Volume 13, Issue 1 - January/February 2012


Bring it On
IBS Packs a Product Punch in 2012 International Builders' Show

Quick—what event brings builders, remodelers, window dealers, suppliers and many others together in one event? It’s the International Builders’ Show, taking place February 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. As has been the case in recent years, some big name window makers (Andersen this year and Pella last year), have opted to sit it out, but others have marked their spot and will be at the show with their latest introductions. Here is what some will have on display for those who want to stay ahead of the curve and plan to attend.

Booth #W3417
PPG to Showcase Passive Solar, Low-E Glass

PPG Industries will feature several product lines, including samples of a new passive solar, low-E glass along with a dual-pane, dual-coat insulating glass unit (IGU) that company officials say enables residential windows to achieve R-5 center-of-glass insulating performance.

Booth visitors can preview the new passive solar, low-E glass, to be formally launched in early 2012, that is designed for residential use in colder, heating-dominated climates. The company will showcase an IGU made with one 3-mm lite of its new passive solar, low-E glass on the fourth surface and SOLARBAN 60 glass on the second surface, separated by a ½-inch air space. The configuration yields R-5 insulating performance at the center of the glass, according to company information.

In addition, PPG will feature its complete line-up of SUNGATE low-E glasses and Solarban solar control, low-E glasses.

Booth #W1051
Screening Security
Meshtec International Co. Ltd., with U.S. operations in Lakeland, Fla., manufactures high tensile, premium stainless steel, wire mesh for architectural and security screen applications, and will be showcasing a full range of patented security screen systems for door and window applications. The company will feature a sliding security screen system for patio doors and a new security solution for doors and windows.

The screens provide many benefits, from security solutions to solar heat gain reduction, according to the company.

Booth #W3617
Phantom Makes it Easy

Phantom Screens, based in Abbotsford, B.C., created a Legacy—that is its Legacy retractable door screen, to give homeowners ultimate control. According to company information, the screen is easy to use, whisper quiet and designed for easy living. The product features an ergonomic latch and release handle with a smooth operating slidebar.

The handle closes the screen automatically in the closed position to prevent it from opening in breezy conditions. It is released by pressing the thumb lever. To ensure smooth operation Legacy uses track guides with a built-in lubricant that helps maintain easy movement of the slidebar across the door frame.

Booth #W3701
Masonite Introduces Contemporary Interior Door Line

Masonite announces a premium offering in the interior molded door category called the West End collection. The versatile new product line features horizontal embossed lines and bold graphic elements to evoke a chic and metropolitan feel and add appeal of a home.

“Residential customers are skewing younger, and their design preferences differ from those of their parents and grandparents,” says Jason Walsh, industrial designer for Masonite. “Growing up in a paperless, clutter-free world, they often prefer clean and streamlined designs. These doors are on-trend with that aesthetic.”

The West End collection includes two designs, the Melrose and the Berkley, which are both available in 80- and 84-inch heights and a range of widths in both interior passage and bi-fold doors in a primed hardboard finish. Twenty minute fire rated doors are also available.

Masonite also offers the collection in the environmentally friendly Safe ‘N Sound Emerald option. With a core made of rapidly renewable wheat straw, these doors are Urea-Formaldehyde Free and Forest Stewardship Council certified.

Booth #W4259
Simpson Expands Water Barrier Technology

Simpson Door Company’s wood exterior doors with WaterBarrier Technology were created to offer protection from the elements outside – no matter the exposure. The company, based in McCleary, Wash., announced that the technology is now available in dozens of Simpson Door Company’s wood exterior doors with WaterBarrier Technology were created to offer protection from the elements outside – no matter the exposure. The company, based in McCleary, Wash., announced that the technology is now available in dozens of new door designs, from French to panel to decorative entry doors—all with a five-year warranty, with no building overhang required.

The technology combines a moisture-resistant, medium-density overlay with a thermoset acrylic latex primer topcoat and PVC glazing beads on the door’s exterior side. Doors with WaterBarrier can be any wood species, and design pressure ratings are available, according to company information.

