Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

March 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 2

March Product Madness
Check Out the Latest in New Products

Looking for new products to sell? SHELTER’s New Product Guide reveals fresh designs and innovative building products to the market this year. From panels to machinery and hardware to doors and windows, there are so many unique products it will drive you mad. 


WSM Machine Gets Through the Grind

The 4064 Horizontal Grinding System from Salem, Ore.-based WSM is a high-volume stationary grinding system available with chain, vibratory or belt in-feed conveyors. 

The system features a massive overhead power feed mechanism to provide a controlled, metered feed to the grinder. Its design provides a large feed opening and the mill duty, disc-type rotor allows multiple hammer configurations for a variety of applications such as high volume processing of wood waste into board furnish, mulch, or fuel, re-grinding to produce bedding or play-chip or primary reduction of green waste for compost or mulch.

Door Package Helps Produce More Doors

Dotul Inc. of St. George, Utah, debuts its prehung door machinery package, Dotul 100. The package consists of the Maverick vertical door machine, 501 strike jamb router and RRB-3F stop stitcher.

The Maverick door machine, when used in combination with the 501 strike jamb router and RRB-3F stop stitcher, can produce in excess of 100 pre-hung doors per day, according to the company.

Factory-trained technicians are provided for startup, and a detailed operators/parts manual comes with every machine sold.

KVAL’s New Door Processor Commands Attention

KVAL has introduced the Commander-di, a door processor that uses a touch screen panel to machine doors with or without jambs for hinges and cylinder locks.

The machine’s software provides full integration and networking so that patterns can be used on all of the company’s CNC machinery. The hinge router is programmable for square or three-degree hinge bevel with instantaneous changeover. 

The company says no manual adjustments are necessary, making this an ideal platform for pre-hangers processing both square and double bevel doors. The hinge pre-drill option is fully-integrated in the hinge processing sequence, eliminating the extra step of post-drilling. Double boring for lock and dead bolt holes is also a new standard feature, along with an option to pre-drill for screws and square corners.


Blackstone Offers Treads and Floor Trim

Blackstone Wood Products Inc. of Lenoir, N.C., began selling pre-finished treads and floor trim last month. These products are offered in red oak and white oak as well as some exotic species.

The company says that great care will be taken to sand and match current popular flooring finishes.

Gunstock, natural, butterscotch and cherry will be offered in rich tones and with a long-lasting finish, according to the company’s release.


Le Hardware from Hoppe

Fort Atkinson, Wis.-based Hoppe North America Inc. is promoting its French casement hardware systems for true French windows without a fixed mullion between sashes.

The hardware adapts to square, round-top and arch-top windows and can be used in conjunction with standard cranked operators, and it requires only minor profile modifications of standard casement profiles.

With the new hardware system, the company offers a two-step locking function. The hardware is driven by a single handle and 180-degree turn is required to lock or unlock the window. Two locking points, horizontally at the bottom and vertically in the center, engage with the strike plates first when the operating locking handle is turned 90 degrees.

Silent System Sounds Great

Silent System from Hettich America of Alpharetta, Ga., is a product for hinges that slows down hinged doors gently and closes them in virtual silence. Four options provide the feel of cushioned closure for a variety of applications including clip-on, screw-on, countersunk. A fifth version is adapted to the hinge cup and set to complement the hinge system. All versions are fitted on the side of the hinge so not to impair the furniture’s appearance when the door is open.

BlueThing™ Prevents Door Damage

Perfect Products, of Tulsa, Okla., has introduced BlueThing™, a temporary door latch that it says protects doors at a worksite. Users need only to pop the latch in the bolt hole to make doors functional and safe, according to the company.

The latch provides a high level of control during painting while leaving the entire door’s surface unobstructed. Its easy-access operation allows one to open and close it from either side. When it’s time to remove the latch, no permanent marking is left behind, according to the company, thus preventing damage to the door.


Western Reflections Offers New Glass Designs

Western Reflections of Gallatin, Tenn., has debuted new glass designs called Eastlake and Aspen.

Eastlake features a traditional egg-and-dart molding border, crafted in metal. The metal beautifully frames the beveled center cluster, creating a unique and welcoming entry. The glass design has a satin nickel finish, a border of granite glass and it surrounds the eaton glass background. 

Aspen’s transitional design features a double granite border and reeded glass background to let light in while providing privacy. The center bevel cluster and platinum caming adds sparkle and elegance.

Both designs are assembled into energy-efficient insulating triple pane units. Most are stocked in Western Reflections’ low-maintenance white frame and can be special ordered in a stainable tan frame.

Andersen Introduces High Performance™ Low-E4™ Glass

Andersen Windows Inc. of Bayport, Minn., has unveiled a high performance™ low-E4™ glass, which features an exterior coating that, when activated by sunlight, helps reduce dirt build-up and water spots, and promotes quick drying. Low-E4 glass is exclusive to Andersen® windows and doors, and is a standard feature on the company’s 400 Series products.

