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May - June 2003

Thrills and Sills

NAHB Draws Monstrous Crowd, Numerous New Products

by Penny Beverage

After two years in the Atlanta World Congress Center, the National Association of Homebuilders’ (NAHB) International Builders Show moved west this year to the city of thrills, spectacles and, of course, lots of change flying: Las Vegas. The show, which was held January 20-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew a crowd of 92,000 builders and 1,300 exhibits—up from 900 exhibits in 2001.

NAHB president Gary Garczynski opened the conference with optimistic remarks about the economy at hand, especially for those in the construction-related industries.

“2002 was a banner year for housing, as we literally carried the American economy on our own,” he said. “Year-end housing starts totaled 1.7 million, the highest level in 16 years. And single-family homes were at a 24-year high.”

In addition, Garczynski noted that 1.7 million units (including both houses and apartments) were completed this year—the largest housing production figure in 16 years. He also said the gains extended across all market sectors and every region of the nation and attributed this good showing to the best mortgage rates in 40 years. Likewise, Garczynski said the 2002 total of housing starts was 1.7 million units, including 1.36 single-family units and 345,000 multi-family units.

Some issues on the minds of attendees included legislation addressing liability insurance.

“We will continue our support for state legislation that requires consumers to notify builders of alleged problems and give them the opportunity to cure such problems before going to litigation,” said NAHB president-elect Kent Conine.

NAHB director of research Gopal Ahluwalia and Better Homes and Gardens editor Joan McCloskey also spoke about what they expect future trends in the housing market to hold, and agreed that high-end, high-quality amenities will be the norm in even average homes.

Attendees and exhibitors alike looked pleased with several packed show floors, as the convention filled the three halls of the convention center with numerous booths, some the size of houses themselves.

Following are some of the products unveiled during the week-long event.

Veka Unveils SlideView


VEKA Inc. of Philadelphia premiered its SlideView high-performance sliding door. According to the company, the door is available in white or beige and is a perfect solution for coastal applications in which a DP50 rating is required. It is equipped with a thick-walled, all-welded vinyl frame and sash combined with a 1-inch glass package and 12-gauge steel reinforcing. In addition, VEKA says the door is equipped with stainless steel tandem rollers and heavy-duty multi-point locking hardware, available in white, beige or brass.

Glas-Weld Introduces the Next In Line


Bend, Ore.-based Glas-Weld Systems Inc. promoted its new Scratch Removal Polishing Compound for use with any type of glass. The company says this newest compound works 25 to 35 percent more quickly than previous versions.

“This is the eighth or ninth generation of compound that has been released in the last five years,” said Glas-Weld Systems vice-president Dave Shores. “Each generation has allowed our customers to remove scratches faster than the prior generation, or has allowed them to remove deeper scratches than in the past.”

Royal Mouldings Offers ProSeries™


Royal Mouldings (previously known as Marley Mouldings) of Marion, Va., displayed a wide selection of its low-maintenance, rot-resistant products, including the ProSeries exterior millwork and trim, garage door components and trim, the Pro Sash® cellular PVC double-hung window system, the new Pro Weld II-W™ cellular vinyl replacement and new construction weldable window. According to the company, the ProSeries No-Rot Exterior Trim line includes door frames, door-lite surrounds, brick moulds, jambs, crown and dentil mouldings, window sills, door and window casings, utility trim, porch and ceiling mouldings, fascias and soffits and trim plank boards.

Pemko Adds to Sill Line


Pemko Manufacturing introduced its SillTech 2000™ in-swing and out-swing sill systems. According to the company, the sill system is leak- and rot-resistant, low-maintenance, available for 2- by 4-inch or 2- by 6-inch walls and is custom made to fit any builder’s specifications. Both the in-swing and out-swing systems come as pre-made kits and can be sized made-to-order.  Each is manufactured from mill finish extruded aluminum sill with the standard 5-degree slope and equipped with a tan-colored vinyl threshold, a sloped, interlocking quad-seal door shoe with drop guard and mounting screws, adhesive-backed corner seal pads, screw packs and adhesive-backed peel and stick jamb prep stickers.

Hurd Takes Control


Hurd Millwork Co. Inc. of Medford, Wis., introduced the “Total Window Control” customization system, a window building system that the company says puts every step of customization into the customer’s hands. According to the company, its extensive product line offers builders a wide variety of window frame materials and styles, including glass styles and accessories, newly designed casement and awning windows, a new stationary sash frame option for patio doors, customized double-hung windows, an enhanced warranty program and elegant windows featuring v-groove glass.

Bostik Findley Unveils Chem-Calk® 2000


Bostik Findley of Middleton, Mass., has introduced the Chem-Calk 2000 ultimate formula sealant, which works as a sealant with wood, vinyl and metal. According to the company, it’s a multi-function, high-performance sealant with non-sag properties that make it perfect for vertical applications. Likewise, the company says the sealant is color-fast, paintable, non-yellowing and non-gassing.

