Volume 9, Issue 7 - July-August 2008

Into the Woods

The Latest in Wood Components, Finished Products and Competitive Materials

Are you a wood door and window manufacturer looking for more options for your products? If so, read ahead for the latest products available to meet your needs.

On Contact

Contact Industries’ veneer profile-wrapped and flat laminated components are designed for door and window manufacturers. Company officials say the company works with OEM customers to produce components using a wide array of dimensionally stable substrate materials including LVL, fingerjointed softwoods, hardwoods, fiberglass, PVC and aluminum. 

In addition, Contact has Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification. The company is based in Clackamas, Ore. www.contactind.com

PacWork™ Designed for Your Needs
PacWork Door & Window Components are comprised of precision-engineered LVL millwork featuring what the company describes as a unique parallel veneer layout and the proper number of crossbands for specific applications. PacWork’s components are precision-manufactured and pre-cut to specifications, eliminating measuring, cutting and waste, according to the company. The components are available in a wide range of options, from straight cores in either vertical or horizontal layups to cores with edge and/or face veneer for the traditional look of solid wood. www.pwlonline.com 

Woodgrain Provides Sashes and Frames in Three Different Woods
Woodgrain Millwork in Fruitland, Idaho, offers window sashes and frames in a variety of woods, including Radiata pine from New Zealand, Ponderosa and Knotty alder.

Among Woodgrain’s options for its sash products are those that they can be treated with Kop, a wood-treat preservative, have precision endwork, are drilled and routed for hardware, include weatherstrip applications and priming.

The company’s frames include the same options as available on its sashes, along with optional PVC blind stops and brickmolds.

Company officials say the company ships more than ten trucks of finished window parts per week throughout the country, and currently has lead times of five weeks from purchase order to delivery. Woodgrain also provides patio door rails and stiles, assembled Atrium patio doors, mouldings and interior pine doors. www.woodgrain.com

The Beauty of Wood—Without the Maintenance

MikronWood™ from Mikron Quality Extruded Products provides the beauty of wood with the weatherable, no-maintenance advantages of a composite, according to the company. MikronWood™ is a blend of specialty polymer resins or thermoplastic alloy, which is a vinyl-based combination of both PVC and acrylic resins for durability. Mikron can create custom profile shapes to replace wood door and window components as well, from this material, according to the company.

“There is a lot of interest in using an alternative material to wood that is not susceptible to moisture, rot, mildew or insect damage,” says Jeff Franson, product development and engineering manager. “We can design MikronWood profiles to specific requirements to replace sills, jambs and sash parts—any areas that are moisture-prone.” www.mikronvinyl.com

JELD-WELD Launches AuraLast Wood

JELD-WEN’s newest doorframes are made with AuraLast wood, which is warranted against decay and insect damage. The wood frames are designed so that they can be finished to coordinate with the entire entry system, according to the company.

“Other systems simply cannot be stained to match, leaving the homeowner with a beautiful stained wood door and an uncoordinated frame—a big problem when it comes to maximizing curb appeal,” says Elizabeth Souders, product marketing manager for JELD-WEN. “Because it’s real wood, AuraLast door frames solve that aesthetic issue. Additionally, when paired with an AuraLast door, the complete system offers thorough protection against decay and termites.” 

In addition to doorframes, JELD-WEN also offers wood doors and windows made with AuraLast wood. www.jeld-wen.com 

New ICA Coatings Protect the Product and the Environment

Italy’s ICA Group has recently unveiled its new wood coating products with high residual-solid content. According to the company, the solvent-based polyurethane coatings give wooden surfaces not only a high level of protection but also an excellent aesthetic finish. 

Designed to be environmentally friendly as well, the coatings also are free from aromatic organic solvents. Moreover, these coatings do not contain solvents such as Toluene or Xylene.

The coatings can be applied with a spray gun, manually or automatically.yyä www.ica-group.org


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