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T
he European influence on the
North American door and win
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dow market continues to grow
each year, driven by both energy-effi
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ciency and design concerns.
One product category in particular
seems poised to satisfy both demands:
tilt-and-turn doors and windows.
“European windows here equals
tilt-turn,” says Corrie Neukirchner,
senior marketing manager for win
-
dow solutions and building solutions
with Rehau Construction in Leesburg,
Va. The company offers several tilt-
and-turn product lines for both resi
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dential and commercial markets.
Marco Dexler, export director USA
with Unilux, a German firm that’s been
selling to the U.S. high-end construc
-
tion market for several years, says
Americans are starting to acknowl
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edge the value of these products.
“People are recognizing the func
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tional benefits of tilt-and-turn win-
dows, along with the thermal efficien-
cy,” he says. “For the last three or four
years, the market has been growing
extremely well for us, mainly for tilt-
and-turn windows.
European products also work for
those seeking minimalist designs.
One of the biggest trends we have
noticed is the push toward a more
modern and clean design aesthet
-
ic,” says Darek Szyszko, the business
manager with Glenview Doors. “Kerf
cuts, clean long lines, and the use of
metal inlays. There has also been a big
demand for things like pivot doors.
A Growing Niche
While European products arent
commonplace yet in North America,
more companies are selling them,
especially to the custom home mar
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ket. For example, Jeld-Wen made
a bet on the niche in October 2017
when it acquired the Domoferm
Group, a maker of doors for commer
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cial and residential markets based in
Gänserndorf, Austria.
That same month, Andersen Corp.
acquired Fenêtres MQ Inc., a luxu
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ry door and window manufacturer
in Sainte-Agathe, Quebec, with man
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ufacturing locations in Canada and
Italy. The MQ product line includes
tilt-and-turn windows.
Additionally, European-based pro-
file manufacturers such as Deceuninck
and Veka, which have operations in
North America, offer tilt-and-turn
products designed for climates on this
side of the Atlantic.
Another European company with a
growing U.S. presence is Kommerling.
The company has a manufacturing
facility in Huntsville, Ala.
“The ability to supply from with
-
in the USA will also be a contribut-
ing factor to product adoption,” says
Gareth Parton, vice president of sales
and marketing, profile division with
Kommerling USA. We can supply on
a relatively short lead time.
And Canada-based Energi Fene-
stration Solutions also offers many
examples of these products.
Old-World Windows
Invade the New . . .
Tilt-and-Turn Fenestration Products Find a Niche in North America
BY TREY BARRINEAU
Deceuninck’s Revolution XL tilt & turn door and window system is a European-style product line designed for U.S. applications.