Manufacturers Tote High-End Trends to the International Builder’s Show

The residential market may be showing signs of slowing in 2019, but we don’t expect that to place a damper on the biggest light construction show of the year: the International Builders’ Show (IBS). While it stands to be seen how many attendees will fill its 600,000-square feet of floor space, for the approximately 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers expected to exhibit at this year’s show in Las Vegas, all bets are in. Among them are nearly two dozen door and window manufacturers. This year’s show takes place February 19-21, and with market changes afoot, companies will be looking for new products—including those that can shift with their changing needs, across residential and commercial, from entry-level to luxury, and between new construction and remodeling. And while IBS’s educational sessions primarily key on business-related matters for builders, for door and window companies, the real education comes by way of new products. The show marks a prime opportunity for dealers, distributors and contractors to peruse the latest, and we reached out to door and window manufacturers in order to jumpstart the process.

Distinct Trends

Among the manufacturers DWM queried, numerous distinct trends emerged for doors and windows—including more products featuring modern designs, a focus on alternative and composite materials, and large, rolling and sliding doors that are designed to merge outdoor and indoor environments. DWM also picked up on numerous steel and metal doors with added insulation or thermal breaks to increase their performance.

In 2018, door and window manufacturers introduced an abundance of darker colors and other European-styled features. In 2019, it looks like that trend will continue, including more modern styled products—some of which are designed to crossover from residential to commercial.

Andersen, Marvin, Sierra Pacific and Simpson Door Company all report that they’re planning to cash in on this trend with features such as narrow site lines and aluminum interiors. Simpson plans to exhibit its Clear

Edge technology, which uniquely extends glass all the way to the edge of wood doors. “It’s one thing to come up with a visual concept like this, and quite another to actually pull it off,” says Brad Loveless, the company’s marketing and product development manager. “Our engineering team had to figure out a way to ensure a structurally solid door, despite having the glass go all the way to one edge and not having a full-length stile on that side (of exterior doors), or from bottom to top without full wood top and bottom rails (for interior doors).”

Representatives for Marvin say it will once again queue in on its Marvin Modern series of doors and windows, which rely on a new, proprietary frame material (a high-density fiberglass) in order to achieve sitelines of three inches or less.

Marvin is just one of three companies planning to highlight materials other than standard steel, wood or fiberglass. After shedding its Silver Line brand of vinyl products to Ply Gem in 2018, Andersen plans to focus on its 100 Series products, which are made of a proprietary wood-fiber composite material that the manufacturer markets as Fibrex. GlassCraft will feature its FiberCraft Composite exterior doors, but also promises to unveil several “exciting concept products,” none of which the company was willing to spill the beans for. Novatech is touting a dozen new innovative door models of its own, but is also mum on the details.

Thermal Improvements

According to the latest statistics (see our sidebar on page 30), steel doors continue to lose market share to fiberglass, but that isn’t stopping steel door manufacturers from fighting back with features designed to close the gaps in energy performance between the two materials. GlassCraft’s Thermaplus line of 18-gauge steel doors employ thermal breaks around all four corners and within its core to prevent the transfer of heat, according to company information, along with a composite adjustable threshold. Those features, company officials say, will prevent the door’s interior from frosting over or condensing amid extremely cold temperatures.

Hope’s Windows plans to draw attendees in with similar promises via its Thermal Evolution Technology, which provides a thermal break in the company’s hot-rolled steel and solid-bronze doors. LaCantina, which you’ll find in Jeld-Wen’s booth this year, will show its Aluminum thermally controlled products, which include 2-1/4-inch-thick aluminum panels, along with what the company describes as “European thermal struts,” to create a nonconductive bridge. Lastly, Novatech plans to display its new NHP doors, which have 1⁄2-inch of additional insulating foam, when compared to other standard doors, according to the company. NHP’s 2-1⁄4-inch slab also accommodates triple-pane glass, which is available with a second low-E coating.

High-End Products

According to the latest predictions by analysts at The Freedonia Group, the trend is toward more efficient and modern products. (See related article and stats on page 54.) Such is the case among this year’s door and window exhibitors. But the group also suggests that there will be an increased interest in more premium and luxurious products. That may help to extend the trend toward large, sliding doors that the industry witnessed in 2018.

Manufacturers Andersen, Kolbe, Marvin and Novatech all say they’re planning to feature such products at this year’s show.

According to Andersen’s “virtual booth,” on IBS’s website, the company plans to feature custom, industrial style doors from Weiland, along with its Architectural Collection MultiGlide doors. Kolbe will stretch the concept of luxury a step farther with select doors featuring automation. It’s technologies of that sort that have drawn some door and window companies away from IBS and to the Consumer Electronics Symposium in recent years. But as they become more commonplace, we expect they’ll return home—to the builders’ show.

Residential or Commercial

Complete Flexibility

Officials for Panoramic Doors say their company’s unique, folding door systems required a “new way of thinking” in order to create. The free-floating system includes independent, inter-locking and bottom-supported sliding door panels, which operate by opening a primary access door (opens just like any entry door), then sliding additional panels over until they click into place, pivoting to lay flat against each prior panel. Hinges are concealed for a true “floating” look and the system’s versatility, they say, provides the ultimate flexibility, making it suit-able for homes, restaurants or modern businesses.

The company’s Absolute Vinyl series is an aluminum-reinforced vinyl door that’s built in a stile and rail design, including mechanically connected corners that eliminate welds, while a Signature Aluminum Series door includes a thermally broken design and what the company calls eeCore, providing an up to 0.32 U-value rating when using the company’s Low-e3 glass with argon fill.

Panoramic will look to show off its new door system in booth SU4400.

Total Security

Doorframer Inc. recently expanded its lineup of door and window packing solutions with a Double Door Bottom Retainer. By not only preventing doors from sagging, but also securing them from moving laterally, company officials say the product is a “perfect way to immobilize interior double door units” during transport. Four versions are available to accommodate both 1-3/8-inch and 1-3/4-inch slabs, for use with or without a 1-inch by 4-inch runner between jamb legs. The company will be in booth SU3723.

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