Bring it On
IBS Packs a Product Punch in 2012 International
Quick—what event brings builders, remodelers, window dealers,
suppliers and many others together in one event? It’s the International
Builders’ Show, taking place February 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. As has been
the case in recent years, some big name window makers (Andersen this year
and Pella last year), have opted to sit it out, but others have marked
their spot and will be at the show with their latest introductions. Here
is what some will have on display for those who want to stay ahead of
the curve and plan to attend.
PPG to Showcase Passive Solar, Low-E Glass
PPG Industries will feature several product lines, including samples of
a new passive solar, low-E glass along with a dual-pane, dual-coat insulating
glass unit (IGU) that company officials say enables residential windows
to achieve R-5 center-of-glass insulating performance.
Booth visitors can preview the new passive solar, low-E glass, to be formally
launched in early 2012, that is designed for residential use in colder,
heating-dominated climates. The company will showcase an IGU made with
one 3-mm lite of its new passive solar, low-E glass on the fourth surface
and SOLARBAN 60 glass on the second surface, separated by a ½-inch
air space. The configuration yields R-5 insulating performance at the
center of the glass, according to company information.
In addition, PPG will feature its complete line-up of SUNGATE low-E glasses
and Solarban solar control, low-E glasses.
Meshtec International Co. Ltd., with U.S. operations in Lakeland,
Fla., manufactures high tensile, premium stainless steel, wire mesh for
architectural and security screen applications, and will be showcasing
a full range of patented security screen systems for door and window applications.
The company will feature a sliding security screen system for patio doors
and a new security solution for doors and windows.
The screens provide many benefits, from security solutions to solar heat
gain reduction, according to the company.
Phantom Makes it Easy
Phantom Screens, based in Abbotsford, B.C., created a Legacy—that is its
Legacy retractable door screen, to give homeowners ultimate control. According
to company information, the screen is easy to use, whisper quiet and designed
for easy living. The product features an ergonomic latch and release handle
with a smooth operating slidebar.
The handle closes the screen automatically in the closed position to prevent
it from opening in breezy conditions. It is released by pressing the thumb
lever. To ensure smooth operation Legacy uses track guides with a built-in
lubricant that helps maintain easy movement of the slidebar across the
Masonite Introduces Contemporary Interior Door Line
Masonite announces a premium offering in the interior molded door category
called the West End collection. The versatile new product line features
horizontal embossed lines and bold graphic elements to evoke a chic and
metropolitan feel and add appeal of a home.
“Residential customers are skewing younger, and their design preferences
differ from those of their parents and grandparents,” says Jason Walsh,
industrial designer for Masonite. “Growing up in a paperless, clutter-free
world, they often prefer clean and streamlined designs. These doors are
on-trend with that aesthetic.”
The West End collection includes two designs, the Melrose and the Berkley,
which are both available in 80- and 84-inch heights and a range of widths
in both interior passage and bi-fold doors in a primed hardboard finish.
Twenty minute fire rated doors are also available.
Masonite also offers the collection in the environmentally friendly Safe
‘N Sound Emerald option. With a core made of rapidly renewable wheat straw,
these doors are Urea-Formaldehyde Free and Forest Stewardship Council
Simpson Expands Water Barrier Technology
Simpson Door Company’s wood exterior doors with WaterBarrier Technology
were created to offer protection from the elements outside – no matter
the exposure. The company, based in McCleary, Wash., announced that the
technology is now available in dozens of Simpson Door Company’s wood exterior
doors with WaterBarrier Technology were created to offer protection from
the elements outside – no matter the exposure. The company, based in McCleary,
Wash., announced that the technology is now available in dozens of new
door designs, from French to panel to decorative entry doors—all with
a five-year warranty, with no building overhang required.
The technology combines a moisture-resistant, medium-density overlay with
a thermoset acrylic latex primer topcoat and PVC glazing beads on the
door’s exterior side. Doors with WaterBarrier can be any wood species,
and design pressure ratings are available, according to company information.
