The International Builders’ Show starts tomorrow in Orlando, Fla., and runs through Saturday. As has been the case in recent years, some big name window makers have opted to sit it out, but others have marked their spots and will be at the show with their latest introductions. Be sure to look to DWM’s e-newsletter and website this week for the latest show updates and videos. If there is a particular product you would love to see on video or a particular question you would like to ask of a particular exhibitor, email and we will ask it for you.

Here is what some companies will have on display.


Booth #W3417

PPG to Showcase Passive Solar, Low-E Glass

PPG Industries will feature several product lines, including samples of a new passive solar, low-E glass along with a dual-pane, dual-coat insulating glass unit (IGU) that company officials say enables residential windows to achieve R-5 center-of-glass insulating performance.

Booth visitors can preview the new passive solar, low-E glass, to be formally launched in early 2012, that is designed for residential use in colder, heating-dominated climates. The company will showcase an IGU made with one 3-mm lite of its new passive solar, low-E glass on the fourth surface and SOLARBAN® 60 glass on the second surface, separated by a ½-inch air space. The configuration yields R-5 insulating performance at the center of the glass, according to company information.

In addition, PPG will feature its complete line-up of SUNGATE® low-E glasses and Solarban solar control, low-E glasses.


Booth #W450

Weather this Storm

Brio USA in Rochester, N.Y., will feature its Weatherfold 4s, a fourth-generation Weatherfold architectural hardware system for exterior folding doors. It includes pivot sets, hanger sets, hinge sets, top track, bottom channel, locking and flush bolt options. According to company information, the optional integrated Brio 612 retractable pleated insect screen is the largest single span insect screen of its type in the world.

The system features four panel weight capacities, and is suitable for aluminum, wood and PVC panels, both inward or outward openings. It spans up to 13 feet, 1-inch high and 64 feet, 3 inches wide and can accommodate up to eight equal size panels folding in each direction.


Booth #W1051

Screening Security

Meshtec will show off its screen systems.

Meshtec International Co. Ltd., with U.S. operations in Lakeland, Fla., manufactures high tensile, premium stainless steel, wire mesh for architectural and security screen applications, and will be showcasing a full range of patented security screen systems for door and window applications. The company will feature a sliding security screen system for patio doors and a new security solution for doors and windows.

The screens provide many benefits, from security solutions to solar heat gain reduction, according to the company.




Booth #W3617

Phantom Makes it Easy

Phantom Screens, based in Abbotsford, B.C., created a Legacy—that is its Legacy retractable door screen, to give homeowners ultimate control. According to company information, the screen is easy to use, whisper quiet and designed for easy living. The product features an ergonomic latch and release handle with a smooth operating slidebar.

The handle closes the screen automatically in the closed position to prevent it from opening in breezy conditions. It is released by pressing the thumb lever. To ensure smooth operation Legacy uses track guides with a built-in lubricant that helps maintain easy movement of the slidebar across the door frame.


BOOTH #W4259

Simpson Expands Water Barrier Technology

Simpson® Door Company’s wood exterior doors with WaterBarrier® Technology were created to offer protection from the elements outside – no matter the exposure. The company, based in McCleary, Wash., announced that the technology is now available in dozens of new door designs, from French to panel to decorative entry doors – all with a five-year warranty, with no building overhang required.

The technology combines a moisture-resistant, medium-density overlay with a thermoset acrylic latex primer topcoat and PVC glazing beads on the door’s exterior side. Doors with WaterBarrier can be any wood species, and design pressure ratings are available, according to company information.


Booth #W4447

TLC Makes it in the USA

TLC Mouldings, based in Willacoochee, Ga., encourages attendees to stop by its booth to receive the newest 2012 Profile Catalog which details the Harmony line of Primed MDF mouldings. Attendees can also view MDF, OSB and dimensional Southern yellow pine lumber from Langboard and Langdale Forest Products. The company proudly promotes that all of its products are manufactured in the United States.

Booth #W3471

FrontLine Shows New Offerings Due to Acquisition

FrontLine Building Products, based in Green Bay, Wis., will have new products to showcase at IBS as it recently purchased GW Millwork based in Merrill, Wis. The company will function as FrontLine’s Merrill Division. The Merrill division has millwork equipment to enhance the FrontLine’s capabilities for custom designs in doors and windows. It operates as a full service millwork manufacturer with the ability to assemble in house or pack individually per customer requirements.

FrontLine Green Bay plans to introduce a new pre-clad frame that will reduce shop labor and offer a complete maintenance-free, rot-proof frame system. This is a 16-gauge extruded aluminum jamb with a wood substrate treated with wood life 111 on the entire frame system.

