March  2004

New Products


The UltraMax in Security
Kwikset of Lake Forest, Calif., has introduced E-Z Install™, a patent-pending device that it says reduces the amount of time and skill needed to install Kwikset UltraMax Security™ doorknobs.

The primary innovations in the E-Z Install devices are pre-installed lead screws which hold the door hardware together though the door, and patented alignment plates, which significantly reduce set-up time and help homeowners avoid mistakes such as upside down or backward attachments.
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Hardware on a Mission
Cedarburg, Wis.-based Custom Service Hardware Inc. has brought to market its solid cast metal decorative hardware made to simulate the mission-style hardware of the late 1800s and early 1900s. 
The mission line encompasses 56-millimeter drop pulls and 3-inch square swivel ball pulls and 1¼ - by 1¼-inch square knobs, all of which can be mounted with 8 by 32 mounting screws. Antique copper, gun metal and gray iron finishes are available. 
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Be a Square
Style Solutions of Archbold, Ohio, has introduced a square-profile, load-bearing structural column that it says can hold up to 12,000 pounds. 

Steel-reinforced, the column is intended for exterior use and is surrounded by weather-resistant polyurethane.
The columns are 8 inches by 8 inches and stand 8 feet tall.
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Andersen Expands Patio Door Hardware
Andersen Windows & Doors of Bayport, Minn., has expanded the line of hardware choices for its 200 Series and 400 Series patio doors. The three new collections are the Metro™ collection, the Estate™ collection and the Andiron ™ collection.

The Metro line comprises the Tribeca™ and Anvers™ designs. Tribeca hardware is cast zinc available in white and stone finishes, while the Anvers hardware comes in bright brass, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel finishes.

Newbury™, Whitmore™ and Covington™ designs make up the Estate collection, and are designed for the 400 Series Frenchwood® patio doors. Newbury hardware is available in bright brass, satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, antique brass, polished chrome and brushed chrome finishes. Covington offers finishes of bright brass, antique brass and oil-rubbed bronze, and Whitmore comes in bright brass, antique brass, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.
The Andiron line is made of the Encion™ and Yuma™ designs, both of which are available in distressed nickel and distressed bronze finishes. 
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NAPCO’s Tiny Giant
Chicago’s NAPCO now offers its Tiny Giant® exhaust system, which it says weighs just under 18 pounds and measures approximately one foot square.

NAPCO says the Tiny Giant can clear more than 698 cubic feet of air per minute. Other features include a tight screen intake guard to keep away from operating parts, self-lubricating motor bearings and a thermal overload protection circuit-breaker to trigger self-shutoff if needed.

The Tiny Giant comes with NAPCO’s one-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects and its own detachable ductwork, including two 25-foot, 8-inch diameter intake/exhaust hoses.
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A Machine Moves Air
Coppus of Millbury, Mass., has introduced its Air MAX-12, an air mover that weighs 38 pounds and is less than 20 inches in length. 

The machine features a 12-inch vane axial design with an output of 2200 cubic feet per minute. The fan blade is glass-reinforced and accepts duct on both inlet and outlet ends.
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Impact® Enhances Exterior Pre-Hungs
Impact prefinished wood door frames and mouldings by Contact Lumber of Portland, Ore., are made of finger-jointed softwood composite substrate that is wrapped in impregnated cellulose prior to painting.

Available in almost any color, the company says Impact enhances exterior pre-hung systems with many advantages over extruded aluminum and vinyl. 

These prefinished frame and brick moulds come complete with a ten-year warranty against compromised painted finish/film integrity and wrap delamination. The factory finish will not peel, blister, mildew or cheek, nor suffer premature color fading under normal weather conditions, according to the company.

The company adds that Impact has been designed for easy machination, using the same equipment as is used for primed wood. Contact Lumber produces Impact in custom colors that can be matched to any door manufacturer’s standards.

These Doors Endura a Lot
Endura Products Inc. of Green-sboro, N.C., has expanded its patented Z-Series™ no-rot composite sills for entry doors. According to the company, the sills feature three stages of defense while protecting the entire door unit. 

A high-dam, narrow-threshold design places the threshold cap back ¼-inch under the door, reducing the chance of water on the threshold. The threshold cap overlaps the sill dam to further block windblown water, and the thermal break inside the threshold cap, the company says, inhibits thermal conductivity, preventing moisture and condensation from entering the home. 

The Z-Series has heavy-duty jobsite sill covers available to protect the sills during construction. Sill caps come in simulated co-extruded oak or walnut and are available in adjustable and fixed threshold caps for in-swing and out-swing applications. 

