June 2006                 Volume 45,  Issue 5

Filling the Gap

Check Out the Latest Doors and Windows to Complement any Home
So you’re looking to distribute a new door or window? Take a look at the exciting products that door and window manufacturers are unveiling this season. From decorative door 

designs and new window shapes to carriage house garage doors and innovative window components, there are plenty of new products available to “fill the gap” in any home. 

Finishing First
Tecton Products LLC of Fargo, N.D., has unveiled the first residential fiberglass entry door framing system called the Tecton Door System8 (TDS8), which is pre-finished and fabricated, requires little need for shimming and its unique finish also resists scratching and denting. 

Company officials say it’s structural, stiff and strong enough to take entry door abuse. It is resistant to mold and insects and won’t warp. Independent lab testing shows that the system performs beyond residential requirements, according to the company.

In slam testing, the system completed a million cycles, exceeding the 50,000-slam standard.


Mastermark® Doors Pump Iron
Simpson Door Co. of McCleary, Wash., has added wrought iron glass designs to its Mastermark® exterior doors collection. The new door styles feature forged iron-black grille designs fully-enclosed between two panes of textured glass, allowing light to pass through while maintaining privacy. The glass unit is also insulated for a high level of energy performance.

The Laredo series and the Santa Fe series are new wrought iron styles that offer a choice of full-lite designs or 3/4-lite above one or two wood panels. Matching sidelights are available in a range of widths.

The doors and sidelites come standard in Douglas fir, Western hemlock and American red oak, but customers can request virtually any other wood species, according to the company. 

Back to the Classics
For those who want the warmth and character of wood but still prefer a traditional panel design, Clopay of Cincinnati is now offering its Classic line of raised and flush panel doors in three wood species: hemlock, cedar and redwood. 

The doors are available in single and double widths up to 18 feet. Homeowners can customize their door design by choosing from short or long raised panel configurations and adding optional windows handcrafted from carved wood.

The company says this line is suitable for a variety of homes. 


Go to the Front of the Line
Green Bay, Wis.-based FrontLine Bldg. Products, a member of the Bay Industries Corporate Family, has added an adjustable spread mull to its product line. 

The adjustable spread mull will cover mull widths up to 4 inches, is available in ten stock colors and 263 custom colors. The spread mull components are: .062, 16 gauge extruded aluminum.


Weather the Storm with a New Company
Durable Products of Frankfort, Ohio, has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary—WeatherShed LLC—exclusively for the manufacture and distribution of a new line of composite door frames.

In development since 2003, the WeatherShed composite frames bring to market a competitively-priced alternative to the fingerjoint pine frame that solves the issue of jamb rot as well other maintenance issues associated with fingerjoint pine, according to company information.

In addition, the frames are engineered to be as machined and stapled easily with standard door shop equipment as pine components. The company says there are no problems with staple blowback or material too hard to accept screws.

The new product has all the benefits of a no-rot composite with a lifetime guarantee and the compatibility of a complete line of Durable Products’ door sills to meet nearly any door size, shape or function.

All components can be delivered as an engineered system, or purchased individually to meet customers’ specific requirements.


Headache-Free Beauty 
Young Manufacturing Co. says its Clad Plus II frame is a headache-free solution for the homeowner and for the distributor. The polymer-treated hardwood frame is encased in high-impact vinyl and features insulators on the ends of all vertical components to prevent wicking. Zipper attachments eliminate exposed fasteners, creating a waterproof shield. The patented, rot-resistant and low-maintenance door frame never needs painting, according to the company. It is now available in sandstone and glacial white colors to complement a variety of looks.


Get More Protection with the Water Protection System
Protect structures from expensive water damage with Pemko’s innovative Water Protection System™ (WPS™) sill. WPS’ patented baffle system channels water away from entryways efficiently, stopping water infiltration before it starts. WPS meets ADA/WDMA/CSA Standards and is leakproof, rot-resistant and low maintenance. 

According to the manufacturer, the WPS has been thoroughly tested with these results: 
• Air infiltration rating per E 283 - 0.30 scfm/sqft (measured 0.15 to 0.17 scfm/sqft); 
• Operational force to latch 15 pounds (measured 12 to 15 pounds); and 
• Water penetration test E547 2.9 psf/.56”wc/140Pa (passed 4.1psf/.80”wc/200Pa).


Coastal Astragal 2 Closes the Gap
Therma-Tru® is introducing the Coastal Astragal 2. Though the product looks like a normal astragal that adds stability and prevents drafts from entering the home, it can also withstand hurricane force winds. 

