IBS 2012 Product Showcase
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To be introduced this year, the EnergyQuest window and door system was previewed at the 2012 International Builders’ Show. Designed to serve the growing remodeling and replacement market, the new window designs will provide OEM customers with an affordable system that offers the high-efficiency features and benefits needed to meet or exceed new Energy Star standards taking effect in 2013. Available in double-hung, single-hung, slider, casement and picture window options, EnergyQuest is designed to accommodate either double- or triple-glazed insulating glass units up to 1⅛-inch thick, and will be offered with or without an extruded nail fin for fast and easy installation. The line comes with Quanex Building Products’ SuperCoat UV-cured technology. A color coating that is seven times harder than paint, it is available in six colors, including black, architectural bronze, antique bronze, adobe, hunter green and gray. Providing energy savings, versatility, and aesthetic appeal, the new line complements the supplier's EnergyCore fusion-insulated window system, enabling fabricators to provide a mid-range window and door system with multiple accessory options.
The supplier also unveiled its Quanex Optimizer as an iTunes app for iPad at the show. The system, which accurately estimates U-factors of windows based on the components used, was previously only available as a web-based program used by the company’s sales team. By providing it as an app, cutomers can now get U-factor estimates for various combinations of framing materials with all common North American IG spacers, as well as glass packages, low-E coatings and gas fills. In total, the program can assess 45,000 combinations to help users find the right balance between cost and performance when choosing window components, the supplier notes. In addition the iPad version, the company also offers an online version at www.quanexoptimizer.com.
Through ScreenItAgain.com, Quanex offers a new way to provide access to industry-leading aftermarket replacement screen and grille products, as well as an array of value-added options for business-to-business clients, including microsite development, product fulfillment and customer service. The offering enables window dealers, distributors and manufacturers to expand their product offerings and better service customers and take advantage of a new revenue stream, according to the supplier. With nine frame color options and standard and specialty mesh options, the website allows users to build custom window and patio door screens to fit an array of size, aesthetic and performance requirements. Customers can also choose from five grille patterns that can be easily mounted to existing windows and doors on the interior, exterior or both.
Quanex also showcased how windows constructed with its EnergyCore frame and Duralite spacer products can reduce thermal conductivity by up to 45 percent and achieve an R-5 rating with a triple-pane glass configuration. The window frame with Fusion Insulated Technology delivers superior thermal performance compared to vinyl, fiberglass, rigid PVC and wood frame materials, the company states. New options include horizontal slider, tilt single hung, side-load single hung and corresponding profile picture window designs.
Also featured was MikronWood next generation composite frame material. Combining the beauty of wood with the weather-resistant, no-maintenance advantages of vinyl or fiberglass, the composite also offers superior resistance to thermal conductivity with K-values that are 63 percent better than wood and 83 percent better than fiberglass.
Finally, Quanex highlighted its Envirosealed Windows & Doors marketing campaign. The program continues to evolve with compelling messaging, imagery and new pieces to help its manufacturer customers sell the benefits of energy-efficient window and door systems, the supplier explains. The updated messaging communicates to dealers and homeowners how Quanex products help to save energy, reduce heating and cooling costs, and meet or exceed Energy Star criteria.
www.quanex.com | 713/961-4600
A thought leader in the fields of architectural and urban design, Marianne Cusato has teamed with Royal Moulding & Trim to design a series of window and door surrounds to add character and style to any home. The Envelop system combines some of the supplier's most popular profiles to create unique, classic, yet cost-effective architectural features to customers’ homes. The line includes four distinct series–:Simplicity, Royale, Classic and Contemporary–with step-by-step instructions for creating the trim packages to enhance a range of home designs.
www.royalbuildingproducts.com | 800/488-5245
The alarmed lock from Schlage makes it possible for homeowners to hear instantly what’s happening at the door, even before it has been opened, the manufacturer states. The new lock combines the security of a strong, secure lock with the added safeguard of a sensor alarm that sounds the moment there is activity at the door. Specifically engineered to detect vibration and motion at first contact with a door or handle, the alarmed lock is easily adjusted to a choice of settings that can be changed either day-to-day or over the years as security needs change.
