October 2003

New Products

Peachtree Unveils 500 Patio Door Series

Peachtree Doors & Windows of Norcross, Ga., has developed the 500 series of patio doors. According to the company, the series is available with numerous finishes and upgraded glass and in a variety 
of door options, such as wood-hinged, transom and special shapes. 

Five aluminum-extruded-clad exterior colors are available, along with five hardware finishes and three grille styles, including simulated divided lites, grilles between the glass and interior full-surround wood grilles. Standard EasyCare® low-E2 glass is available, in addition to natural pine interiors, which can be stained or painted.

The doors are available in center-hinge and French-style swing-in and swing-out designs.

Heritage Extends Elegance Line
Heritage Veneered Products of Shawano, Wis., has added a 7-foot, 6-inch high standard door height to its complete line of Elegance … Created Naturally™ interior-stile and rail raised panel, flat panel and French glass doors. The new standard height was added to complement the building trend for 9- and 10-foot ceiling heights. 

The doors are crafted in five hardwood species (birch, cherry, red oak, hard maple and poplar) and medium-density fiberboard and are available in a variety of panel configurations along with matching bi-fold doors. The company offers widths of 1 to 3 feet and thicknesses of 1 3/8 inches and 1 ¾ inches, along with three other standard heights of 6-foot, 8-inches, 7-foot and 8-foot.

BGW Introduces New Door Systems
Beveled Glass Works (BGW) of Malibu, Calif., has introduced a new line of European-influenced ironwork door systems. According to the company, these door systems are composed of completely metal doors with powder-coated finishes that require little maintenance. The doors are pre-hung on 2-by-7-¾-inch jambs complete with seals, and the glass units are hinged, lockable and sealed for protection.

International Window Corp. Introduces Vinyl Hinge Doors
International Window Corp. of Southgate, Calif., has introduced its Lanai Series of vinyl hinge doors. The company says it designed the new series of doors to emulate the traditional look of stile and rail design with mechanically fastened 90° corners.

The Lanai door has a U-value of 0.40 and is available in both out-swing and in-swing configurations, as well as single-panel and French door options.

A New Generation of Veneer-Art™

Lamin-Art® of Schaumburg, Ill., says it is has made a major development in the art of veneers: a new generation of Veneer-Art. Using innovative technology, Lamin-Art® has optimized the color consistency of its veneers. Available in 22 rich, natural and distinct hues, the products offer color uniformity from sheet to sheet, according to the company. 

All Veneer-Art products are made from real wood veneers that have been drawn from renewable plantation growth forests and pre-finished with a clear melamine resin, making them durable and resistant. 

Plywood Has Matching Veneers
Columbia Forest Products of Portland, Ore., has launched a proprietary line of decorative plywood featuring custom-matched hardwood face veneers designed to resemble solid lumber.

The new line, Appalachian Traditions, features two collections combining five species and nine different matching styles, each milled from Appalachian hardwoods. The Contemporary collection—which includes Hartford Ash, Bristol Birch, Hampton Maple, Middletown Maple and Covington Poplar—provides a lighter palette with smooth finishes and clean lines. The Heritage collection—composed of Roxbury Oak, Berkshire Ash, Laurelton Birch and Townsend Birch—features deeper color and emphatic texture for a more traditional look.

RTI Adds Vertical Rotary Waste Grinders to Line-Up

A line of vertical rotary waste grinders for the forest products and lumber industry are now available from Recycling Technologies Inc. (RTI) of Hickory, N.C.

The U.S.-designed manufactured RTI grinders have only 120 revolutions per minute, a low noise level from 80 to 85 decibels for comfort and safety and a high torque of 30,000 feet/pounds per inch.

Complete with a two-year warranty, extra-heavy-duty all-steel construction and thick sidewalls, the company says the grinders are built for heavy-duty applications and a long life.

Wide Plank Flooring Comes in Large Panels

Oregon Lumber Co. of Portland, Ore., recently introduced its Bellagio collection, a new line of wide plank engineered hardwood flooring. 

