MAUMEE, OH (June 1, 2005) – Capturing an enduring trend in American residential design, Therma-Tru's new Classic-Craft® American Style Collection™ – a reflection of traditional Arts and Crafts style.

The collection provides simplicity, understated and straightforward style, solid construction and uncomplicated design – all hallmarks of the emergence of the bungalow in the early 1900s. Like all Classic-Craft fiberglass door systems, the new American Style Collection provides the texture and feel of a real wood door and delivers the thermal performance and lasting durability of fiberglass.

The distinctive style is derived from the Arts and Craft Movement, which was one of the most influential North American building design styles of the 20th century. Stylistically, it marks the advent of modern industrial design and a return to nature. The concept of the Arts and Crafts style reflects very simple designs that don't require symmetry.

The American Style door is designed with vertical groove, straight graining, clean and simple lines, square wood edges and a wide, full-length lock block. New decorative lite options include Villager™ and Homeward™ glass styles. Flush-glazed fiberglass doors feature the glass assembled directly into the door panel during manufacturing, making the door and glass one solid piece.

"The American Style Collection is more than just a beautiful door – it delivers thermal performance and lasting durability that won't crack, split, or rot or split like real wood," said John Kufner, general manager, Entry Door Systems, Therma-Tru Doors. "Builders, remodelers, architects and homeowners alike have raved about the Classic-Craft entry door collections."

Developed by the R&D engineers at Therma-Tru's Advanced Technology Center using the company's unique and proprietary graining technology for the Classic-Craft product line, the American Style door is designed to provide the utmost in durability, weather-resistance, security and performance, and also comes with a full system lifetime limited warranty.

Optional system upgrades include a high-performance adjustable sill, a proprietary adjustable security strike plate that withstands 450 pounds of force and a multi-point locking system that enhances security because the lock secures the door in three places.

Demand has been high nationwide for the Classic-Craft family of fiberglass entry door systems, which feature the look of real, naturally stained wood-like grains, authentic detailing and the exceptional performance of Therma-Tru fiberglass door systems.

If you are building a new home or remodeling an existing one and want to incorporate the Arts and Crafts style into your architecture, consider the following external elements. Exterior features of the simple style are a front porch along the full width of the home with right-angled, tapered columns; low roof pitches with wide eaves and exposed roof rafters; clean gables; split wood shingles; shake siding and the use of wood, stone, brick, stucco and clapboard.

In addition to the more visible and familiar exterior cues Arts and Crafts style offers, there also are interior features you can integrate in your home. These bungalows typically feature built-in bookcases, cabinets and seating to help provide an open, uncluttered and well-organized look. Wood frames, baskets and earth-toned pottery, along with white linen or cotton window treatments, make for excellent Arts and Crafts accessories. Unadorned coffee tables, chairs, bureaus, desks and hutches made of wood, and square or rectangular panels match well with most decors.

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