Volume 13, Issue 8 - October 2012
The Aspire series includes casement, awning, double-hung, slider and direct-set windows, as well as sliding and hinged patio doors. The products all feature technologies designed to deliver optimum thermal performance. For example, double hungs feature the company’s symmetry balance system, which combines coil balance technology and an all-new jambliner for air and water performance, easy operation and visual appeal. Likewise, casements, awnings and picture windows feature the company’s TriCore frame technology, which creates a thermal barrier to deliver weather resistance and structural performance.
In addition, a variety of energy-efficient glazing options add to the
thermal performance of the units, and for added customization simulated
divided lites, grilles-between-glass and removable wood grilles are also
According to the company, English walnut is characterized as a full-bodied,
deep-colored walnut with a robust grain pattern, while Norwegian maple
is a mid-tone neutral color with the delicate, subtle graining of a hard
The products are custom-produced in panel sizes up to 12 feet in height
and 5 feet wide. Thermal performance testing was done on the S.87, which
has a U-value of 0.28 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.24; it is
also certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council. According
to the company, all frames utilize thick extruded aluminum and are finished
with custom colors. A number of glass options are available, and any glazing
up to 1 3/8 inches can be used, including a triple-glazed option.
Turn a New Leaf
The Classic patio doors can also tilt, which offers the option for night
ventilation. Zola says it also offers low, thermally broken aluminum thresholds
on all of its units for no extra charge. In addition, all units are fully
factory finished, and the wood can be stained in one of 15 different colors
or painted in one of 300 eco-friendly colors.
The Hampton Room uses Structural Insulated Panel technology for its wall structure and combines that with the company’s line of energy-saving windows. This, according to the company, provides flexibility of window placement and sizing not usually possible with a standard sunroom.
In addition, the roof is glazed with the company’s ConservaGlass Select,
which helps keep the heat out in summer and the cold out in winter. The
roof system that supports the glazing is a two-tiered roof manufactured
in structural-grade aluminum and then capped and clad with low-maintenance
According to the company, thousands of entry door combinations
exist with the Picture Perfect 2.0 program including the options of fiberglass
and steel entry doors, sidelites and transoms, different glass options
and various handlesets. The program is a desktop software application
that can be operated without Internet connectivity once installed. It
allows contractors and dealers to upload an image or choose from a library
of home images to “try on” different products. Home makeovers can then
be saved and printed out with a detailed summary of the changes so that
customers have walk-away materials to encourage future sales.
According to the company, the film helps protect glass from
scratches and debris from the moment the order is shipped, through its
delivery and storage at the home or jobsite.