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Doors & Windows
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Our roundup of door and window products includes introductions seen at this year’s International Builders Show in Orlando. At the show, luxurious options, such as copper-and-bronze-clad windows and doors, stood alongside modern conveniences, such as solar-powered blinds. Rita Catinella Orrell

 
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Window detailing (top). Copper and bronze palette (bottom) ranges from Natura (unpatinated) to Verdigris (green).

Handcrafted copper- and-bronze-clad windows and doors
A radically different addition to Loewen’s extensive selection of Douglas fir and mahogany offerings, the Cyprium Collection features handcrafted copper- and-bronze-clad windows and doors. Artisanal in detail, down to the soldered exterior joints, capped sill ends, and recessed mullions, the collection is named after Aes Cyprium, the name ancient Romans gave to the copper first mined in Cyprus.

The collection, available in casement, picture/direct set, awning, speciality windows, and terrace doors, develops patinas that define the character of a home’s natural locale. Environmental factors such as humidity and salinity work together with time to coat the surfaces with a distinct and ever-changing patina. A palette of custom patina finishes is available within the collection: Natura (unpatinated), Umbra (brown), and Verdigris (green).

Nominal, .040''-thick copper and bronze is used to craft a cladding for sash and frame segments as well as for Simulated Divided Lite bars. All Cyprium Collection products are built on a Douglas fir or mahogany core, which provides natural wood window interiors. The windows are built with a triple-laminated sash that accommodates deeper cladding and glazing-stop profiles to deliver an architecturally balanced appearance. Cyprium door and entryway systems are equipped with standard multipoint hardware with stainless-steel exposed components. Loewen, Manitoba, Canada. www.loewen.com [ Reader Service April 2006 # 200 ]


 

 
 


The windows will feature hinged wood screens (top) and hide-away roll screens (bottom).

Window and door prototypes have historic look and modern touches
Collections is a group of high-end window and door prototypes from Weather Shield that blend classic old-world character with fashionable hardware and eclectic finishes. Introduced at last January’s International Builders Show, the windows and doors were developed on a window chassis with traditional properties and will feature a blend of assorted wood species and diverse finishes. Surprises include a push-out casement design, hide-away roll screens, and old-style hardware. The massive proportions of the stiles and rails echo the aesthetic of historic wood windows, and a solid 51¼4'' jamb gives the windows additional heft.

Standard putty glaze stops, interior glazing bead, and Simulated Divided Lite bars deliver the energy efficiency of new technology while capturing the look of historic windows and true divided lites. Weather Shield has collaborated with Stone River Bronze to offer handcrafted hardware on all Collections windows and doors, with a complete product line of pulls, plates, hinges, levers, and lifts. Initial Collections window product offerings will include push-out casement, push-out French casement, awning, transom, picture, and single-hung tilt with wood jamb liner (13¼4'' sash). Collections’ initial door offering will include a French sliding door, hinged patio door, and premium entrance door. Both hinged wood screens and concealed wood screens will be available to enhance the look and function of the new line. The collection is scheduled to be introduced in early summer 2006. Weather Shield, Medford, Wis. www.weathershield.com [ Reader Service April 2006 # 201 ]


 

 

Latest low-E generation
Andersen Windows’ high-performance Low-E4 glass features an exterior coating that, when activated by sunlight, helps reduce dirt buildup and water spots, and promotes faster drying. Exclusive to Andersen windows and doors, the glass will be standard on the manufacturer’s 400 Series products. Low-E4 glass is on average 41 percent more energy efficient in summer and 35 percent more energy efficient in winter than standard dual-pane glass. The glass coatings can also reduce glare and cut UV light by 83 percent. A removable protective film applied to the interior and exterior sides of the glass provides additional protection against shipping and installation hazards. Andersen Windows, Bayport, Minn. www.andersenwindows.com [ Reader Service April 2006 # 202 ]



 

 

Between-the-glass panels
Pella’s new decorative panels for Designer Series windows and patio doors complement the manufacturer’s line of between-the-glass window fashions. Designer Series is Pella’s exclusive wood window and patio door collection that offers snap-in, snap-out blinds and shades in 25 different colors. Other enhancements to the Designer Series collection for 2006 include fabric panels and panels simulating stained glass that insert between the panes of glass, and an expanded grille offering. Pella, Pella, Iowa. www.pella.com [ Reader Service April 2006 # 203 ]

 

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