Volume 39, Issue 2, February  2004


Paragon Introduces Slip-Resistant Glass 
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Paragon Glass Industries LLC has introduced Terraglaz. Specially developed for use in floors and stairs, Terraglaz is a high-performance, coated glass that the company says is entirely transparent, wear- and slip-resistant.

A tempered and laminated product, Terraglaz has a friction coefficient of 0.5, and, according to the company, is ideal for high-maintenance or wet areas. Terraglaz is not fritted or textured, nor does it have raised or etched surfaces.

“With other glass floors there is a loss of view or clarity due to surface coverage or a slight texture, which creates resistance,” said Ian Patlin, vice president. “Terraglaz is totally clear and allows an uninterrupted view of whatever is beneath the floor.”

Terraglaz is available in a maximum size of 55 by 118 inches.
Info 480/767-8266.

Schott Announces Artista Glass as Fully Fusible
Schott North America has announced that its Artista antique glass (formerly known as GNA) is now fully fusible.

Artista has a maximum birefringence of 35 nm/cm and a dual-sided polish. It also features a swirl pattern. It is available in more than 20 colors, including clear, and in sheets up to 63 inches by 83 inches. It is available in 3-mm thickness.
Info www.us.schott.com or call 914/831-2200.

glaziers tools
CRL Introduces New Board Up System
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) of Los Angeles has introduced a new approach to storefront board-up jobs with its new Board Up System.

The company says the system is designed for fast and easy work with both 4-inch and 4 ½-inch flush glazing frames and includes reusable, high-impact styrene plastic corner and intermediate brackets, shims for 4 ½-inch frames and quick-mounting fasteners. As long as the board is at least 4 inches larger than the overall opening, it is no longer necessary to cut plywood to exact sizes, according to the company.

“The CRL Board Up System not only provides a faster installation time for the glazier, but also, because no screwing to the frame is required, the customer is not left with unsightly holes in his window frame,” said Bill Gyore, product manager. “The system provides an attractive application, too, leaving nothing protruding from the inside. Furthermore, the store [has] ensured security since the plywood cannot be removed from the outside.”
Info www.crlaurence.com or call 800/421-6144.

hardware and tools
DeWALT Introduces New Cut-Off Tool
Now available from DeWALT is the DC410K cut-off tool. The 4 ½-inch cordless tool is designed for cut-off and grinding and is powered by the company’s 18-volt battery system. It is designed for construction professionals, including glazing contractors, who want cordless versatility for punch-list cutting and grinding work. For glaziers, the company says the tool can be used for cutting 1.4-inch bolts on window plates.

The DC410KA has a universal flange, keyless guard adjustment and spindle lock so users can change wheels quickly and easily. It comes with two 18-volt XR+™ PACK batteries, one-hour battery charger, three-position side handle, cutting guard, DW8062 cutting wheel, DW4515 grinding wheel, wrench, backing flange and a heavy-duty kit box.
Info www.DeWalt.com or call 800/433-9258.

window film
FTI Launches Upgraded Manufacturing Technique

Film Technologies International Inc. (FTI) of St. Petersburg, Fla., has announced a new metallizing technique for its Endurance and Signature series lines. The company says the technique incorporates a new e-beam method that allows the films to dry quickly after installation, especially in cold climates.

“E-beam will help to alleviate the drying problems we’ve experienced, especially in winter, including the hazy patches and puddles of water that can result from improper squeegeeing,” said Danny DeSanto, FTI technical 
Info www.filmtechnologies.com or call 800/777-1770.

Pulp Studio Announces Distribution Agreement 
Pulp Studio has enhanced its product offerings with the addition of glazing hardware from Pauli + Sohn GmbH. The company says parts are designed to be used in conjunction with glass, taking into consideration specific glass qualities.

