Ultimate Guide to Buying Products
In addition to learning who sells what,
the DWM’s Buyer’s Guide gives you a peak at some of the specific products
sold by suppliers. So from components and tools to finished doors and
windows, get a glimpse into some products on the market.
Run, Forrest, Run
Smith Case Inc., designer and manufacturer of custom door and window component
sales kits and carry cases, says it has reached a 50-percent reduction
in lead-time for its customers and achieved the first level of progress
toward launching its new “Ready to Run” program. The goal of the program
is to reduce lead times for customers by 70 percent.
Don’t Just Tell, Show
Show the benefits of your energy-efficient window in an exciting and memorable
way, says representatives of EDTM Inc. The company’s simple-to-use Window
Energy Profiler helps companies educate customers about the value of a
window’s energy efficiency. “Give a boost to your credibility as you test
the performance of your customers’ current windows and give them a ‘before
and after’ comparison to the energy savings your windows will provide
them. The WP4500 displays four energy performance measurements including
an SHGC value,” according to the company.
Looking for a Fast Cure
Curbell Plastics, headquartered in Orchard Park, N.Y., has developed a
fast curing, rubber toughened methacrylate adhesive for assembling hollow
metal doors that it says has resulted in improved door quality, simplified
assembly processes and a reduction in door manufacturing costs. The company
says that unlike spot welding, this new adhesive can be used in a wide
variety of joint geometries including blind joints and that it provides
excellent adhesion to steel, plastic and fiberglass components. Because
there are no weld dimples, the polyester putty filling operation can be
eliminated, a move that Curbell business development manager for adhesives
and prototyping materials Rick Delaney says improves door quality, speeds
up the assembly process and reduces cost.
Join the Revolution
Deceuninck’s Revolution Tilt-and-Turn Windows feature a seven-chamber
thermal structure, and multifunctional operability that have the capability
of achieving an R-value of 7+ and a commercial rating of C-100, according
to the company. Revolution has minimal frame and sash sightlines and features
maximum daylight area to take full advantage of today’s high-performance
glass technologies. It also has an integral screen system, structurally
bonded glazing technology, and is certified through the American Architectural
More, More, More
Quanex Building Products Corp. offered its Quanex Optimizer version 3.0,
to help window manufacturers analyze their existing door and window systems
and test new, more energy-efficient systems. The company says this aspect
will be especially important as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
finalizes Energy Star® Version 6.0 requirements. According to the company,
the Quanex Optimizer provides an instant U-factor estimate of various
door and window simulations, combining framing materials with all common
North American IG spacers, as well as glass packages, low-E coatings and
gas fills. Quanex Optimizer Version 3.0 added more than 580,000 new frame,
spacer, glass and glazing combinations, including exterior surface low-E
coatings and gas blends, as well as reversed surface coatings for Southern
climate applications. The newest version of the program can be loaded
with existing window data to allow users to estimate U-factor results
with thousands of glass and glazing combinations all without investing
in outside modeling. User data is stored on Quanex’s database and can
be seen only by the personnel at the user’s company and Quanex representatives.
Oh My Starphire®
New from PPG is Solarban® 72 Starphire®, a triple-silver-coated, solar
control, low-E glass designed to provide high visible light transmittance
(VLT) along with what the company calls exceptional clarity and superior
solar control performance. In a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit,
Solarban 72 Starphire glass has the VLT approximately the same as Solarban
60 on Starphire glass but offers 25 percent better solar control, according
to the company. The company further states that Solarban 72 Starphire
has the solar control characteristics similar to Solarban 70XL glass but
transmits 11 percent more visible light. Solarban 72 Starphire insulating
glass units feature one light with advanced triple-silver coating that
is engineered for use on a Starphire glass substrate and one lite of uncoated
A New Kind of Hinge
All Metal Stamping has developed an engineered composite hinge that is
designed to reduce sash sag and meet stainless steel corrosion resistance.
The hinge is available in both 10- and 14-inch configurations and features
molded composite hinge arms that provide for tight joints, according to
the company. In addition, officials say the new hinges provide for a well-supported
sash that will maintain lock alignment and keep the sash in contact with
weatherstripping all around the window. The company has also added 164
colors and special powder paints to add color and texture contrast to
ordinary looking doors. The products are available in seven working days
with as little as a 10-pound minimum purchase.
Southwall Hits R20
Southwall Technologies Inc. recently launched the Heat Mirror “Quad-Cavity”
R20 insulating glass unit (IGU). Company officials say this achieves a
0.05 center of glass U-factor (R20 insulating value) at the same weight
as standard dual-pane IGU. The Quad-Cavity R20 product suspends three
lightweight Heat Mirror films within the IGU, creating four independent
and super-insulating airspaces. The IGU is configured in an 1-3/4-inch
overall thickness with krypton gas filling and low-E coatings on the second
and tenth glass surfaces.
