Volume 45, Issue 8 - October  2006

Product Focus


Get a Rust Look with AugustaWood®
AugustaWood, a Sierra Door exclusive, utilizes the wood species Cunningham Lanceolata, named to Dr. James Cunningham, a British Doctor who discovered and first cultivated this hybrid of two species, cypress and cedar, in 1702. 

According to Sierra Doors president, James Williams, “The demand for rustic and natural looking products such as knotty pine and knotty alder continues to increase. The AugustaWood product offering provides an alternative for meeting this demand. With a 1 ¾-inch door thickness and a very distinguished 1 ½-inch panel, the AugustaWood product line is unique when compared to the other rustic products currently available.” 

Hope’s Windows Opens Up
The Jamestown 175 Series from Hope’s Windows Inc. of Jamestown, N.Y., is 1 3/4-inch deep and accommodates up to 1 1/8-inch glass. The steel window is ideal for projects requiring large glass lites while maintaining the narrow sightlines of steel windows. 

Single and double door configuring are available with various hardware options, and design flexibility is achieved with various muntin configurations. Ventilators receive double integral groove weatherstripping and solid fusion welded corners deliver strength and water tightness.

Stallion Adds Two Wood Species
Stallion Doors and Millwork, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of interior stile and rail doors, has added alder and knotty alder to its list of species options. Other species available include: red oak, pine, knotty pine, hickory, birch, cherry, maple, mahogany and yellow poplar. 

Distributors can also choose from hundreds of interior door design options with a choice of raised panel, flat panel, glass, chalk or marker board options. Doors are available in any standard or non-standard size up to 3 feet 6 inches by 8 feet. 

Eagle Doors Disappear
The VistaPointe multi-slide door from Architectural Systems LLC of Gilbert, Ariz., is a telescoping door that can disappear, creating unobstructed openings up to 24-feet wide and 10-feet high, in slide-right, slide-left, bi-parting and bi-parting corner applications. The company says that an available flush track system seems to disappear into the flooring, providing a consistent transition from indoors to outdoors.

Using the Eagle® Ascent™ door panel, this system offers the ability to open wide areas, while matching all the other doors and windows in the building. 

Sliding Glass Patio Door Opens a View
Hydro Aluminum North America of Cassville, Mo., has introduced its Hydro M-1100 sliding glass patio door, which it says is ideal as a doorway to decks, patios and walkways, according to the company. It boasts a slim profile with large glass panels that provide unobstructed views and are fully-reversible for right- or left-handed operations.

The panels incorporate insulating glass to help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer and to reduce condensation formation. The thermal break built into the frame increases the door’s thermal performance even further, according to the company.

Glasslite Designs Give Fresh Look
Taylor Building Products (TBP) of West Branch, Mich., has unveiled a series of decorative glasslites designed specifically to accentuate the curb appeal of its Craftsmen six-panel Timberline CE fiberglass entry door collection. Nine styles of 25- by 15-inch triple-insulating decorative glasslites are offered for the six-panel door, along with a double-insulating clear glasslite—available with or without interior muntin bars. 

The company says the new entry doors offer the natural appearance of a handcrafted wood entry doors but will not warp or splinter like wood, due to the rugged high-impact fiberglass composite skin. 

Offered in a choice of textured woodgrain or smooth fiberglass skin, the door can be stained or painted. Composite end stiles and rails provide waterproofing for the door’s insulated core.

Designer Doors are in Harmony
Designer Doors of River Falls, Wis., has added a line of premium shutters to its offerings. Designer Shutters™ are constructed from weather-resistant western red cedar or mahogany. With numerous Old World techniques, the shutters are built to excel and to last, according to the company. 

They feature mortise and tenon and/or cope and stick technique. Every component from shutter rails, stiles and louvers, to the rabbeting, cutouts and tilt-rods, is hand-crafted. 

Classic Looks for JELD-WEN’s Windows
JELD-WEN of Klamath Falls, Ore., has introduced two new window collections that capture some popular architectural styles on the East Coast with the advantages of vinyl.

According to information from the company, vinyl windows won’t swell or stick in humid weather or freezing temperatures. They also never need painting and are highly weather-resistant. 