The collection comes in large panels 86-inches long, 9/16-inches thick and 5-feet wide. It is precision-milled to exacting tolerances with square edges and ends for accurate tongue-and-groove fit. Bellagio is prefinished with six coats of UV-cured polyurethane with suspended aluminum oxide crystals for more durability than a job-site finish.

The collection can be glued or nailed directly to the sub floor or floated over a foam cushion underlayment.

Kits Expands Facility and Window Line

Kits Glass, which recently relocated to a new facility in Richmond, British Columbia, doubling its factory floor space and production capabilities, has recently introduced an innovative new line of accent windows. This series is comprised of six designs, varying from a colorful art nouveau style to a traditional fully-beveled style, and is offered in five classic shapes. These units can be purchased as glass only or complete with a quality vinyl exterior, no-rot frame, which the company says is designed for easy installation. 

According to the company, these windows are ideal for dressing up entranceways, stairways, bathrooms, foyers or any other area in a house that would benefit from the beauty and light decorative-glass conveys.

Republic Improves Adjustable Keeper
Republic Windows & Doors of Chicago has added a field-adjustable keeper to the f ollowing products: Allure double-hung and slider windows, Contour double-hung windows, Contour single-hung and slider windows and Builders single-hung and slider windows.

The company says the new adjustable keeper makes sash alignment easy, especially for adjusting large sliding windows or windows installed slightly out of square, and may be used as a direct drop-in replacement.

Hurd Millwork Unveils New Windows
Hurd Millwork Co. of Medford, Wis., has introduced new etched-glass windows with V-groove technology that, according to the company, transforms the appearance of the glass to allow light to filter through, casting a rainbow of colors.

The V-groove option provides homebuilders a greater selection of windows in styles such as casement, awning, double-hung and patio doors. The company claims that traditional casement windows now can match the latest in design trends with the prairie-style V-groove application. Similarly, an aluminum-clad, double-hung window can be dressed up with the classic colonial V-groove style. According to Hurd, an unlimited number of patterns may be created to integrate V-groove styles on the same lite of glass for custom configuration.

A Single Combination of Screen and Blind
Lincoln Windows of Merrill, Wis., now offers the Screen Blind series 1006. This combination insect screen and Venetian blind can be added to a wide variety of casement or awning windows, according to the company.

The Screen Blind is not only functional by providing privacy, sun control and insect-free ventilation, the company says it is also easy to install either at the time the window is purchased or at some point in the future. It can also be removed easily for periodic cleaning. The Screen Blind includes a cord lock, blind lift mechanism and a control knob to tilt blind slats.

CertainTeed Introduces New Window Product Line
CertainTeed Corp. of Valley Forge, Pa., has introduced the Montclaire line of vinyl windows, designed to offer energy efficiency and performance characteristics at a low price.

Available in double-hung and fixed models, Montclaire combines easy installation and low-maintenance ease, according to the company. In addition, Montclaire features a lifetime, limited warranty, including SureStart™ protection, which offers full replacement in the event that a manufacturing defect occurs within one year of installation.

Medieval Unveils Ultima Fashion Blind™
Medieval Glass Industries of British Columbia, Canada, has introduced the Ultima fashion blind that, according to the company, combines Old World elegance with advanced Clearview technology.

The energy-efficient, sealed mini-blind features slide functionality, tilts open and closed for privacy and lifts and lowers for full viewing. In addition, Medieval says a built-in decorative transom adds light to any entry, patio, kitchen or bedroom. The Ultima is available in various designs and sizes. 

Crystal Reintroduces Acorn Aluminum Windows
Crystal Window and Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., has reintroduced two former Acorn Windows aluminum products under the Crystal name. 

Crystal acquired Acorn aluminum window fabrication tooling several years ago, and with the recent expansion of the company’s production capacity, is now re-introducing the Acorn products. The two reintroduced products are a single-slider and a single-hung tilt window. 

