Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 5                                        June 2005

     Product Focus


Genius Introduces New Retractable Screen Series
Genius Retractable Screen Systems of Northport, Ala., has introduced its new TuffScreen™ series retractable screens. The Genius TuffScreen series is the company’s strongest, most durable retractable screen, according to company information. Designed to withstand the stress of heavy usage, the series is ideal for almost any door application. Company officials say that the Genius systems are tough, durable and petite, so that they will gently nestle unnoticed in the recess area of a door jamb until needed. 

Genius screens are Italian designed and American made. Known as the finest made retractable screen systems, Genius products are easy to custom size at your location or on the jobsite, according to company information. 

Sold as individual components in a bulk, lineal format or as conveniently packaged knock-down kits, Genius screens are ideal for OEM’s or for the retro fitting of existing doors.

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Weather Shield Introduces Retractable Screen System 
Weather Shield Windows and Doors of Medford, Wis., has unveiled a retractable screen system for its aluminum clad in-swing entry doors. 

The screen is held in the closed position by a heavy-duty magnet and top and bottom guide rails. Designed to avoid slamming and hang-ups normally associated with screen doors, the screen recoils into a slender housing mounted on the doorframe. A built-in, child-safe mechanism enables the spring-loaded screen to retreat slowly and safely. 

The system’s high-performance screen is specially coated with a PVC non-glare charcoal fiberglass mesh for long-lasting durability. The rot-resistant, pultruded fiberglass sill has an internal weep system that prevents side jambs from absorbing moisture. Rubber gasket seals between the sill and stile create a durable bond that won’t fail over time. In addition, the system features a standard DP-35 design-pressure rating, with a DP-50 upgrade available that complies with some of the country’s strictest building codes. 

The retractable screen system is available in four standard colors: white, desert tan, Hartford green and obsidian. The screen system works with any style and any 6-foot 8-inch Weather Shield aluminum clad in-swing entry door, with two jamb size options: 4 9/16 inches and 6 9/16 inches. 

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RiteScreen Introduces New Screen
RiteScreen of Elizabethville, Pa., has introduced the new Moose Advan-Edge patio door screen. 

The company has combined the strength and styling of the 3-inch Moose extruded aluminum profile with the performance of the Advan-Edge roller system to create the ultimate upgrade screen option for patio door programs, according to a company release. Officials say that if the inset mortised handle with lock is added, users can create a screen that is unlike any other.

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Magnolia Metals Introduces a New Safety Warning Tab
Magnolia Metals of Vicksburg, Miss., has introduced a newly-patented safety warning tab, which is fast becoming a highly-used component because of its cost-savings potential, according to company officials.

The tab is used in place of adhesive safety warning labels and the secondary application pull/lift tabs found on most window/door insect screens today. The tab can also be inverted for a top-of-screen application.

According to company information, the tab allows for increased throughput or increased fabricator productivity because the adhesive safety-warning label no longer has to be placed on every screen. Cost and additional time savings are found by no longer having to perform scheduled and routine inventory checks on the rolled-adhesive safety-warning labels and the older-style pull/lift tabs to make sure they are in stock for production.

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Meltdown Glass Offers Decorative Windows and Doors 
Meltdown Glass Art and Design of Phoenix, Ariz., has unveiled a new product line of decorative glass for window and door applications. Included in this line are 32 cast-glass textures available in thicknesses ranging from ¼- to 1-inch, with a maximum individual panel size of 144 by 72 inches. The Meltdown Glass product line also offers many colors, as well as opaque, transparent and specialty treatment options such as etching and fused dichroic glass. 

For door and window applications, these decorative glass products can be fabricated to accept most industry standard glazing hardware and can also be fully tempered and placed into insulated glazing units. 

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Liberty FrenchClad Doors Available From Pollard Windows 
Pollard Windows Inc. of Burlington, Ontario, has introduced the Liberty FrenchClad door. Suitable for decks, patios and porches, it is available in pine, oak or maple wood. The door also offers a choice of three standard grill configurations—colonial, prairie and provincial—or a custom configuration.

The Liberty door combines low-E argon-filled insulating glass and a Hi-Q Warm-Edge spacer with a PVC exterior. Multiple hinging options for single or double openings suit any application. The classic hardware is made of durable stainless steel and has the added security of a 3-point locking system. 

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Signamark’s New Door is Brilliance

Part of the Legacy series from Signamark of Tacoma, Wash., the Brilliance door features more than 100 hand-cut pieces of glass arranged in a distinctive geometric motif. The multi-piece center lite is made of genuine, hand-cut Trinity glass and surrounded by a score of hand-cut glue-chip glass pieces. Available in a choice of solid brass or zinc caming, the mosaic is protected between matching panels of tempered safety glass, which is intended to improve insulation and aid cleaning.

The interior door’s engineered-dowel construction provides strength in the joints, while its extra-dense hardwoods provide sound insulation. The door is available in StainTru™ pine, red oak or the company’s PrimeAdvantage™ finish, which is ready to accept paint of any color. The door is available in standard height and various widths.


Simpson® Door Co. Offers its Performance Series

McCleary, Wash.-based Simpson Door Co. is offering its Performance Series doors, which feature the beauty of genuine wood combined with proprietary moisture-resistant technology and an exclusive construction process that withstands even the toughest exposures.

To prevent damage from exposure to tough weather conditions such as rain, snow, direct sunlight and standing water, the company’s Performance series doors combine UltraBlock technology and an exclusive Weather Seal process. Because these features virtually eliminate rotting, splitting and swelling of bottom rail and lower stile components, the doors are suitable for almost any patio door situation, including use in areas with poor overhang protection and wet and humid climates.

The exterior French door also features the company’s patented ViewSaver® technology, a construction process that combines a sleek 1 3/8-inch profile bar design with ¾-inch thick insulating glass, resulting in an energy-efficient door with maximum viewing area. The bar is kerfed at all wood-to-wood joints and, in combination with a sealing compound, provides a barrier against water infiltration.

Simonton Designs New Patio Doors for the West Coast

Simonton Windows® of Parkersburg, W.Va., has introduced two new Impressions® patio doors designed especially for West Coast residents.

According to information provided by the company, one trend for patio doors on the West Coast is an increase in the glass-to-frame ratio to expand view capabilities. To apply this safely, the new patio doors feature tempered glass and multi-point locking hardware that can be key-locked on the exterior. The new French sliding patio door designs also feature large wheels that help the door to roll with ease.

The low-maintenance vinyl-framed doors come in both a French rail style with sashes that resemble an old-fashioned wood look and in a contemporary version with just 2 ½ inches of sash around the door. Grid options for both doors include flat and sculptured, brass and V-groove, in various patterns. In addition, the doors have expanded product options, including Energy Star® compliant glass packages, with low-E glass filled with argon gas.

Merrill Unveils In-Swing Patio Door

Merrill Millwork Inc. of Merrill, Wis., has developed a new in-swing patio door as part of its Park-Vue line of patio doors.

This in-swing patio door features a new, pultruded fiberglass sill, incorporating the company’s patented weep door end plug system, according to a company release.

This new sill is not only a thermal barrier, but using the weep door end-plug system guarantees that any water that may find its way inside, e.g. when opening the door, will be collected inside the sill, not on the floor, and wept out through the weep door end plug system, according to company officials.

The jambs, still the same profile as offered previously, now sit on steps of the sill end plug, not directly on the floor, which will improve the durability of this door, according to company officials. The header section is now the same profile as are the jambs.

Both the 4 9/16-inch and the 6 9/16-inch sill/frames use the same size screen. The overall dimensions of these new in-swing patio doors remain the same as before.

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