Versatex will show off its trim kits and mouldings

Booth #W3283

Versatex Adds Trim Kits

To provide builders with more ways to creatively enhance the appearance of Versawrap installations, Versatex, based in Aliquippa, Pa., developed a selection of moulding trim kits, and added Belmont Caps to its product line.

Available in a variety of architectural styles, the moulding kits and caps coordinate with 4-by 4-inch, 6- by 6-inch and 8-by 8-inch Versawrap installations. They include bed moulding kits and base moulding kits to top off the outer edges of the column base. Mouldings are manufactured with Hoffmann joints to make installations on the column wraps snug and secure, and pieces are an exact color and gloss match to other Versa Wrap cellular PVC trim systems, according to company information.

Booth# W4051

Certainteed Brings Beadboard Options

Restoration Millwork 3TL from Certainteed can be installed up to 30 percent faster than standard width beadboard, while Restoration Millwork 2TL, a smaller 6-inch two-bead beadboard, is another newer addition. Both products feature TightLap™, a progressive notched shiplap design for large concealed nailing areas.

According to company information the beadboards’ TightLap edge allows two adjacent panels to overlap, provides a strong hold, a reversible bead/channel repeat and streamlined appearance.

Made from cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the beadboards are engineered to look, feel and work like lumber. However, the beadboards are made with a material that is resistant to rotting, warping, moisture and insects. Offered in natural white finish or painted to complement exterior colors, the beadboards can be cut using ordinary woodworking tools and fastened with nails or screws. In addition, FinishedEdge™ provides a crisp, clean edge for Restoration Millwork trimboards and corners by heat-sealing the edges using a proprietary process that creates a smooth finish, preventing dirt from collecting on the surface.

Kolbe will showcase its TerraSpan doors at IBS.

Booth #W3729

10-Foot-Tall Doors Offer Impact Resistance

Kolbe’s Ultra Series TerraSpan® lift and slide doors’ 10-foot-tall units have been certified to meet the impact testing criteria for large missile impact Level D, design pressure (DP) 45 rating, and Wind Zone 4 testing standards (IPD4).

TerraSpan’s large panels can pocket into a wall or stack together, and can be arranged in more than 900 operational configurations. A maximum of 10 stacking or pocketing door panels in widths up to 6-feet may be specified for a single, expansive opening.

Booth #W1043

Can You Tell the Difference?

GlassCraft Door Co. plans to introduce six new artisan fiberglass wood grains. Company officials encourage visitors to stop by the booth to see if they can tell the difference between wood and Glasscraft’s fiberglass doors. Made using a patented technology that produces authentic wood grain details and textures, the Artisan Collection is available in new wood grains including: Pacific knotty alder, American black walnut, rustic white oak, cottage fir, reclaimed mahogany and antique cherry.

The doors also offer all composite pre-hung entry door options with transoms and sidelites, patented handmade external iron grille options, rustic door options with speakeasies and clavos, patented grille-between-glass options and impact-approved entry configurations in Texas and Florida.


Booth #W3517

YKK Has an App for That

Want to demonstrate for the homeowner how much energy can be saved by upgrading the home’s windows and how that translates into money savings? YKK AP America, based in Atlanta, will launch its new residential iPad app. The app will allow homeowners to calculate the potential energy savings, cost savings and CO2 reduction, as a result of simply upgrading the windows. It will also provide YKK AP product information, product and project photos and a dealer locator.


Booth #W2920

Check Out ODL’s Array

No that’s not just a product name (though it is that also) it signifies that ODL, based in Zeeland, Mich., will showcase a variety of products.

“Array,” which will be launched at the show, is a light control system in the form of a “unique doorglass panel design for exterior doors that brings dynamic levels of light and privacy into the home.” Two sliding panels of perforated aluminum provide users with a simple way to control privacy and light levels in a highly designed, fully assembled doorglass system.

Fakro says its skylights meet a variety of energy efficiency needs.

Booth #W1271

Fakro Skylights Meet Energy Needs

If you are looking for skylights, Fakro, based in Addison, Ill., manufacturer of roof windows and skylights, will showcase its products including a fixed skylight, which fits perfectly for the construction and climate of North America, according to the company.

The Fakro installation system, along with the newly designed warm frame construction and low-E single-chamber glazing unit has allowed the company to achieve an Energy Star designation.

The skylight offers a one-person installation system, is leak proof and eliminates the issue of outside condensation, according to company information.


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