The Schlage LiNK system has been relaunched and expanded as Nexia Home Intelligence, a smart home automation system that leverages from Ingersoll Rand's Trane and Schlage operations. Nexia enables consumers to remotely manage features and functions of their home, including door locks, heating and cooling, video surveillance, lights, shades and energy usage via any Web-enabled computer and most smart phones. Offering customized capabilities across a variety of price points, the system enables homeowners to kick on the heat, unlock the front door and switch on lights while away from home, the company explains. It also provides such capabilities as a text alert when kids arrive home from school safely, a pet sitter comes and goes or a contractor arrives and then departs after completing a job. New features being rolled out include video storage capability, sensor scheduling for windows and doors that be activated during nighttime hours for extra security, and sensors that identify whether a door or window is opened or closed. The system also interfaces with Pella's SmartSync technology for operating blinds and shades in its window systems.
The SimpliciKey remote control electronic deadbolt provides three methods of home entry–via keyfob, keypad and key. Up to eight different keyfobs can be programmed to one SimpliciKey, each with a range of up to 50 feet, allowing home entry with the touch of a button. A blue LED light indicates the door has been locked or unlocked. A wireless, alphanumeric SimpliciKey keypad allows users to program up to 16 unique four to six digit entry codes, which can be changed at any time. Backlit, the keypad has one-touch locking action and sliding cover that produces a sleek look without sacrificing safety. For those that still prefer to use a traditional key, SimpliciKey also provides two 6-pin metal keys and an ANSI Grade II bump-resistant keyway. In addition to its existing electronic deadbolt, the supplier also previewed a new mobile web application for a remote control, keyless deadbolt.
www.simplicikey.com | 703/904-5010
The Nantucket Collection of doors, constructed to offer traditional beauty as well as durability, has been expanded to include two new wood species options—Douglas fir and Sapele mahogany. Originally offered in Nootka cypress and black locust, the doors feature mortise-and-tenon joinery with face-driven pins; two-piece laminated stile-and-rail construction and a choice of Shaker or ovolor sticking profiles.
Simpson Door has also expanded the number of choices offered featuring its WaterBarrier Technology, with dozens of new designs ranging from French to panel to decorative entry doors. The technology combines a moisture-resistant, medium-density overlay with a thermoset acrylic latex primer topcoat and PVC glazing beads on the door’s exterior side. This creates a smooth and durable exterior that resists moisture absorption and is ready to paint, while maintaining the allure of wood on the door’s interior side, the company explains. The doors feature afive-year warranty, with no building overhang required.
The door manufacturer is now offering Lumicor decorative acrylic panels with interior wood door designs to bring form, function and flair to any room in a home. Specified in place of glass in select interior French door designs, the translucent panels feature encapsulated natural, textile or industrial materials to achieve a variety of looks and privacy levels, the company explains.
Two recently-introduced conservatory blind options were featured by Solar Innovations at IBS. Pinoleum blinds, originally developed in France in 1872 and used in conservatories around the world, consist of individual wooden reeds, which are woven together. Used to minimize sag within the blinds, the wooden reeds can be painted or stained and are available in numerous colors, ranging from neutrals like dove grey to intense colors such as ginger cake. Custom colors are also available. When the blinds are pulled closed, natural daylight can still enter the conservatory, but harsh glares are reduced. Temperature can also be regulated with pinoleum blinds. During the hot summer days, the blinds can be used to reduce heat gain and thus the structure’s temperature. In winter, the blinds help to insulate the conservatory against cold temperatures. Pinoleum blind systems can be operated by hand, with motorized versions that can be operated with a remote control, available as well.
The manufacturer of custom sunrooms, conservatories and glass enclosures also offers Solar R blinds, featuring an aluminum backing that reflects 85 percent of sunlight and heat, keeping the inside cool. Solar R blinds retract into a cassette which is mounted at the eave line of the conservatory and pocket out of sight. Blinds can be operated via a manual pull or a remote-controlled motor. The blinds reduce glare and allow natural light to penetrate a room. The system is available in neutral colors such as straw, walnut, olive, and powder blue. Corresponding window blinds are also available. Due to their versatility, these blinds can be used for conservatory, sunroom, and skylight applications.
www.solarinnovations.com | 800/618-0669
Available as an option in virtually every Therma-Tru door line, the Privacy Glass Collection provides both natural light and privacy inside the home. Design choices include Chord glass with a vertical, flowing pattern reminiscent of waves on the water; Chinchilla glass resembling a free-flowing configuration, presenting quiet lines and unique curves; Rainglass offering the look of ripples of cascading water in an elegantly-fashioned glass; and Granite glass, featuring a coarse grained arrangement with surface variations over the entire piece of glass. Each panel, available for doorlites and sidelites, is made with triple-pane construction for energy efficiency and security. The textured glass is sealed between tempered, clear glass sheets to provide reduced heat transfer, increased thermal performance and improved sound-dampening features.