The aluminum threshold can be ordered in standard mill, bright brass or dark bronze.
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Crystal Has Clear Prototype
Flushing, N.Y.-based Crystal Window & Door Systems unveiled the prototype of a combination self-contained hidden fire escape window ladder and egress window at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas in January.
The design features a metal chain and bar ladder stored in an extended window frame below the sill and concealed within the wall cavity. The ladder is accessed in an emergency by removing the special sill cover, extracting it through a rectangular orifice in the sill and lowering it out the window. 

Crystal is developing the product for both its vinyl and aluminum windows.
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Easy Display Windows
Rural Hall, N.C.-based DAC Products’ L-Stop system was designed to make display windows easier to install, the company says. The company further states that the installation can be done by one person. 

The system is available for the company’s table-top, pop-up, fold-down and pop-up/fold-down display models. They come fully assembled in full-size reusable cartons, though they are also available ready-to-assemble to reduce shipping and storage costs.
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Patio Swing Door
Timeline Windows & Doors of Merrill, Wis., also offers Swing patio doors that feature stainless steel, multi-point lock systems that come with a key lock for optimal safety, as well as a full height anodized aluminum gear hinge to provide structural strength. Single, French or center-hinged doors are available, and they come in three colors. The handle sets are also available in three finishes.
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Adding to the Timeline
Timeline Windows & Doors, headquartered in Merrill, Wis., has added Architectural Casement Windows to its product line. 

The line is available with nail-in, stucco returns or brickmould options, and include key features such as Truth E-Gard coated hardware, stainless steel tamper-resistant hinging and multi-point locking systems. 
Tinted, single or thermo-paned and special laminated products as well as heavy-duty extruded aluminum screens also are available.
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Put on a Coat
Simonton Windows® of Parkersburg, W.Va., has introduced its exterior painted coatings now available on the exteriors of Simonton Impressions® 9800 products.

According to the company, the coatings have undergone strenuous testing by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) for solvent resistance, hardness, adhesion and impact resistance. They were also tested under ultraviolet (UV) lights to replicate up to six years of continuous weathering and high-heat exposure.
The palette encompasses hunter green, bronze, chocolate brown and stone, and Simonton Windows warrants the exterior coatings for ten years.
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Thermo Roll Takes Window Technology Into the Future
Thermo Roll Window Corp. of West Babylon, N.Y., recently announced plans to roll out several new product lines with advanced designs and unique features. These products, suitable for both replacement and new construction applications, will be introduced over the coming months for mid- and high-rise residential, commercial and institutional buildings. 

Some of the new windows Thermo Roll will introduce are an innovative tilt-and-turn line, a slider line and a double-hung tilt and side-load line. Terrace and sliding doors also are forthcoming.
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Classic Clad Colors Making Comeback
Lincoln Windows of Merrill, Wis., has added Classic Black to its line of standard clad colors. The move reflects the growth in popularity of black clad in the residential and commercial markets, though Lincoln does color match submitted color samples upon request. 

The rest of the standard color line includes white, ivory, beige, sandstone, bronze and Hartford green, but the company also has nine featured colors: military blue, patina green, dove gray, stone gray, brick red, berry red, pueblo tan, sierra tan and Hampton brown.
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Martco Offers Preprinted Product
Alexandria, La.-based Martco Limited Partnership’s Grid Panel System™ reduces installation time and material costs, according to the company.

The Grid, which is available in Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and plywood, comes from Martco with a surface that is preprinted with a system of cutting and nailing lines.Typically, installation of engineered wood sheathing requires separate steps for measuring, marking and cutting. When OSB or plywood is used for roof sheathing, sidewalls, subflooring or siding, there is often a trade-off between construction speed and dimensional accuracy.

The company says the grid system frees the building professional from having to measure or mark the sheathing. By using the measurements and preprinted hatch marks on the face of the Grid, the building professional can saw a straight or angle cut without measuring and marking chalk lines. The Grid offers additional material savings by allowing a building professional to go into the scrap pile and easily identify pieces where additional cuts can be made, increasing panel yield and reducing material costs.
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Building on Boardwalk
The Boardwalk® Composite Decking and Railing line has been expanded to include Boardwalk Fascia. 
The Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp., line manufacturer, now offers the ½ by 10-inch fascia in lengths of 8 and 12 feet, which it says is ideal for covering rim joist joints and fastener heads. 

The Fascia is available in gray and tan and is attached to solid backing with finishing nails or small screws.
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