New Door Options Highlight AMD

October 18, 2012
Meetings & Events

New functional options for doors, as well as new components designed for higher performance, were introduced at the recent exhibition and convention of the Association of Millwork Distributors. Hosted earlier this month in Louisville, Ky., the event featured about 90 exhibitors and drew more than 700 attendees.

Door makers dominated the show floor, with exhibitors including Craftmaster, GlassCraft, Karona, Lynden, Mastergrain, Plastpro, Simpson, Steves & Sons, Therma-Tru, and Tru Tech Doors among the companies featuring new interior and exterior door models at the show. 

 The On Hand kit panel provides a storage on one side of a door and a communication/activity panel on the other.

Doorlite supplier ODL, however, launched one of the most unique new offerings in Louisville. On Hand is a cabinet and customizable activity panel system that provides convenient and versatile storage on one side of a door and decoration and communication opportunities on the other.  Designed to be built into an interior door, the new door option expands storage space by capitalizing on previously unused spaces throughout the home.

The other side features a framed sheet of clear glass with a removable white deco board behind it that can be personalized as a display and personal expression venue or as a planning and communication center. Homeowners can personalize the deco board with fabric, photographs, calendars or other materials and write messages directly on the glass marker board using dry-erase markers.

“On Hand is ODL’s first product focused on the interior door. We are thrilled with the positive reaction we received at the AMD show," said Roger Finch, channel marketing manager. "The system not only provides organization and storage, but also offers a unique way of customizing interior doors to homeowners’ specific needs. By including an additional venue for writing messages and personalizing décor, we are meeting the need for improved communication within the home.”

Jeld-Wen has added a magnetic chalkboard option for its Impressions Series. 

Also bringing new functionalities to its door line was Jeld-Wen, which was highlighting its new Impression Series interior doors, which can be supplied with a classic schoolhouse chalkboard that doubles as a magnetic bulletin board. Design for a child’s playroom, family game room, mudroom, home office, kitchen, laundry room, or even bathroom, the doors are supplied factory-primed, ready to paint in smooth or woodgrain texture with a film coating protecting the chalkboard from paint.  The series, which also includes a mirror option, is available in a variety of panel styles on the reverse side to meet a variety of home design needs. 

"We got a lot of very positive reviews on this new product at the show," reported Jeld-Wen's Derek Brosterhous. "We’re hoping it will be a big success."

Emphasizing new ways to enhance exterior door performance was Quanex Building Products, which was highlighting its Imperial 5C threshold.  Originally designed for the high-performance needs of the Canadian market, the company is now introducing the line to the U.S. market, according to the company's Jim Rohnkohl. This threshold design surpasses safety requirements for commercial and residential applications as it adapts to expanded widths, eliminating the risk of air and water infiltration. With a thicker aluminum sill with a height of 1⅝-inch, the system uses a common extender series to create widths up to 11 inches.

Endura Products was featuring the latest generation of its Z-Series Sill. Spring loaded, it never needs adjusting and creates a tight seal. Company officials reported they were getting rave reviews from attendees. 

The show featured a variety of noteworthy products. AquaSurTech had a busy booth, featuring its water-based, solar heat reflective coatings and  stains for fiberglass doors. Truth Hardware, which has expanded its door hardware line significantly in recent years, also returned to exhibit at  AMD for the first time in several years.   

In addition to the trade show, the AMD event featured a full day of educational sessions, as well as business meetings and social events. Next year, AMD will move its annual convention and trade show to Atlanta, where it is scheduled to run November 3-7.