The 2-3/8-inch jamb single-slider window, now known as the Crystal 9250, features 5/8-inch insulating glass and the PPG Intercept warm-edge spacer. 

The window comes in two- or three-lite styles, with several installation frame choices including integral nailing fin, face flange and “equal leg” or masonry frame. In addition, the slider window uses ball-bearing sash rollers, a double interlocking sash and a bolt-action sash lock. Options include a half screen and low-E glass.

The 2 3/8-inch jamb single-hung tilt window, now known as the Crystal 9330, also features 5/8-inch insulating glass and the PPG Intercept warm-edge spacer. The window has a tilting lower sash, a full-width, lift handle and a cam-action sash lock. 

In addition, the 9330 offers the same installation frame choices as the 9250 and includes a double interlocking sash. Options include half-screen, between-the-glass grids and interlocking jamb mullions.

ChoiceDek® Brochure Now Available
Weyerhaeuser Building Materials of Federal Way, Wash., is offering its ChoiceDek® Decorative Railing System brochure to building professionals interested in using what the company says is the most innovative composite railing system for deck projects. 

The tri-fold brochure offers full-color product photos, technical information and specifications, and warranty information.

SPC Offers Facts about Mold
A new publication from Kenner, La.-based Southern Pine Council "Managing Moisture and Mold" provides consumers, builders and other industry professionals with the basic information they need about mold, moisture and protecting wood products. 

In a section entitled the “Tips for Mold Control,” readers learn about proper paper wrapping, shipping, jobsite delivery inspection and how to address water damage. A separate section is devoted to easy-to-follow instructions for cleaning mold. This two-page fact sheet also highlights the key to preventing mold growth, standard building code requirements and the effects of mold on lumber.

Brochure Gives Information about Copper Azole
Arch Treatment Technologies of Smyrna, Ga., recently published a new product guide brochure for the treated wood brand. The company produces copper azole, the preservative used in Wolmanized® Natural Select™ wood.

The brochure details significant aspects of Wolmanized Natural Select wood,
including information on copper azole, warranties and maintenance. A model specification is included for appropriate end users.

"This brochure answers questions about Wolmanized Natural Select wood for its primary audiences, from consumers to builders to architects," said Huck DeVenzio, marketing communications manager for Arch Wood Protection. "In addition to information on product features, recommended hardware and code recognition, we included a table summarizing the new use categories of the American Wood-Preservers' Association."

Frontier Series Offers Versatility
Moosic, Pa.-based AZEK Trimboards says building professionals are finding AZEK® Trimboards to be a good solution for exterior trim applications, with durable beauty, uniformity and workability. 

The new AZEK Frontier series features a rustic frontier texture that adds visual interest to any exterior trim project. With the same superior performance as Traditional AZEK, the company says the Frontier series offers the versatility of a textured side and the traditional smooth side. Frontier lays flat on either side for easy installation, and both surfaces offer excellent paint adhesion. The series is available in 5/4 and 4/4 widths in 18-foot lengths.

Crown Heritage Unveils New Online Design Library
Crown Heritage of North Wilkesboro, N.C., is now providing its products in CAD-ready, .DXF files for specification in homebuilding plans through its new design library.

According to Crown Heritage, the design library contains more than 500 of the company’s wood balusters, wood newels, wrought iron stairparts and accessories, allowing architects and homebuilders to download CAD-ready drawings. Under each category’s collection of products is a list by product number.

The design library can be accessed through the company’s website at

Easy-Arch Offers Steel Framing Arch

Easy-Arch Inc. of Murrietta, Calif., offers its Easy-Arch product, which is a pre-formed 25-gauge galvanized steel framing arch that can be nailed in place during framing to create a desirable design element.

Available in a variety of standard sizes and dimensions, the company says Easy-Arch applications secure framing in seconds, creating a perfect arch at a fraction of the cost of forming the same shape in a traditional manner. 

