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    Weather Shield's Lee Schield talks about product development, automation, and quality, as well as his reputation for doing things his own way
    Lee Schield, founder of Weather Shield Mfg., Inc., is an industry legend. He has built the company, started over 35 years ago, into one of the country's largest, most respected window manufacturers. He is also known for following his own path, a quality that was evident when Weather Shield became one of the first wood window manufacturers to embrace vinyl. That same characteristic can be seen in... more »
  • Aluminum Extruders Council1000 N. Rand Rd., Ste. 214, Wauconda, IL 60084; 847/526-2010, Fax: 847/526-3993, www.aec.orgAmerican Architectural Manufacturers Association1827 Walden Office Sq., Ste. 550, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 847/303-5664, Fax: 847/303-5774, www.aamanet.orgAmerican Forest & Paper Association1111 19th St. N.W., Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20036; 800/878-8878, Fax: 202/463-2708, www.... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Coatings/Finishes/Preservatives AAMA 611-98 Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural AluminumDescribes test procedures and requirements for high performance (Class I) and commercial (Class II) architectural-quality aluminum oxide coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels. AAMA 612-02 Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of... more »
  • Window Styles Door Styles Specialty Window Shapes Material Choices Safety and Security Energy Efficiency Finding a Quality Product Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Industry-Related Organizations  Created by the publishers of Window & Door Magazine, our site is primarily designed to serve manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and others within the window and door... more »
  • Acugard 3 LE prevents doors from closing on elderly, handicapped. more »
  • An introduction to basic door operating types
    Hinged Doors-A variety of hinged door models are available in in-swing and out-swing configurations. Hinged doors are offered as single panels (typical in entry applications) or in multi-panel configurations (typical in patio door applications). French doors consist of a pair of operable panels hinged on opposite sides that open in the middle. Hinged doors are also commonly supplied in... more »
  • Window and door technology has made great strides over the past three decades. Glazing options like low-emissivity glass have increased energy efficiency. Numerous sources on the web provide detailed information on products and can provide recommendations for various applications, whether your house faces the cold winter months of Minnesota, the hot sun of Arizona or somewhere in between.... more »
  • Efficient Windows Collaborative Consortium of window and door manufacturers, industry suppliers, government agencies, and academic researchers, supported by Department of Energy, that promotes the use of energy efficient windows. Its web site features a great deal of useful information covering window energy performance issues. Detailed information is provided on different glazing and frame... more »
  • There is no one "best" window or door. Much depends upon the performance demands, individual taste, and budget. One way to determine whether a window or door is a quality product, however, is to see if it is "certified." Certified products are all measured against a single performance standard, with ratings achieved for various criteria. These criteria may include structural... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Air, Water & Structural AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05 Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit SkylightsThis standard identifies requirements for windows, glass doors, skylights and, for the first time, side-hinged exterior doors. Structural integrity, water resistance, air leakage and forced entry are among the performance requirements addressed. Window and door products are divided... more »