hen it comes to living by the ocean, there are certain things that simply can’t be compromised – you want to see every sunrise and sunset, every panoramic vista and that expanse of horizon where the sea meets the sky. But the same sun, wind and ocean spray that make waterfront homes so beguiling can also make them vulnerable, especially in regions like Florida, the Gulf Coast and New England where seasonal hurricanes and Nor’easters are a part of life.

An array of high-end custom window and door manufacturers are meeting the demands of coastal homeowners for uninterrupted ocean views and maximum performance with products designed to bring the outside in, while standing up to the toughest weather.

Ocean Home’s Platinum List 2015 judging panel was impressed by the latest design and technology innovations across the entire windows and doors industry, but singled out three leading companies for their commitment to customer service, safety and the environment.

LaCantina Doors

California-based LaCantina Doors won praise for being named a Best of Houzz 2015 winner for the third consecutive year in two major categories. More than 25 million subscribers to Houzz, a leading global online platform for residential remodeling and design, voted in the annual awards honoring LaCantina for its design innovations and overall customer service. Ocean Home judges loved LaCantina’s new generation of multi-slide doors for their balance and symmetry. When fully opened, the doors stack flush, looking like a single panel and ensuring clean, aesthetically pleasing and impeccable sightlines. lacantinadoors.com

Kolbe Windows & Doors

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The judging panel also praised Kolbe Windows & Doors for its Ultra Series Folding Doors and TerraSpan Lift & Slide Doors, notably for their excellent impact rating for coastal areas. Two of the company’s K Force Impact Products range, the slide doors and folding doors are an excellent choice for ocean homes located in hurricane areas or regions subject to severe storms or gale-force winds. kolbewindows.com

Fleetwood Windows

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Fleetwood Windows also impressed our judges with its commitment to designing and manufacturing extremely energy efficient and “green friendly” multi- slide and sliding pocket doors. The company’s award-winning aluminum products are made from recycled aluminum and glass, offered in inert coatings and finishes, and all of the aluminum scrap is recycled. fleetwoodusa.net

Image Credits: Photo courtesy of LaCantina Doors.