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Volume 44,  Issue 4                                        May 2005

     Product Focus
         

MILLWORK AND MOULDING
One-Piece Mouldings and Rosettes Come in Two Styles
The Swan Corp. of St. Louis is offering dual-de-sign decorative mouldings and rosettes kits for a variety of applications. The Swanstone solid surface mouldings are available in both butterfly and fluted styles, in a 3 3/4-by-105-inch size. Rosettes are 4-by-4 inches square with a starburst on one side and a concentric circle design on the other side. The kits are easily installed with traditional carpentry tools, according to company information.

The durable kits are solid throughout, and the color and texture run all the way through and cannot wear away. They are also impact-resistant and will not crack or peel. The unique, dual-design accessories are available in 29 colors. 

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Mouldings Combine Classic Designs, Modern Materials

Mouldings from Architectural Ornament™ of Concord, Ontario, combine classic designs with modern materials. The durable line of high-density polyurethane products will not warp, rot or split, and are moisture-resistant because of the closed-cell structure of the material. The products will not splinter when cut, nailed or screwed, according to a company release.

The Cornice mouldings feature true and even bedding lines, while door and window casings have proper glue lines. Each piece is pre-primed to help keep paint form peeling or blistering. One-piece, lightweight profiles are intended to make the installation process easy.

LP Wood Moulding Features High-End Veneers

The wood veneer wood moulding from LP® Building Products of Nasvhille, Tenn., features high-end wood veneers laminated over finger-jointed pine. Available in oak, maple and cherry, the veneer mouldings are pre-sanded and unfinished. According to company information, the mouldings cut and finished like solid wood and are installed using ordinary working tools.

They are available in large profiles up to 7 ¼ inches, in a variety including baseboard and crown moulding, casing, chair rail and plank.

AZEK Offers Three New Profiles

AZEK® Trimboards of Moosic, Pa., is offering three new millwork profiles that are factory-milled and ready to install: brick mould, crown mould and drip cap.

The cellular PVC millwork products offer crisp edges and authentic detail, according to a company news release. It does not require paint for protection, although if a paint color is desired, it features excellent paint adhesion. The millwork also offers moisture- and insect-resistance, and can be heat-formed into arches and rounded shapes.

Contours Collection Displays Classic Millwork Shapes Outside

The Contours Collection™ by ALSCO Metals Corp. of Raleigh, N.C., is an exterior trim product that is durable and virtually maintenance-free. The fascia and frieze products offer the classic elegance of custom wood millwork shapes without the maintenance and expense of traditional wood products. The products are fabricated from rigid, heavy-guage aluminum and coated with the company’s Dymalar™ 2000 finish, a coating formulated for long-term protection against the elements.

Featuring a solid foam core, the Contours 7-inch frieze with integral J-channel and brick pocket configurations is designed for a variety of mounting applications. The snap-on attachment system conceals all nailing.

Standard colors are white and sierra, although special colors and accessories are available.

Trimplank™ Suitable for Indoor and Outdoor Uses

Royal Mouldings Ltd. of Marion, Va., is offering its Trimplank™ no-rot exterior trim and trim boards. Trimplank™ is made of premium quality cellular PVC with a colorfast center. It is nailable and easy to cut, miter and route with standard woodworking equipment. The PVC boards are also impact-resistant, termite-proof, colorfast and energy efficient.

The product can be installed with the factory-applied bright white finish or repainted using oil-based or latex paints without scuffing or sanding. According to company information, Trimplank™ is suitable for both indoors and outdoors, from interior trim, cornices and crowns to fascias, window and door trim.

Merrill Unveils New 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 its use of 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 before, 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.

Fypon Offers a Variety of Products

Fypon of Archbold, Ohio, offers a variety of products. It’s PVC Trim, which is available in a wide variety of sizes and profiles, offers uniformity, durability, workability and beauty, according to company officials. Each piece resists moisture, mildew, mold, rot and insect infestations. The trim comes in both smooth and woodgrain boards, sheets, beaded board and corner boards.

The company also recently introduced the Biltmore Collection by Fypon. The new collection has more than a dozen pieces, which complement the European-style of the 250-room Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C.

According to a company release, this unique collection allows builders to use replications of everything from crown moulding to ceiling domes to entryway surrounds in their residential projects. The collection includes interior and exterior decorative accent pieces to enhance the design and style of any home.

In addition, the company also offers structural columns that are made of low-maintenance fiberglass. All the columns are load-bearing and add a strong design element to residential and commercial projects.

JELD-Wen Has New Composite FrameJELD-WEN of Klamath Falls, Ore., offers its IWP Aurora composite frames, providing for the first time a complete Aurora entry system that exudes the beauty of wood with unmatched durability from the door to its frame.

