Volume 11, Issue 7 - September 2010


ODL® Prepares for Severe Weather®
ODL Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., is now offering an updated line of Severe Weather door glass, which company officials say is engineered to withstand damaging weather conditions, especially hurricanes. The updated design is not only aesthetically pleasing, according to the company, but also is easy to install and repair. In addition, the door glass continues to meet all the impact requirements of the high-velocity hurricane zone, according to the company.

The product features a high-strength aluminum frame that has been redesigned in a narrow, attractive profile with screwplugs that are flush with the door. The frame allows the door glass to fit into a standard door cut-out. The frame comes in a standard powder-coated white finish or with an optional tan finish that can be painted or stained.

It does not need a dealer-applied structural sealant, saving production days spent waiting for the sealant to cure.

RSL Offers Complete Privacy
RSL has introduced a new generation of raise/lower/tilt blinds between glass (BBG). Officials say the BBG offer improved features including: total privacy due to the development of a 5.4-mm lip that blocks the sightline from the edge of the unit to its slats; optional low-E glass; smooth magnetic operators for both raise/lower and tilt functions; lifetime warranty on glass and frame; and matching sidelites that also raise, lower and tilt. Additionally, the company says the product can help a window meet .30/.30 requirements without utilizing a low-E coating.

Glass Guru Offers Triple-Insulating Units with Low-E Glass
Glass Guru has begun offering decorative doorlites, sidelites, transoms and windows with triple-insulating low-E glass. These triple insulating decorative beveled low-E units are available in 1-, 7/8- and ¾-inch thicknesses. 
Doorlite frames are available for all standard IG sizes, according to the company.

Therma-Tru® Doors Introduces Three New Doors
Therma-Tru Doors has three new fiberglass door styles that company officials say offer architecturally sound details, sophisticated design, energy efficiency and insulation.

The new Therma-Tru Smooth-Star® craftsman-style door features clean, straightforward lines and is designed to be both classic and modern. The Smooth-Star craftsman-style door includes an optional four-block dentil shelf and a choice of decorative glass options. The doors are offered in the new Brookside, Sedona Art and Saratoga glass designs, plus two-lite three-lite, four-lite and clear low-E glass.

The company’s new Fiber-Classic® Mahogany collection adds the look and feel of hardwood, according to the company. The Fiber-Classic Mahogany Collection doors will be available in the new Craftsman style with new
Brookside, as well as Sedona Art and Saratoga decorative glass styles.

Therma-Tru also has a new Retro Patio Door Collection that was made to offer a durable hinged patio door that fills a 5-foot rough opening. These patio doors are offered in realistic wood grains or in a smooth finish to complement any home’s style, and the fiberglass panels are designed to resist splitting, cracking, rotting, rust, denting or dinging. The Retro Patio Doors are available in single-, double- and triple-hinged sizes, and can be customized with three screen sizes—slim, top-hung wide profile and double door.

Paint It or Stain It? MI Offers Both
MI Windows and Doors has added paintable/stainable options to its replacement products category. The company has added this as an option on both its Designer and CertainTeed Bryn Mawr III lines. MI offers its products with a pine finish interior, allowing the homeowner to use interior paint or stain to customize the finished window to match their home décor.

Ferche Goes Fire-Rated
Ferche Millwork in Rice, Minn., is manufacturing fire-rated wood frames with a laminated core. The frames are certified at 45, 60 and 90 minutes through Intertek Testing and are available as a flat, ¾-inch thick flat jamb with applied hardwood stop, or, as a rabbeted frame.

Capital Lumber to Distribute TYPAR Weather Protection System
Phoenix-based Capital Lumber Co. is now distributing the TYPAR weather protection system, which is comprised of weather-resistant barriers, a variety of flashing options and construction tape. The system is backed by a 10-year limited warranty and was developed and is marketed by Fiberweb Inc. of Old Hickory, Tenn.
Collectively, the system acts as a barrier for wind-driven rain, bulk water and air that may penetrate exterior cladding.

When moisture infiltrates the exterior finish, the TYPAR weather-resistant barrier works in conjunction with the integrated flashing to guide water back to the exterior. This reduces the risk of water intrusion that can lead to mold, mildew or other indoor toxins, which can degrade indoor air quality, according to the company. 

Allegheny Plywood Launches New Panels
Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Plywood introduces its line of meta-glaze panels, which are made with tempered hardboard and exterior-grade glue, according to the company. Colors of the stucco finish include dark bronze, white and silver, and Allegheny offers cut-to-size services.

Distributors Expand and Add Versatex to Product Lines
National Industrial Lumber Co. has announced the opening of its new distribution and service center facility in Indianapolis. The full-service building materials distributor offers products from plywoods to specialty sidings, along with the complete line of PVC trim and sheet products from Versatex.

“NILCO has had a long-standing relationship with Versatex at our other locations,” says Tom Mulligan, NILCO Indiana general manager. “Here in Indiana, we’ll be introducing dealers and their pro customers to a deeper, broader, more innovative line of PVC trim than they may have been used to.”

Additionally, iLevel by Weyerhaeuser in Charlotte, N.C., has announced it will distribute the complete PVC trim and sheet line from Versatex.

“Weyerhaeuser didn’t realize how far we have taken the PVC trim category,” says Rick Kapres, vice president of sales and marketing for Versatex. “Versatex made good use of the last few years—adding product innovations and fine-tuning the tolerances—making it easy for a company like Weyerhaeuser to get back into the category.”


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