April 2003

Replace Me!
It May Be Time for Many of You to 
Expand or Change Your Window Lines

by Samantha Carpenter

Whenever I drive around my neighborhood, I can’t help but notice one feature of the houses nearby: the windows. I’m sure that you, too, notice the windows that surround you. I don’t usually pick out anything particular about others’ windows, unless they fit into one of two categories: ones that are desperately saying, “Replace Me!” or ones that are in immaculate shape.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get business from all the “Replace Me!” customers? But, even though there a ton of window lines in the marketplace, I’m sure many of you have sold the same window line year after year. Perhaps it is time to make a change or add to your current window offerings.

Here’s what many manufacturers are offering in the way of windows to jobbers, dealers and wholesalers.

Marvin Introduces Casemaster
Casemaster Marvin Windows & Doors of Warroad, Minn., has introduced the Casemaster window, which is equipped with a nearly invisible wood screen with a clad exterior that it says blends smoothly into the profile of the window. The Casemaster also is equipped with an ergonomically designed folding handle. To keep window maintenance low, the company equips the wood screen with a durable extruded aluminum-clad exterior to prevent bowing and warping and to resist dents and scrapes. The cladding features a neutral beige finish that matches the color of the exterior weather stripping, according to the company.

The window’s easy-operating folding handle has a sleek, intuitive design that makes it easy to grasp and maneuver. In addition, the handle folds down compactly into a resting position that is unobtrusive and will not interfere with window treatments.

Weather Shield Introduces Impact-Resistant Windows
LifeGuard Weather Shield Windows & Doors of Medford, Wis., has introduced its new aluminum-clad, wood-window LifeGuard™ impact-resistant products, engineered to meet the increasingly high standards set by violent-weather-related coastal building codes.

These wood windows are designed to reduce the likelihood of an impact fracture caused by windborne debris, while providing lasting beauty and energy efficiency, according to the company. 

The windows combine robust design, durable components and KeepSafe Maximum® laminated glass by Solutia Inc. The glass features a tough layer of polyvinyl butyral.

The company says LifeGuard products meet or exceed many of the standards put forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials, American National Standards Institute, Consumer Products Safety Commission, the National Security Agency and Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Windsor Extends No-Rot Legend Series
LEGEND DOUBLE HUNG It is sometimes difficult to improve upon an already good thing, but West Des Moines, Iowa-based Windsor Windows & Doors says it has done just that by adding a casement and awning to its Legend series line of windows.

The Legend casement, which is made of cellular PVC materials, matches the strength and beauty of traditional wood windows with easy installation and low maintenance. The company says there’s no need to worry about rotting, warping or swelling. In addition, the casement features an industry-first no-nail, cellular PVC brickmould as standard.

The Legend casement has a C-R40 overall performance rating, a DP50 structural rating and it meets Energy Star® requirements for all regions of the program.

Milgard Offers Noise-Reduction Windows
QUIET LINE Milgard Windows of Tacoma, Wash., has developed a solution for those who are looking for ways to reduce outside noise in homes in high-impact areas, such as airports and freeways.

The Quiet Line™ window combines high-performance dual-sash glazing with the company’s newly designed line of vinyl window frames. This new window series achieves some of the highest Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings available in the residential window industry, said the company.
Once a frame type has been selected, Milgard can build a window to a customer’s specific STC requirement by combining heavier glass, laminated glass or differing glass thicknesses, said the company.

Peachtree® Introduces the 300 Series
PEACHTREE 300 SERIES Peachtree Doors and Windows of Norcross, Ga., has introduced the new 300 Series window line.

The new series contains double-hung, casement, awning and fixed windows with common features, such as a dent-resistant extruded-vinyl exterior, double weatherstripping, one-piece welded jamb construction, white cellular PVC or clear-finished pine interior and profiled glazing. In addition, the series includes new direct-set picture, transoms and bay and bow styles.

Dark-Oak Laminate Being Offered as an Upgrade Option
Simonton Windows® of Parkersburg, W.Va., has introduced the option of a dark-oak woodgrain-laminate interior-on-tan retrofit vinyl windows and patio doors. The dark-oak laminate will be offered as an upgrade option on several of the retrofit product lines offered by Simonton Windows. It allows homeowners to have the look of wood on the interior of their homes with 
the low-maintenance benefits of vinyl on the exterior, according to the company.

Pozzi Expands Customization Capabilities
Bend, Ore.-based Pozzi Wood Windows, part of the JELD-WEN family, has extended its range of product options. Available exclusively on Pozzi clad windows across the entire product line, the new specialty woods are vertical grain Douglas fir, Pacific Coast red alder and genuine mahogany. Each with its own distinctive qualities, the company says the new wood offerings allow homeowners to reap all the aesthetic benefits of lavish interiors while enjoying low-maintenance, durable, aluminum-clad exteriors that are available in a practically unlimited selection of colors. 

Pozzi offers 33 cladding colors with a commercial-grade 70-percent Kynar 500 finish, in addition to clear, satin anodized and three copper-clad finishes. 

Lincoln Introduces French Casement Windows
LINCON-FRENCH CASEMENT Lincoln Windows of Merrill, Wis., has expanded its window product line to include French casement windows.

The company says building professionals continue to choose casement windows as their first choice because casement operation and performance features allow it to adapt to any architecture. The unit’s dimensions correspond with their primed and clad two-wide casement counterparts. They also include a single operating multi-point lock that latches at the head and sill and draws the sash tightly against the frame’s weatherstripping.

Mikron Products Certified for Standard
Mikron of Kent, Wash., recently announced that its special series of PVC-framed windows and patio doors have been certified to Miami/Dade County missile impact standards. The products are available to window manufacturers that need residential-style products for both new construction and replacement applications and must meet the new code requirements in the impacted hurricane zones.


Samantha Carpenter is the editor of SHELTER magazine.


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