IBS Orlando:  
Size Really Mattered  
xpansive openings and mod- white tints and metal hardware.  
ern styles were among the And home automation continues up to 25 feet wide and ten feet high.  
most visible trends at January’s to grow in popularity, with some of the Marvin’s newest product was one of  
International Builders’ Show (IBS) in biggest companies highlighting fen- the show’s biggest—the clad ultimate  
Orlando, Fla. estration products that operate at the bi-fold door. It can span more than 55  
Windows and doors are big this touch of a button from a wall switch or feet with multiple panels.  
year,” said Filip Geeraert, presi- a smartphone. “This door features three things,”  
dent and CEO of Deceuninck North Those were the big trends. But what said Kris Hanson, senior manag-  
America, which wasn’t exhibiting at else was happening down on the show er of group product management  
the show. “Size matters.” floor? DWM criss-crossed the exhi- with Marvin. “One is a cleaner over-  
Geeraert’s words could apply to IBS bition halls for three days, and here’s all design aesthetic. Second is bigger  
powered by Stanley. It can fill openings  
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as well. Approximately 80,000 attend- what we saw.  
ees (up from 60,000 in 2016) saw more  
sizes and more configurations, and the  
third is higher performance overall.”  
Jeld-Wen, another industry giant,  
than 1,500 exhibitors at the massive Big Doors, Wide Windows  
Orange County Convention Center,  
Andersen is a major player in the also introduced new products at IBS.  
where exhibit space grew from about door and window industry, and it  
The company’s new Studio collec-  
00,000 square feet in Las Vegas in returned to IBS for the first time since tion of interior and exterior doors fea-  
016 to 569,000 square feet in 2017. 2011. So why did the company decide tures five contemporary designs that  
The home building industry to make a comeback?  
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were crafted to create a unified look  
turned out in force for this event,” said  
“First, we’ve been the most asked- both inside and out. According to the  
Geoff Cassidy, NAHB vice president of for brand that has been absent from company, it’s the only product line on  
exhibitions and meetings. “The exhib- the show for the past five or six years,” the market today that does that.  
its were tremendous.”  
said Sal Abbate, chief sales and mar-  
“Jeld-Wen is in a unique position  
In addition to big glass and con- keting officer. “Secondly, we have such to bring together all entry points of a  
temporary looks, dark colors for door a broad array of products to show and home to make a style statement,” said  
and window frames were popular at we’ve really transformed the company Jim Parello, the company’s vice presi-  
this year’s show. Also big: the mod- over the past five or six years, so the dent of marketing. “We think this solu-  
ern farmhouse trend, which includes time was right to come back.”  
barn doors. They’ve been popular for The company’s new multi-glide multifamily builders and architects.”  
a while, but now they’re getting more door comes in aluminum or clad Jeld-Wen also rolled out a new line  
of a contemporary look with glass, wood, and it features automation of exterior steel doors, the Craftsman  
tion will be especially appreciated by  
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We saw a lot of people in here, so that’s really  
promising for 2017.”  
Filip Geeraert, president and  
CEO of Deceuninck North America  
As a first-time attendee, I thought the show was  
great. I think the layout could’ve been improved  
slightly with builders in one hall and renovations  
and upgrades in the other, but there are so many  
companies that have the ability to facilitate both  
aspects, I can understand the overlap.”  
Jessica Singh, public relations and marketing  
director, Accurate Group of Companies  
Collection. The products feature mod-  
ern designs that are affordable and  
secure.  
Additionally, the manufacturer  
announced that all of its Premium  
vinyl windows, including the new  
tilt products, are available with glass  
approved for both wind zone 2 and  
wind zone 3 protection.  
crowded. We see big smiles on everybody’s  
faces.”  
The IBS show is going very well. It looks very  
Jonathan Chauvette, vice president,  
Groupe Eugenie  
Ply-Gem’s massive booth highlight-  
ed its vast customization options. The  
standout product was its new 4880  
thermally broken aluminum patio door.  
The 4880 features automation, and it’s  
available in two-, three- and four-panel  
sliding and pocket configurations.  