Booth #W450
Weather this Storm

Brio USA in Rochester, N.Y., will feature its Weatherfold 4s, a fourth-generation Weatherfold architectural hardware system for exterior folding doors. It includes pivot sets, hanger sets, hinge sets, top track, bottom channel, locking and flush bolt options.
According to company information, the optional integrated Brio 612 retractable pleated insect screen is the largest single span insect screen of its type in the world.

The system features four panel weight capacities, and is suitable for aluminum, wood and PVC panels, both inward or outward openings. It spans up to 13 feet, 1-inch high and 64 feet, 3 inches wide and can accommodate up to eight equal size panels folding in each direction.

Booth #W4447
TLC Makes it in the USA

TLC Mouldings, based in Willacoochee, Ga., encourages attendees to stop by its booth to receive the newest 2012 Profile Catalog which details the Harmony line of Primed MDF mouldings. Attendees can also view MDF, OSB and dimensional Southern yellow pine lumber from Langboard and Langdale Forest Products. The company proudly promotes that all of its products are manufactured in the United States.

Booth #W3471
FrontLine Shows New Offerings Due to Acquisition

FrontLine Building Products, based in Green Bay, Wis., will have new products to showcase at IBS as it recently purchased GW Millwork based in Merrill, Wis. The company will function as FrontLine’s Merrill Division. The Merrill division has millwork equipment to enhance the FrontLine’s capabilities for custom designs in doors and windows. It operates as a full service millwork manufacturer with the ability to assemble in house or pack individually per customer requirements.

FrontLine Green Bay plans to introduce a new pre-clad frame that will reduce shop labor and offer a complete maintenance-free, rot-proof frame system. This is a 16-gauge extruded aluminum jamb with a wood substrate treated with wood life 111 on the entire frame system.

Booth #W3283
Versatex Adds Trim Kits

To provide builders with more ways to creatively enhance the appearance of Versawrap installations, Versatex, based in Aliquippa, Pa., developed a selection of moulding trim kits, and added Belmont Caps to its product line.

Available in a variety of architectural styles, the moulding kits and caps coordinate with 4-by 4-inch, 6- by 6-inch and 8-by 8-inch Versawrap installations. They include bed moulding kits and base moulding kits to top off the outer edges of the column base. Mouldings are manufactured with Hoffmann joints to make installations on the column wraps snug and secure, and pieces are an exact color and gloss match to other Versa Wrap cellular PVC trim systems, according to company information.

Booth# W4051
Certainteed Brings Beadboard Options

Restoration Millwork 3TL from Certainteed can be installed up to 30 percent faster than standard width beadboard, while Restoration Millwork 2TL, a smaller 6-inch two-bead beadboard, is another newer addition. Both products feature TightLap, a progressive notched shiplap design for large concealed nailing areas. 

According to company information the beadboards’ TightLap edge allows two adjacent panels to overlap, provides a strong hold, a reversible bead/channel repeat and streamlined appearance.

Made from cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the beadboards are engineered to look, feel and work like lumber. However, the beadboards are made with a material that is resistant to rotting, warping, moisture and insects. Offered in natural white finish or painted to complement exterior colors, the beadboards can be cut using ordinary woodworking tools and fastened with nails or screws. In addition, FinishedEdge provides a crisp, clean edge for Restoration Millwork trimboards and corners by heat-sealing the edges using a proprietary process that creates a smooth finish, preventing dirt from collecting on the surface.

Booth #W2920
Check Out ODL’s Array

No that’s not just a product name (though it is that also) it signifies that ODL, based in Zeeland, Mich., will showcase a variety of products.

“Array,” which will be launched at the show, is a light control system in the form of a “unique doorglass panel design for exterior doors that brings dynamic levels of light and privacy into the home.” Two sliding panels of perforated aluminum provide users with a simple way to control privacy and light levels in a highly designed, fully assembled doorglass system.


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