doors and windows
Kawneer Expands Hurricane-Impact Resistant Offering
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business in Norcross, Ga., reports that new
configurations of its 8400TL IsoLock® horizontal sliding window and
AA®3350 IsoPort™ single-hung window have been tested successfully
for hurricane-impact resistance according to the standards set forth in
the Florida Building Code and ASTM impact and cycle protocols and test
The 8400TL IsoLock® horizontal sliding window offers security in a
4-inch-deep frame. Suitable for heavy-duty applications, the window is
performance tested for large and small missile impact (Zone 4, Level D)
and has been tested to meet a design pressure of 90 psf.
The AA®3350 IsoPort™ single-hung window is available with a 3 ½-inch
frame depth and utilizes a polyamide thermal break for strong thermal
performance. Also performance tested for large and small missile impact
(Zone 3, Level D), it has been tested to meet a design pressure of 50
CRL Shower Features Clarvista Glass by PPG
C.R. Laurence Co. in Los Angeles has unveiled a new shower door display
featuring Clarvista™ glass by PPG Industries of Pittsburgh.
The manufacturer says the Clarvista glass for shower doors and bath enclosures,
with regular maintenance, looks new longer than other shower glass products.
The glass is made with a coating that seals the glass surface, enabling
it to resist corrosion caused by heat, humidity, soap and household cleaning
products. Clarvista glass is available with Starphire ultra-clear or conventional
Pilkington’s New Products Shine
Toledo, Ohio-based Pilkington has introduced a new line of gold tinted
solar control glass products: Eclipse™ Gold and Eclipse™
Sunset Gold. The new products balance good daylight transmittance with
solar and glare control.
Eclipse™ Gold and Eclipse™ Sunset Gold can be used for exterior or interior
glazing applications. With its good daylight transmittance, the manufacturer
says the Eclipse™ Gold family enhances visual performance and lowers artificial
lighting requirements. They can be combined with Pilkington Energy Advantage™
to improve U-Factor and further reduce solar heat gain.
Viracon to Decrease Frequency of Least
Viracon in Owatonna, Minn., is decreasing the frequency of its least requested
current coating runs. The most requested coatings, such as the VUE, VE,
VRE, and VNE coating lines, will continue to run on a weekly basis. Effective
January 1, 2012, the company’s less requested coatings will begin running
on a quarterly or annual basis.
“Viracon is known for offering the widest range of choices for architects
and that will still clearly be the case,” says Kelly Schuller, senior
vice president of sales and marketing. “However, 95 percent of our production
is concentrated on a reasonably short list of coatings … While we will
continue to support replacements for any Viracon-originated coating over
our 40-plus year history, our oldest coatings will only be available at
predefined times during the year. This will free up more coating capacity
for new product development.”
In addition to changing the frequency of some Viracon coating runs, the
company will also discontinue its Guardian replacement glass coatings
program, and will make a final run of the coatings in the fourth quarter
of 2011 to address any remaining customer needs.
Airolite Releases Finishes and Colors Brochure
In the updated 4-page brochure from Airolite Co. in Schofield, Wis., customers
can find details on the standard coatings and finishes available for application
to its architectural louvers, grilles, screens and sun controls. Color
chips for acrylic enamel, standard fluoropolymer and pearlescent mica
fluoropolymer coatings are featured.
New to the brochure are references to the solar reflectivity index values
for each color selection. These values help determine the reflectance
index for architectural shading devices used to reduce heat islands as
defined under LEED Sustainable Sites Credit 7.1—Heat Island Effect—Nonroof.
SEFAR® Offers A Vision in Glass
SEFAR® Architecture in Depew, N.Y., has debuted Vision, a metal-coated
precision fabric interlayer that can be laminated within glass to create
unique designs in exterior glass facades, windows and interior partition
Vision utilizes metal-coated fabrics with various apertures to create
depth and a reflective quality without overwhelming glare. On exterior
facades, the fabrics deliver brilliant light refraction and add unique
dimension, without impeding views from the building interior. The end
result is an often iridescent glass façade in a variety of rich
With a material density of up to 27 threads per centimeter, Vision’s metal
coatings deliver significantly more facets for light reflection and interaction
with its environment than any other interlayer or metal mesh product.
Vision fabrics are printable with UV-stabilized inks to produce Pantone
colors, patterns and other design effects. The range of materials can
be single- or double-sided to produce the desired effect.
Beta Max Offers a Lift with Leo
Beta Max Inc. in Melbourne, Fla., offers its Leo Series of electric utility
portable hoists. The Leo Series, which includes the Leo and the Leo XXL,
offers glazing contractors a number of speed settings that make lifting
delicate materials easier and safer.
All Leo hoists are equipped with a push button pendant and upper limit
switch assembly, enabling secure and easy up and down movement that instantly
stops when the upper limit switch is activated. The heavy-duty Leo XXL
can accommodate a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds and can travel up to
400 feet. The hoist is available in two models, a standard drum holding
220 feet of cable or an extra long drum that allows for 400 feet of operational
YKK’s 35H Adds Options
The Model 35H entrance system from YKK AP America in Austell, Ga., has
been enhanced with additional high-performance glazing options. The durable
hurricane-impact and blast mitigation entrance system is now able to accept
1-inch laminated insulating glass.
The upgraded Model 35H entrance system received Florida Statewide Product
Approval. It now provides a redesigned glazing pocket, as well as wet
and dry glaze options.When glazed with standard 1-inch insulating glass
units with a center-of-glass U-factor of 0.29, the total system achieves
a U-factor of 0.78.
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