Chelsea Building Products in Oakmont, Pa., has introduced a line of cellular
PVC mouldings. With consistent cell structure and density, the product
cuts and installs easily using traditional tools and techniques and the
mouldings have excellent profile detail and definition, according to the
company. The specially developed frosted finish is said to be weather-resistant
and look just like pre-finished wood.
Verify IG Gas Content Instantly
The ThermalCheck system from Integrated Automation Systems is designed
to measure the gas content in insulating glass (IG) air spaces. To use
the system, an operator inserts the testing wand into the airspace and
presses the test button. ThermalCheck displays the percent of argon or
krypton gas in the airspace and prints a label with reading. If the gas
content fails below the specified setting, the system displays an alert.
Scapa has expanded its range of acrylic foam tapes (AFTs) to meet needs
of the door and window manufacturing market. According to the company,
it offers a wide range of high-performance bonding products, designed
to replace mechanical fasteners, spot welds and liquid adhesives in permanent
applications where a high strength bond is required. The AFTs can be utilized
on a variety of materials, including glass, metal, plastics, wood, composite
materials and painted surfaces.
Look at Them Grilles
Ohio-based Creative Millwork provides up to 10 standard grill colors—and
an unlimited number of custom colors—on a variety of substrates, including
pine, extruded cellular PVC, extruded aluminum and CNC-profiled aluminum.
It now offers them with a solar reflective coating variation by Sherwin-Williams—Polane
SR. According to company product information, Creative Millwork tested
Polane SR and found it to work extremely well on PVC, significantly reducing
any design concerns of solar heat gain and any corresponding thermal expansion.
While it says darker colors are usually special order items, the company
settled on Polane SR as its standard finish and says doing so reduced
inventory costs on the finishing materials it must carry for more than
400 colors. Creative Millwork president Mark Estock estimates that color
matching for new products can be accomplished in three to four days, and,
in an emergency, within a day.
The company estimates that its current color palate includes more than
400 colors and company literature indicates that its finishing line, which
includes two paint booths and gravity-fed paint guns, coats the grille
muntin bars to match the color and gloss levels of their customers’ exterior
window sashes and frames within 1.0 Delta-E, the smallest color difference
that can be seen by the human eye. According to Creative Millwork’s press
information, its finishing work meets AAMA exterior grade performance
Spray the Glass
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed Spray-It,
an eco-friendly, thermal spray coating for use on glass and building materials
to lower energy costs. Spray-It can be applied easily to windows or tile
surfaces on existing or new buildings via an inexpensive high-pressure
spray mechanism. Spray-It is made from a lithium-fluorine co-doped tin
oxide coating material called Lifto that is suitable for spraying directly
onto glass or tile surfaces to form an insulation layer. The Lifto coating
can be applied easily either indoors or in open-air conditions.
Give ‘Em Your B.E.S.T
Forimpex Inc., a Canadian enterprise, has launched their new concept of
pressure-equalized rainscreened door sill, the B.E.S.T Contact, a patent-pending
product that it says “grants door manufacturers the possibility to meet
the newest performance standards NAFS-08 and Canadian Supplement CSAA440S1-09.
The name B.E.S.T. (which stands for Beat Efficiency Standard Test) Contact
is based on the technological approach Forimpex took to design the line,
which it says provides industries with a new economical component solution
while slightly modifying the assembly line. The product is offered for
a range of simple or dual doors, fixed or mobile panels and inswing or
Bend It Like Vinyl
By joining forces, J&S Machine and 3C Clomea have equipment that is now
compatible with all 3C Clomea vinyl bending machine models and now allows
those machines to also bend aluminum and steel. According to the companies,
the equipment is installed easily and composed of heating elements, an
electrical panel and control console that allows users to manage the air
emission of the heaters and keep a consistent temperature during the bending
Ventana USA® has rolled out its EuroView 70DS line of products that includes
swing doors, fold and slide doors, lift and slide doors and tilt/turn
windows. EuroView 70DS is a commercial grade system with slightly rounded
edges and thermal insulation values with warm edge up to U-Value 0.176
and with an aluminum edge up to U-value .194. Gaskets are standard in
grey or black and comprise a system of dual compression seals designed
to keep cold, draft and moisture outside, according to the company. Following
the NFRC guidelines for thermal insulation, most EuroView 70DS products
are Energy Star® qualified (depending on glazing) and meet sound transmission
controls according to AAMA 1801-97 (also depending on the glazing).
