Latest Articles in Materials & Components

  • Study suggests potential for low-E glass to increase
    All common building materials expand and contract when heated and cooled. For this reason, building product design, application guidelines and installation practices factor in normal temperature ranges and their effects on thermal expansion and contraction. All exterior elements of a home will experience significant temperature variation during in-service exposure. Temperature variations of 100... more »
  • Leading suppliers have teamed up to promote “insulated sash” system designed to offer high performance and lower unit cost
    Production has started at Survivor Technologies Inc. of a vinyl window incorporating a “brand new process.” Developed and licensed by Sashlite LLC, the process eliminates traditional insulating-glass production and, instead, incorporates an “insulated sash.” Executives at Sashlite and its supplier partners predict the insulated sash could “revolutionize” vinyl-... more »
  • The latest marriage of these two materials is seen providing a means for traditional vinyl window manufacturers to compete head on in the clad wood segment of the market
    A couple of years ago, Dave Gerhardt of Atria Building Products, Inc., was sitting in his office, looking at one of his company’s vinyl windows. He thought to himself, like many manufacturers before him, “I wish I could put wood on the inside of that.” He knew the challenges of doing that. The different expansion and contraction rates of vinyl and wood that make the design and... more »
  • The market is demanding resistance to rot, and a number of factors
    At Lincoln Windows, we’re known for making quality wood windows and doors. We’ve been in the business for over 50 years. During that time the company has integrated changes in our products as a result of technology, market demands, and product integrity. Recently, we pulled all of these reasons together to solve a nagging problem associated with wood—rot. In today’s... 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 »
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    Patio and entry door manufacturers need to focus on the critical demands of their targeted market
    Given the current market weakness, many window and door manufacturers are preparing themselves for a slow and competitive recovery cycle. Many are turning to hardware manufacturers for help. Component suppliers can offer a variety of solutions, of course, but the best answer for each manufacturer will depend greatly on the market it serves. A common response to a weak window and door market is... more »