March 2003

Monster Madness

NAHB Draws Monstrous Crowd, Numerous New Products
by Penny Beverage

After a two-year stint at the Atlanta World Congress Center, the National Association of Homebuilders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show moved west this year to the city of thrills, spectacles and, of course, flying change: Las Vegas. The show, which was held January 20-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew a crowd of 92,000 builders and 1,300 exhibits—up from 900 in 2001.

Attendees and exhibitors alike were pleased with several packed show floors, as the convention filled the three halls of the convention center with numerous booths, some the size of houses themselves.

Following are some of the products unveiled during the week-long event.

JJJ Introduces Octagon Window
Minneapolis-based JJJ Specialty Co. offered its venting octagon windows, available in both wood and polyurethane. The windows are equipped with insulating glass, a screen and push bar operator and an optional roto-operator. In addition, a variety of glass designs are available, including colonial wood grille, obscured beveled flower, clear with art glass design and clear with leaded tape. The wood window is equipped with a solid 1 ¼-inch thick pine frame with a full 2-by-1 ¼-inch brick mould exterior. Likewise, the polyurethane window has a solid 11/16-inch thick pine frame with a one-piece molded polyurethane exterior. It is pre-finished in the company’s five standard colors.

A & H Debuts WindowVation™, Gallery Windows™
A&H SCREEN SHOT A & H Windows of North Wilkesboro, N.C., debuted its WindowVation, an online order-entry system. According to the company, the software is designed to allow homebuilders and dealers to order its windows 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers can also receive quotes and order windows via the website without intervention delaying shipping. In addition, A & H featured its Gallery Windows, which are available in a variety of brick moulds, grille and sash styles for use with a common frame. The frame features no-rot, vinyl-composite exterior parts with a standard ten-year warranty, according to the company, and resists rotting, warping, cracking or swelling. The Gallery Windows are also available in custom shapes.

Hurd Takes Control

HURD SLIDING PATIO DOOR Hurd Millwork Co. Inc. of Medford, Wis., introduced the “Total Window Control” customization system, a window building system that the company says puts every step of customization into the customer’s hands. According to the company, its extensive product line offers HURD DOUBLEHUNG builders a wide variety of window frame materials and styles, including glass styles and accessories, newly-designed casement and awning windows, a new stationary sash frame option for patio doors, customized double-hung windows, an enhanced warranty program and elegant windows featuring v-groove glass.

Windsor Hits Pinnacle View

PINNACLE SERIES CASEMENT Windsor Windows & Doors of West Des Moines, Iowa, has introduced its Pinnacle casement window, available with an extruded 2-inch aluminum sash and frame. According to the company, the Pinnacle comes with a premium Clear Select Pine interior. In addition, the window is equipped with the company’s own custom casement sequential locking system and an adjustable hinge system. The window’s unique corner assembly method uses specially-designed hidden corner keys to provide strong corners with clean sight lines and to keep the corners from pulling away from each other.

Therma-Tru Slims Down
THERMA TRU SLIM-LINE Therma-Tru Doors of Maumee, Ohio, introduced its Slim-Line™ sliding patio door systems. According to the company, the system features strong, fiberglass construction with reinforced, high-strength, injection-molded corners, and won’t crack, warp, rot or split. It is also said to maximize the glass area. 

The doors were designed for comfort and energy efficiency with a 1-inch tempered low-E insulating glass unit and an integral interlock with double weather-stripping. They also operate with their easy-gliding adjustable tandem steel rollers and corrosion-resistant stainless steel roller track, according to the company.

Masonite Develops Palazzo™ Series

  Masonite International Corp., which is based in Mississauga, Ontario, introduced the Palazzo series door, featuring distinct raised moulding combined with unique high-definition panel profiles. The door is offered in two architectural designs, the Bellagio™, which utilizes two arched panels, and the Capri™, which utilizes two square panels.

The door features a smooth surface, ideal for painting, and provides the weight and feel of solid wood, though it is built using the company’s Premcor™ door core. The patent-pending door is available in both 1 3/8-inch and 1 ¾-inch thicknesses, according to the company.

TruStile Offers a Variety of Options
Denver-based TruStile Doors Inc. offers more than 500 styles of interior and exterior doors and shutters. The doors are available manufactured with the company’s composite MDF, wood and metal, and can be customized to meet specific needs. The MDF doors are available in French, colonial, rustic and contemporary, while the metal doors are available clad in 11 different metals.
Simpson Extends Door Options
SIMPSON-MAPLE INTERIOR DOOR Simpson Door Co. of McCleary, Wash., added interior Maple doors to its line of options. According to the company, Maple doors are now available in several styles, including French, panel, bi-fold and decorative French. In addition, the doors can be ordered in the builder’s choice of Shaker or traditional styles and are available in a variety of heights.

Pemko Adds to Sill Line
Pemko Manufacturing introduced its SillTech 2000™ in-swing and out-swing sill systems. According to the company, the sill system is leak- and rot-resistant, low-maintenance, available for 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 walls and is custom made to fit any builder’s specifications. Both the in-swing and out-swing systems come as pre-made kits and can be sized made-to-order. Each is manufactured from a mill finish extruded aluminum sill with the standard 5-degree slope and equipped with a tan-colored vinyl threshold, a sloped, interlocking quad-seal door shoe with drop guard and mounting screws, adhesive-backed corner seal pads, screw packs and adhesive-backed peel and stick jamb prep stickers.

MFM Provides Window Wrap™
MFM Building Products Corp. of Coshocton, Ohio, offers Window Wrap, a product for protecting buildings from moisture entry during window installation. According to the company, Window Wrap may be used to strip in the flanges of wood, metal and vinyl windows, around doors or other openings or as a flashing wherever a uniform, dependable water-resistant barrier is required. 

Window Wrap is constructed from a tough, aluminized, multi-layer polymer film, coated with rubberized asphalt. A silicone release paper protects the adhesive surface and is removed as the product is installed.


Penny Beverage is managing editor for SHELTER magazine.


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