Stretch It Out
The K-29 series of vertical stretch wrappers from Wakefield Equipment
offer quality at an affordable price, says the company. The K-29 is not
just another redesigned or converted pallet wrapper, it is built exclusively
to wrap windows and its flexibility allows for wrapping a large variety
of sizes. Customized fixtures to accommodate features unique to your doors
or windows is not a problem, says the company, and oftentimes can be done
at no additional charge. For a video demonstration, go to the Video Gallery
on the company’s website.
Be One of the Elite
South Plainfield, N.J.-based Vision Hardware has announced the development
of the company’s Vision Elite Series, an exclusive line of designer patio
door handle sets that the company says complement high end sliding patio
Models PD1700, PD1600, and PD3000 are available in a variety of configurations,
while the Vision Hardware Elite Series handles are available in single
and multi-point designs with anti-slam feature availability. Rounding
out the elite offering is the PM 540, a patented self-adjusting mortise
lock that the company says installs quickly and easily into any sliding
patio door configuration.
Other features of the Elite series include both classic and contemporary
styles, painted and plated finishes as well as die-cast zinc and aluminum.
Endura Products, a door system component manufacturer in Greensboro N.C.,
has announced the introduction of its Z-Series Articulating Cap Sill (ZAC).
Comprised of a patent-pending, spring-loaded sill cap and a custom door
bottom, the ZAC is a self-adjusting sill system which the company says
overcomes “real world” conditions.
Because a consistent margin and contact between the sill cap and the door
bottom is critical to creating a sealing effect which limits air and water
infiltration of the door unit, the self-adjusting, articulating (+/- 1/8-inch
under any conditions) ZAC negates the need for the builder and/or homeowner
to monitor and then fine-tune adjust the seal between the sill and the
door, the company says.
Additionally, ZAC cap and door bottom can be retrofitted to any installed
Z Series Sill to address problem installations in the field.
Time to Evolve
Zeeland, Mich.’s ODL Inc., has rolled out its Evolve line of frames, which
it says is engineered to correct problematic scallop and corner flares
and creates a smooth, even appearance against door skin. The use of foam
tape to eliminate squeeze out and oozing seals as well as “new and improved
auto-aligning screw hole plugs,” the company offers insulating glass blinds,
clear and low-E, single-lite grills between glass and decorative glass
as part of the line. The line is available in 22- 36, 7- by 64, 20- by
64 and 22-by 64 inches.
An Integral Part
Soniplastics from Boucherville, Quebec, has introduced the first model
in a product line slated for diversification: The Integral doorframe system,
which now comes in what the company calls “a ready-to-assemble format
and comprises all the components needed to produce a standard-size doorframe.”
According to the company, by packaging and delivering the system as a
complete kit, manufacturers can reduce assembly time.
Configured for all door sizes, the system was designed to fit with the
Omni window system line, which the company says will contribute to an
Making It Click
RocSolid has launched a full line of prefinished, prehanging components
that it says combines “the durability and strength of a corner keyed window
outside” with the “rigidity and ease of construction of wood on the inside.”
This combination, the company says, lowers the cost of material, assembly
and inventory, is easy to assemble, paints easily and also easily adapts
to standard manufacturing. Optional steel frame reinforcement is available.
Boulevard of Decorating Dreams
Skyreach L&S Extrusions Corp. out of Vaughan, Ont., has announced the
launch of its Boulevard Series French Style Perfect patio door system.
The wide sash door combines what the company says is “fine engineering
with beauty and simplicity, making it perfect for new home construction
and renovation projects alike.” The Boulevard is available in widths of
5-, 6- and 8-feet, a height of 6-feet 8-inches, and a variety of multi-panel
system combinations, custom sizes and custom finishes. This product is
currently available from Skyreach.
Movin’ on uPVC
Rehau provides a program of unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) door
designs to meet wide-ranging project and performance requirements, with
a variety of styles, colors and configurations, courtesy of the company’s
proprietary (uPVC) formulation and extrusion process.
The complete line of door designs includes the System 2200 sliding patio
door, System 2500 lift-slide door and System 4500 tilt-slide, bi-fold
and hinged doors.
Rehau’s new System 2200 high-performance sliding patio door is available
as a knock-down kit in standard U.S. and Canadian sizes. Designed to provide
commercial-grade durability, it features a saddle rail sash and end adjustable,
stainless steel precision bearing rollers. The interlocking sashes and
pocket design of the door enhance structural durability and, along with
a multi-point stainless steel locking mechanism, provide resistance to
water and air infiltration.
With features including glazing capacity up to 1 3/8-in. (35 mm) and 0.17
U-factor thermal performance with typical argon fill, the System 2200
has been tested to achieve a rating of R-PG55, according to the company.