Cantera Extends Hardware Line


Austin-based Cantera Doors has introduced a new line of pull handles. According to the company, the handles are designed to complement iron doors. They utilize a roller-catch closure system which allows doors to open with a minimum amount of effort and includes a premium deadbolt. The hardware is available in a variety of colors and finishes, including mystery, pewter, copper shadows, copper patina, hunter black, aged copper, green marble and antique white.

HOPPE Unveils HLS9000


 HOPPE North America Inc. of Fort Atkinson, Wis., has introduced the HLS9000 stainless steel multi-point locking hardware, which the company says features a stainless steel deadbolt. In addition, the HLS9000 is equipped with a miss-handling device that prevents accidental locking point engagement as well as full-size screw supports that help control possible bending of the gear. The hardware is available in tongue, roller, shootbolt, roundbolt or tongue/shootbolt versions, along with both manual and automatic.



ROTO FRANK of America of Chester, Conn., exhibited its PRO-DRIVE casement and awning hardware. According to the company, it offers the single-arm operator, dual-arm operator, awning operator, split-arm operator, several hinges and a locking system.

The single-arm operator is available in standard sizes of 7 ½, 9 ½ and 13 ½ inches, are equipped with a quick-disconnect friction slider and the sash fully opens seven turns. The dual-arm operator allows maximum weights of more than 100 pounds and fits windows 24 inches or wider.

The company’s awning operator uses only 12 turns to open the sash fully, while providing up to 13-inch sash openings. According to the company, the split-arm operator provides simplified installation for small casement window applications and fits windows as narrow as 13 inches.

Finally, ROTO-FRANK’s hinge series features 10- and 13-inch washability versions and a 10-inch egress version and comes equipped with a concealed clip design. The locking system is available in 10- and 13-inch and egress versions.

PAM Fastening Introduces P-13 Series


 PAM Fastening Technology of Charlotte, N.C., introduced its latest auto-feed screw gun system, the PAM Fastening P13 Series, which can fasten screws from 1 to 3 inches with the same magazine. According to the company, the line includes the P13KDE, which the company says has dedicated extension, and the P13KUE with a universal/removable extension pole that allows the operator to use the tool in a short version for a variety of applications.

MFM Provides Window Wrap™


 MFM Building Products Corp. of Coshocton, Ohio, offers Window Wrap, a product for protecting buildings from moisture entry when windows are being installed. According to the company, Window Wrap may be used to strip in the flanges of wood, metal and vinyl windows, around doors or other openings or as a flashing wherever a uniform, dependable water-resistant barrier is required. Window Wrap is constructed from a tough, aluminized, multi-layer polymer film, coated with specially formulated rubberized asphalt. A silicone release paper protects the adhesive surface and is removed as the product is installed.

Style Solutions Gets Flexible


 Style Solutions of Archbold, Ohio, introduced its flexible mouldings. According to the company, the mouldings include hundreds of the company’s popular moulding profiles. The products resist insect infestations, rotting, decay, splintering and moisture, and are extremely adaptable for curved-wall applications. In addition, the mouldings can be used indoors and outdoors and come pre-primed so that they can be painted, stained of faux-finished.

ODL Extends Line


Zeeland, Mich.-based ODL introduced eight new decorative glass families, including Entropy, Trillum, Cadence, Escapades, Oak Park, Nouveau and Tripoli. The eighth design, Echelon, features BREAKTHROUGH® resistant glass for added security. In addition, the company offers nine new glass textures, including Thin Reed, Alabaster, Seedy, Ripple, Slush, Glacier, Vertigo, Cross Reed and Crinkle, and three new caming finishes, including Chrome, Black Chrome and Satin Nickel.

Next year’s International Builders’ Show will return to Las Vegas once again, January 19-22, 2004, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Andersen Celebrates Centennial in Style

Andersen Windows Corp. of Bayport, Minn., made a number of announcements as it celebrated its 100th anniversary at the show. One of the biggest attractions at Andersen’s booth was its window of the future: the ViewPoint media window concept, a bay window that doubles as a home entertainment center. According to the company, upon command the center panel of the window switches from clear to opaque glass to block outside light and allow it to be used as a projection screen for watching television or movies. The flanking casement windows serve as speakers to complete the multi-media experience. The television/window combo not only made waves at the show, but several news stations and papers, including The Washington Post, also picked it up.

Andersen is communicating the centennial celebration to dealers through their own advertising methods (just as they would to consumers) and public relations efforts, but the dealers aren’t doing anything specific to commemorate the occasion as a group.



Penny Beverage is a contributing editor to DWM magazine.


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