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November 4th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
ODL's Artisan premium fiberglass door with Valencia wrought iron grilles will be on display this week.

GlassCraft’s Artisan premium fiberglass door with Valencia wrought iron grilles will be on display this week.

The 49th annual Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) trade show is being held through Wednesday in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Center. Attendees will be able to view the latest in door and window products through the trade show floor which opened today. Yesterday attendees received education on everything from Smart Sales; Getting Serious About Profit; Codes and Standards; Global Dynamics; Personalize Your Brand Online; and they also attended an AMD Business Roundtable.

The trade show floor opened today and following is a glimpse at just some of the products on display.

WoodWare Systems, headquartered in Cordova, Tenn., will display its entire suite of integrated software solutions developed for millwork. The company will highlight the streamlined, web-based user interface along with WoodWare DocXT (document/file management software); WoodWare WarehouseXT (warehouse management software); WoodWare WebConnect (web based information/order customer portal); WoodWare WorkFlow (unattended automation for key performance processes); and WoodWare BI (embedded business intelligence, real time not warehoused)

The WoodWare User Interface is moving away from the older client/server technology allowing the WoodWare user more access flexibility and requiring little to no software on their PC.

ODL Inc. will give visitors an up close look at three of its products at AMD. The company will showcase its Light-Touch® Enclosed Blinds, which feature set for complete light block. This line of doorglass blinds not only meets the increased certification requirements of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), but also features a single operator (instead of two) that controls the raising, lowering and tilting of the blinds, according to the company.

Also available for a closer look is ODL’s online doorglass-selection tool, Your Door Stylizer, which allows homeowners to visualize how various ODL doorglass options will look in their home entryways. Users simply upload their home photos (or choose from pre-loaded sample home photos) and then customize their entryway with the online tool by choosing among an array of ODL doorglass options and shapes. Their doorglass selections instantly appear in the image as part of the homeowner’s entryway. Users choose from three project types: Replace Glass, Add Glass; and Replace Your Door. Users then progress through different steps to select the doorglass style that best suits their needs and preferences. After the final entryway image has been created, users can share the project via email or social media. They also have the option to save the image to an online account or print it for later reference. The printed project summary can then be taken to the point of purchase for ordering or further exploration.

GlassCraft will showcase its FerraLites® Series of external wrought Iron doorlites for fiberglass and steel entry doors. The series features handcrafted wrought iron grilles mounted to the exterior side of the doorlite frame using a patented mounting system that allows the iron grille to be opened and closed for easy access to the door glass, for cleaning purposes, or locked in place for security. Each iron grille is individually hand-ground to eliminate rough welds, and then sandblasted to a smooth surface for the black powder coated finish.

Three wrought iron design series are available: Valencia, Charleston and La Salle. Each grille is offered with three glass texture options for varying obscurity levels. Tempered safety glass two-layer thick are used for the glass panels. The doorlites are individually shrink-wrapped and boxed to eliminate damage during the shipping and handling process.TruTech will feature its Belmont® Craftsman fiberglass door with a mahogany grain that is crafted with premium materials to replicate authentic wood unique to mahogany. The Berkley direct glazed glass adds the finishing touch, says the company.

Engineered to last a lifetime, the Belmont craftsman door series features a rich rift cut oak wood grain finish complemented with distinctive profiles to accurately simulate a real wood door appearance. Designed with an energy saving polyurethane door core, 4 inch stiles constructed of Laminated Strand Lumber (“LSL”) and enhanced fiberglass panels, the Belmont door provides maximum protection and durability, according to the company.

MasterGrain will feature its new line of coordinated door system components made using the company’s nickel vapor deposition (NVD) technology, which replicates fine surface detail using pure nickel to build a shell to capture fine grains and texturing details of hand crafted wood grained doors. The wood for the door eventually will be replicated into a nickel shell and the company describes the result as the most accurate means to date for recreating the rich dimensionality of natural wood into a fiberglass door.

The Prestige Collection includes coordinated doors and sidelites, plug less lite frames, simulated divided lites, jambs and brick mold. The system of components provides all the low maintenance benefits of fiberglass as well as MasterGrain wood-grained finish and solid weather resistant components. The Prestige Collection is available in cherry, fir and oak grains.

With its market launch in early 2014, the 3- by 8-foot door will feature authentic looking knots and unique grain characteristics of alder previously unavailable in fiberglass. MasterGrain is the first fiberglass door manufacturer to accurately replicate knotty alder in high volume production tooling.

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