Volume 48, Issue 4 - June/July/August 2009

The Next Big Thing


A Solution for Heavier Windows
Builders are demanding heavier and bigger windows and many traditional balances struggle to support their weight with easy operation. Amesbury’s SuperBoost is a solution to this problem.

The SuperBoost is a Class-5 balance offered in two versions: the F series which is able to carry sash weights up to 80 pounds and the K series which can support sash weights up to 120 pounds. The balances are shipped pre-tensioned and can be field adjusted after installation without removal. www.amesbury.com


The New Frame on the Block
You think you offer the best components on the market, but here’s a new product that is worth looking at. Young Manufacturing Co., a family-owned manufacturer in Beaver Dam, Ky., offers a full line of premium stain grade exterior frames, a new addition to its exterior frame division.

Young also offers complete door frame systems in solid stain-grade poplar, red oak, African mahogany, American cherry, hard maple and A-grade solid pine. www.youngmanufacturing.com


A Kleer Match
Do your mouldings truly match your trimboards? Kleer Lumber in Westfield, Mass., offers its mouldings with a new formulation that precisely matches the color and sheen of its trimboards, sheets and other products.

This moulding line can be used for both interior and exterior applications and features 16 different styles and thicknesses, including base cap, bed, brick, cove, crown, drip cap, historical sill, quarter round, rake, shingle band, sill nosing and more. www.kleerlumber.com


CAI Software Goes Green
Computer Associates Inc. of Smithfield, R.I., has enhanced its Ponderosa Lumber, Building Materials and Millwork distribution software to help its clients secure and maintain the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) new Chain of Custody (CoC) certification.

The new Ponderosa software enhancements enable distributors to cost-effectively meet the FSC’s requirements related to product traceability, storage and handling, invoicing, and record keeping. The software tracks material from the certified source through the entire manufacturing process, and generates a detailed audit of the certified products produced. www.caisoft.com/ponderosa

Don’t Be on the Losing End
Columbia, S.C.-based Marwin Co.’s new ThermaBLOC™ attic stairway has the industry’s first Energy Star®-rated door for an attic stairway. ThermaBLOC maintains the integrity of the ceiling’s thermal envelope by utilizing a 1-3/8-inch insulating flush door, and an exterior grade, weatherstripped door frame. The product helps meet multiple LEED home credit categories such as: Energy and Atmosphere Credit 2.2, Enhanced Insulation and Energy and Atmosphere Credits 3.3 and Minimal Envelope Leakage. The attic stairway has an R-value of 5 (with an optional R-10) and a U-value of .20. www.marwincompany.com


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