September 2003

Remodeling Rage

Distributors Offer a Variety of Products to the Remodeling Sector

Following a lull in residential remodeling at the end of 2002, professional remodelers in April of this year reported a busier beginning to 2003 and significantly improved expectations for the rest of the year, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). 

“Especially encouraging is that future expectations and backlogs of remodeling jobs in the pipeline are so strong,” NAHB chief economist David Seiders said. “Current additions, alterations and maintenance and repair work ordered by homeowners ascended to very healthy levels at the beginning of this year, and professional remodelers are quite optimistic that conditions in this sector will continue improving.”

The NAHB’s expectations are just what remodelers want to hear, and there are a variety of products of interest to remodelers from windows to mouldings to doors to replacement products. Here are some of the products available to the remodeling market.

ODL Offers New Glass Textures

ODL Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., has introduced several new decorative door-glass and glass-texture designs. The new decorative glass designs range from contemporary to mission style. The company says that one design features Breakthrough® resistant glass for added security in the home.

Nine new glass textures have been added to the ODL line, including Thin Reed, Alabaster, Seedy, Ripple, Slush, Glacier, Vertigo, Cross Red and Crinkle. The company says these new glass textures, together with existing glass features, allow it to combine two dozen glass textures to create distinctive and fashionable decorative door-glass products.

Sliding Door Brings the Outdoors In
Weather Shield of Medford, Wis., is bringing the outdoors in with its new multi-panel telescoping sliding glass door. When closed, this panoramic patio door provides the ultimate in a dramatic outlook with a 19-inch wide, 8-foot-tall view. 

The company says the new door floods a room with daylight—or starlight. There are three panels on the left side and three on the right. The two end panels are fixed. The four center panels slide in a range from fully open to fully closed. A three-channel sill design guides panels into position. Oversized 1 1/2-inch diameter stainless steel ball bearing rollers in the top and bottom door rails ensure easy operation, and can be adjusted easily from the edge of the panel, rather than the face of the door.

Therma-Tru Has New Entry Door
Therma-Tru Doors of Maumee, Ohio, has introduced a Mahogany grain high-style, high-performance fiberglass entry door system that delivers the rich look of the real endangered wood with the performance of fiberglass.

The new Mahogany grain Classic-Craft® door system helps create a grand entranceway reminiscent of America’s great historic homes. The new Mahogany door system is available with new complementary doorlite and sidelite designs with the same tooling and a new handcrafted decorative glass offering. It will also be available in a wide variety of styles, offering more design choices.

Door System with All-Cellular Vinyl
Royal Mouldings of Marion, Va., offers remodelers the Proframe™ entrance and patio door system, which is a no-rot, low-maintenance and termite-proof system with an all-cellular vinyl and composite entry frame. Features of the system include: 

• a bendable frame with the company’s Quick Trim™ technology for radius configurations;

• an available hidden nailing system; and

• available end-work detail for hinges and strike plates.

WindsorONE Captures Arts-And-Crafts Ideals

Featured as part of the new WindsorONE™ mouldings collection from Windsor Mill of Windsor, Calif., the Classical Craftsman style captures much of the arts-and-crafts ideals, but retains a classical fair, according to Craig Fynn, vice president of sales and marketing.

The complete moulding offerings of the Classical Craftsman style includes a one piece crown, picture moulding, three-piece window detail, casing, plinth, two-piece base moulding and three-piece header detail.

In addition to the Classical Craftsman style, the collection also features the Classical Colonial style, the Greek Revival style and the Colonial Revival style.

Marvin Introduces an Industry First

Marvin Windows and Doors of Warroad, Minn., has introduced nearly a dozen new features and options on its Casemaster window—including what it says is an industry first. The nearly invisible wood-screen surround blends smoothly into the profile of the window—giving it a polished, furniture-grade appeal, according to the company. To keep maintenance to a minimum, the wood screen comes with a durable extruded aluminum exterior that prevents bowing and warping and resists dents and scrapes. 

The Casemaster also features a new patented folding handle, which the company says makes operation virtually effortless. 

Windows Enhance Security
Indiana, Pa.-based Gorell Windows & Doors has a new line of windows—the 5200 series. The company says these windows are designed to provide homeowners with excellent energy efficiency and enhanced security.

These windows feature aluminum-reinforced interlocking meeting rails, ergonomically designed push-button ventilation latches, Insulfil™ foam-filled master frame extrusions, 12-point fusion welded sashes and frames, PPG’s Intercept® warm-edge system and an overlapping extruded aluminum screen. Models in the new series include a sloped-sill double-hung with tilt-in sash, two- and three-lite lift-out sliders and a picture window.

Stairs Retract Like an Accordion

The Rainbow Attic Stair from Shelter Products LLC of Mamaroneck, N.Y., represents a radical departure from and vast improvement over conventional attic stairs, according to the company.

Made of power-coated steel, it extends and retracts like an accordion and has a 350-pound weight capacity. A two-inch styrofoam core door, double weather-strip and latch gives the door an R-15 rating, plus it eliminates drafts and reduces energy loss.

The company says that safety is increased by the door’s topside handles, 4-foot telescoping handrail and the fact that the stairs are set away from the door for maximum foot room.

Lincoln Offers a Replacement Sash Kit
Merrill, Wis.-based Lincoln Windows says it offers one of the most practical, yet little known solutions for energy efficiency—the Replacement Sash Kit.

The kit provides simple applications to remodeling products, according to the company. Lincoln offers the kit in seven widths and 13 heights; custom sizing is available to ensure a perfect fit. In addition to the variety of sizes, customers can choose from a multitude of glazing options, and the quality solid pine sash comes with either an exterior in primed wood or aluminum clad in six standard colors.



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