Volume 46, Issue 3 - April 2007

On the Market
It’s big news when any new product comes on the market. The industry’s newest product developments are taking center stage in Shelter magazine’s third annual New Products Guide. 

Impact-Resistant Products
Door with a ViewLooking for a door that can withstand the elements but also open a home to a spectacular view? PGT Industries of Venice, Fla., offers a sliding glad door that addresses both priorities. Available in two, three or four traces, the SGD Series 730 and 780 are also available as a bypass or pocket door and come standard with corrosion-resistant hardware and fasteners and fully weatherstripped construction. The maximum reinforced door panel size is 4 feet by 10 feet, and the door comes in white, bronze and gray. www.pgtindustries.com

Max Out Your Protection
Gorell Windows and Doors is offering another option to help protect homes in hurricane-prone areas. The Armor Max Plus™ line includes a double-hung with tilt-in sash, two and three-lite lift-out sliders and a picture window. These products incorporate three panes of glass, two of which sandwich a PVB interlayer and pass ASTM large missile impact level D testing, which allows them to be installed anywhere hurricane protection is needed. www.gorell.com

Clad Products
Searching for Stylish OptionsAs homeowners construct their dream home, they often search for stylish options which will endure over time. In an effort to meet those desires, Hurd Window and Doors Inc. recently expanded its clad color program.

Consumers can choose from 12 standard colors including five anodized finishes—which offer added durability, color stability, easier maintenance and longer-term value—and 25 specialty colors including five metallic-like mica finish options, according to the Medford, Wis.-based manufacturer.  www.hurd.com

Treated Lumber
Not Ant FriendlyA decking product protected by a nonmetallic solution is being offered by Arch Treatment Technologies Inc. 

Wolmanized® L3 Outdoor® wood stands up to wood-destroying organisms and is backed by a limited-lifetime warranty. 

This wood is intended for out-of-ground use, has a built-in repellent, is protected by an EPA-registered formulation that penetrates a wide range of wood species and is comparable to untreated wood with regard to corrosion of metal hardware. www.wolmanizedwood.com

Windows

Rounding out a Look
Consumers have been demanding high-performing, large radius shapes, and Marvin Windows & Doors responded with its new Ultimate Hung Magnum Round Top window.

This round top window meets a commercial design pressure rating of H-C50 for window openings 26 3/7 by 49 ½ inches up to 54 3/8 by 105 ½ inches, as certified by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. Some larger sizes are available at a commercial design pressure rating of H-C35. www.marvin.com

Strength in Numbers
Need windows that have added strength? Kolbe Windows & Doors offers the Ultra Series casement windows which have achieved ratings up to DP-85. These windows also meet Energy Star® requirements including the Northern climate zone and pass strict impact-test ratings.

The new casements’ sashes are covered with extruded aluminum to add strength, and finished with a 70 percent PVDF fluropolymer coating. Many exterior trim and color options are available. www.kolbe-kolbe.com

Bi-Fold Doors

Blurring the Lines
Water-front views. Wooded oases. Guests mingling around the pool on the back terrace. Homeowners today are blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor environments, and Weather Shield® Windows and Doors responded with its new Legacy Series® bi-fold patio door. 

The 3-foot standard door panels are 2 ½-inch thick with laminated veneer lumber at their core. Bottom rails of 10 or 12 inches and 5-inch top rails complete the design. The door is available in two to eight panels to accommodate a range of openings. www.weathershield.com

Exterior Products

Contrasting Materials Make a Statement
Think outside. It’s the side of the home with possibilities you’re just beginning to imagine. With a growing trend in attention to exterior design, Exterior Portfolio® by Crane presents a collection of exterior surfaces, mixtures of textures and contrasts and a palette of vivid colors to create and express the style of a home’s exterior.

Products making up Crane’s new Exterior Portfolio include: CraneBoard® 7, CraneBoard® 6, CraneBoard® board and batten, CraneBoard® beaded, Portsmouth Shake®, half rounds and hand-split Portsmouth Shake®, SOLID CORE® Architectural Essentials® accessories and new BellaStone®.4 www.crane.com

Entry Doors

Not Afraid of Bad Weather
A beautiful door can add a welcoming feel to any home, but it takes the right entry or patio door to perform in harsh weather. Now distributors may have a solution to damaging weather and harsh conditions with the new Tru-Defense™ System for entry and patio doors. 

Therma-Tru’s Tru-Defense entry and patio doors have an air, water and structural performance rating of DP-40 or higher. The complete door systems are independently tested and certified by the National Accreditation and Management Institute. These doors offer the following features: high dam sill, door bottom sweep, rain deflector, an astragal with a dual-durometer triple seal boot design, corner seal pads and multi-point locks. www.thermatru.com

Interior Doors

Two Species in One Door
Are you looking for rustic-looking products? Available through Sierra Door Co., AugustaWood® door has a rustic hybrid of two species: cypress and cedar.

The product provides a natural grain-and-knot pattern not found in other rustic woods such as hickory, pecan and character maple, and the knots are very uniform in size and location. Color tones, ranging from light to medium brown, are enhanced with a simple clear-coat seal application.  www.doorsbysierra.com

More Wood Options Available
If you’re replacing interior doors, you now have more options. Owens Door Co., formerly known as Heritage Veneered Products, expanded its WOODPORT™ product line to include hickory and Khaya African mahogany. 

The new species round out the company’s offering, which already includes select alder, knotty alder, birch, cherry, maple, oak, poplar, clear pine and knotty pine. Door styles include raised panel, flat panel, French and primed medium-density fiberboard-engineered stile and rail. Custom doors are also available. www.woodport.com 

Adding a New Dimension
A new vinyl window intended for residential and light commercial use is now available from Windsor Windows and Doors. The Next Dimension Pro features single hung, slider, picture, fixed and geometric shapes utilizing the Super Spacer foam channel. 

The design utilizes brickmould with a J-channel frame as well as a straight-frame option in both single-unit and multiple-unit construction. www.windsorwindows.com


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