The glass also features Andersen protective film, a clear protective film applied to the interior and exterior sides of the glass during manufacturing to provide additional protection against shipping and installation hazards as well as construction site debris. It is easily removed and helps reduce clean-up time after installation. 

The new glass features proven energy saving technology to help reduce heating and cooling bills by, on average, 41 percent in the summer and 35 percent in winter than standard dual-pane glass.


SafeGuard Shields Homes

SilverLine’s SafeGuard™ line of impact-resistant windows and patio doors can help protect homes with its combination of specially-designed, interrelated components. From a unique, patented interlocking tilt-latch design, to a positive action sash lock to DuPont SentryGlas®, each element of the window has been selected by the company to perform under severe conditions.

The product line features double-hung windows, casement windows, awning windows and patio doors for both new construction and replacement applications. All of the windows feature fusion-welded vinyl construction, steel and/or aluminum reinforcements, heavy-duty hardware and DuPont SentryGlas.

Signamark’s Doors Are Not an Illusion

Illusions exterior doors from Signamark based in Tacoma, Wash., open up spaces within the home for a flowing, well-lit, harmonious feeling that can’t be achieved with traditional interior doors. Part of the company’s Expression Series, the new door features a center panel of tampered glass with subtle geometric design accents. 

The door provides a light and airy-looking portal between rooms that have been darkened and closed off, by traditional, solid interior doors. The door can redefine the space between a living room and dining room, or kitchen and den with its matrix of grooved glass. Genuine art glass from Trinity Glass International is arranged in a 15-lite matrix of crystal-clear V-groove glass.

No Room for a Door? 

The Johnson 2610F Pocket Door Hardware Set from Johnson Hardware makes installing an open pocket door easy. No close fitting is required, and the hardware can be readily adapted for particular installations, and it can support solid core doors up to 125 pounds.

The company says doors that slide rather than swing can provide space saving advantages, but genuine pocket doors that slide inside of walls can’t always be installed because of room configuration or costs. With the new hardware kit, an open pocket door can be surface-mounted outside the wall.

Kolbe K•Force is a Force of Protection

Kolbe Windows & Doors of Wausau, Wis., has unveiled its K•Force impact products specially designed for protection. The doors and windows are built to meet or exceed the strict building codes of coastal regions, and also protect against forced entry while providing reduced sound transmission. 

The line of products includes double-hung, casement, awnings, picture units, transoms, doors and sidelites. Various sizes are offered along with numerous color options.

Features and benefits of the new products include a traditional wood window without unsightly brackets, glass coated with LoE2, and a warm-edge stainless steel spacer with argon gas. Single glaze or insulating LoE2 laminated glass filters ultraviolet rays and provides a higher level of security against intruders because if shattered, the glass will resist forced entry even after repeated blows. Optional corrosion-resistant hardware is available to coastal areas.

CertainTeed Window is Certainly Safe

An impact-resistant glazing option is now available for CertainTeed’s Bryn Mawr II™ and New Castle XT™ lines of vinyl windows in the Southeastern region of the United States. Engineered for high durability and strength, the impact-resistant windows meet windborne debris testing standards of the International Building Code by passing tests ASTM E 1996 and ASTM E 1886 for impact resistance.

The durable windows feature an insulating glass unit with a laminated piece of glass on the interior that contains a tough layer of polyvinyl butyral for increased safety.

The Sound of Silence

Pella says its Designer Series® doors and windows with triple-glazing and laminated glass can reduce exterior sounds as much as 85 percent. An 8-inch concrete block reduces sound by 95 percent. An exclusive feature of the Designer Series Collection is fabric shades protected between lites of glass, which also offer a higher level of energy efficiency than windows without shades.

All windows from the company are available with insulating glass, which offers an acoustic barrier that blocks outside noises from reaching the interior.

Corvado™ Door Complements Interiors

Chicago-based CMI has introduced its Corvado™ two-panel, square-top plank interior door. The smooth surfaced door resembles the classic Shaker style door, and is versatile enough to complement a range of home decors from Southwestern to rustic to contemporary.

The door has a distinctive groove and modified sticking profile that provides the rich feel of a traditional plank door, while adding beautiful architectural details.

The door is manufactured from molded, high-density fiberboard to resist shrinking, cracking and joint separation.

The two-panel plank door can also be used with the company’s Cellini series special raised-panel moulding to create a unique plank door.

New Windows From Old Architecture

Clopay of Cincinnati has introduced new window designs that it says was inspired by Old World European architecture. The Tuscany and the Orleans designs are available on the company’s Classic raised panel line. Designed to resemble a speakeasy of yesteryear, the Tuscan and the Orleans create a beaded glass look covered by decorative iron grilles.

The windows are made of tough ultraviolet-protected acrylic and carry a ten-year limited warranty.

Arched, long and short designs are available on the Gallery Collection of embossed steel carriage house doors.

PGT Presents New Product Line

PGT® has introduced PGT® Series 400 vinyl door and window line and showcased new styles for WinGuard® impact-resistant doors and window with vinyl frames.

The new Series 400 door and window line features the same heavy-duty, energy-efficient vinyl frame construction found in WinGuard. The product can accommodate homes needing to meet high design pressures of up to 60 psf. 