Weather this Storm
Brio USA in Rochester, N.Y., will feature its Weatherfold 4s, a fourth-generation
Weatherfold architectural hardware system for exterior folding doors.
It includes pivot sets, hanger sets, hinge sets, top track, bottom channel,
locking and flush bolt options.
According to company information, the optional integrated Brio 612 retractable
pleated insect screen is the largest single span insect screen of its
type in the world.
The system features four panel weight capacities, and is suitable for
aluminum, wood and PVC panels, both inward or outward openings. It spans
up to 13 feet, 1-inch high and 64 feet, 3 inches wide and can accommodate
up to eight equal size panels folding in each direction.
MOULDINGS AND MILLWORK
TLC Makes it in the USA
TLC Mouldings, based in Willacoochee, Ga., encourages attendees to stop
by its booth to receive the newest 2012 Profile Catalog which details
the Harmony line of Primed MDF mouldings. Attendees can also view MDF,
OSB and dimensional Southern yellow pine lumber from Langboard and Langdale
Forest Products. The company proudly promotes that all of its products
are manufactured in the United States.
FrontLine Shows New Offerings Due to Acquisition
FrontLine Building Products, based in Green Bay, Wis., will have new products
to showcase at IBS as it recently purchased GW Millwork based in Merrill,
Wis. The company will function as FrontLine’s Merrill Division. The Merrill
division has millwork equipment to enhance the FrontLine’s capabilities
for custom designs in doors and windows. It operates as a full service
millwork manufacturer with the ability to assemble in house or pack individually
per customer requirements.
FrontLine Green Bay plans to introduce a new pre-clad frame that will
reduce shop labor and offer a complete maintenance-free, rot-proof frame
system. This is a 16-gauge extruded aluminum jamb with a wood substrate
treated with wood life 111 on the entire frame system.
Versatex Adds Trim Kits
To provide builders with more ways to creatively enhance the appearance
of Versawrap installations, Versatex, based in Aliquippa, Pa., developed
a selection of moulding trim kits, and added Belmont Caps to its product
Available in a variety of architectural styles, the moulding kits and
caps coordinate with 4-by 4-inch, 6- by 6-inch and 8-by 8-inch Versawrap
installations. They include bed moulding kits and base moulding kits to
top off the outer edges of the column base. Mouldings are manufactured
with Hoffmann joints to make installations on the column wraps snug and
secure, and pieces are an exact color and gloss match to other Versa Wrap
cellular PVC trim systems, according to company information.
Certainteed Brings Beadboard Options
Restoration Millwork 3TL from Certainteed can be installed up to 30 percent
faster than standard width beadboard, while Restoration Millwork 2TL,
a smaller 6-inch two-bead beadboard, is another newer addition. Both products
feature TightLap, a progressive notched shiplap design for large concealed
According to company information the beadboards’ TightLap edge allows
two adjacent panels to overlap, provides a strong hold, a reversible bead/channel
repeat and streamlined appearance.
Made from cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the beadboards are engineered
to look, feel and work like lumber. However, the beadboards are made with
a material that is resistant to rotting, warping, moisture and insects.
Offered in natural white finish or painted to complement exterior colors,
the beadboards can be cut using ordinary woodworking tools and fastened
with nails or screws. In addition, FinishedEdge provides a crisp,
clean edge for Restoration Millwork trimboards and corners by heat-sealing
the edges using a proprietary process that creates a smooth finish, preventing
dirt from collecting on the surface.
Check Out ODL’s Array
No that’s not just a product name (though it is that also) it signifies
that ODL, based in Zeeland, Mich., will showcase a variety of products.
“Array,” which will be launched at the show, is a light control system
in the form of a “unique doorglass panel design for exterior doors that
brings dynamic levels of light and privacy into the home.” Two sliding
panels of perforated aluminum provide users with a simple way to control
privacy and light levels in a highly designed, fully assembled doorglass
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