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he European influence on the
North American door and win
dow market continues to grow
each year, driven by both energy-effi
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
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
edge the value of these products.
“People are recognizing the func
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
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
cial and residential markets based in
Gänserndorf, Austria.
That same month, Andersen Corp.
acquired Fenêtres MQ Inc., a luxu
ry door and window manufacturer
in Sainte-Agathe, Quebec, with man
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.
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Deceuninck’s Revolution XL tilt & turn door and window system is a European-style product line designed for U.S. applications.