Volume 8, Issue 10 - November 2007


Get the Strength of a TITAN™ from Roto
TITAN, a new sliding patio door locking system that combines strength and security with installation flexibility, is now available from Chester, Conn.-based Roto Frank of America Inc. 

The locking system, which meets AAMA specifications, is comprised of an ergonomically designed interior “Malibu” handle set, a mounting base, a latch lever and an exterior pull. Customers can currently choose from 2-point, 4-point and 6-point lock assemblies. The company plans to add another interior handle design to the TITAN series in the coming months. TITAN’s 2-point version has two opposing hooks to prevent the door panel from being lifted off the track and out of the frame. All lock assemblies have a mishandling device to prevent damage to the locking hooks when closing the door. In addition, on the interior assembly, the mounting screws are side-mounted for a cleaner appearance. 

Available in both locking and non-locking configurations, TITAN has a locking/unlocking detent feature that indicates positive lock or unlock status. For maximum security, the non-locking version is available with a security plate and an anti-drill feature on the exterior pull.

TITAN is available in three standard colors, G2 white, blue white and almond as well as seven architectural finishes including brass, antique brass, chrome, brushed chrome, oil rubbed bronze, pewter and brushed nickel. Custom colors, custom handles and custom logos on the escutcheon are available upon request. Trim packages include an interior handle, a mounting base, a latch lever, and an exterior pull. Locking configurations are available keyed alike or keyed random. Strikers with varying heights and cylinders in either a chrome face or brass face are also available.  www.rotohardware.com

 Simonton Offers New Series of Replacement Patio Door Hardware
Simonton Windows® in Parkersburg, W.Va., has introduced a new series of optional, upgraded hardware for its replacement patio doors that complements the custom fixtures, lighting and other designer elements of the home, according to the company. The durable, easy-to-grasp Legacy handles from Simonton are available in antique brass, brushed chrome, mineral bronze, oil-rubbed bronze and polished brass.

The new hardware options also include an external keyed lock and multi-point locking system. The hardware options can be added to Simonton’s replacement patio doors made of white, tan or driftwood vinyl, or the company’s popular woodgrain interior patio doors.

“The new patio door hardware options allow homeowners to coordinate the interior of their homes by customizing their hardware accent pieces in different rooms,” says Christopher Burk of Simonton Windows. “Each of the new hardware packages add a warm, elegant look to a replacement patio door and provide years of durability.” www.simonton.com

Dow Introduces Line of Weather-Resistant Fenestration Products
Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Company based in Midland, Mich., says it has created a system designed to complement and protect doors and windows and to reduce drafts, water intrusion and help control dust, exterior allergens and insects. The company says the WEATHERMATE sill pan and WEATHERMATE door pan redirect water from doors and windows to the building exterior, helping to keep the interior wall and building components protected and dry. Dow says its WEATHERMATE straight and flexible flashing for doors and windows provide a watertight seal when properly installed. 

WEATHERMATE straight flashing is designed to provide seamless protection at jambs and straight heads. Likewise, WEATHERMATE flexible flashing, a self-adhering butyl rubber adhesive, conforms to curved openings and custom shapes and is designed to provide performance in a wide range of weather conditions. 

GREAT STUFF PRO door and window foam sealant is a minimal-expanding, low-pressure-build, flexible polyurethane foam exclusively formulated to air-seal the gap around a door or window frame and its rough opening, according to the company. DOW door and window 1000 sealant is formulated specifically to seal door and window framework, exterior and interior trim and finish joints and interfaces of most building materials. www.insulateyourhome.com

AWSCO Offers Options in Transoms and Sidelites 
The “Grand Entrances” collection from AWSCO in Dayton, Ohio, contains an array of transoms and sidelites, including options of the “Builders Series” and “Copy Cat” art-glass transoms and sidelites. 

Both are available with true mahogany millwork and they can be stained to match woodgrain fiberglass doors. In addition, both are available with a variety of glass options “for the look of authentic millwork.” www.awsco.com 

TRACO Expands Biscayne Line with Impact Products
Cranberry Township, Pa.-based TRACO has added a full line of thermal aluminum impact coastal area doors and windows to its Biscayne Shutterless ™ line of products. It says the newest products meet the certifications of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, National Fenestration Rating Council, Energy Star®, the Florida Building Code and the Texas Department of Insurance. 