IWP Aurora composite frames are engineered using the same high-end construction technology as JELD-WEN IWP Aurora custom fiberglass doors.

Designed from a single pour casting, Aurora composite frames are impervious to moisture and will not absorb water, eliminating any chance of rot, decay, swelling or delamination, according to company information. The frames are also twice as resistant to fracture along the grain and have ten times the nail and screw-holding power of wood. This provides increased security, durability and assurance of a consistent fit over time.

Aurora composite frames are offered as a standard option with JELD-WEN IWP Aurora doors and are available to match all Aurora door wood species (oak, mahogany, knotty alder and paint surface).

Fen-Tech Introduces Curved Trim BoardsFen-Tech of Superior, Wis., has introduced bending services for a wide variety of styles and sizes of exterior and interior trim boards. Made from cellular PVC and composite extrusions, these products are low maintenance. The boards are suitable for radius windows, door openings and arched architectural detailing, according to company information.

Hand-Carved Accoutrements for Cabinetry
White River Hardwoods-Woodworks Inc. of Fayetteville, Ark., has introduced its newest offering, a line of fine hand-carved details for cabinetry. This exquisite line, offered in American cherry and maple, will be available Spring 2005. This distinctive line offers 360 new hand-carved items from Papyrus capitals to Acanthus finials to 40 new hand-carved lineals. 

Offering the designer complete designablility for all your cabinetry, furniture and library needs. Also included will be turned and carved corner posts and numerous feet and legs.

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Focal Point Mouldings Available in Historic Designs 
Millwork manufacturer Focal Point Architectural Products of Zebulon, N.C., offers comprehensive historical collections of mouldings designed to simplify the homeowner’s search for period-specific designs. According to information from the company, the licensed historical collections of mouldings are ap-proved by five historical societies.

The polyurethane products are rot-, mildew- and insect-resistant and pre-primed, lightweight and durable. Their single-piece construction eliminates separation cracks within the moulding design and requires less maintenance than wood or plaster.

According to a company news release, the company’s products hug the slight variations of walls or ceilings without separating from the surface, a plus when walls are not perfectly straight. All of the company’s historical mouldings are available in Focal Flex™ moulding, which can be made to fit a curved wall in uniquely designed homes, made to order based on the customer’s radius specifications. 

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COLUMNS 
Royal Crown Columns Provide Support or Decoration
Royal Crown Ltd. of Milford, Ind., a manufacturer of vinyl decking and fencing products, is offering architectural columns for home interiors and exteriors. The durable, low-maintenance vinyl columns come prime-coated and ready to accept any finish. The columns can function as load-bearing architectural components that can be installed nearly anywhere in a room with proper internal support, or they can serve strictly as decorative home enhancements. For installations requiring load-bearing supports, the company offers aluminum support tubes that fit inside each column, although structural-grade lumber also can be used. According to 
the company, the columns can be attached to vinyl, concrete or wood structures securely and easily. 

The columns are available in a variety of design styles, shapes, heights and diameters to meet specific building needs and preferences. Decorative options include 7-inch square or 8-inch round diameters; 8-, 10- and 12-foot column heights; and fluted or non-fluted columns styles.

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Column Options are Available from Royal CorinthianRoyal Corinthian Inc. of Wheaton, Ill., offers plain, fluted and twisted columns with a variety of options for capitals and bases. The Royal Corinthian® seamless fiberglass and cultured marble columns are designed for strength and to bear tremendous loads, while offering easy installation and low-maintenance.

Formed to meet the practical needs of onsite installation, the columns can also be prepared at the factory in a few basic finishes and colors, allowing for aesthetic preferences without the necessity of painting. Columns are fitted with an appropriate classic capital made from the same cultured marble as the columns and bases.

MOULDINGS
Historic Style Made for Today’s Homes
History repeats itself with the new Carter Composite mouldings offered by Focal Point Architectural Products, Inc. of Tarboro, N.C. In the style of historic America, Focal Point® Carter Composite mouldings offer the look of exquisitely layered details in a single-piece construction, replicating the fine look of expensive plaster or hand-carved wood moulding at a fraction of the cost.

The Carter Composite pattern was inspired by the classic Oatlands Composite moulding, a larger Focal Point product licensed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Carter Composite mouldings offer customers a custom, historic look for today’s homes. Available in a 7 3/8-inch size (#16610) or a 5 3/8-inch size (#16600), Carter Composite mouldings can be used with virtually any ceiling height.  
Focal Point products are made of durable polyurethane, which has the workability of white pine. These low-maintenance, insect- and mildew-resistant products arrive primed and ready to install. Focal Point’s time-tested designs are rated by customers as the best quality in the industry.


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