Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

January/February 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 1

Product Focus


Aesthetics Meet Design Standards

Contact Lumber Co. of Clackamas, Ore., in conjunction with Ultimate Door has created custom-designed doors for an upscale golf pro-shop located on an exclusive community near Jupiter, Fla. The out-swinging French, aluminum clad wood doors used for the pro-shop passed the large and small mission impact-resistant test by Hurricane Test Laboratory Inc. and were approved by the Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance Office. 

The company says it designed and manufactured the stile and rail components to address specific code requirements without sacrificing the aesthetic qualities requested by the architect. 

“About 60 percent of the products we make are one-of-a-kind products uniquely engineered to meet a specific customer’s need,” said Peter McKibbin, vice president. 

Door Designs Extend Continuity Throughout the Home

Simpson Door Co. of McCleary, Wash., has announced a new line of interior decorative French doors that allow customers to match exterior doors with interior door designs.

“We’ve seen the demand for architectural consistency grow rapidly in the last two years,” said Jim Brandt, marketing manager for Simpson Door Co. 

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 0.625-inch thick, triple-glazed, insulating decorative glass. Each option is available with black, silver or brass caming.

Botanica Garden Door Has Got Style

FEN-TECH Inc., a company based in Superior, Wis., has added enhancements to it Botanica Garden Door lines at no additional cost to the customer. The door, that combines styling and engineering design with energy-efficient performance, comes standard with stainless steel operator hardware.

The doors are manufactured from virgin vinyl compounds that insure a maintenance-free, high-strength door. The multi-hollow, fusion-welded design adds structural integrity to resist warping, bowing and twisting.

A rain shed weatherstripping design, full height gear hinge and the addition of a warm-edge spacing system makes the garden door energy efficient and practical. The product is available in single patio, French or center hinged, with three colors to choose from.

Windows Made for Today’s Discerning Homeowners

Great Lakes Window of Toledo, Ohio, has crafted a window line called PlyGem Lifestyles to satisfy discerning and value-conscious homeowners. 

“There’s a reason we use the word ‘Lifestyles’ in the name,” said Ralph Pfeiffer, Great Lakes Window marketing director. “They’re designed to beautifully fit today’s homeowners’ lives. We know they’re asking a lot from their windows.” 

The new windows have been tested to withstand wind loads in excess of 170 mph, feature the optional Maxuus® 7.6 triple-glazed dual-chamber insulating system. Pfeiffer says the window’s performance has been certified by the Window and Door Manufacturer’s Association, the National Fenestration Ratings Council, and has earned the Energy Star® label from the United States Department of Energy.


This Screen is Genius

Genius of Northport, Ala., has unveiled its latest retractable screen design, de-signed specifically for use with sliding vinyl patio doors. The system uses a vinyl track design which the original equipment manufacturer or retrofit dealer can simply snap into place within the existing screen rail track of the door, according to the company. Since the track is made of vinyl, it is almost totally undetectable. 


Stealth Trim System for Corners and Windows

Wolfpac Technologies Inc. of Leetsdale, Pa., has introduced its Stealth trim system, a groove system that will accept any siding product for corners and window surround. The corner board eliminates the need for two 1.25-inch pieces of material or a J-channel when used with vinyl siding, due to a rigid, one-piece corner. The same tools and fasteners required for standard wood trim can be used for installation. 

The trim features a 0.75-inch deep by 0.75-inch wide groove that accommodates nearly all siding products, including vinyl, wood and fiber cement, according to the company. It is available in the company’s timber ridge or smooth finish. 


New Composite Building Material Adds Mix of Beauty and Brawn 

Royal Group Technologies of Woodbridge, Ont., spent the last two years developing and rigorously testing Celucor™, an advanced generation composite material that provides a low-maintenance alternative to hardwood. It blends the beauty of woodgrains, brawn and flexibility of composites, and weather-resistance of vinyl into an optimized material structure with the characteristics of wood.

The product is composed of natural fibers encapsulated with cellular PVC, capped with an advanced, weather-safe thermoplastic resin.


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