Volume 28, Issue 4 - July/August 2014

New Product Focus

In the Gray Area
PPG’s new ultra-neutral Optigray glass is designed to maximize light transmittance and clarity while working with the company’s Solarban coated, solar control, low-E glasses to enhance solar control performance.

According to the company, Optigray is formulated to offer a light-gray tint that eliminates the green naturally present in conventional clear glass formulations. Optigray joins Solarban z-series glass, which offers a cool-gray hue with a slight blue tint, in PPG’s collection of neutral-coated glasses.

Coat the Extrusions
Valspar Corp.’s new Acropon 2605 extrusion coating system is a two-coat, spray-applied system of organic and inorganic polymers used for extruded aluminum products, such as storefronts, entrances, windows, handrails, column covers and panel systems.

According to Valspar, the new coating system’s high gloss color palette and performance qualities are formulated for both exterior and interior applications on luxury condominiums and other high-end, high-rise residences, as well as low- to mid-rise commercial buildings, including airports, schools, hospitals, retail centers, offices and other facilities with high-traffic areas.

The composition allows for precise color control, consistency and retention, according to the company. A wide palette is available, including color-intense hues, mica and metallic. Gloss levels range from 30 to 70 and higher.

Stay Safe

The P541 aluminum architectural-rated psychiatric window is the latest addition to Peerless Products’ line of architectural doors and windows.

The P541 fixed window with interior operating panel combines energy-saving features with added safety features that are ideal for facilities where the occupant’s safety and welfare is a primary concern. The innovative multi-chambered 4 1/4-inch frame product design utilizes the company’s exclusive technology that reduces energy use through a lower heat flow system and reduced air leakage to create an energy-efficient unit.

An advanced thermal break system and spacer system enhance the unit’s whole window total performance and energy efficiency. The series also features a concealed multi-point locking system and a concealed four-bar hinge system for added safety.

Bringing the Outside In
Kawneer’s new InFrame interior framing system brings the company’s expertise inside, allowing it to offer a single source for both interior and exterior framing solutions.
Available as screw-spline construction and a center aligned glass pane, the framing system meets the design needs of a range of building applications and project requirements–both new and retrofit construction.

Wrap-around perimeter profiles deliver clean lines and eliminate the need to complete drywall terminations. Installation times are minimized with a full-perimeter bulb gasket designed to capture drywall and accommodate variations in drywall thickness.

Additionally, the InFrame interior framing system transitions seamlessly from fixed framing to operable doors, providing enhanced design flexibility.

software and web tools
Less Time, More Design
Time is of the essence, and Pulp Studio has taken notice. The company’s new color-picking tool, Colorlinq, helps designers and architects quickly match their intended color choices through a mobile device.
Designers can give Pulp Studio a color chip or reference number, and Colorlinq searches Pulp Studio’s extensive database of past custom formulas to find the exact or closest match. The designer can then immediately view the color on a mobile device and order a sample.
According to Pulp Studio, designers are saved time because they are able to review options of existing custom colors rather than starting from scratch for every new selection.

A Major Addition
Major Industries recently added on to its LightBasic line of translucent panel daylighting systems with the LightBasic quick-ship, self-flashing, single-slope skylights.

The translucent skylights are pre-engineered, ship fully assembled and are available in standard sizes from 4- by 4-feet up to 5- by 20-feet. They feature a self-flashing design that, according to the company, makes them easy to install and utilize a 100-percent acrylic-based AcrylitGC face sheet. LightBasic quick ship comes standard with a clear anodized finish and two sheet color options, as well as two insulation options.

Don’t Let This One Slide By

LaCantina Doors has created a new, multi-slide and full-range of swing doors.

Custom-engineered rolling hardware and AAMA-certified wheels provide a uniform, symmetrical, low-profile bottom rail, according to the company. The multi-slide doors also feature the company’s narrow stile and rail profiles, the same used in its folding doors and new swing doors.

The multi-slide offers weather-resistant and flush sill options, a minimal one piece handle and lock with an exterior key, an advanced seal system and is backed by the company’s 10-year warranty.


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