January/February 2004


High Stakes

The International Builders’ Show is returning to Las Vegas, January 19-22, 2004, and the show sponsor National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says approximately 1,400 exhibitors will display the latest in home-building products in more than 1.2 million square feet of space. More than 70,000 attendees are expected and they may choose from more than 200 educational sessions covering the gamut of issues concerning the building industry. Additionally, leading experts in the housing industry will be available to answer questions in daily news conferences.

Former president George H.W. Bush will serve as the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies on January 19. Other celebrities appearing at the show include cartoon character Bob the Builder™ in the South Hall on Thursday, January 23; Las Vegas impressionist Bob Anderson, host of Grand Opening Ceremonies; keynote speaker Steve Wynn, who ignited the $12 billion building boom to create modern Las Vegas; rock-and-roll band Chicago in a private appearance at the Spike Party and Directors’ Reception; comedian Joan Rivers as a special luncheon speaker; and seventies band Three Dog Night, headlining at NAHB’s Installation Ceremonies and Annual Banquet. 

For more information on the show including an exhibitor list, hotel and seminar information, visit.

Take a Chance—and See What Companies Have to Offer in the Way of New Products
Many companies providing products to the window and door industry will be at the International Builders’ Show to introduce new products. Following is just some of what you will see at this mammoth show. 

Booth #N425
Royal’s Proframe® Receives Key Product Ratings
Royal Mouldings of Marion, Va., says it has received three key door product ratings for fire-, windstorm- and hurricane-resistance and hurricane strength for its Proframe entrance and patio door system.

Royal Mouldings has received Notice of Acceptance (NOA) number 02-0408.05 (Miami-Dade County Florida expiration date April 3, 2008) for its commonly used materials. More specifically, this NOA applies to the material from which the Proframe exterior entrance and patio door system is made. 

A key battery of tests was performed as a prerequisite for NOA and is a requirement in Miami-Dade for plastic materials used within a building envelope. It is an assurance of the quality and safety of the material under certain adverse conditions and requires passage of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 4823-Smoke Density, ASTM D 635-Rate of Burning, ASTM D 1929-Self Ignition and ASTM 790-Modulus of Elasticity of 4500-hour Xenon Arc Exposed Samples.

Proframe will not rot and is a low-maintenance door system with an all-cellular vinyl and composite entry frame. It includes one of the industry’s best and largest assortments of exterior- and interior-trim profiles available, according to the company.
Info circle card #167.

Booth #C5389
MAi Features “Biltmore Estate for Your Home” Doors
MAi Wood Doors and Stair Parts of Wylie, Texas, will showcase its “Biltmore Estate for Your Home” Collection of entry doors in its booth. MAi says it and the Biltmore Estate have entered into a partnership to bring exclusive door designs to the home builder through millwork distributors. (George W. Vanderbilt created Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C., in 1895.) 

Also to be introduced at the show are new designs of naturally distressed entry doors, eyebrow-paired French doors for either exterior or interior use and hardwood stair balusters and newels that feature Italian marble as a design element.
Info circle card #168.

From Codes to Mold, Seminars Cover it All 
The Builders’ Show offers a variety of seminars in several different tracks. The construction codes, energy and trends and forecasting tracks offer several sessions that may be of interest to window and door distributors and dealers. Unless otherwise noted, all seminars take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Mold, Limiting Exposure, Liability and How to Obtain Insure Coverage, January 19, 8:30-10 a.m. 
This session will focus on mold risks and how to minimize 
and respond to these issues, including obtaining insurance coverage.

Adopting the International Residential Code, January 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Builders and building officials will discuss the codes and the tools needed when local jurisdictions begin adopting the codes. 

Housing and Economic Outlook, January 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
This session will focus on where the economy is headed in 2004 and its impact on housing. Nationally-known economists and housing market analysts will discuss the outlook for employment, prices, financing and state of the housing market in 2004.

Mold: Preventive Medicine, January 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
From foundation to flashing, preventive medicine to remediation, this seminar addresses approaches and solutions to ensuring that design and construction practices don’t encourage the problem. 

Homes and Homebuyers of Tomorrow, January 20, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Learn what product or features homebuyers consider must-haves and what prices they expect to pay. 

Green Building Guidelines: Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes, January 21, 1:30-3 p.m. 
Learn how to integrate design principles, building materials and energy-efficient construction techniques into a home. 

Understanding and Preventing Mold Growth, January 22, 8:30-10 a.m. 
Gain a basic understanding of moisture principles to evaluate building assemblies for the prevention of moisture-intrusion problems. Practices that manage moisture and prevent mold growth will also be presented. 

The Remodeling Market, January 21, 4-5 p.m.
Learn where the remodeling market is headed in 2004. 

Booth #C5383
Dunbarton Introduces New Split-Frame Door System
Dunbarton Corp. of Dothan, Ala., announces its pre-tested opening system designed for use in drywall construction. Called Redifit, the company says this system tilts into the opening and attaches in just a few easy steps. 

