The first full day of the International Builders’ Show was packed with doors and windows designed with outdoor living in mind.

At PlyGem, it was all about options, according to Mark Montgomery, vice president of marketing for windows. One display showed a variety of multi-family combinations as Montgomery says this market has been hot. PlyGem also showcased a variety of hardware and color options, as well as decorative glass patterns.

Additionally, PlyGem  unveiled its Mira Premium Impact Series bi-parting patio door. The four-paneled storm-resistant doors fitted with impact-rated glass can be configured to meet builder specifications. The doors are available in sizes up to 12 feet wide and come in 46 colors and a variety of standard and custom sizes.

PlyGem also showed off its Premium Series Replacement Sliding Patio Door. The doors, which will be available in two- and three-panel configurations when they hit the market early this year, will  be nearly 7 feet tall to allow more natural light in.

Marvin’s Ultimate Clad Multi-Slide Door.

The Simonton brand was also part of the PlyGem booth after it acquired Simonton earlier this year.

At Marvin, the trend of bringing the outdoors inside was revealed in a big way with its Ultimate Clad Multi-Slide Door. Available in sizes up to 50 feet wide and 12 feet tall, it comes in a variety of configurations, including pocket door panels that vanish into a wall or a stacked-panel configuration. The door will be available by the summer. “Our scenic door collection has been wildly popular,” says Breanna Welke of Marvin. “This product can be used for a remodel or new construction,” she said.

Fiberglass Trends

At the Jeld-Wen booth, the company had a variety of new products on display (see and watch Day 1 and Day 2 IBS videos), but one interesting display had a door with wood and fiberglass next to each other.

“We are encouraging attendees to look at it and find that you can’t see the difference between wood and fiberglass,” said Derek Brosterhous, director of product marketing. He also showed fiberglass options in doors that go up to 7 feet tall, as well as a unique curved entry door.

Jeld-Wen’s new Siteline collection of mid-tier wood doors and windows will hit the market in April. Following the trend of bringing the outdoors inside, they’ll feature larger sizes.

Another option from Jeld-Wen for homeowners who want more natural light is its new folding windows that are part of its Custom Wood window line. The eight-panel bi-fold system can connect a room to a patio or the outdoors.

At ODL, a retractable screen door called Brisa promised customers an easy install and even greater ease of use. The company also revealed that it’s expanded its Custom Door Glass Program.

Seen and Heard

The halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center were packed, and in the South hall you were elbow to elbow as you walked through the aisles. Exhibitors reported attendees from all over including Mexico, China, South Korea and Montreal.

The National Association of Home Builders had big crowds all day for its Giant Jenga Challenge.

And there were more celebrity sightings: Ty Pennington showed up at the LaCantina booth, and celebrity designers Alison Victoria and Amanda Forest were also making the rounds. Today, look for Adam Carolla, Vanilla Ice and Bob the Builder on the show floor.

Also, the International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show announced that they will continue to co-locate through 2020. The combined show, called Design & Construction Week, will return to Las Vegas in 2016 before moving to Orlando, Fla., in 2017 and 2018.






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