Volume 46, Issue 8 - October 2007

The Next Big Thing

Single Hung DP50
Visions® Windows & Doors in Mosinee, Wis., says its Visions 3000 single-hung units have been certified at design pressure (DP) ratings of 50 pounds per square foot, apart from tempered glass use. The rating assures your builders and contractors that these units will perform under extreme wind pressure.

“With our product upgrades and line supplements, we want to exceed homeowners’ expectations for performance, weather resistance and interior and exterior aesthetics,” says Ernie DeBacco, national sales manager. www.visionswindows.com

It’s Osmotic
Talon Doors in Everett, Wash., offers an osmotic water barrier on its exterior doors. The osmotic process infuses a sealant into the wood fibers creating a moisture barrier that prevents movement of water through exposed grains and allows for a complete water-tight bottom. The sealant’s composition also inhibits mold, fungus and insect infestation.

Available in a variety of styles and woods, the doors have a five-year limited warranty. www.talondoors.com

Energy Efficient Attic Access
Battic Door Energy Conservation Products says its E-Z Hatch attic access door system is an easy-to-install, highly insulated, one-piece overhead system that provides a sealed, energy-efficient opening. The Mansfield, Mass.-based company says this door was developed by contractors to provide a quick and easy solution to a time-consuming detail. As a result, it says the E-Z Hatch installs in minutes with only a utility knife and a screwdriver. 

Units are available in 22- by 30-inch sizes for new construction or retrofit, and exceed all building code and new Energy Star® Thermal Bypass requirements. 

The wholesale price to distributors is $159 (includes shipping) and 300 pieces or more secures a discount rate as low as $139 (including shipping). The direct to consumer price is $228 (includes shipping and handling). www.batticdoor.com

Window Replacement Made Easy
If you have do-it-yourself customers or contractors that would like easier window replacement, JELD-WEN says it has a new solution. The Klamath Falls, Ore.-based door and window producer says its new Premium Wood Double-Hung Pocket Windows are designed for installation into existing frames, regardless of the original window brand. The company also says the impact to a home’s exterior is minimal, which is ideal for window replacements involving brick or stucco exteriors.

This product is made with AuraLast® wood, which has a 20-year warranty against wood decay and termite infestation. www.jeld-wen.com

To Fasten or Not to Fasten?
What do architects, engineers and construction specifiers all have in their libraries? Books like Powers Fasteners Inc.’s new “5th Edition Specification and Design Manual.”

This comprehensive 390-page manual is a complete update to previous technical manuals and provides the latest in anchor technology, testing standards, construction codes and approval listings for all of the Brewster, N.Y.-based company’s products. In addition to general product information, Powers says it also contains up-to-date product approvals and listings, MSDS sheets, submittal packages, software tools, contact information and copies of its Powers newsletter. www.powers.com 

Caulk Alternative

What contractor isn’t interested in doing the job better, while saving time and money? Fomo Products Inc. has developed Handi-Stick Polystyrene Construction Adhesive, a solvent- and VOC-free environmentally friendly option to caulk. Unlike caulk adhesives, the company says its new adhesive product can be used during all phases of construction and will not degrade polystyrene material.

The Norton, Ohio-based company says one can of Handi-Stick delivers the same yield as 30 standard tubes of caulk and its fast open-time profile ensures users spend less time waiting for sufficient bond strength to develop. The result is an airtight seal that meets the American Air Barrier Association’s (AABA) standards for air barrier construction materials. The dispensing system also reduces clean up after application. www.fomo.com

Full Functionality with Ultra Jamb Reinforcer™ 
Offer your contractors a solution for damaged door jambs. The Ultra Jamb Reinforcer from Structural Protective Products Inc. in Leetsdale, Pa., is a sturdy bar with an accompanying bracket and screws that are easy to install, according to the company. A steel plate reinforces the area where the door bracket attaches to the door jamb, preventing the wood from splitting or cracking. If a door jamb is already split, the Ultra Jamb Reinforcer can be placed over the split area to help prevent further damage. Company officials say the universally fitting door bracket replaces worn hardware and holds the door piston firmly in place, extending the life of the door. www.ultrajamb.com 

New AZEK Matching Mouldings

If you stock AZEK trimboards, you can now offer mouldings to match. The Scranton, Pa.-based company says it has responded to the demands of its 2,000 dealers with this product.The new product features 15 profiles replicating traditional moulding styles, while new proprietary technology allows the same look and feel as the company’s trimboards. They carry the same 25-year warranty, resist moisture and insects, will not rot and offer excellent paint adhesion, according to the company. www.azek.com 

Patio Doors All Dressed Up

Truth Hardware in Owatonna, Minn., has introduced new, distinctive handle designs for the sliding patio door market.  The company says its Signature and Allure Series handle sets have an attractive new contoured shape, are designed for easy grasp-ability and key-locks can be placed above the handle.

