Beautiful doors were everywhere during the second day of the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

This Kommerling product tilts out for venting and received a huge amount of interest at the show.
This Kommerling product tilts out for venting and received a huge amount of interest at the show.

Kommerling made its debut at the International Builders’ Show last year, and this year it was back with a bigger booth and a continued commitment to the U.S. market, according to Robert Thiroff, managing director. DWM also visited the company in March 2014 at Germany’s fensterbau event, and there Thiroff unveiled its 76 mm system.

Well, here at IBS, he announced that the product is now available in the U.S.

Thiroff had no shortage of amazing stories to tell regarding quality leads. One attendee said, “I sell $7 million a year in sliding products and I love this door.” Thiroff says the product’s key features include thermal efficiency, colors available and size.

The company had two fabricators in the booth who currently manufacture the product and other Kommerling offerings: Hans Severin at Eurocraft Industries in Largo, Fla., and Henry Nickel at Fentro in Manitoba, Canada.

One attendee checks out the finer details of one of Kommerling's sliding doors.
One attendee checks out the finer details of one of Kommerling’s sliding doors.

Kommerling is actively seeking additional fabricators to produce its products including the 76 mm system.

Thiroff offered an exclusive statement to DWM magazine saying this 76 mm system will be introduced to the U.S. as the company is extremely committed to this market. “We are looking for window fabricators to design it,” he said.

Royal only had a new door product to reveal at IBS, but it followed the trend of integrating interior and exterior living spaces. The company’s Windoor 2300 aluminum-framed bi-folding door can be configured in a variety of ways up to 24 feet wide.

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These colorful doors from ODL were a hit at IBS.

ODL, who we noted on Tuesday for its Brisa retractable screen door, wowed the IBS crowds with its beautiful, colorful Spotlights entry doorglass. The product comes in a variety of styles, from Georgian revival to mid-century modern, to help homeowners who are remodeling older residences.

Kolbe takes the outdoor-living trend to dramatic heights with the latest addition to its VistaLuxe line of windows – a corner unit that expands views in multiple directions. “This is very popular in the contemporary world,” says Lance Premeau of Kolbe.

Panoramic put its Signature, Thermaclad and Absolute Vinyl sliding doors on display in the busy South hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company’s slide-and-pivot system is fairly unique in this niche, says Andy Doty, Panoramic’s vice president of sales and marketing.

Masonite rolled out one of its largest selections of new products in a long time at IBS, says David Gillespie, a sales and marketing manager with the company. Its biggest “wow” product on display was the Lemiuex Torrefied Poplar entry door. Torrefication is a process in which wood is slowly heated over time in order to eliminate its tendency to rot. It also makes the wood more structurally stable and resistant to heat, cold and moisture. “That is a dramatic-looking door when you see all the highlights and the grains,” Gillespie says.

Seen and Heard

Adam Carolla of Spike TV’s Catch a Contractor was making the rounds at IBS. Vanilla Ice did a meet-and-greet at the Lumber Liquidators booth. Mike Holmes of HGTV was also seen on the show floor. Actor Ed Begley, Jr., was set to speak about his environmentally friendly home at the Eaton lighting booth.

And finally, Billy Gibbons, the guitarist and vocalist for veteran rock band ZZ Top, was seen at the Westgate Las Vegas hotel, the main accommodation spot for visitors to IBS. His band will be playing a farewell concert for attendees on Thursday night.

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