The new astragal is offered for 6-foot 8-inch and 8-foot heights, inswing and outswing applications, and white or bronze colors. It features a locking slide bolt that has a long throw to engage in the head jamb and sill for increased holding power.

The design pressure (DP) ratings for the new Coastal Astragal 2 range from DP47 to DP55, based on the door collection. 


Facility in China Produces Components
Westwood Lumber’s production facility in Qingdao, China, specializes in engineered hardwood door stiles. The China plant imports alder lumber from Westwood’s two sawmills in the United States for economical production of door stiles and other components for doors, furniture and cabinets. The China facility complements the five Westwood plants in the U.S. in distribution to furniture, cabinet and wood product manufacturers worldwide. 

Westwood offers engineered hardwood door stiles in custom sizes and veneer thicknesses to meet your needs for quality and efficiency. The company delivers quality hardwood products such as door and window parts and other products needing multiple processes or finger-jointing. 


Look Out: Garage Door Overhead
Overhead Door Corp. of Dallas, a manufacturer of upward-acting doors and openers has introduced its Renaissance V12, an embossed steel carriage house garage door. The door offers consumers and homebuilders a cost-effective design alternative to traditional raised panel steel garage doors. 

The new door is an extension of the Renaissance Collection of traditional steel carriage house garage doors that resemble wood doors with sophisticated designs. 


Renaissance Series Gains a Slider
AMSCO Windows of Salt Lake City, Utah, has introduced its revolutionary Renaissance™ series composite window, and a new Renaissance™ series slider window has also been added to its line of low-maintenance composite windows. 

The new slider is available in white, almond and taupe interiors with an optional pine interior that can be stained or painted to match a home’s interior. 


Keeping it Simple
European influence is driving new styles of windows, according to Kolbe Windows & Doors of Wausau, Wis. The company’s new push-out casement window is based on classic simplicity in window design. The new window swings open with a simple release of a lever.

The window features an optional interior-swinging wood framed screen with hinges. A stainless steel four-bar friction hinge allows the window to open to a full 90 degrees for room-side cleaning of the exterior glass surface. It is available with a single- or multi-point lock option. 

The new product is available in the company’s all-wood and extruded aluminum exterior in various wood species and a variety of finishes.


Be Certain With CertaLock™
The new CertaLock™ sash lock by CertainTeed Corp. of Valley Forge, Pa., is available as an option on the company’s Insulate Series and styles of Insulate Slimline Series vinyl windows. The sleek, self-latching hardware helps ensure a safe, secure window, according to the company.

The lock is engineered for ergonomic and fool-proof performance. Its spring-loaded design makes it easy to unlock the sash with the touch of a finger, and the lock automatically shuts tight when the sash is pulled to the closed position. With a sleek, minimal design and close color match, the lock blends into the window profile for a streamlined look.

Made of solid metal with a durable coating, the company says it is resistant to chipping, scratching and corrosion. 


Enjoy the Breeze

McPhillips Manufacturing of Mobile, Ala., has released its line of Bay Breeze durable screen doors to beat the summer heat and make entryways look cool. 

The doors feature: solid wood stile and rail construction, coated aluminum wire stapled with stops for durability, hemlock fir and radiata pine species, 28- to 69-inch and 30- to 69-inch sizes and 1-1/8-inch thickness. Exterior units, other sizes, layouts, species and thicknesses are available by custom quote. 


Larson Storm Doors Now Eligible for Federal Tax Credits
Larson Manufacturing of Brookings, S.D., says that its storm doors are eligible for tax credits under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows homeowners a tax credit of 10 percent of the amount paid for qualified energy efficiency improvements to their homes in 2006 and 2007, up to a total credit of $500. 

In order to qualify, storm doors must meet or exceed the criteria established by the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code when installed over a prime door at the taxpayer’s primary U.S. residence. Larson says all its storm doors, when installed over an existing door, meet the code requirements and qualify for the tax credit. 


Walking the Plank
CMI of Chicago says it is keeping up with current design trends with the introduction of the new Corvado™ two-panel, square-top plank interior door. The smooth-surfaced door resembles the classic Shaker style door, which originated in the northeastern United States. The company says it is versatile enough to complement a broad range of home décors from Southwestern and rustic to contemporary. 

The latest addition to the CMI family of CraftMaster® interior doors, the new door has a distinctive groove and modified sticking profile that provides the rich feel of a traditional plank door, while adding beautiful architectural details. 



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