Volume 8, Issue 8 - September 2007


Saflex’s New Tool is Colorful

Saflex, a unit of Solutia Inc., has introduced its Vanceva® Color System Selector, a design tool to help designers and architects select the perfect color from thousands of available choices.

Vanceva color interlayers can be combined to create thousands of transparent or translucent color options, the company says. A basic palette of red, yellow, blue and gray colors in two different light transmission levels can be layered in various combinations to produce more than 1,000 color options. Various levels of white interlayers can be added for a variety of translucent options, and three highly-pigmented specialty colors can add bold color in a single interlayer or be combined with white or colored foundational colors to achieve distinctive looks. www.vanceva.com

Sculptural Glass Opens New Doors 

A unique line of art glass doors is now being offered by Sculptural Glass Doors Inc. in Bellingham, Wash. The new collection features ClearCast™ glass, a new patented, deep-relief architectural glass product.

There are 15 different ClearCast™ glass designs set in crafted stile and rail wood doors. The versatile line features contemporary designs suitable for entry doors, patio doors and French doors. Each door is made to order and can be customized on site. Choices include a variety of glass tints, wood species and finishes, along with an optional pre-hang package. Both single- and double-door packages are available. www.SculpturalGlassDoors.com

Windsor Introduces Vertical Grain Douglas Fir
Customers now have Vertical Grain Douglas Fir as an option when buying doors and windows from Windsor Windows of Des Moines, Iowa. The versatile wood ranges from bright white to a light rosy color, which is accented with a dense vertical-grain pattern. The select choice of wood ensures that all Fir windows and patio doors contain at least six vertical growth rings per inch, rather than a mixed pattern that has rings that go in many directions. www.windsorwindows.com

REHAU Launches New Casement Window

REHAU says its new System 1400 PVC casement window design recently achieved a C-C75 commercial rating, making it suitable for both residential and commercial applications.

The ability of the window design’s casement sash to accommodate a variety of insulating glass sizes notably enhances the sound abatement properties required for an STC 40 rating. In addition, its DP-75- and C-C75-rated durability affords use in commercial applications without requiring profile reinforcement (up to a 36-inch by 60-inch size [914.4-mm x 1524.0-mm],) offering both material and labor-cost savings. www.rehau.com

More Choices for Crystal’s Windows
Crystal Window and Door Systems in Flushing, N.Y., has introduced a brickmould frame option for its series 300 and 400 new construction vinyl window product lines. The availability of the integrated brickmould option supplements the standard J-Channel product line. The new brickmould option replicates historic wood window trim with distinctive shadow lines and mitered corners. www.crystalwindows.com 

VISUAL® Looks Good Green 

Arch Deco Glass® says its new VISUAL® laminated glass system will contribute points toward certification in projects registered in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System™.The laminated glass system, developed by Arch Aluminum and Glass, provides highly- saturated colors along with the ability to be virtually opaque. In addition, pure white, black and sepia tones can be done through the process. From a green perspective, the VISUAL laminated glass systems can help a project team gain LEED points in several LEED categories, including energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovations and design.The glass system can be manufactured for doors and windows to meet the minimum energy efficiency prerequisite of LEED based on ASHRAE 90.1 or a potentially stricter local energy code, according to the company. www.marinoware.com

Homeshield Delivers Customized Grills

Homeshield Fenestration Components in Houston has introduced its custom tape applied gothic, arch or diamond pattern grilles that can be either assembled or kitted for door and window manufacturers. The company offers custom patterns and profiles in a variety of hardwoods and softwoods. Custom patterns and profiles are available in a variety of hardwoods and softwoods for interior applications, along with aluminum exterior applications. Homeshield says it can design grilles that complement diverse products and can prime and top-coat its products. www.home-shield.com

New Machinery that’s “Progressive”

Progressive Systems Inc. in Minneapolis has debuted a new CNC feed-through extrusion fabrication cell which can be used for aluminum, PVC/vinyl, fiberglass and wood/composites. The machine allows for either vertical or horizontal fabrication. It features an automatic component-loading walking beam magazine and automatic pusher grippers. Optimizing software and a dual CNC pusher are optional. www.progressivesys.com


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