Volume 13, Issue 1 - January/February 2012

Focus on Distribution
Distributor Products

Doors and Windows
A New Dimension

Windsor Windows & Doors has added the Next Dimension Classic line featuring enhanced architectural benefits to its Next Dimension product family of vinyl windows and doors. According to company information, the products incorporate traditional sight lines into the smooth operation, convenience and commercially rated performance thatís common across the line.

Next Dimension Classic products offer a structural rating of up to DP50, standard on single-hung windows and optional with an upgrade on double-hung. According to company information, the line was designed specifically to meet the requirements of customers on the East Coast, combining traditional architectural characteristics as well as weather-resistant structural components. The line is available in various configurations including single hung, single-hung picture, slider, double hung, double-hung picture, and a coordinating sliding patio door.

Woodworking Upgrades
Panda Windows and Doors has upgraded the woodwork section of its facility to a fully operational wood shop. As a result, its wood clad and several other custom products are now produced in-house. According to a company announcement, this ensures better quality control, providing the end-user with a high-end products and quicker production lead times.

The announcement notes that the companyís its custom products require a hands-on approach to every process from productionís start to finish and improvements are constantly being made to offer a wider range of products.

REHAU Systems 700 Receive Hurricane Impact Ratings
REHAU has received hurricane impact ratings for its Systems 700, 1400 and 4500 door and window designs. Following impact testing that employed ASTM and TAS test methods, the companyís selection of single-hung, casement, tilt-turn and fixed window designs and French doors were determined to meet or exceed standards for use throughout the Southeast United States, including the high-velocity hurricane zone (HVHZ) of Floridaís Miami-Dade and Broward counties and Coastal Palm Beach County.

According to the company, the 700, 1400 and 4500 door and window designs were tested to satisfy Miami-Dade protocols TAS 201, TAS 202 and TAS 203; ASTM E1886 and E1996; and Florida Building Code requirements for HVHZ. They also meet or exceed American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Canadian Standards Association structural, air and water standards.

New Options for R-6 and Beyond
The new Ultra-R glazed window is the latest development from Hurd Windows and Doors. The line utilizes Heat Mirror films suspended within the insulating glass to achieve R-values that range from an R-6 to an R-20, according to a company announcement. The company says the films are coated with nanoscale metal particles that reflect heat back to its source, improving insulation, blocking UV rays, reducing noise and amplifying owner comfort.

In addition, the company says the new windows are 33 percent lighter than triple-pane windows, and can have one, two or three sheets of the virtually weightless suspended film to create up to four super-insulating cavities. When filled with krypton gas the window can achieve a center of glass insulation value (R-value) of 20, according to the announcement.

The windows also come with Hurdís lifetime limited warranty and CoreGuard wood treatment.

Energy-Saving Options
The new Pella 350 Series window line is the companyís latest vinyl offering, joining its vinyl sliding patio doors introduced in 2010. The company says both its windows and patio doors offer energy-efficient options that will meet or exceed Energy Star guidelines in all 50 states and Canada.

According to a company announcement, the vinyl windows and patio doors have a premium look and feature its energy-saving system. The announcement says the window and patio door frames were designed with up to 18 insulating chambers (three times more than typical vinyl), to help keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Design features of the Pella 350 Series include SmoothSeam welded corners on the door and window frames that are virtually invisible, as well as a frame profile with a beveled edge that the company says makes them look more like wood windows and patio doors.

A variety of style choices are available including a full line of 2-, 3-, or 4-panel configuration for patio doors; double-hung, single-hung, sliding, casement, awning, fixed-frame and special shape windows; three frame colors, including a dual-color option: white, almond and white interior/brown exterior (exterior dual-color frame only); and five hardware finishes: white, almond, bright brass, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.

A number of glass options are also available, including InsulShield low-E triple-pane glass with argon.

A New View
Security, durability and thermal performance are all features that Seaway Manufacturing says it added to the new Prima Vista sliding patio door. The doors are built to perform in tough conditions and are tested against the stringent industry standards for air and water infiltration, wind-load resistance, ease of operation, forced entry, and more.

The new patio doors offer a number of features. Among others, some include multi-chamber uPVC vinyl extrusions for thermal efficiency and sound dampening; triple weather stripping on posts and double weather stripping at the secure interlock; a patented sash sliding system that features adjustable, dual tandem 1-inch Ultrex rollers with marine ball bearings; a patented high performance water draining system incorporated into the lower sill that directs water outside; and steel reinforced sashes at the interlock and the meeting rail.

In addition, the new patio doors feature tempered, high performance low-E with argon gas fill and a warm-edge spacer. It also comes with multi-point locking hardware thatís available in a variety of finishes.


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