Volume 13, Issue 8 - October 2012

Aspire Inspires

Combining the aesthetics of real wood interiors with low-maintenance, resilient extruded vinyl on the outside, the Aspire series of vinyl-clad wood patio doors and windows is one of the latest developments from Weather Shield Windows & Doors.

The Aspire series includes casement, awning, double-hung, slider and direct-set windows, as well as sliding and hinged patio doors. The products all feature technologies designed to deliver optimum thermal performance. For example, double hungs feature the company’s symmetry balance system, which combines coil balance technology and an all-new jambliner for air and water performance, easy operation and visual appeal. Likewise, casements, awnings and picture windows feature the company’s TriCore frame technology, which creates a thermal barrier to deliver weather resistance and structural performance.

In addition, a variety of energy-efficient glazing options add to the thermal performance of the units, and for added customization simulated divided lites, grilles-between-glass and removable wood grilles are also available.

Color Combinations

Sunrise Windows has added two new wood grain options to its current collection, English walnut and Norwegian maple, bringing its total number of offerings to 23 total combinations.

According to the company, English walnut is characterized as a full-bodied, deep-colored walnut with a robust grain pattern, while Norwegian maple is a mid-tone neutral color with the delicate, subtle graining of a hard maple.

Slimming Down

Two new slim profile lift and slides are now available from Panda Windows & Doors, the S.85 all aluminum lift and slide and the S.87 thermally broken lift and slide. According to the company, the new products offer a 40-percent slimmer sight-line compared to similar products, including its own.

The products are custom-produced in panel sizes up to 12 feet in height and 5 feet wide. Thermal performance testing was done on the S.87, which has a U-value of 0.28 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.24; it is also certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council. According to the company, all frames utilize thick extruded aluminum and are finished with custom colors. A number of glass options are available, and any glazing up to 1 3/8 inches can be used, including a triple-glazed option.

Turn a New Leaf
Boulder, Colo.-based Zola’s Classic patio doors come in single- or double-leaf configurations and can be made up to 10 feet high.According to company officials, each leaf can be up to 4-feet wide and are recommended for patio door openings of up to 7 feet wide.

The Classic patio doors can also tilt, which offers the option for night ventilation. Zola says it also offers low, thermally broken aluminum thresholds on all of its units for no extra charge. In addition, all units are fully factory finished, and the wood can be stained in one of 15 different colors or painted in one of 300 eco-friendly colors.

Sunroom Additions

The Hampton Room, the latest addition from Four Seasons Sunrooms and Windows, was designed to bridge the gap between a contemporary sunroom or conservatory and a traditional room addition. According to the company, the new addition provides more privacy than an all-glass sunroom or conservatory and more dramatic light than a traditional room addition.

The Hampton Room uses Structural Insulated Panel technology for its wall structure and combines that with the company’s line of energy-saving windows. This, according to the company, provides flexibility of window placement and sizing not usually possible with a standard sunroom.

In addition, the roof is glazed with the company’s ConservaGlass Select, which helps keep the heat out in summer and the cold out in winter. The roof system that supports the glazing is a two-tiered roof manufactured in structural-grade aluminum and then capped and clad with low-maintenance vinyl.

Desktop Design

Therma-Tru has upgraded its online Picture Perfect entryway visualizer tool, allowing more customization by trade professionals when using the software on the jobsite, for in-home sales presentation or in a dealer showroom.

According to the company, thousands of entry door combinations exist with the Picture Perfect 2.0 program including the options of fiberglass and steel entry doors, sidelites and transoms, different glass options and various handlesets. The program is a desktop software application that can be operated without Internet connectivity once installed. It allows contractors and dealers to upload an image or choose from a library of home images to “try on” different products. Home makeovers can then be saved and printed out with a detailed summary of the changes so that customers have walk-away materials to encourage future sales.

No Glass Scratches Here

A new protective glass film from Pella Windows and Doors can help ensure its wood patio doors and windows will arrive at the jobsite in the same condition as when they left the factory, and stay protected throughout the construction process. The factory-applied protective film is now standard on interior and exterior glass surfaces of the company’s wood window and patio door lines, including its ProLine, Architect series, Designer series and custom wood products.

According to the company, the film helps protect glass from scratches and debris from the moment the order is shipped, through its delivery and storage at the home or jobsite.


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