The company’s window styles include flat casing vinyl windows, brickmould vinyl windows and flat casing and brickmould vinyl windows. 

Additionally, installation is easy with integral trim and a J-channel system.

Beauty Inside and Out
Parrett Windows of Dorchester, Wis., manufactures and assembles simulated divided-lite windows, among other types of windows. Wood profile options include natural, primed or painted as well as finished/painted aluminum bars commonly used on the exterior surface of the glass. Lineal or radius grilles provide outstanding resemblance to the classic look of the past, bringing beauty to a window inside and out, according to the company.

Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners
The storm door product line from Brookings, S.D.’s Larson Manufacturing has been certified under the new Energy Policy Act, by meeting or exceeding the criteria established by the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows homeowners a tax credit of 10 percent of the amount paid for qualified energy efficiency improvements to their homes in 2006 and 2007, up to a total credit of $500. 

In order to qualify, storm doors must meet or exceed the criteria established by the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code when installed over a prime door on the taxpayer’s primary U.S. residence. 

All Larson storm doors, when installed over an existing door, meet the code requirements and qualify for the tax credit. 

Don’t Get Burned
With FyreWerks and its FC family of fire door cores, distributors have the opportunity to manufacture and sell architecturally-correct wood and medium-density fiberboard fire doors. 

Fyrewerks walks its customers through the process of becoming a certified manufacturer for Intertek Testing Services. Once a company signs on with ITS, it will have the ability to use Fyrewerks’ 20, 45, 60 and 90-minute Warnock Hersey ratings to manufacture its fire doors using Fyrewerks’ proprietary door core.

Crystal Boasts New Framing Options
Crystal Window & Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., has unveiled a new frame option for its high-end Series 8000 aluminum projected window series. In addition to the standard frame, the four styles of the architecturally-rated series 8000 windows are all optionally—available with a 2-inch face flange installation fin. The project-in model of the series 8000 line is also available with a 2 ½-inch flange frame. The face flange greatly speeds window replacements and eliminates the need for exterior capping or panning in many cases, according to the company.

L.E. Johnson Products Welcomes Wheelchairs
The idea behind L.E. Johnson Products Inc.’s Pocket Door Frame is to accommodate physically-challenged individuals in wheelchairs. Standard doors that lead from room to room within the home are often problematic, according to the company, because they swing in and out of entryways in extensive arcs. 

The new pocket door frame allows one to quickly and affordably transform any inside entryway into one that makes the coming and going from one room to the next easier.

The frame kits allow doors to slide across archways, instead of having to swing through them so that all of the floor space surrounding either side of the doorway can be used. The door itself slides inside the adjacent wall virtually out of sight when open, then across the entryway when closed.


Weather the Storm with a New Company
Durable Products of Frankfort, Ohio, has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary called WeatherShed LLC, dedicated exclusively to the manufacture and distribution of a new line of composite door frames.

In development since 2003, the WeatherShed composite frames bring to market a competitively-priced alternative to the fingerjoint pine frame that solves the issue of jamb rot as well other maintenance issues associated with fingerjoint pine, according to company information.

In addition, the frames are engineered to be machined and stapled easily with standard door shop equipment as pine components. The company says there is no risk of staple blowback nor materials that are too hard to accept screws.

The new product has all the benefits of a rot-free composite with a lifetime guarantee and the compatibility of a complete line of Durable Products’ door sills to meet nearly any door size, shape or function.

All components can be delivered as an engineered system, or purchased individually, to meet customers’ specific requirements.


Dotul is “Intelligent Door Building Machinery” 
Dotul Inc. of Pagosa Springs, Colo., is celebrating its first year in operation. 

The company’s line of new equipment includes a vertical pre-hung door machine, strike jamb router, stop stitcher, stile press, horizontal assembly press, rip saw, wide belt sander, glue spreaders and other machinery for the manufacturing and pre-hanging of doors.

The company says it uses factory-trained technicians for start-ups. A detailed operators/parts manual is included with every machine sold. All machinery comes with a one-year limited warranty. 

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