Point Of No Return
Aesthetics were the forefront of Firestone Building Products’ intent when
it extended its Una-Clad aluminum plate panel offering to include the
Series 3200 No Return (NR). And that shows in the design because the metal
isn’t folded over to create a return edge, so it makes for what the company
describes as a “crisp, clean edge panel.” The panels are fabricated using
an extruded perimeter frame attachment and side clip. Instead of caulking
at its panel joint, the system features an aluminum plate spline.
As in the original Series 3200, the 3200 NR features reveal spline at
the panel joints (adjustable from .50 inches and up), spline material
fabricated from the same color as the panels or contrasting color, maximum
width dimension (58 inches) and bent shape choices.
Paint it Back
GlasPro’s line of backpainted glass products was designed for applications
requiring furniture-grade finishes ranging from bright, vibrant colors
to subtle tones and hues.
Called GlasPro-BP, the company says the line is ideal for wall-cladding,
dividers and any other condition in which complete opacity and aesthetic
integrity are called for, as it is suitable for use in monolithic and
laminated configurations. The glass can simulate the complete range of
the Pantone Color Matching System®, as well as color palettes of most
major paint manufacturers. Its custom colors also include pearl, metallic
and magnetic finishes. http://www.glas-pro.com
AGC’s Magic Krystal
AGC Krystal Images glass, produced using high-resolution digital imaging
technology, is the newest addition to the AGC Krystal Interiors family
of decorative products. It allows architects and interior designers to
create designs using high-resolution digital images captured on a proprietary
film, which enhances color saturation and resolution. The images are then
laminated using the company’s Krystal Klear® glass, which meets the requirements
for safety glazing established by the International Building Code. Krystal
Images may be used either monolithically or as part of an insulting glass
Any type of digital image, including computer generated graphics, photographic
pictures, text, or combinations of all can be produced using the Krystal
Images technology, up to 1440 dpi, though a minimum of 300 dpi is recommended.
A standard maximum size of Krystal Images is 60- by 120-inches, but can
as large as 60- by 144-inches.
Krystal Klear is an ultra-transparent, low-iron glass that the company
says offers truer color and clarity. It has a visible light transmission
of 91 percent.
On the (Soft)Mark
Due to their light etched finish, Summit Glass Coatings’ ChrismaColor™
Softmark glass marker boards are ideal for use as a projection board,
and with the magnetic option, can function as a magnet board.
According to Summit, the anti-reflective dry-erase glass marker boards
are manufactured using a lightly etched, low-iron glass substrate, allowing
dry-erase markers to be wiped off with ease.
SoftMark glass marker boards are also available framed for efficient installation,
according to the company. http://www.summitglasscoatings.com
Spray On The Board
Pulp Studio has introduced a new edition of its Pintura series, the
Pintura AR, a non-reflective anti-scratch marker board that can be used
both as a projecting surface and for writing with dry erase markers.
According to the company, the product has an anti-reflective coating on
the surface, designed to help improve the saturation of color and quality
when projecting light onto glass. It is available in any color, annealed
or fully tempered, and can be produced in sizes large enough to cover
an entire wall.
Pintura, which is ideal for classroom or office settings, is applied by
spray coating in multiple layers. According to the company, the finish
bonds permanently to the surface, guaranteeing that when fabricated it
will not peel, chip or otherwise separate from the surface.
Another Brick in the (Bio)Wall
Zero International introduced its antibacterial finger protection for
doors, a non-toxic, antibacterial infused rubber that the company says
inhibits and suppresses bacteria, mold and microorganisms. It is made
via an extrusion technology that the company says is resistant to abrasion,
washing chemicals and UV exposure. The company says it is ideal for hospitals,
medical offices, schools or wherever sanitary conditions and hygiene is
important. BioWall can also be extruded to add antimicrobial properties
to door gasketing.
New Grid(s) on the Block
Extech says it had “ease of installation and maintenance” in mind when
developing its Gridlock glass block System. The system’s 2-inch-thick
glass blocks snap securely into place without the use of sealants or adhesives,
and it uses lightweight, prefabricated aluminum frames with no exposed
With no ledges to collect dirt and debris and “superior graffiti resistance,”
cleaning requires only a simple pressure wash, according to the company.
