Doors Steal the Show at IBS

February 10, 2014

Kommerling made a splash with its PremiDoor line. Robert Thiroff shows off the door to attendees.

Kommerling made a splash with its PremiDoor line. Robert Thiroff shows off the door to attendees.

The International Builders’ Show had doors on wide display last week at Las Vegas, and modern and contemporary were definitely the buzzwords as this type of door took front and center.

Therma-Tru had a variety of new product introductions including the addition of Mahogany to its Fiber-Classic Collection. New doors and sidelites include deep Mahogany graining and high-definition panel embossments that are designed to complement rich wood tones in the home’s interior. The expansion also introduces the Mahogany grain to the Therma-Tru vented sidelite offering. The company also now offers this option in its Pulse series of contemporary doors, along with a new Echo design option for doors and sidelites.

Therma-Tru had new options to its Pulse doors on display.

Therma-Tru had new options to its Pulse doors on display.

Jeld-Wen introduced new fiberglass door styles including the Design Pro and Smooth Pro which feature detailed panel profiles and authentic grain patterns for a realistic look at an affordable price. The Architectural Series are made from a mold taken from a real wood door, and feature an authentic woodgrain pattern for a best-in-class appearance, according to the company.

Plastpro performed installs in its booth answering a huge question it gets from the industry: How do you adjust pre-hung doors when needed in the rough opening. “We are really trying to educate the industry,” said Peini Spinazzola, director of marketing.

The company also introduced its Modern Door. “New construction customers are looking for simple, modern designs,” she said. She added that the remodeling market is still a great market as well.

At Simpson Door, Brad Loveless, marketing manager, said this year at the company’s booth it’s all about aesthetics. The company introduced an all new Contemporary line of doors focusing on concepts including clean lines.

“Contemporary has swept us up,” said Loveless.

Trustile unveiled a collection of modern door designs. The company offered 21 species of wood, two MDF options, 12 Chemetal options, 12 Edelman leather designs and 40 glass and resin options.

“The reception has been fantastic,” said Robert Cross, regional vice president of sales.

Sliding Doors

Kommerling Windows & Doors introduced its PremiDoor line of lift/slide doors and Robert Thiroff, head of sales, says the show exceeded his best expectations. “The biggest remodeling company stopped by and several companies told us they want this product.”

The product is available 20 feet tall by 10 feet high and is even available up to 40 feet wide. Thiroff points out that a homeowner can slide 600 pounds with one finger.

“Within 15 minutes of the show opening the reaction was, ‘Wow,’” said Thiroff.

“I have done shows across the world and I have never had a reaction like this. We are going to invest in this market which will bring new employees here.”

Nana Wall Systems introduced three new products, one being the Fold Flat. “Our president fields the calls from architects and the question he always receives is, ‘Can your products fold all the way back?’ The answer was always no. We have now figured it out,” said Matt Thomas, marketing manager.

The product allows folding glass door panels to fold and then pivot all the way back to stack out of and parallel to the opening. This large step forward in the operable glass wall industry allows for expanded functional and aesthetic possibilities and full usage of available square footage.

Kolbe introduced its VistaLuxe line which Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing, described this as the “belle of the ball.”

The line features multiple design styles that highlight the warmth of wood and expansive glass views with energy-efficient performance. Demonstrating the creative versatility of these products, each wall of the display showcases a distinctive aesthetic—Modern, Mountain Contemporary and Country Contemporary, said Bremer.

“Wider doors is a trend,” said Bremer,” so we are showing our design capabilities.”

More Doors and Components

At Front Line Building Products, the company featured a new light commercial door consisting of an aluminum-clad exterior and a wood interior. In fact, Larry Kerscher, national sales manager, says clad products have been increasing heavily in recent years.

“It used to be 20 percent clad in the market, but now it’s more like 50 percent,” he said. He also stated that the volume of business is going up.
“We are very much seeing an uptick,” he said. “Last year was our best year ever.”

When it comes to accenting the door, Fypon had products to do just that as it introduced four styles in new Door Surround Kits: Craftsman, Colonial, Stone and Empire. The kits are made with weather-resistant polyurethane materials and each kit include a set of pilasters and a crosshead for a single door opening.

Endura introduced a dual hinge articulating sill which self-adjusts under the door bottom which can help with doors installed in rough openings, said Travis Price, territory sales. The company also featured its multi-point astragal—a budget alternative to multi-point locks on French doors. “When locked the wind won’t come through,” he added.

To view a slideshow of door products from the show, stay tuned to

IBS returns to Las Vegas in 2015 January 20-22.

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