Volume 11, Issue 1 - January/February 2010


Building Blocks
International Builders’ Show Will Feature Products to Help Build Your Business

Despite another rough year in the residential building market, many manufacturers of door, window, moulding and millwork and related products will launch new options and features at the upcoming International Builders’ Show. The annual event will be held January 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Read on for a sneak peek of what will be on display.
For more information on the event, visit www.buildersshow.com.

Booth C4453:
PPG Expands Residential Low-E Glass Portfolio

PPG Industries will showcase its expanded residential low-E glass portfolio, including two new residential glass products, Solarban 65 and Sungate 400. Solarban 65 is a double-silver, solar control, low-E glass that the company says helps window manufacturers achieve the .30/.30 requirement for energy-efficient windows as defined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Sungate 400 glass is a passive low-E glass developed for window makers seeking to meet Canadian Energy Star® statutes. It is ideal for use in northern U.S. climates as well, according to PPG.


Booth C809:
Clark Hall Introduces New Wrought Iron Doors

Clark Hall Iron Doors, based in Charlotte, N.C., will launch its line of hand-forged wrought-iron doors during the International Builders’ Show.

“We offer the only iron doors that have a smooth hand finish, upgraded construction features, and custom designs delivered in just eight weeks,” says Tricia Kesling, an owner of the privately held company.

The smooth hand-finished, maintenance-free doors are built for easy installation just like a traditional wood door and provide fully insulated panels, stiles, rails and jambs, according to the company. In addition to the design features, QLon Kerf weatherstripping is utilized around the door and glass openings and an adjustable threshold provides a weathertight fit. The designer ball bearing hinges has concealed grease fittings mortised into the door and frame. A five-step automotive paint process provides rust inhibitors.

Booth C3374:
Simpson® Introduces Simulated Divided Lite Doors

Simpson Door Company is expanding options for its exterior French and sash doors and sidelites by introducing the Simpson Simulated Divided Lite (SDL). Simpson SDL doors capture the elegance of a true-divided lite with a single insulating glass unit, allowing the doors to achieve high energy efficiency ratings and meet hurricane and design pressure requirements, according to the company.

To obtain the divided-lite look, Simpson manufactures its SDL doors and sidelites by inserting a “shadow spacer” between the two lites of glass and then permanently affixing decorative bars to both of the outward-facing sides of the glass. The bars are 7/8 inches thick and come in two profiles—ViewSaver® and Shaker—and multiple wood species or PVC for use with Simpson WaterBarrier® Technology.

Booth N1825:
Green Doors from CraftMaster

CraftMaster ’s new line of green doors is made with sustainable materials, recycled content and low-VOC primers and adhesives.
In addition, the company says they produce low-formaldehyde emissions.

The environmentally friendly doors are available in all of the company’s raised panel, molded door designs from the original six-panel Colonist® and four-panel, square-top Coventry® to the two-panel, square top Carrara®, arched-top, two-panel plank Cashal™ and others. In addition to standard hollow core construction, CMI offers CraftMaster Green Doors with a solid GreenLite™ fiberboard door core. The rigid, lightweight core provides the heft, weight and sound-deadening properties of a solid wood door, according to the company, and is made using wood obtained from forestlands that are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Booth C3557:
Andersen 100 Series Features Recycled Materials, SmartSun Glass

Andersen Windows’ new 100 Series patio doors and windows feature environmentally responsible and third-party certified construction, an economical price and energy-saving performance, according to the company.

Officials say the overall amount of recycled content in the series is certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) and ranges from a minimum of 18 to 24 percent pre-consumer recycled glass and wood fiber content based on the National Fenestration Rating Council-rated standard window size in single-hung, casement, awning, picture and gliding window styles.

The windows are framed with the company’s Fibrex® material, a sustainable structural composite that blends the attributes of sawdust and polymer. According to Andersen, Fibrex has a low thermal expansion and contraction rate, is resistant to rotting and termites, and retains its rigidity and stability in high temperatures.

The windows are available in single-hung, gliding, casement, awning and specialty fixed styles in more than 1,200 sizes and can be specified in more than 20,000 combinations.


Booth C5263:
Get Motorized

Phantom Screens® now offers a Small, Motorized Executive retractable screen. The screen has a housing size of 4 by 4 inches, compared with its larger, standard size of 5 ½ by 7 inches. 

The Small Executive retractable screen is designed to address applications where subtlety is paramount, according to the company, and can accommodate small cavities in the case of recessed applications. In applications where only a surface mount is possible, the Small Executive comes with a variety of finish options and can be custom-matched to blend with unique colors and even wood grain.


Booth C4143:
Triple the Glazing with Milgard Products

Milgard Windows & Doors has added triple-glazing as an option for both its vinyl new Tuscany® Series replacement line of patio doors and windows, as well as its fiberglass Ultra™ and WoodClad™ Series patio doors and windows. The company says the triple glazing provides extra insulation, without compromising the products’ interior style or exterior curb appeal.


Booth N1072:
AMD Launches New Site

The Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) will tell IBS attendees about its new website launched in late 2009. The association has converted its current, text-based “Millwork Principles and Practices” course into a totally interactive online program. In 2010, AMD plans to develop several online courses on topics of interest for the millwork industry and the construction industry as a whole.


Booth C5089:
Go Retro

T h e new Young RetroTread™
makes it easy to renovate any stair from carpeted to premium hardwood, according to its manufacturer.
The RetroTread from Young Manufacturing is made of solid hardwood and has numerous other features and benefits.

To complete the remodeled hardwood stair system, the company's RetroTread reversible return nosing also is available.

The RetroTread family of products is offered in red oak, white oak, poplar, hard maple, hickory and Brazilian cherry.

Booth N1809:
Reduce Callbacks with Jamsill Guard®

Jamsill’s Guard® adjustable sill pan flashing works with nearly all types of doors and windows and doesn’t require any adjustment to standard rough opening sizes. Company officials say the flashing is simple, effective, easy to use and affordable.

Booth C2433:
Endura Products Introduces Jamb Lock

Endura Products is introducing the jamb lock for the portion of the market in single doors and sidelite systems. This all-new locking system resists deflection and adds a tight, secure seal to the single door or CSL unit by putting a three-point lock mechanism into the jamb or mull. The system also is entirely encased in the jamb or mullion, and does not require the installer to bore the active door.

The new jamb lock system works like this: the deadbolt activates the lock actuator, which throws out two equidistant lock throws from the jamb to the lock keepers in the active door. With minimal routing required and “jamb jack” fasteners, which attach and supports the jamb to the stud, wind loads are taken off the door unit itself, thus improving the overall performance of the door unit, according to the company.



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