Volume 37, Issue 9, September 2002

Introducing New Products from the Shower Door Industry

There’s more to the bathroom than a sink and a tub. A great deal of hardware, tools and supplies are necessary to make the room stick together. From caulks to hardware, finishes to shower doors, a number of companies are offering their latest products for the shower enclosure industry.

BEMA Accepting Entries for 2002 Annual Design Awards
The Bath Enclosures Manufacturers Association (BEMA) has announced that it is currently accepting entries for its 2002 Bath Enclosure Design Awards. According to BEMA, the awards recognize exceptional bathroom design using a shower or tub enclosure instead of a shower curtain to enhance the look and design of the room. 

Awards will be given in two different categories: installations up to $1,500 and installations more than $1,500 and all enclosures must have been completed between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2002. 

All entries must be received by January 10, 2003, and there is no limit on the number of entries allowed per applicant. Winners receive airfare and hotel accommodations for two to attend the BEMA Annual Meeting, taking place in March 2003 in Atlanta.

Into the Clear
To help protect shower enclosures from common problems such as lime scale, grease and dirt from soaps, ClearShield Technologies from Melrose Park, Ill., offers a system for protecting and maintaining new or existing glass shower enclosures.

According to information from the company, the technology resists lime scale and organic surface contamination; protects sandblasted glass from fingerprinting, staining and discoloration; is easy to clean and maintain; and is also easy to apply.

Accumetric Introduces New Line of Latex Caulks
Now available from Accumetric LLC of Elizabethtown, Ky., is a new line of acrylic latex caulks with silicone, which use resin technology.

According to the company, the caulks are made to form a tough, flexible, resilient bond.

Southeastern Aluminum Products Unveils Signature Pivot ™ Door System
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based Southeastern Aluminum Products Inc. has introduced the latest addition to its Signature line of heavy glass enclosures with the pivot door system for 3/8-inch thick glass. According to the company, the new design eliminates the need for notches and complicated hinge hardware requiring screws, springs, ball bearings or rods.
The Signature pivot door hardware is a clamp-on device with a base plate that utilizes the weight and turning motion of the door to self-center itself in the standard closed position. Because no notches have to be made in the glass, reducing the cost and required lead time of glass fabrication, the company says its new hardware results in considerable savings over the more complicated heavy glass pivot door hardware on the market.

The hardware, available in silver, gold and brushed nickel, can be installed from floor-to-ceiling, as a wall mount or in a standard-head configuration. It can work alone or in combination with a variety of fixed panels. 

Also available from Southeastern Aluminum is the CrystalLine™ frameless by-pass, which features a re-designed header, sill track and sill guide. It also has the option to use 1/4-inch glass instead of the unit’s standard 3/16-inch glass.

According to the company, the reversible header offers two contemporary profiles and the redesigned sill track has a lower slope and a rounded corner, which can help to eliminate splash out and water pooling on the track.

In addition, a poly-pack of hardware can be purchased separately to convert the CrystalLine to 1/4-inch glass. The pack contains two hanger brackets to replace the standard 3/16-inch brackets.

A Source for Shower Doors and More
Based in Grand Haven, Mich., Glas-Source offers custom and standard shower doors, including framed, unframed, custom heavy glass, euro, overheight and steam-unit styles. Metal options include brushed satin, brushed nickel, almond, biscuit, white, black, silver and gold. Glass options include all standard items, and more than 14 patterned and textured glass styles.

In addition to the numerous shower enclosure options, GlasSource also offers installation classes to help installers with techniques. 

Alluring Options from Agalite
The latest choice in frameless shower doors from Agalite of Seattle is the company’s new Allure option. According to the company, this series combines the elegance of European hardware and the functionality of the magnetic latch jamb system.

The option is available to dealers throughout the United States.

Pittsburgh Corning Lightens Up with New Shower System
Pittsburgh Corning Corp. of Pittsburgh has introduced a new system for installing glass block shower enclosures.

The new system is available in three styles: 48 by 48 inches, square with door and base featuring the Decora® pattern glass block; 52 by 52 inches, neo-angle with door and base featuring the Decora pattern; and 72 by 51 inches, doorless entry curved unit with base incorporating the Arque® glass block in the Decora pattern.

Components included in the system are Pittsburgh Corning glass block, custom-designed acrylic base, shower door (where applicable) and instructions. 

U.S. Horizon Creates New Sample Board
Not sure of the difference in chrome and satin chrome in shower enclosure hardware? Well, U.S. Horizon of Valencia, Calif., is now offering a sample board for its shower door hardware line. Included in the 20 different finishes are chrome, satin chrome, antique brass, natural copper and glossed white.


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