Simpson Door has promoted its  
customization capabilities at IBS for  
the past couple of shows. In Orlando,  
the company displayed a gigantic  
pivot door that was five feet wide,  
eight feet tall and 2 ¼ inches thick. But  
as marketing and product develop-  
ment manager Brad Loveless pointed  
out, that’s just one option.  
The show has been awesome. We’ve gotten really  
good traction this week.”  
Emilie Arnau, sales coordinator, Plastpro  
“It’s the first day, and we’ve already gotten about  
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5-30 good leads.”  
Dominc Desantis,  
regional sales manager, Combilift  
You can make that door any size  
and put any design you want on it,”  
he said. “That’s just the capability we  
have to manufacture.”  
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Best of IBS Awards  
Andersen’s new multi-glide door  
was the overall winner in the windows  
and doors category. Other nominees  
included Andersen’s VeriLock wireless  
security sensors, Jeld-Wen’s Studio  
Collection of doors, the VistaLux col-  
lection by Kolbe, and PrivaSEE by  
Nana Wall Systems. Additionally, the  
Brinks Home Security Array smart  
lock won the Best of IBS Award for  
indoor living product.  
The options on Andersen’s award-winning multi-glide door include triple-pane  
glass, and the panels are available in aluminum or aluminum-clad wood.  
of copper doors.  
doors comes in 28 colors and lots  
ODL’s tubular skylight was a final-  
ist in the category of best energy-  
efficient product.  
Sliding-door maker Panda rolled of woodgrain options, according to  
out the new Panda Select collection, company president John Plummer.  
which is a line of thermally broken GlassCraft also debuted its new wood  
multi-slide doors in aluminum and Continental door.  
Kolbe introduced a VistaLuxe com- wood that’s aimed at the midrange  
plementary sliding patio door with market. The company’s booth also installation demonstrations and  
contemporary Madison hardware.  
featured automation options for its a large selection of its fiberglass  
The line features 3-inch stiles and products.  
entry doors, including new Shaker-  
top rail and a 5-inch bottom rail. Two-  
LaCantina Doors debuted a new style Craftsman doors and the  
panel, three-panel, and four-panel pivot entry system with sidelite and Modern collection.  
configurations are available in sizes transom options.  
Another company with lots of  
up to 16 feet wide by 8 feet high.  
“We use the same panel we engi- fiberglass doors was MasterGrain.  
At Kolbe, we’re always looking to neered for folding and sliding in our The company debuted its new Edge  
Plastpro’s big booth featured live  
understand the needs of architects, swing and pivot system as well, so you door line, a smooth alternative to its  
builders and homeowners,” said really get that matching door pack- woodgrain products.  
Cindy Bremer, Kolbe’s vice president age,” said Lee Maughan, general man-  
of marketing. “Our new VistaLuxe ager and vice president.  
Therma-Tru showed off its doors  
with contemporary looks. It exhibited  
complementary sliding patio door is  
Weather Shield’s booth also had a Shaker-style door and new multi-  
one more way we offer solutions to big products designed to bring the point locking system handle sets.  
the window and door market.”  
Neuma previewed a door that’s not trapezoid corner window.  
yet on the market. It’s a three-panel  
outdoors inside. The highlight was a  
Kommerling USA brought its  
KomaDoor lift-and-slide patio door  
“This lets the roofline carry through system to IBS. It’s capable of spans up  
fiberglass sliding system that’s cur- from the outside to the inside,” said to 21 ½ feet by 9 ½ feet, giving max-  
rently undergoing testing, said mar- architectural/commercial manager imum light and space to homes and  
keting specialist Michelle Bryant.  
Nick’s Building Supply was anoth-  
Jeff Kibler.  
The company also showed off a  
apartments.  
Unilux, which is based in Germany,  
er company with large products. The motorized awning window that’s displayed a European-influenced alu-  
wooden-door specialists displayed an more than six feet tall.  
minum-clad tilt-and-turn window. It  
entrance system with operable side  
GlassCraft was among the com- comes in five different wood species,  
lites that allows homeowners to move panies with big fiberglass doors. and it’s available in more than 2,000  
large items such as furniture. The Its new Artisan collection fin- colors.  
company also showed off a selection ish on its FiberCraft premium  
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Relaunches and Debuts  
IBS is always a place to see new  
products. This year, it was also where  
a couple of industry leaders launched  
major rebranding efforts—and one  
company had an auspicious debut.  