To meet consumer demand for fiberglass doors in hardwood grains with three-quarter-lite glass options, Therma-Tru introduced the Fiber-Classic Mahogany Collection three-panel door. The door can be configured for either three-quarter rectangle or oval lites in 16 different decorative glass options, plus four privacy options, clear Low-E and clear glass. The Energy Star qualified doors provide an affordable fiberglass door option featuring rich, premium hardwood graining, the manufacturer notes. Constructed for strength, security and performance, the door will not rot, warp or fade under harsh climate conditions. Door styles can be ordered in fire- and impact-rated versions.
Launched mid-year in 2011, the Fypon Stone and Timber collection of 270+ high-performance polyurethane pieces features either a realistic stone or woodgrain texture on all exposed surfaces to accent homes with stone, stucco and timber as major design themes. The line includes window and door trim, decorative millwork, louvers, post wraps, trellis systems, stone surround systems, stone columns and stone balustrade systems. Each piece features rich, authentic textures and details to resemble traditional cast concrete or timber accents. Like all Fypon pieces, these products resist moisture, insect infestations, warping, cracking and splitting.
www.thermatru.com | 419/891-7400
The new FSR series of replacement No Leak Skylights, introduced in Orlando, are designed to simplify replacement for Velux America and competitors' sizes. Offered in the four most common sizes, the new skylights feature a larger, 2.75-inch wide deck seal that allows them to span inconsistent, rough opening dimensions found with older skylights. The interior of each unit will be a flush; factory-finished white frame with no drywall grove, allowing the installer to quickly match existing construction and reduce or eliminate time spent trimming the interior, the manufacturer explains. These features provide approximately 2 inches of flexibility in both width and height to accommodate a wide range of opening sizes.
A new blind collection for Velux America’s skylights with over 100 colors and pattern choices also made its debut at IBS. Giving homeowners the opportunity to design their spaces to reflect their personalities, adding the new blinds to skylights can also increase the overall energy efficiency of the units by 37 percent by reducing potential solar gain in summer and by providing an extra layer of thermal insulation in winter, the manufacturer reports. The company will pre-install blinds at the factory for all electric skylights and offers factory installation for other models.
A 14-inch diameter, curb mount Velux Sun Tunnel skylight is designed for use on commercial and residential roofs with low slopes. Using many of the same elements as earlier residential Sun Tunnel skylights, including a dual-frosted diffuser system, the new model features a specialized flashing component that allows installation on roofs with zero to 30⁰ degrees of slope. It can be utilized on shingle or metal roofs.
www.veluxusa.com | 800/283-2831
The manufacturer featured its 2011 Crystal Achievement Award-winning vinyl tilt-and-turn WinDow at IBS. The product is designed to be more sustainable, offered with an R-5 insulating glass package. The same product can also be used in impact hurricane zones, and has even been tested for GSA TS01 Level 1 bomb blast protection.
WinDoor Inc. also showed its sliding glass door that can be produced by-pass configurations in heights up to 12 feet. The doors can also be constructed in 135° and 90° corner systems, and are available as an impact-rated product as well, it reports.
www.windoorinc.com | 407/481-8400
StyleGuard patio doors, which meet ASTM and Miami-Dade impact resistance requirements, allow homeowners to add strength to their homes without compromising style, the manufacturer states. To protect against the elements, the doors are equipped with internal reinforcement and a .090 interlayer of laminated glass, which provides for maximum impact resistance while low-E and low conductive spacers allow for optimum energy efficiency. The doors are also equipped with precision-fitted corrosion-resistant hardware which provides for lasting durability in even the harshest of environments. With wide stiles and rails, StyleGuard incorporate French dooor style architectural detailing. A range of design options including size, color, grille, glass efficiency and style, including environmentally sensitive turtle glass, are available.
Also introduced in Orlando is the YKK AP Windows & Doors Energy Guide, a residential iPad app designed for homeowners. The free app features an Energy Calculator, which uses simple information about a homeowner’s heating and cooling habits to calculate potential energy savings, cost-savings and CO2 reduction as a result of simply upgrading to YKK AP’s window and door systems in their home. In addition to the calculator, the app supplies homeowners with general product information, as well as project and product photos.
www.ykkap.com | 800/955-9551
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