It doesn’t matter if you’re renovating a single room or building a new house from the ground up, choosing custom doors and windows in New Jersey can be a time-consuming and complicated task.

People don’t just pick out custom doors and windows right away during their first visit to Northeast Architectural, especially if they’re undertaking a considerable renovation, are building a new home, or are replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones. Instead, our specialists consult with the visitors to understand their needs and ensure they’re well met.

Northeast Architectural is a division of Northeast Building Supply and has showrooms in Long Branch, NJ, and Mamaroneck, NY, where homeowners, architects and building professionals can view product displays from many of the top door and window manufacturers in the U.S.

The highly trained specialists at Northeast Architectural have extensive backgrounds in window and door sales and installations and can guide homeowners and builders through the complex product selection process. They can also review building plans and help homeowners navigate unique fenestration challenges that may arise when structural plans are being prepared.

Getting the right custom doors and windows from Northeast Architectural involves a variety of decisions. The biggest decision is always which materials will be used to build your windows. Here are some of the options.

  • Wood: More wood species continue to make all-wood windows a popular selection. Wood windows can be painted or stained, stand up well to any type of weather, and remain a beautiful option.
  • Clad: A layer of vinyl or aluminum protects the exterior of this window, while the interior of the window remains all wood. There is less maintenance required on the exterior of the window. The interior can be painted or stained.
  • Vinyl: The most cost-effective option. Technological advances means manufactures are able to make the vinyl look more like wood, while keeping costs low.
  • Aluminum: More glass and less facade is an emerging benefit of this window. Framing configurations give aluminum window manufacturers the ability to create contemporary designs with large sections of glass.

Window decisions don’t end there. Clients who pick all-wood or clad windows have to decide which species of wood will be used, if a finish will be applied at the factory (primed, painted or stained), or if the wood will be left without a finish.

Other decisions include whether grilles (also known as divided lights) are used, what type of screens will be included, and finally, the type and color of hardware that will be used.

Door decisions aren’t quite as complex but they still require a lot of thought. Will doors be all-wood, fiberglass, clad or steel? Will they have glass, be solid-core or hollow? Are the doors for the exterior or interior of the home? These are decisions that we’ll explore in a future blog.

For professional advice on custom doors and windows in New Jersey, or any other state in the Northeast, give Northeast Architectural a call today at 732.876.4112 and speak to a member of our team about scheduling a consultation. Meetings can be scheduled at either of our locations, or can be conducted on site as well.

Consultations can also be scheduled by visiting While you’re there, take a look at the variety of windows and doors that we have available, and any of our other services. We look forward to helping you with decisions on your custom doors and windows!

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