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To say that storm-resistant windows and doors were a hot topic at this year’s Builder’s 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. Rita Catinella Orrell

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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 Builder’s 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. Marvin’s 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 window’s 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' rough-opening height.

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.   [ Reader Service June 2005 # 211 ]



Window grilles can be easily replaced by the owner.

Getting a new look for windows or doors, in a snap
Pella also used this year’s Builder’s Show as an opportunity to introduce its latest offering—Pella 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 grille’s exterior matches the exterior cladding, and the grille’s 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. [ Reader Service June 2005 # 212 ]



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. [ Reader Service June 2005 # 213 ]


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