Volume 47, Issue 10 - October 2012


decorative glass
Galaxy Expands Options

Galaxy Glass & Stone has released an array of new decorative glass colors, including a number of contemporary colors, cool neutrals in grey and white, muted colors such as coral spice and golden sunrise, and deep rich colors including hot fuchsia.

Officials say their new offerings aim to incorporate the latest trends in color and design with the versatility of decorative glass lamination and custom glass printing.

Glass is available with both smooth and textured finishes and various grades of translucence. A variety of interlayer options also are available, from a striking or subtle interlayer incorporating fabric, metal, film to an illustration of almost any kind.

Glass on Glass
Pulp Studio of Los Angeles offers a new series, Fragmento, which company officials say encompasses thousands of pieces of glass, of all shapes and sizes. These pieces are then fused together onto another piece of glass and laminated. According to a company release, the glass can be textured on one or two sides, with the option of a mirrored back for wall applications.

commercial windows
Handling More Pressure

After additional testing, Kawneer Co. Inc. has enhanced its AA 3350 IsoPort Window, according to the company. The first model of this product was initially suited for applications requiring a design pressure of 50 psf. The window can now meet the design demands of 70 psf amounts of pressure. The improved window is also now compatible with more panning shapes and includes applied muntin grids, according to the company. This model is available in single-hung, double-hung, horizontal sliding and fixed configurations and has a polyamide thermal break structure that company officials say meets current energy codes.

Adapting to the Elements
PPG Industries has revealed the SUNGATE 600 glass, which has the ability to heighten a commercial building’s insulating potential against a multitude of climates. The SUNGATE 600 glass has a versatile low-E glass surface and is 25 percent smoother than the coatings on traditional pyrolytic coated glasses, according to the company. When presented with colder temperatures, the SUNGATE 600 glass has a configuration that yields 20 percent net gain in U-value without the need for triple glazing. When seeking more warmth in an average climate, the SUNGATE 600 glass coat reduces heat loss and provides a U-value of 0.33 while maintaining heat and visible light transmittance of 71 percent.

doors and windows
A Slim Figure

Panda Window & Door now offers a wider selection of multi-slide door systems with both the Slim Profile Lift and Slide Systems additions. Both products feature a 40 percent slimmer sight-line than other Lift and Slide products previously available from Panda, according to the company. The S.85 is non-thermally broken aluminum and the S.87 is thermally broken for better weather performance.

window film
Set the Sunscape

Madico Inc. has introduced its new Sunscape window film for both commercial and residential use. The new film line includes a full range of solar control products including the new Purelite 60, a light window film that provides balanced solar performance with an attractive natural appearance on glass. Sunscape includes a dealer program with comprehensive marketing support, including a consumer website with lead-generating custom dealer pages.

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