Window and Door - June/July 2012

New Products

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SIMONTON A re-designed frame and modified sash on the Asure line of replacement windows and doors allows more light into the home, the manufacturer states. From Simonton Windows, the new line also features a reverse brickmould frame on the exterior to provide an enhanced, attractive architectural finish, with clean corner welds and a smooth exterior construction to complete the stylish look. A two "stepped" sill design provides for better resistance to water and air infiltration, with the sill chambers adding strength and durability, the manufacturer reports. The line can be ordered with design pressure ratings of up to 50, with the new window incorporating a triplestepped sill when DP ratings from 35 to 50 are selected. The windows and patio doors can also be ordered to meet Energy Star criteria in all areas of the country. Available in white and tan with a variety of grid options, the line includes double-hungs, sliders, picture windows, geometric shapes and a patio door. 800/746-6686 | EASTMAN Leveraging the company's 80-year history in acetylation, Perennial Wood is real wood modified to resist changes from moisture, such as shrinking, swelling and movement. From Eastman Chemical, TruLast Technology permanently transforms the wood's cellular structure throughout by using heat, pressure and an organic compound to replace the water-loving (hydrophilic) groups in the wood's cells with water-hating (hydrophobic) groups, the supplier explains. The product remains straighter, smoother and harder, while maintaining the wood's natural appearance. Introduced for decking, the wood is also offered to manufacturers of windows and doors and other outdoor products. 800/530-7495 | GERKIN A real wood poplar veneer interior is now offered on Comfort Series 4300 casement and 4700 fixed windows from Gerkin Windows & Doors. The veneer enables customers to stain or paint their windows in order to match interior trim and casing. With 21 chambers of fusion-welded vinyl, the casement offers uncommon strength, warmth and overall longterm performance characteristics and is sealed with two heavy compression bulbs and a third secondary exterior seal that seals out the weather before the interior compression seals even have to work, the manufacturer states. A multipoint lock system along with interlocking hinge side locks help ensure the tightest possible full perimeter seal. The window combines all the durability, efficiency and the warmth of vinyl with the beauty of wood. 712/490-5301 | ODL Light-Touch raise-and-lower-doorlite blinds feature enhanced light controls, improved aesthetics and superior ergonomic benefits, the manufacturer states. From ODL Inc., the units feature a single operator which controls the raising, lowering and tilting of the blind. This operator advances the blind the entire length of the doorlite with minimal travel and tilts the blind with the slightest movement. Privacy channels on each side also eliminate light gaps when the blinds are closed. Light-Touch blinds achieve compliance with upgraded codes and stringent Energy Star requirements, adding measurable value for both builders and homebuyers, it is noted. 800/253-3900 | BELLA FLEUR EnsoGlass panels are designed to provide form, function and beauty for a variety of applications, including windows, doors, skylights, room dividers and jalousies. Offered in translucent to opaque versions, the panels combine real flowers, reeds, grasses and leaves with hand-made and machine-made materials for sun control and even power generation by encapsulating photovoltaic solar cells, the manufacturer states. From Belle Fleur Corp., the product features a Solid-Core, the supplier notes, which means there is no lamination and the panels are not only resistant to damage from moisture, humidity, extreme conditions, but they are also more than 100 times stronger than regular glass. 503/828-9878 | LAWRENCE Composite sash locks are now available in brushed nickel, bright brass, oil-rubbed bronze and many other architectural finishes, the company reports. From Lawrence Industries, the sash locks can also be provided with unique custom features, including the addition of a manufacturer or dealer name on the hardware through the use of a special plated finish. The line also includes the Impression Series, which combines standard composite pieces with accented plated finishes. Customers can mix and match and offer a plated trim plate and/or plated handle. Sometimes less is more, the supplier notes, and the combination of finishes can offer a unique look that is particularly well suited to woodgrain laminate and wood windows. 336/474-6754 | RENOLIT The Exofol Metallic Range of laminates features 15 different colors developed to enable vinyl products to satisfy continued demand for metallic tones in architecture. The range includes five silvers, an elegant blue, and a light brown shade that can match sandstone fa├žades. Other options include a bright red and dark green. With the new colors, the company consciously set out to create an alternative to conventional solid colors or woodgrains, it notes. Designed to align with current trends in international architecture, the metallic colors are harmonious, unobtrusive but still new, the supplier explains. 616/554-2230 | MASONITE Brise, Cuzco and Kordella decorative glass doorlites provide contemporary solutions for customers wanting a more modern look than traditional designs or center clusters surrounded by a border, the manufacturer states. The Brise product is a dual pane design with silkscreen etching, and Cuzco and Kordella both feature sophisticated textures, subtle bevels and dark gray glass accents. From Masonite, all three lines were developed based on trend research showing that homeowners who select an entry door with a glass panel want to add natural light to their homes while maintaining a high level of privacy. 800/895-2723 |

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