Volume 12, Issue 2 - March 2011



Each year, DWM/Shelter highlights products and news from members of the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD). These are featured below.

Tecton Offers Fiberglass Door Frame
Tecton Products offers its door frame, which is made from durable fiberglass and is offered in several sizes, according to the company. The frames are pre-finished with the company’s patented Durion® acrylic and are available in a selection of colors to match common window colors.

CMI Extends MiraTEC Trim Warranty to 50 Years
CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. (CMI) has increased the warranty period for its MiraTEC® Treated Exterior Composite trim from 30 years to 50 years, as a result of independent weatherability testing. The new 50-year warranty took effect late last year and continues to cover hail damage, delamination, decomposition due to fungal growth, splitting and cracking, excessive swelling and buckling, as well as damage from termites, according to the company.

The MiraTEC warranty does not require registration with CMI, and it is valid for the original purchaser plus two other homeowners of the structure to which the trim was applied.

“A strong warranty is a critical factor in the selection of exterior trim products, and the new 50-year warranty for MiraTEC trim provides builders, remodelers and homeowners with peace of mind that their purchase decision is backed by a comprehensive performance guarantee,” says Bob Merrill, president and CEO.

DMSi Introduces Visual CAFE
Officials from DMSi say they have simplified configured unit ordering with the company’s new Visual CAFE tool. Visual CAFE is a web-based product configurator aimed at providing DMSi’s Agility ERP accounts with a customer-facing self-service quote and order tool. The system features wizard-like prompting with rich graphical images that allows users to understand easily what they are selecting for configuration. Visual CAFE currently is available to Agility customers in a beta mode and company officials expect it to improve customer service and streamline business processes.

WoodWare and Pacsoft Team Up to Provide Pre-Hanging Door Solution
WoodWare Systems has announced that it is now working with Pacsoft, a Portland, Maine-based software developer, to market and sell a solution for lumber and building materials retail locations that also pre-hang doors.

“Over the past several years, we have run into numerous situations where a retail building materials dealer had opened a door pre-hanging division to serve the needs of their customers,” says Nick Carter, president of WoodWare Systems.

He adds, “We were approached by a large Do-It-Best retailer in the northwest last year who said that he had to have WoodWare regardless of any interface. [The company] introduced us to Pacsoft, [its] POS provider, and we quickly determined that it would be in the best interest of numerous companies in this situation for us to tightly integrate our systems.”

Peter Stoops, president of Pacsoft USA, adds, “WoodWare assured us that they had the tools available through their relational database to tie in almost seamlessly with Pacsoft’s Optemizer™. Within a few months, both companies completed the development and successfully installed WoodWare and the interface. Our joint customer now uses WoodWare’s Var-I-Frame™ and Configured Order Entry to easily manage the door shop.”

ProVia Door Introduces Coastal Impact Products for Residential Use
ProVia Door has added a line of Coastal Impact products, a series of steel and fiberglass entry doors that company officials say meet Florida Building Code (FBC).

The product line is available in Signet® or Heritage™ fiberglass options or Legacy™ woodgrain textured or smooth steel varieties. This includes door systems with one sidelite, two sidelites and French (double) doors, which have been tested and approved for coastal use in Florida.


Pilkington Debuts Low-E Fourth-Surface Technology
Pilkington has introduced its low-E fourth-surface technology with its Pilkington Energy Advantage™ low-E glass, which company officials say allow a double-glazed insulating glass unit (IGU) to achieve 12-percent improved thermal performance over a triple-pane IGU.

According to the company, adding a pyrolytic low-E coating to the No. 4 surface reflects infrared heat back into a home, reducing the amount of radiant heat loss through the glass.

Company officials say that in cold weather conditions, a low-E coating on the No. 2 surface inhibits room heat from transferring across the air space toward the outside, and that adding a second low-E coating to the No. 4 surface further improves insulation.

John Evans’ Sons Inc. Offers “Constant Force” Balance Systems
John Evans’ Sons Inc. has introduced two “constant force” balance systems to meet a variety of needs. The company offers the Curve Balance System® for tilt-in sashes.

The Curve system features an asymmetric design, low operating forces, and 3- to 9-pound stainless steel springs. In addition, the assembly is simple and requires no screws, according to information from John Evans’ Sons Inc.

Roto Frank to Distribute Angel Ventlock™ in North America
Mighton Products Ltd. has selected Roto Frank of America to become the exclusive distributor of the Angel Ventlock (AVL) throughout North America.

Mighton designed and developed the AVL as a child safety product for hung and sliding windows to limit the opening in order to help prevent accidental injury. The product can be installed at the time of window fabrication, or in the aftermarket with the retrofit versions. The AVL is available in multiple finishes.

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