Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

January/February 2005                                Volume 44,  Issue 1

Building for the Future
Attend Ground-Breaking Sessions, Mingle with Fellow
Professionals and See More Products Than Ever Before at IBS
by Sarah Batcheler

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) to be held January 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is expected to be an amazing educational experience for professionals of the residential building industry. 

The four-day show features an exhibit floor where more than 1,600 exhibitors will be displaying the latest in home and building products. 

With the expected number of attending professionals reaching 100,000, there is no doubt the upcoming show will give serious builders a chance to prepare for another year of growth.

For more information on the show including an exhibitor list and hotel information, visit

Following are some of the products to be on display in Orlando:

Simpson Door Co. Displays Mahogany Doors
Booth #W2373
Mahogany entry doors will be displayed by Simpson Door Co. of McCleary, Wash. The doors feature decorative, panel and French designs, and can be installed individually or coupled with optional matching sidelites. 

Glass options are available, including beveled glass and a choice of black or silver caming. The French doors come standard with beveled glass. 

The doors feature raised moulding on the exterior side and are available in heights from 6 feet 8 inches to 8 feet tall. 
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GlassCraft Introduces Two New Series
Booth #W8134
GassCraft Door Co. of Houston, Texas, has expanded its selection of door products with the introduction of two new lines for luxury builders.

Dynasty Doors features stock profiles in antique Douglas fir and knotty alder, with decorative metal straps and hinges and wrought iron options.

Buffalo Forge Steel Doors offers a unique combination of Old World elegance and security, according to company literature. It features ball bearing hinges and a variety of glass options.
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CMI Offers Two New Series of Moulding
Booth #W1371
The new CraftMaster® Cellini Series from Chicago-based CMI combines a special raised-panel moulding affixed to a smooth surfaced, molded door to deliver enhanced beauty at an affordable cost, according to company information. This custom, picture frame-style door features interesting angles and arches, as well as a greater level of detail and dimension than picture rail-style wood doors at a fraction of the price.

The CraftMaster Cellini Series is available in multiple-panel configurations: the two-panel, square-top Carrara® Cellini design and the two-panel, true arch-top Caiman® Cellini design. Both profiles in the Cellini series have a smooth finish and are made from molded, high-density fiberboard to resist shrinking, cracking and joint separation. They are available in a variety of widths. 
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WMMPA Updates Profile Series Pattern Book Collection
Booth #W5291
The Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (WMMPA), based in Woodland, Calif., has introduced a new version of its profile series pattern book. The book contains standardized medium-density fiberboard (MDF) patterns, informational background on MDF, installation guidelines and recommendations for MDF mouldings. It also shows images and ideas on how to build up MDF mouldings to enhance any installation. It is printed in both English and Spanish.

The WMMPA has also released a CD-ROM with more than 400 standardized profiles. Each pattern is depicted in .dxf file format which is compatible with most CAD-like profiles. 
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Expanded Reach Foam Weatherstrip From Loxcreen 
Booth #W9975
New at West Columbia, S.C.-based Loxcreen’s booth will be its 9928 expanded reach foam weatherstrip, which seals gaps and prevent air and water filtration. It is designed for doors and frames that have a 2.125-inch rabbet depth. Primarily intended for fiberglass doors, it is also appropriate for units that have been warped, according to the company. 

Its features include low-friction highly ultraviolet stable polyethene cover, low-density foam core for better compression set resistance and improved sealing characteristics. 

In addition, Loxcreen will feature storm doors, custom computerized fabrication capabilities and information on its line of building products.
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Endura Showcases New Pre-Finished Frame Systems
Booth #W6061
Endura Products of Greensboro, S.C., will showcase its pre-finished frame systems, which were engineered to improve the structural integrity of door units and add convenient frames for door installation. It is designed to protect against weather infiltration and damage, according to the company.

The frame exterior is constructed of maintenance-free and weather-resistant PVC, which is different from frames that need exterior painting and replacement due to water damage and rot. The installation has been simplified with a snap-in nailing fin and available integral brick mould. 

Vetter® Windows and Doors Unveils Hurricane Resistant Products
Booth #W2759
It’s only fitting after this year’s hurricane season, Vetter Windows and Doors of Mosinee, Wis., will reveal its new insulated hurricane products. They are designed to meet the stringent wind-borne debris codes of the eastern United States, according to the company. 

The products have a durable layer of .090 or .100 inch gauge polyvinyl butral (PVB) bonded between two lites of annealed laminated glass. If the glass should break, the laminated layer is designed to remain intact, protecting the home and its contents. The lites of glass offer strong insulating properties. Greater insulation can be attained by filling the airspace with argon gas. 

The products include an out-swing patio door in French and traditional styles, and double hung, casement, and direct set/picture windows. 
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ASTROpan™ to Prevent Rot and Mold
Booth #W6548
Astro Plastics of Rosemont, Minn., will exhibit its newly-created ASTROpan™, a door and window sill pan system that it says protects property against water and moisture damage. It channels water outside, limiting risk of water intrusion that could result in rot and mold.

According to company literature, it is easy to install on the job site. Adhesive caulk is included in the kits, which are packaged in 24 sets for 3-0 rough openings and 12 sets for 6-0 rough openings. 

The system is available in standard jamb widths and in two lengths.
Info+ circle reader #156. 

Hurd Millwork Shows Off Storm-Resistant Windows and New Glazing Options
Booth #W0571
Hurd Millwork of Medford, Wis., will feature its storm-resistant windows, touting new glazing options for climate control. 

With the new FeelSafe insulating glass units, homeowners can choose a storm-resistant window or patio door that meets Energy Star® requirements in their area. The products are built with a combination of laminated glass on the outboard lite, and tempered glass on the inside, to perform in hurricane conditions. 

The added protection is also useful against intruders, ultraviolet rays and exterior noise. The windows can be customized and are available with various interior wood types. 
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Therma-Tru Introduces Two Collections and Sliding Doors
Booth #W1909
Therma-Tru Doors’ introduction of the Classic-Craft® Mahogany Collection™ fiberglass door system captures the look of mahogany with the composition of fiberglass. Six door styles and three decorative glass patterns are available for doorlites, sidelites and transoms. According to the Maumee, Ohio-based company, the new collection helps builders, remodelers and homeowners create a grand entranceway reminiscent of America’s great historic homes. 

Another new line called Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection™ offers the old-world charm of Southwestern and European country architecture, combining the look of smooth-grain panels and arches with modern materials and technology. 

Therma-Tru introduced a 6.6-inch door, which is now available in the two new styles, in June of last year.
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Young Mfg. Adds Sandstone to Color Offering
Booth #W9526
Young Mfg. of Beaver Dam, Ky., will premier its Clad Plus II, which was designed as a rot-free, maintenance-free door frame. The patented frame, constructed of treated hardwood encased in vinyl, never needs painting, according to the company. To prevent wicking, insulators are used on the ends of all vertical components. In addition, a zipper attachment eliminates exposed fasteners.

The door frame is now available in a new color, sandstone.
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