Slide to the Right
Eclipse Architectural, a division of Vancouver, Can., based DS Group,
offers exterior folding door selections in aluminum, PVC and wood, as
well as bottom rolling folding door hardware, along with its insect screens
and UV protection sun filter fabric.
The company’s C3 aluminum folding door system is available in four standard
finishes (clear, bronze or black anodized and white powder coat), comes
with stainless steel hardware and a thermally-broken model is available
Its PVC E32200 and 2300 folding door systems are available in a standard
white or can be painted on of six standard finish colors. It has standard
1-inch low-E, insulating glass and a thermally-broken system frame that
has been tested for code requirements. The 2200 series has narrow stiles,
Brand New Label Maker
The Camcode Division of Horizons Inc. has developed a new solution for
door and window manufacturers to track items through production-line applications
that include one-time painting and temperature curing. Previously, barcode
labels had to withstand the chemicals and high temperatures that the windows
came in contact with during this coating process. Camcode’s product information
indicates its polyester paint mask barcode label was created specifically
to allow the manufacturer to track windows moving in and out of its secondary
operations, including a powder/liquid paint application and high temperature
cure up to 375 degrees F.
Constructed of a polyester face stock, the label features a paint mask
film designed to remove cleanly after painting, leaving the label ready
to be scanned. According to the company, the film also allows the label
to stand up to high temperatures, mild acids, general purpose cleaners,
oil and water.
The Rockwell Bolt automatic sash lock is designed to operate similarly
to a standard sash lock but with extra features and benefits. According
to the company, the Bolt sash lock has a built-in indicator that shows
whether it is locked or unlocked, along with a self-locating keeper and
an automatic locking function. It also features built-in compression along
with an interlocking bolt, keeper and lock housing. The lock is available
in surface, semi-flush and flush variants for multiple mounting applications.
Getting a Handle On It
Caldwell Custom Components in Rochester, N.Y., has introduced a line of
extended length handles that the company says “increase[s] the user’s
locking leverage, providing a solution that requires less force to lock.”
Both the Linear and Euro style handles are for use with Commercial Grade
MPL Systems: structurally glazed, Euro-groove and standard mount. The
extended length handles are available in satin nickel, satin chrome, white
powder coat and black powder coat with solutions for mounting through
material less than 0.125-inch thick.
Make it Snappy
Royal Building Products has available its Snap-In Cellular Trim System
for interior extension jambs and casings. The snap-together offering is
described as an easy-to-install and low-maintenance alternative to wood
trim. The system is available through Royal platinum fabricators or their
dealers. Buyers can choose from white matched to the vinyl window, or
a range of Royal Bond Spectra-Coat paint colors. Trim comes in 16-foot
lengths, with a choice of 1 5/8-inch, 3 5/8-inch or 4 5/8-inch by 3/4-inch
jamb extensions and 2 3/4-inch and 3 1/4-inch casings.
LaCantina Offers ADA Compliant Folding Door Threshold
LaCantina Doors offers what it says is the first folding door ADA compliant
ramp sill. “After working with architects and designers who were frustrated
with being unable to utilize folding doors in commercial spaces, LaCantina
Doors identified a need for a true ADA compliant threshold” said Lee Maughan,
general manager. The company says its stylish ADA ramp is the first to
comply with the American with Disability Acts (ADA) Code #1124B that requires
gaps in walking surfaces to be no greater than ½ inches.
Tru-Frame®’s Viewguard™ security screen door is made from black painted
marine grade stainless steel mesh for corrosion resistance in salt-air
environments. The mesh is integrated into heavy-duty aluminum door frames
via a PVC clamp that the company says prevents galvanic deterioration.
Available in standard colors of bronze anodized or white thermal setting
polyester, the doors can be custom colored as well and also come in a
French door kit for double doors. yyä www.truframe.com
RiteScreen Makes it Custom
RiteScreen says it offers its customers uniquely designed window screen
programs. The Screens Separate and Screens Installed programs are customized
screen solutions, which allow door and window manufacturers to reduce
inventory and increase production of their core products, according to
the company. The company adds that the programs offer an efficient way
to manage their screens through these uniquely designed programs.
The programs begin when a customer places an order with RiteScreen through
a secure EDI system, secure FTP site, or via e-mail. The order is processed
the same day and the screens are manufactured according to the customer’s
specifications. The Screens Installed program is for manufacturers who
install the screens in the windows during production.
The Screens Separate program, commonly referred to as ‘house packs,’ is
ideal for manufacturers who ship the screens separate from the window
units, according to the company. Rite Screen offers various packaging
options including stretch wrap, bags and cardboard. The screens are transformed
into pre-packaged orders, packed by either job lots or truck routes, and
arrive labeled, bar-coded, and ready to be loaded onto the customers’
trailers for delivery to their customers.
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