Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 8                                        October  2005


Looking Through the Newest Windows and Doors
This month SHELTER magazine is providing a large selection of what’s new with windows and doors, bringing you information on enhanced durability and aesthetics, inspired styles and special features. There are so many new window and door products that we couldn’t fit them all in print, so check out for more information.

A Historically-Inspired Window 
Hurd Windows & Doors Inc. of Medford, Wis., has introduced its newest innovation, the Kingsview window line. With historic-inspired style and advanced engineering, Kingsview windows preserve the authentic appeal of a new home, historic renovation or light-commercial project. 

The new window eliminates unsightly jambliners. Utilizing a patent-pending clip-and-track balance system, homeowners can enjoy an all-natural, all-wood interior single-hung window to frame their view. 

A side load removable bottom sash allows for convenient cleaning and easy operation. A specially engineered bottom sash rail allows for slight ventilation, without the worry of rain infiltration or the chance of sash rotting. Dual classic-styled hardware is designed for a tight, energy-efficient seal, according to company information.

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Return to the Renaissance
Based on feedback from its Western customers on its Renaissance™ series composite window, AMSCO Windows of Salt Lake City is adding a new Renaissance series slider window to its line of low-maintenance composite windows. Constructed of the same durable composite as the original Renaissance windows, the new slider is available in white, almond and taupe interiors with an optional pine interior that can be easily stained or painted to match a home’s interior, according to a company news release. 

The company is also offering a Renaissance sliding glass composite door that offers the beauty of wood with the low maintenance of vinyl. The sliding glass door offers easy upkeep and energy efficiency. 

Available in the same color options as the windows, there is also an option of five upgraded, plated hardware choices: bright brass, antique brass, brushed nickel, brushed chrome and oil-rubbed bronze. The door also features adjustable tandem steel rollers for easy operation, a large, easy-to-operate locking handle and a fully welded frame and sash. Transoms, sidelites and custom sizes also are available. Both windows and doors come with a limited lifetime warranty.

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Don’t Play with Fire
Trans-Pac Building Products, a Salt Lake City-based building materials company, has announced the introduction of certified fire doors to complement its lines of engineered stile and rail wood doors. The company was approved for certification after completing testing from Intertek Testing Services.

The company will manufacture stile and rail wood doors with a 20-minute rating. The doors will bear the aesthetic features of the regular series, but provide the safety and protection of a fire door. They come in a variety of sizes to best match the homeowner’s needs. They will be first available in knotty alder, although a limited number of other species will be available on special order.

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A Perfect Match
Simpson Door Co. of McCleary, Wash., has introduced a new line of interior decorative French doors to satisfy the growing demand for architectural continuity throughout the home. Customers will now be able to match exterior doors with interior door designs.

The expansion adds 12 new full-lite decorative glass designs made of Douglas fir or Western hemlock. The new stile and rail doors are constructed with engineered components and incorporate square sticking that mimics classic Shaker styling. The new designs are available with a choice of six unique inserts made of 5/8-inch thick triple-glazed, insulating decorative glass. Each option is available with black, silver or brass caming.

The company has also introduced its Mahogany Collection of showpiece entry doors. The new line features decorative, panel and French designs all made of genuine mahogany. The genuine Mahogany hardwood features natural color variations that give each door a unique and elegant character. The doors can be installed individually or coupled with optional matching sidelites.

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Setting a New Standard 
Designer Doors Inc., headquartered in River Falls, Wis., has added 16 new pattern glass options to its standard line of garage and walk-through doors. The new wide array of standard glass options includes: wide and narrow reeded, single and double gluechip, rain glass, glacier, GNA clear, English muffle, Waterglass, Ligne, Pointe, Raye and Rivuletta. Additional options include v-grooved, beveled, leaded and etched glass.

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A Different Visual Effect 

Oldcastle Glass®, a subsidiary of Dublin, Ireland-based CRH plc, has announced the launch of Montage visual effects glass, a new decorative glazing concept. This new product lets architects and designers mix and match custom-colored coatings, designer silk-screened patterns, textured pattern glass (from bold geometrics to subtle motifs) and unique rice paper designs into their own vision. Montage utilizes a variety of highly advanced and systemized manufacturing processes so it can be matched to any project with overall consistency. 

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Solving the Inventory Dilemma 
Young Mfg. Co. of Beaver Dam, Ky., is offering a Clad Plus II door frame boxed unit as a solution to distributors’ double inventory dilemma. The company packages all components of its rot-free, low-maintenance, never-needs-painting Clad Plus II door frame into a single boxed unit, complete with computerized end label. 

Constructed of carefully selected, polymer-treated hardwood encased in premium high-impact vinyl, the door frame units incorporate insulators on the ends of all vertical components to prevent wicking. A zipper attachment eliminates exposed fasteners and creates a completely waterproof shield. Clad Plus II is available in both sandstone and glacial white, and in outswing or inswing single, double, sidelite and patio units.

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No Drafts Allowed 
Gossen Corp. of Milwaukee has launched a new cellular PVC window product certified for use in hurricane-prone areas. The No Draft window has achieved a design-pressure (DP) 50 rating. This rating is achieved without the use of a steel bar to reinforce the structure—a method commonly used by rigid vinyl window manufacturers. The DP rating could in fact be increased further with the addition of steel reinforcement in an existing channel, according to information from the company.

The product is made of cellular PVC, so that it can be sawed and painted like wood but offers high insulation values. The solid material also can be easily milled and features an Energy Star® rating.

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