Volume 8, Issue 7 - July/August 2007


Taking a Hit
Impact Products Prove to be Strong Enough to Handle the Storm

While we all endure another hurricane season, door and window manufacturers are creating a number of new products to supply this market—as are their component suppliers. Following is a sampling.

Ashland Offers Two New Latches
Lowell, Ind.-based Ashland Hardware Systems has released DualTech™, a latch that it says integrates the tilt and lock function of vinyl-hung windows. Ashland says DualTech is a simple intuitive operation with a clean lock rail appearance that delivers the performance and security level that exceed industry standards.

DualTech V2 holds up to 400 pounds of static load and integrates a robust glass-filled nylon latch below the surface of the sash and preserves the structure of the weld bead. In addition, Ashland says the V2 allows maximum profile strength at critical areas of the window sash. The latch assembly also comes in a stand-alone version to achieve identical structural strength as the lock and latch combined.

In addition, Ashland offers a latch assembly that mounts to the top of the lock rail on hung style windows, the HP-1 latch assembly. The company says the assembly allows the hardware to integrate deep within the wall studs of the home and window sash reinforcement and that it can handle heavy wind loads up to 165 mph. In addition, the system delivers water and air infiltration during common wind load by maintaining a tight compression of the weather seal in the closed and locked position of the window, according to the company. The HP-1 is available in both high-impact strength polycarbonate and zinc alloy. www.ashlandhardware.com

Sash Bracket Assists in Window Unit Certification
The Sash Bracket from LCS Precision Molding in Waterville, Minn., helps secure and prevent damage to wood and wood-clad double-hung windows from hurricane force winds. The company says that bracket also may work with some vinyl window units. It is applied to the bottom rail of the top sash and the “T” portion of the part is positioned in the balance pocket, then four screws secure the Sash Bracket to the top sash. Made of clear polycarbonate, it is virtually unnoticeable and allows unrestrictive operation of the top sash, according to the company. Two sizes are available, fitting either a 1- or ˝-inch balance pocket. Application of the bracket to the production line of a window unit is a step in achieving hurricane certification, the company says. www.lcsplastics.com

Armor Up with Protection from Gorell
Gorell Windows and Doors in Indiana, Pa., has introduced a new line of vinyl hurricane windows—Armor Max Plus™ products—that protects against airborne debris during hurricane-strength storms and other forms of violent weather. Every window model in the new series, including a double-hung with tilt-in sash, two-lite lift-out sliders and a picture window has passed ASTM large-missile impact level “D” testing.

Unlike storm shutters, the new windows only need to be closed and locked in anticipation of violent weather. Every Armor Max Plus product incorporates three lites of glass, two of which sandwich a nearly impenetrable PVB interlayer. The glass is deeply embedded into the sash, significantly increasing the windows’ structural integrity. Rigid tubular master frames—with 13 separate insulating chambers and heavy-duty double-cam sweep locks—provide strength and durability. www.gorell.com

Simonton Goes BIG with New Sliding Impact Vinyl Doors
Impact-resistant vinyl-framed sliding doors that reach up to 8 feet high and span an opening of 12 feet are now available from Parkersburg, W.Va.-based Simonton. The company believes its sliding impact vinyl doors in the StormBreaker Plus® product line is the largest array of opening sizes for vinyl-framed impact-resistant sliding doors available in the industry.

The doors come in two- and three-panel configurations and nine stock sizes are available with tan or white vinyl frames. The sliding doors are made with one lite of tempered glass and one lite of impact-resistant laminating glass, which enables the doors to stand up to fierce weather conditions. Various glass package options are available for the Simonton StormBreaker Plus Sliding Impact Vinyl Door to meet Energy Star® guidelines including Solar-E and greylite (turtle glass). Grid options for the Sliding Impact Vinyl Door include prairie, perimeter and colonial styles in white, tan or brass. www.simonton.com

Deceuninck Offers Impact-Tested Vinyl Products
Deceuninck North America in Monroe, Ohio, now offers impact-tested vinyl doors and windows engineered to meet a number of coastal building code requirements, including ASTM E 1886-02 and ASTM E 1996-02, Wind Zone 4. The windows are available in both single- and double-hung, and Deceuninck offers a range of options, from casement windows to picture windows to sliding patio doors. The company says its products are low-maintenance and utilize its SunShield® Vinyl Compound, which comes with a lifetime warranty. www.deceuninck.com


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