Volume 46, Issue 5 - June 2007

The Next Big Thing

Doors and Windows

Upscale Modern Look
Upscale homes often feature a clean, sleek, modern look. DORMA Group North America says its wide range of products for the architectural openings industry aren’t just for modern commercial spaces. The Millersville, Md.-based company says its Deubl Alpha door frames for glass assemblies nearly disappear, offering homeowners a clean, modern look for their upscale homes.

Deubl Alpha can be customized for all door types, are available with single- and double-acting frames and feature concealed fixings. Maximum door weight ranges from 100 to 143 pounds for single-acting and up to 176 pounds for double-acting door frames. www.dorma-usa.com

Now You See It Now You Don’t
Door screens don’t have to be a permanent part of your view. With Phantom Screens, you can have protection when you want it, but store them out of view when you don’t. The Abbotsford, British Columbia-based company says its screens are engineered to smoothly retract out-of-sight when not in use and are perfect for sliding, in-swing, out-swing and double-French doors, creating a perfect blend of form and function.

They absorb impact without sagging or tearing, hold screens tightly in place with spring tension technology and adapt to virtually any door application and size. www.phantomscreens.com 

Measure Up
Offer your builders a tool for measuring set back requirements, lot sizes or foundation layouts. Komelon in Waukesha, Wis., says its distance measuring wheels are designed for indoor or outdoor use and all models feature: an adjustable twist lock handle, traction-sure polyvinyl tread wheels, a magnifying lens for easy reading and accurate gear driven 5-digit counters.

Outdoor models feature a comfortable pistol grip and spring loaded kickstands. www.komelon.com 

No More Tear Out
Your replacement and renovation contractors will thank you for offering an alternative to replacement windows. And MW Windows & Doors in Rocky Mount, Va., says it has an affordable alternative.

The company says its Sash Replacement System can improve the appearance and energy efficiency of any home by turning leaky and drafty old wood windows into high-performance units in no time at all. Each system includes two double-hung sashes with standard 5/8-inch Warm-Edge insulating glass guaranteed for 20 years, tilt vinyl compression balances and all the necessary hardware for installation. A variety of glass options include: low-E, argon, clear, tinted and obscure. www.mwwindows.com 

Tough Without the Rough
Choosing an impact patio door doesn’t have to mean sacrificing great looks, or suffering through a difficult installation process. P.H. Tech, headquartered in Lévis, Québec, says the assembly of its S-8500 impact patio door remains almost the same as for a regular patio door. 

The company added its jumbo 8-foot by 8-foot impact patio door to complete its impact product line. It says this product line allows manufacturers to enter the hurricane markets with a tested patio door, with minimal financial commitment and technical risk. The P.H. Tech S-8500 patio door was tested under the AAMA 506 labeling program and earned a performance rating of DP60.  www.phtech.ca

True Craftsman Style
For those looking to mimic the true American Craftsman style of the early 1900s, Moulding Associates Inc.’s (MAi) new Westport collection of doors is the clear choice. Simple lines are authentic to the period, reflecting the design ideals of Gustav Stickley, furniture-maker and father of the Craftsman movement—and the later architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Wylie, Texas-based door producer says its doors are available in 6-foot 8-inch and 8-foot heights by 36 inches with one 42-inch width, and are offered in both square-top and eyebrow-radius styles. The line consists of 17 variations in three basic design styles and the Prairie style units can be enhanced with traditional accents. www.maidoors.com

Old World Look and Feel
Matching historic architectural detail is about more than just look-a-like design, it’s about feel. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. in Wausau, Wis., designed its Old World Classic double-hung windows with a thicker jamb depth and a brass pulley system complete with brass chains and alloyed weights for the look and feel of old wood windows.

Each window is proportionately balanced between sash and weight for effortless operation, and heavy-duty sash locks in a brass finish complement the pulley system, or locks can be specified in white, beige, clay and other colors. Custom wood species and finishes may be requested to accentuate the windows’ classic appearance and ogee lugs can be integrated into the top sash stile’s exterior face for added authenticity. And just because they look old, doesn’t mean ancient performance. These windows include weather-stripping on the sash, rails and stiles plus 7/8-inch LoE2 insulating glass with argon gas. www.kolbe-kolbe.com 

Zen-Like Doors
Traditional and contemporary homeowners are beginning to use a clean, minimalist style. Homebuilders can respond with Sierra Door’s new square-top designs for its AugustaWood® and Knotty Alder series. 

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based door manufacturer says both species offer a unique alternative. AugustaWood®, a Sierra exclusive, is a hybrid of cypress and cedar, featuring an even color and knots that are uniform in size and location. A warm, reddish hue makes Knotty Alder a new choice for upscale rustic homes and is available in raised panel and v-groove flat. www.doorsbysierra.com

Bye Bye Dust
More and more homeowners are realizing the benefits of windows with built in blinds. Gorell Windows & Doors in Indiana, Pa., has introduced InterBlinds™—between-the-glass blinds that provide instant privacy and greater convenience. InterBlinds let homeowners control the level of privacy and lighting by tilting slats to the desired position. Because they’re permanently sealed between two panes of glass, they never need to be cleaned or dusted.

A highly durable two-way magnetic mechanism controls the movement of the blinds for smooth, reliable operation. www.gorell.com 


Opening Doors in New Places
For those occasions when a door makes sense, but a swing or pocket door doesn’t fit into the blueprint, write in a wall-mount configuration from L.E. Johnson Products Inc. Unlike a pocket door, the Elkhart, Ind.-based company says its 2610F series wall-mount door hardware lets you surface mount nearly any door, without cutting and voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. The hardware kit contains everything you need aside from the door itself and will even support solid-core doors up to 100 pounds. www.johnsonhardware.com 


Block UV Without Blocking the View
No homeowner wants to risk sun-damaged furniture, but no one wants a dark tint interfering with their perfect view either. Hurd Windows & Doors in Medford, Wis., says its windows now offer a clear solution. The company now uses ClimaGuard SPF™ on almost all of its wood and vinyl patio doors and windows. ClimaGuard SPF is a new glass coating technology that blocks 99.9 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays without sacrificing daylight or visibly changing the appearance of the window glass. www.hurd.com 


For Distinctive Tastes
If your builders’ customers are using words like “stunning,” “exquisite” or “long-lasting,” you need to introduce them to teak. East Teak Fine Hardwoods Inc. offers a variety of First European Quality (FEQ) teak and exotic hardwood products. Its flooring is appropriate for every imaginable application and comes in a variety of styles.

Among the Dallas, Texas-based company’s offerings are: strip flooring in a range of varieties; plank flooring in standard thicknesses or customized sizes; rustic flooring that brings out the natural characteristics of teak for a country-style look; hand-hewn flooring with an old-world appearance; and distressed flooring—featuring hand-sculpted planks for timeless originality. www.eastteak.com 

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