The WinGuard Series 500 door and window line now includes a horizontal roller and casement window. The single-hung window has been redesigned to be aesthetically pleasing, and the whole series now includes a 1-inch ogee muntin with simulated divided lite. 

The 400 and 500 series lines are custom-made to exact specifications and come in a wide variety of sizes and options, including high-performance low-E glass and tints. Styles include a single-hung, horizontal roller, casement, picture/architectural windows and a sliding glass door.


Designed by William E. Poole

The new William E. Poole collection by Fypon of Archbold, Ohio, showcases a collaboration between Fypon and William E. Poole, a home design company. The low-maintenance pieces feature exacting architectural lines coupled with the advantages of urethane, including resistance to rot, moisture, insects, weather and decay.

For the new collection, Poole has created a line of cupolas for Fypon. Twenty-five ornamental cupolas range in height from about 5 feet tall to more than 7 feet tall. The cupolas are made of cellular PVC for the base and roof support. The sill, crown moulding and louvers are made of urethane.

Kwik Corner™ Cuts Costs, Not Corners

Omega-Tek Building Products Inc. of West Swanzey, N.H., has introduced a new cellular vinyl product called Kwik Corner™. According to the company, the one-piece extrusion is stronger, stiffer and lighter than other cellular PVC corners and delivers a beautiful 90-degree outside corner. 

The product ensures that no glued joints come apart and there are no porous edges to collect dirt. It eliminates on-site fabrication costs with quick and simple installation to lower labor costs and callbacks, according to the company. It can be applied by conventional face nailing into the supporting framing by snapping the continuous flange into the preformed edge grooves and nailing it into place. After the siding is applied, there is no countersink or caulk. 

Thick integrally-extruded skin on all surfaces adds resistance to dents, scratches, dirt, mold and mildew. 

The product works like wood but doesn’t rot, need paint or fingerjoints, cup, split, check or knot. It is ideal for fiber-cement, wood or vinyl lap siding, according to the company.

With an optional blind nail flange, nail holes don’t have to be filled.

Stylish Home Concepts Columns Cut Builders’ Costs

HB&G of Troy, Ala., presents PermaWrap™ cellular PVC columns to the building industry. The attractive new columns are designed to eliminate costly damage and replacement of columns during the construction process.

According to company marketing manager Tim Bobo, one of the biggest problems builders face when using wood and cellular PVC columns in the field, is that the columns often become scratched, nicked, dinged and damaged during construction. That is because the columns are installed during the framing process, which exposes them to damage as building materials and equipment are dragged on and off the porch going in and out of the house. 
Contractors can install PermaWrap™ columns around existing structural posts with the final trim package to eliminate costly damage and callbacks.

Century Architectural Specialties Introduces New Moulding Profiles 

Century Architectural Specialties of Marietta, Ga., has introduced more than 30 new moulding and decorative accent products. The company says it offers more than 500 unique items categorized in three product groups, decorative mouldings, decorative wall accents and decorative ceiling accents as well as two flexible moulding options, Centreflex™ and Formaflex™.


EasAlign™ Makes Installation Easy

Crown Heritage® is a manufacturer of wood and forged iron stair systems in North Wilkesboro, N.C. It recently developed a patent-pending alignment system and corresponding proprietary tool, EasAlign™, for stair system railing and fitting installations. 

The system works with all Crown Heritage stair systems and features invisible magnetic fastening elements developed by Swiss company Invis. This method for connecting stair parts eliminates wood plugs, nuts, bolts and glue.

EasAlign ensures a smooth, strong, completely aligned railing connection for Crown Heritage stair systems, and eliminates misfits between handrails and fittings. The tool provides the exact method for drilling the fittings for the system, and offers an extra-high shear strength method of installing handrails to fittings. Using this system makes installations up to 50 percent faster than rail bolt connections, as well as cleaner, with no glue being used and no sanding required, according to the company.


Managing Documents Made Easy With DataView

Among the newest software modules being offered by Memphis, Tenn.-based WoodWare is DataView Document Imaging and Document Management Software. The product has already been integrated with the WoodWare System and is being used by a number of WoodWare customers. The system requires a stand-alone personal computer server using an Oracle relational database and the WoodWare DataView Interface Module.

Documents from WoodWare and other sources can be stored electronically in DataView. Most documents can be handled through an electronic file output from WoodWare directly into DataView. Signed delivery tickets or picking tickets with handwritten shop notes, can be scanned and indexed to match up with the original quote, order, etc. from WoodWare. Barcodes can be printed on these documents within DataView to further automate the matching and indexing process. 

Other documents such as employment applications, personnel review forms, Word documents, letters and reports can be scanned and filed within DataView.


RSL Has Some New Looks

RSL Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has introduced its color 2006 Decorative Glass Catalog. The new 40-page catalog features over 220 handcrafted decorative glass designs including seven new looks for 2006, called the Templar, Wrought Iron, Lotus, Pearl, Carousel, Coventry and Orient.


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