The new doors’ and windows’ 2-¾-inch thermally broken frame has been designed to keep the inside environment comfortable regardless of the outside weather. Likewise, the aluminum frames are ideal for coastal markets because they are structurally strong and will resist rotting, bowing, warping or fading in heavy rain and blazing sun, according to the company. The doors and windows are equipped with insulating laminated glass that also provides an added layer of protection from the cold and h eat. In addition, the Shutterless thermal products eliminate the need to spend time putting up plywood or waste storage space when not in use and provide continual added protection. Biscayne products include––single-hung, sliding, casement and fixed windows and sliding glass doors and terrace doors. www.traco.com

RightConcept CUMARA Mahogany Doors
RightConcept of Tacoma, Wash., has introduced its CUMARA Mahogany Door Collection. The new doors feature the true look and beauty of genuine mahogany doors without the drawbacks of natural wood. They feature fiberglass skins that are dent-, crack-, split- and rot-resistant, non-rot composite stiles and rails, LVL construction and solid wood lock block.

The CUMARA Cottage series features panel doors available in one- and two-panel planked, and four-panel designs. The Heritage Series features styles with decorative glass options available in center arch, ¾-rectangle and ¾-oval designs. The doors are available in a choice of three finishes: cherry, chocolate or olive. www.rightconcept.com 

Visions 3000 Line Meets SCS Recycling Guidelines
Mosinee, Wis.-based Visions® Windows & Doors says that its Visions 3000 vinyl windows and patio doors have achieved third-party certification for recycled material content by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).

“This certification affirms that our brand really lives up to homeowners’ expectations of ‘thinking smart’ by adhering to stringent product excess guidelines and a strong focus on the environment,” says Rich Harding, environmental manager for the company. “In creating Visions 3000, we considered how to reduce the amount of waste leaving our facilities by engineering products with a higher percentage of recycled material content.”

Visions 3000 features 3 ¼-inch thick, multi-chambered vinyl frames, which the company says help reduce the amount of seasonal expansion and contraction in the units. www.visionswindows.com 

Nordson Introduces Purblue™ EC Melters
The Duluth, Ga.-based Nordson Corp. says its new PURBlue EC melters simplify the use of reactive polyurethane (PUR) adhesives. The melters incorporate a unique easy-to-clean design that makes clean-up and maintenance quick and effortless, according to the company.

Nordson says the new melter’s components that come in contact with PUR adhesive, including the tank, grid, reservoir and pump block, can be dismantled easily for cleaning. To further simplify maintenance, PURBlue EC melters feature pump shutoff valves and quick-disconnect heater and sensor cables.

In addition to these features, an inert gas blanket protects adhesive from moisture to prevent premature curing, according to the company. www.nordson.com

Edgetech Launches SuperSpacer nXt™
Cambridge, Ohio-based Edgetech I.G. has introduced the Super Spacer nXt, which combines the same desiccant and acrylic adhesive as its other products with a new proprietary core. It is available in a variety of standard colors with a metallic appearance that mocks the look of a metal spacer.

The new warm-edge spacer is designed to provide hybrid foam insulation, low thermal conductivity and little thermal condensation. In addition, the company says its hybrid foam features good ultraviolet resistance, high and low temperature performance, a good dew-point drop and enhanced sound dampening. The Super Spacer nXt’s reverse dual-seal design utilizes an outer hot-melt butyl sealant for long-term moisture durability and gas retention, an inner structural acrylic side adhesive and no cold flow or spacer-seal migration problems. Edgetech says the Super Spacer nXt provides for the elimination of desiccant filling, no corner key assembly, simplified production of shaped units, high-volume production with reduced labor force and a limited equipment investment.

The new spacer also offers good color stability, smooth consistent surface finish, no surface blistering or bubbling and straight-line application with sharp 90-degree corners, according to the company. www.superspacer.com


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