete overhaul. The new SDL kit allows builders, remodelers, and homeowners to customize the appearance of Masonite exterior doors or sidelites and choose from a variety of arrangements at a fraction of the cost of true divided lite. Continue reading

Masonite Slows Down and Listens – The Importance of Quality Customer Service

Smooth Fiberglass Door Unit with Piedmont Decorative GlassMost of us, at one time or another, have been required to call a company’s customer service department. While it is not something we necessarily want to do, by opening up the lines of communication, we are sometimes pleasantly surprised. A recent survey by TalkTo and ResearchNow revealed that 53 percent of Americans spend 10 to 20 minutes on hold every week calling companies for support. Why are so many people spending time contacting customer service? Simply put: people want to tell their stories and feel like their voices are being heard.

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In this time-stressed world, companies – like people — sometimes forget to listen. Masonite is committed to making customer service a positive interaction. We work hard provide our customers with innovative, quality doors and excellent service. That commitment to excellent service begins with slowing down and listening. Continue reading

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Beyond Earth Day: Sustainability And Green Products For Your Home

For many of us, Earth Day – April 22nd – is celebrated with a tribute to all things green. In reality, the day also marks the anniversary of what may be considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day in 1970 capitalized on an emerging American consciousness on the environment and preventing water and air pollution. Over 20 million Americans demonstrated their commitment to a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies on the first Earth Day. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues to the world stage.

Today, sustainability is much more than “going green.” And, it’s more than a personal commitment. It’s a way of doing business that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That means efficient use of natural resources, minimizing waste and protecting the environment.

Homeowners may not realize that sustainability goals can be as important as profitability goals for today’s businesses.  In addition to meeting consumer demand for greener products, Masonite International Corporation recognizes that environmental stewardship and operational efficiencies often go hand-in-hand.

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An Enduring Grand Entrance

Masonite TorrefiedYou may not realize it, but your front door speaks volumes about your home. Think of it as the maître d’ who greets your guests and tells them what to expect before stepping inside. Unfortunately, not all doors say great things about their owners. Some are cracked with peeling paint while others are dented and rusting. If you’re concerned about the message your door is sending, here are some considerations for finding the perfect replacement.

Today there are a multitude of entry door design options.  But before you start shopping for a new entry door, let’s focus on the most popular materials: fiberglass, steel and wood. When compared to doors of ten years ago, today’s doors are stronger, more durable and available in a wider array of materials. If you’re worried about durability, first start by selecting a reputable door manufacturer with a history of product success.  Remember, this is an investment in your home’s lifestyle statement.

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