Sierra Pacific clearly wanted to  
make its first IBS appearance as a  
national brand a big one.  
The company made a splash with  
a 2,800-square-foot booth and 12 new  
products, including an innovative Simpson Door’s booth at IBS Orlando showed off the company’s personalization  
architectural wall system.  
It’s a very unique product,” said  
Sierra Pacific’s Skip Johnson. “It’s sim- formation of a Trend Council with a  
ilar to a curtainwall system, but it’s got mission to provide customers with new motorized retractable wall screen  
wood on the interior. It’s a structural insights on emerging design trends. that covers 40-foot-wide openings.  
capabilities for both exterior and interior doors.  
Phantom Screens has developed a  
system, but we also have the ability to  
incorporate operating windows.”  
The new Masonite logo is a stylized The company says it’s the first of its  
“M” symbol that incorporates inter- kind in the industry. Until now, motor-  
The wall system can accommodate secting doors.  
sloped glazing. Additionally, the company an- mum of 25 feet. Thanks to technolo-  
It gives you the ability to have a nounced that it updated its website and gy introduced by Phantom, they can  
ized screens could only cover a maxi-  
lot of glass, but still keep the warmth launched new online tools.  
now provide motorized wall screens  
and beauty of wood on the interior,”  
Johnson said.  
It also released several new door to cover larger openings without any  
products, including the VistaGrande bowing in the roller or sagging in the  
The company also showed off its three-quarter lite and half-lite door mesh. It’s scheduled to hit the market  
new H3 impact window with extrud- and the new Heritage Series Craftsman in September 2017.  
ed aluminum cladding on the exterior fiberglass entry door.  
and a unique vinyl mainframe that acts  
First-time exhibitor Wizard showed  
off its VistaView extra-large retract-  
able screen, and it also offered a sneak  
as a thermal break.  
Components and More  
Endura’s booth featured a new peek at its newest innovation, a slim  
PGT Innovations, formerly PGT Inc.,  
officially unveiled a new brand name product—an innovative astragal. It’s profile motorized retractable screen.  
at the show. PGT Innovations was born a new version of its Ultimate astra-  
of the union of three companies—CGI, gal that’s spring-loaded to help with Made in the Shades  
PGT Custom Windows & Doors and installations.  
The popular blinds-between-glass  
WinDoor. PGT acquired WinDoor in  
February 2016 and CGI in 2014.  
The DuPont Protection Solutions trend was all over IBS as well, starting  
booth featured some familiar prod- with new exhibitor Intigral.  
We’re really excited to have the ucts in new packaging, such as small-  
ODL’s Blink insulating glass panel  
introduction of PGT Innovations at er rolls for its popular flashing system. with blinds has taken off since it was  
the show,” said Christy Sackett, the It also displayed the Tyvek material introduced in the fall, mainly because  
company’s senior manager of strate- calculator app for smartphones.  
gic marketing. “Collectively together, Kwikset’s large booth displayed its tomer order to dealer delivery.  
we’re able to leverage our intellectual dedication to home automation. It fea- “It’s a custom blind system that’s  
of quick turnaround time from cus-  
property across three powerful brands tured Obsidian, a key-free smart lock manufactured within eight days,” said  
and bring even smarter products to with a modern design; the SmartCode Ken Jordan, national sales manager.  
the marketplace.”  
One corner of PGTI’s huge booth touchscreen deadbolts; and the Kevo tures a cordless tilt, raise and lower  
featured several innovative products Bluetooth-enabled smart lock. operation for the company’s patio  
that are in the development stage, Frontline Building Products’ new doors. The company says the design  
including a retractable door handle product was a pre-clad entry door provides maximum safety protection  
product portfolio of push-button and  
Neuma’s mini blinds option fea-  
that’s motion-activated.  
framing system.  
for children and pets.  
Masonite introduced a new logo  
“This eliminates a lot of additional  
The 2018 International Builders’  
and visual identity at its large booth. shop labor,” said Shane Graham, the Show returns to Orlando from January  
The company also announced the company’s general manager.  
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