These handle sets are available in solid brass and in Truth’s complete palette of decorative and painted finishes. They also come with optional escutcheon designs and sizes to complement larger doors and offer industry standard mounting features that can incorporate single or multi-point locksets. www.truth.com

Fire-Rated Wood Frames
Next time you’re pricing a job that requires fire-rated door frames, be sure your customers know about Contact Industries. The Portland, Ore.-based company now offers fire-rated door frames, veneer-wrapped in any wood species with fire ratings of 20-, 45-, 60- and even 90-minutes. Frames can be created in sizes up to 4- by 8-foot in single and double door openings.

“We’ve been making 20-minute fire-rated products for years, and we’re thrilled to offer customers a new product that meets the extended fire rating with the beauty of wood veneers,” says Jim Snodgrass, the sales manager in charge of marketing the product for Contact.

In the past, steel doors were the only fire-rated choice. But Contact says with the availability of wood veneer-wrapped fire-rated door frames, designers can now match frames, doors and mouldings to create more elegant interiors. www.contactind.com

Finishing Touches
Architectural door and window hardware can serve as the cherry on top of your customer’s remodeling projects. 

“Marvin’s architectural hardware selection gives homeowners and designers the freedom to bring top-of-the-line architectural hardware back into their homes … ,” says John Simpson, new business manager for Marvin. The Warroad, Minn.-based company says it has enhanced its selection of swinging French door handle sets and now offers architectural hardware for sliding doors and windows.

Selections include: Ashley Norton for traditional and rustic designs; Bouvet® French country inspired wrought iron; Stone River Bronze™, a mix of classic and rustic; and Valli & Valli, modern, bold designs by legendary Italian artisans. www.marvin.com 

Engineered to Resist

If you have a customer replacing rotted siding, LP Building Products says it has a product that will prevent relapse. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company says even fiber cement absorbs 168 percent more water than its SmartSide engineered wood siding. “Unlike fiber cement siding, LP Smartside is an engineered wood cladding, treated with LP SmartGuard®, a zinc borate treatment designed to provide decay and termite resistance,” says Ben Skoog, marketing manager for the company’s engineered siding business.

The product is available in 16-foot lengths, allowing for fewer seams and entry points for moisture. Tell your builders to relax; this product cuts just like regular wood, so there’s no need to stock up on saw blades. www.lpcorp.com

Quiet Strength

Next time your remodeling customers place an order for wallboard, introduce them to a new sound-resistant solution, QuietBrace sound-deadening structural sheathing from Temple-Inland® in Diboll, Texas.

The company says QuietBrace provides a noise-reduction coefficient that’s nearly twice as high and as common as wood structural sheathings such as oriented-strand board (OSB). It’s available in 4-foot widths and 8-, 9- and 10-foot lengths. The company says its longer lengths increase installation efficiency by reducing piecing and fitting on 9- and 10-foot walls. www.templeinland.com

The Wild Side

Contractors need a way to differentiate their projects from the competition. Offer them an opportunity with new floor designs. Parterre Flooring of Brooklyn, N.Y., is offering a new exotic, wood plank, vinyl flooring collection that offers a multicultural feel when combined with the urban look of its Fused Floor products.

Zebrawood, along with other products in the collection, offer the look of real exotic woods, without depleting the rainforests and with the easy maintenance of vinyl. All Parterre wood planks come in a 4-inch by 36-inch size, as well as custom widths and unique sizes that highlight the depth and character of the wood, while satisfying modern wide-board trends. www.parterreflooring.com 

A Floor for Many
If stocking a flooring product for every need is eating up your storage, consider a product that fills several needs in one. Mountain Lumber Co. in Ruckersville, Va., offers Entique™ reclaimed wood flooring. These pre-finished, environmentally friendly flooring products will appeal to green builders because they are manufactured from reclaimed wood.

It can be nailed down to conventional wood sub floors, glued to concrete and below-grade applications or floated over a substrate. The product line includes: ancient Chinese elm, historic heart pine and antique oak. www.mountainlumber.com 

Certified Adhesives

ITW Plexus in Danvers, Mass., has 24 adhesives that it says are certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) as low emissions products suitable for indoor environments. 

Certification is based primarily on emissions at 168 hours (7 days) after unpackaging. An independent laboratory measures air-sample concentrations of formaldehyde, 4-phenylcyclohexene, styrene and a spectrum of volatile organic compounds six times throughout the period. As a result, Plexus adhesives are perfect for use in enclosed environments. www.itwplexus.com

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