Pauli + Sohn produces a variety of hardware parts, ranging from handrail glass clamps to showcase hardware elements. Stainless steel structural parts such as spider- and point-fittings and canopy hardware also are available.
Info www.pulpstudio.com or call 310/815-4999.

fire-rated glazing
TGP Introduces Fire-Rated Glass Doors
Technical Glass Products (TGP) has announced the availability of fire-rated glass doors with 90-minute ratings.
The doors, which are listed with Underwriters Laboratories, are fabricated in the United States and available in sizes up to 48 by 96 inches, depending on the fire rating. TGP says the doors combine Fireframes® narrow profile steel framing with clear, wireless glazing, such as FireLite Plus® or Pilkington Pyrostop™.

Sidelites, transoms and windows with complementary ratings are available as well. Doors and windows are finish-painted at the factory to match the project’s color scheme and come complete with standard hardware packages.
Info www.fireglass.com or call 888/397-3473.

apes and adhesives
Norseal® Meets AAMA Requirements
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has announced that its Norseal V980/V990 glazing tapes, have been tested by an outside laboratory to show compliance with AAMA 810 type 1 requirement. AAMA requires the testing every 18 months to ensure the product’s quality remains consistent with its standards.

Norseal V980/V990 can be used in a variety of glazing applications to seal out water, dust and light, particularly in joints with a high degree of movement. 
Info www.nortonfoam.com or call 800/724-0883.

Crystal Introduces New Aluminum Window Line
Crystal Window & Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., has launched a new line of projected aluminum windows. The series 8000 includes project-in, project-out, swing-in casement, swing-out casement, picture/fixed and special architectural shape windows styles. The company says the new models are AAMA-tested and achieved Architectural Window (AW) ratings of AW 70 or AW 85.

The new series features a 2 1/4-inch frame depth that is designed for heavy-duty commercial, institutional and residential applications. 

The windows use .125-inch thick quality aluminum extrusions. One-inch insulating glass units that use PPG’s Intercept warm edge spacer system are standard, with ¼-inch single glazing as an option.

Double-bulb weather stripping and heavy-duty locking handles and keepers are used on all operating sashes, according to the company.
Info www.crystalwindows.com or call 718/961-7300.

shower enclosures
Hiawatha West Now Offering Shower Doors Hardware
In its new West Coast warehouse located in Commerce, Calif., Hiawatha Inc., a division of Activar Construction Products Group, is now stocking hardware for the shower door industry, including hinges, towel bars and pulls. The company says these complement its pulls, push plates and kick plates that are also available in a number of configurations, sizes and finishes.

Also available is Hiawatha’s new stainless steel adjustable hinges. These are stocked in a variety of finishes, including PVD finish.
Info www.hiawathainc.com or call 800/766-1686.\

Coastal Announces Enhanced Paragon™ Pivot Shower Enclosure
Coastal Industries of Jacksonville, Fla., says it has improved the features on its Paragon pivot shower enclosure. The door now features polished metal on rails and stiles, as well as an added, exclusive jamb cap to the standard, adjustable strike jamb.

Standard features include a full-length, magnetic latch; exclusive water dam; and stay-clean, self-draining threshold. Glass options include Aquatex obscure, clear tempered or a choice of custom glazings. Metal finish options include Brite Silver and Brite Gold anodized finishes.
Info www.coastalind.com or call 904/642-3970.

glass block
EXTECH® Files for U.S. Patent
EXTECH/Exterior Technologies Inc. of Pittsburgh has announced it has filed for a U.S. patent for the design of its structural glass block wall, floor or skylight system. Previously, a provisional patent was filed.

The company says the glass blocks, available in either 3 or 4 inches and any available size, are suspended within a structural aluminum grid system and sealed inside and out with silicone sealant—no mortar is used in the system. In addition, steel rods pass through the aluminum grid to provide a security/impact wall. If desired, silicone joints can be covered by elastomeric strips that snap on to the edges of the aluminum grid members to provide “perfect joints,” according to the company.
Info www.extech-voegele.com or call 800/500-8083.


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