The door and frame are pre-squared, and the leg of the frame covers less-than-square openings. The frame is 18-gage electrogalvanized steel with an 18- or 22-gage closure and is provided to fit wall sizes from 4 inches to 10½ inches in 1-inch adjustable increments. 

This energy-efficient system has a 90-minute neutral pressure (steel-edge door) and 20-minute neutral pressure (wood-edge door) rating. It is positive pressure-approved with supplemental sealing package. Standard widths are 2 feet, 8 inches and 3 feet with a 6-foot, 8-inch height. 

The system is prepped for a 1-1/4-inch by 2-3/4-inch t-strike and a 1-1/8-inch by 2-3/4-inch deadbolt. There is no lance or casing prep for wood trim (vision slot for easing casing alignment), and the system can be pre-finished to eliminate field painting.
Info circle card #169.

Booth #N611
Dixie-Pacific Offers New Porch Posts
Carmel, Ind.-based Dixie-Pacific will introduce two new innovative synthetic porch posts— QuickPost – LTF (Lifetime Finish) and DuraPoly Post with a paintable finish. The company says the crisp colonial detail and affordable pricing of its new posts are unparalleled in the industry.

The QuickPost – LTF is available in a white-vinyl finish that is ultraviolet protected and never needs to be painted, according to the company. It complements the company’s QuickRailTM synthetic railing system.

The company says DuraPoly Post is manufactured from low-maintenance polyethylene and will never rot or decay. The DuraPoly Post can be painted to match any project.
The posts are available in size 5 inches by 5 inches by 8 feet, 8 inches (actual 4 ¼-inch width), have a structural metal insert (load capacity 2,500 pounds) and have a limited-lifetime warranty.
Info circle card #170.

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Booth #N337
Enclosed Door Blind is Easy to Install
ODL® Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., has enhanced its popular ODL Add-On Enclosed Blind for steel and fiberglass doors with several new innovations, according to Keith Early, product manager for ODL blinds and retractable screens.

An easy installation, finished and sleek look and several low-maintenance features have been engineered into the new blind, according to Early.

The blind can be installed quickly with a screwdriver over the existing fiberglass or steel door window. The result is an enclosed blind, sandwiched between two lites of tempered safety glass with improved thermal and ultraviolet performance.

The lightweight aluminum blinds do not swing or bunch, and there are no exposed cords. Two sliding tabs, one on each side of the blind unit, control the blind height and tilt the blinds to any level to encourage either maximum light flow or total privacy in the home.

Available in six different sizes to fit half doors, full doors, half sidelites and full sidelites, the blind frame is a high-quality white finish, which the company says never needs painting but can be painted to match a room’s décor.
Info circle card #171.

Booth #S7511
Railing System Has Innovative Design
Railing Dynamics Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has a new product, Deck Rail™, which the company says has an innovative design that features an aluminum-reinforced vinyl rail system.

The system offers an optional decorative composite cap, which covers and beautifies the top line of the railing installation.

The Deck Rail cap maintains a continuous clean line as it sits on top of the intermediate newel posts. It is much wider than the standard top rail and can accommodate a cup or plate easily, according to the company. 
Info circle card #172.

Booth #C6325
Frame Adapter Protects Against Water
Endura Products of Greensboro, N.C., will introduce the JambDam™ frame adapter at the show, demonstrating to builders how the adapter provides a protective barrier against water damage and eases jamb conversion between sill and profiles.

The company says the JambDam raises the jamb stop and rabbet ¼ inch off of the ground, acting as a moisture barrier, preventing water from wicking up the jamb and avoiding discoloration, rotting and the inevitable call-backs such damage causes.

Made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the frame adapter also allows easy conversion from low- to high-profile jambs. Attaching the JambDam to the bottom of a low-profile frame raises the frame to accommodate high-dam sills. This simple procedure eliminates the need to purchase new jambs, according to the company.

The frame adapter is available in out- and in-swing versions. For out-swing applications, the need to notch the sill is removed, maintaining a more reliable moisture barrier at the threshold.
Info circle card #173.

Booth #N1049
Window Wells Make Basements Come Alive
The Bilco Co. of West Haven, Conn., says its ScapeWEL® product makes basements come alive by adding natural daylight and fresh air to lower-level living while providing safe, code-compliant emergency egress.

With today’s rising housing costs, more and more homeowners and builders are discovering that basement areas are the best and most economical way to increase the amount of living space in a home. 

ScapeWEL consists of two side panels or three-step panel components that simply snap together on-site in a patented slot-and-tab design. Unlike concrete window wells, ScapeWEL requires no forming or pouring and is faster and more cost-effective 
than installing custom terraced site-built wells, according to the company.

It attaches to the window buck or foundation directly and requires no special ladder since the stair units are incorporated in the terraced planter design.
Info circle card #174. 

Booth #N1000
Bendix Offers Custom Mouldings
Introducing its new line of hand-carved wood mouldings, ornaments and corbels will be Bendix Mouldings Inc. of Orangeburg, N.Y. The company says it can custom-carve any moulding, ornament or corbel in any design or size required.

The company’s corbels can be used singularly or as a group to enhance the decoration of the home, furnishings or cabinetry.
Info circle card #175. 


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