To say that storm-resistant windows
and doors were a hot topic at this years Builders
Show is an understatement. Alongside other problem-solving
introductions, such as an oversize venting picture window,
were aisles of products intended to save money, property,
and above all else, lives.
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StormPlus French doors
(above left); Commercial door (above right); Venting
Picture Window (below).
A venting window, and storm-resistant
and commercial door options
Marvin Windows and Doors showcased several noteworthy
introductions at the International Builders Show,
held last January in Orlando. On the top of the list
was the Venting Picture Window, a new product category
that combines unobstructed views and cross ventilation.
Marvins exclusive design features a sash that
projects 21¼4'' outward to reveal a screened-in
opening that helps vent stagnant air, reduce condensation,
and keep out insects. Made of fiberglass-wrapped reticulated
foam that resists mold, mildew, and ultraviolet rays,
the windows hidden screen surrounds the full perimeter
when the window projects outward, allowing air to circulate
without obstructing the view. From the outside, the
window appears closed at all times, giving clients a
sense of security when keeping windows open at night.
On the door side of the business, Marvin has added
a line of swinging French doors to its StormPlus line
for Impact Zone 3 and Impact Zone 4. The swinging French
doors will be offered in rectangle, eyebrow, and half-round
shapes, and are available to fit a new, standard 10'
Marvin has entered the commercial market with a door
designed to withstand heavy use, with sturdy, 41¼2'''
ball-bearing hinges and beveled meeting stiles to ensure
long-term operation. The door meets ADA codes with a
bottom-rail height of 113¼8'', a net clear opening
of 32'', and a standard low-profile sill. It is sized
to accommodate the nonresidential market with standard
heights of 7' or 8' and widths of 3' or 6'. Marvin Windows
and Doors, St. Paul, Minn. www.marvin.com
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Window grilles can
be easily replaced by the owner.
Getting a new look for windows
or doors, in a snap
Pella also used this years Builders
Show as an opportunity to introduce its latest offeringPella
Designer Series windows and patio doors. The new collection,
available exclusively on Pella Designer Series double-hung,
casement, and awning windows, sliding and hinged doors,
and transoms, allows users to simply snap out the blind
or shade and replace it with a new color.
Available window fashions include blinds, cellular
shades, and unfinished wood grilles. The fashions include
light-filtering or room-darkening shades and blinds
that help alleviate allergy-aggravating conditions,
since they remain clean and virtually dust-free between
the glass. There is enough space between the glass for
both decorative grilles and a blind or shade. The removable
grilles exterior matches the exterior cladding,
and the grilles interior can be painted or stained
to match the decor.
Shades in the line open from the top down, allowing
natural light in from the top while covering the bottom
of the unit for added privacy. The new series also features
cordless operation, so there are no strings to attract
children or pets.
Two exclusive Pella screen options enhance the Designer
Series. The Pella Rolscreen retractable insect screen,
available on casement windows and sliding patio doors,
rolls out of sight when not in use and eliminates the
need for seasonal screen storage. Pella Vivid View screens
are virtually invisible, allowing for a better view
and three times the airflow of a traditional screen.
Pella, Pella, Iowa. www.pella.com
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Twice the fiberglass
Jeld-Wen has undertaken a massive R&D effort
to create the next generation of exterior fiberglass
doors. The new line of Premium fiberglass doors will
feature pür-Fiber, a technology that has twice
the industry standard for fiberglass content (35 percent
content versus 10 to 12 percent), making it four times
stronger than any other fiberglass door and giving it
the strength to stand up to hurricane forces. Thirty-two
standard door styles will be offered. Jeld-Wen, Klamath
Falls, Ore. www.jeld-wen.com
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