Arch styles include: a 90° quarter circle, a 180° half circle, an eyebrow, tru elliptical and compound radius.

Deckrails Fit Any Post Spacing
Finely crafted using clear, kiln-dried and molded Western Red Cedar, LWO Corp. of Portland, Ore., says its Woodway Architectural Deckrail panels add refinement and distinction to every outdoor railing project. 

The panels are available in five designs and in lengths to fit between posts measured on center at 4-, 6- and 8-feet, and can be cut on the jobsite easily to fit any post spacing. 

They are manufactured to fit standard residential and commercial rail heights of 36 inches and 42 inches.

CertainTeed Launches Porch Railing System
Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. has launched the Kingston Porch Railing System, featuring traditional wood styling and low-maintenance vinyl.

"The Kingston Railing eliminates the need for regular maintenance associated with wood railings like sanding, caulking, priming, painting and costly callback complaints," says Chris Bourque, director of marketing of outdoor products.

Using the same rail profile for both top and bottom rails, the Kingston rail is a classic round-top style, and is available in 3-foot high white systems in both 6-foot and 8-foot lengths.

A Jamb for High-Moisture Applications

Superior-Wis.-based FEN-TECH Inc. has introduced SuperJamb extension jambs.

According to the company, this co-extruded composite material is intended for high-moisture applications. The core is a combination of wood (wood powder) and a proprietary blend of thermoplastic resins. 

The cap is an ultra-violet stabilized, ASA acrylic polymer which the company says is extremely colorfast. 

According to the company, SuperJamb is completely waterproof, cuts like wood, is machined easily and is paintable. Plus, the company says this extremely durable material can be used for exterior trim as well as jamb extensions and resists installation damage better than its wood counterparts.

Available in five widths, SuperJamb is 5/8-inch thick with 16-foot lineals for optimal yield. It can be milled for various attachment methods or is easily applied with the SuperJamb receiver.

Swing Door Available
in Wood or Wood-Clad
Merrill Millwork of Merrill, Wis., announces a new addition to its line of Park-Vue Patio doors-the Arched Top Swing Door. 
According to the company, the new door is available as wood or a wood-clad door, with Park-Vue's variety of popular colors or custom finish. 

Different stiles of grilles, internal or external, are also available.

Simpson Adds Cherry Door to Product Offerings
McCleary, Wash.-based Simpson Door Co. has added cherry interior wood doors to its Shaker and traditional line of doors. According to the company, the distinctive color and luster of cherry is sure to make a charming statement in any home.

Simpson cherry door options include French, panel, bi-fold and decorative French in either traditional or Shaker styling. All are available in a variety of heights.

Rotary Hammer Designed to Last Longer

DEWALT's new D25303K and D25304K compact 1-inch SDS rotary hammers are designed to provide good control for drilling and chipping in concrete, masonry, asphalt and tile, according to the Baltimore-based company. 

Designed for contractors, the company says the new hammers are built to last 40 percent longer than similar hammers currently available. 

Three rubber-spring dust seals protect the large hammer mechanism while dust-sealed ball bearings and large pop-off brushes help extend motor life. The brushes, cord set and switch are easy to access for routine maintenance.

A rubber-coated handle reduces vibration. The rounded gear case provides a gripping surface for additional control. A forward/reverse switch on top of the tool is accessible using just one hand. The easy-to-adjust twist-lock side handle comes with a quick-release mechanism to control the depth rod. 

Plank Door Complements Many Styles

With a heritage steeped in European design and American tradition, Klathmath Falls, Ore.-based JELD-WEN says its Santa Fe plank-style doors complement a wide variety of architectural styles.

A cost-effective alternative to solid wood interior doors, Santa Fe closely emulates the look of solid wood and is available in a variety of heights and widths.

It is also available in optional ProCore™ the Quiet Door construction, which provides a peaceful environment in the residential setting, according to the company.
ProCore is a solid core door with a sound transmission control rating of 31—higher than a solid-wood door and 50 percent quieter than hollow-core construction.


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