Gridlock framing is adaptable to various opening sizes, including long
structural spans. The clean, narrow sightlines are available in frames
of various colors. Block options include etched or back screened.
Quanex Has Put on Its SuperCap(SR)
Quanex Building Products recently released its SuperCapSR co-extruded
exterior color technology, which the company says is 12 times harder than
competitive paint coatings and absorbs less heat to prevent profile distortion.
The SuperCapSR color technology is said to exceed AAMA 614 weathering
standards, AAMA 615 durability standards and is offered in black, architectural
bronze, adobe, hunter green, brick red and sliver (with a clear anodized
Happiness is a Warm (Edge) Space(r)
Cardinal has introduced a new warm-edge spacer for insulating glass.
Depending on window design, Endur IG improves performance, increasing
sightline temperature by 1 to 2 degrees and provides better resistance
to condensation, according to the company.
Endur IG builds on the technologies that help Cardinal IG units achieve
the industry’s lowest failure rate—only 0.2 percent over 20 years—and
has a comprehensive 20-year factory warranty. Cardinal IG Company is a
fully owned subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries Inc.
Give it Some Space
Manufactured by Roll Tech, a Fenzi-owned company, Fenzi North America’s
new Chromatech and Chromatech Ultra Stainless Steel warmedge spacers are
available with corner keys and connectors for those wishing to bend on
With the ever-changing need to meet more stringent energy codes, the Chromatech
line of stainless spacers meets the need for better sightline temperatures—both
in excess of 17 percent when compared to traditional aluminum, according
to the company.
The Chromatech Ultra has a polycarbonate bridge across the top and comes
in traditional white, grey and black colors. Both Chromatech and Chromatech
Ultra spacer’s are available in a wide range of air space widths. http://www.fenzi-na.com
Get Your Motor Running
Motorized options for the G3 sliding glass door system are now available
from Solar Innovations Inc. The new motorized units can be used in both
residential and commercial applications, with some options subject to
local code approval. Motorization is available for new construction and
also can be retrofitted to accommodate previously installed sliding glass
doors and windows in certain situations.
The motorized sliding glass doors have multiple control options and can
be operated through the use of wall-mounted switches, exterior security
keypads or remote control.
uPVC window and door lines from Intus Windows now meet wind-borne debris
region, High-Velocity Hurricane Zones and Miami-Dade County requirements.
The products passed tests TAS 201-94, TAS 202-94, TAS 203-94, TAS 201-94,
ASTM E1886-05 and ASTM E19966.
The assemblies tested include: fixed, tilt and turn, awning, and double
windows with integral mullion, along with out swing entry doors, out swing
side-hinge doors and French doors. All assemblies passed and met the performance
requirements set forth in the test protocols.
PRL says its new safety and bullet-resistant glass design is “thinner
and lighter than all other similar products on the market,” though the
glass’ strength isn’t compromised due to those variables.
It uses Makrolon polycarbonate to provide “no-spall” ballistic protection
while the Marnot anti-weather polycarbonate provides scratch resistance.
PRL’s bullet-resistant product has been tested and conforms to the requirements
of UL 752.S
Its highest rated product, designed to meet Level 3 ballistic resistance,
is only 1-inch thick, according to the company.
Pilkington recently added more features to its MirrorView 50/50, which
was originally introduced last year. The new generation was designed to
conceal the appearance of digital displays and video screens and allows
increased visible light transmittance for more compatibility with high
MirroView 50/50 has a highly reflective mirror coating on clear glass
designed to give digital displays and video screens a modern, transitional
look. It conceals the screen by appearing as a normal mirror when the
screen is off, and the video image shows through the mirror when the screen
is on. The company says the product is ideal for a variety of applications
including bathrooms, living rooms, hotel rooms, bars, restaurants, lobbies,
salons, and other areas where one may want to conceal digital displays
and video screens when they are not in use. http://www.pilkington.com/na
Tape it Easy
Thermalbond Xpress tape’s low-friction, top-side of the foam allows for
simple alignment of the glass and makes for fast installation, according
to Capital Tape.
Constructed with Thermalbond material, the tape comes with adhesive on
one side and is self-wound into rolls, eliminating the need for a liner.
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