IBS Day 3: When One Door Opens …January 21st, 2016 by Trey Barrineau
“This booth has been a complete success,” said Ximena Rojas of Panda Windows. “We’ve just had one customer after another come by.”
“We’re non-stop,” said Brandon Woods of Murphy Doors. “We’ve been so swamped.”
“We’re super busy,” said Mike Chavez of Fleetwood Doors. “A lot busier than last year.”
Many of those stopping by the show were looking for contemporary styles, which were everywhere in the exhibition hall.
Weather Shield’s booth featured several new Contemporary Collection products and enhancements, including custom-crafted hardware and a new handle by Roto, an exterior flush frame for window units, a 3-1/4-inch bottom rail on hinged, bi-fold and sliding doors, and a range of interior and exterior finishes for the aluminum-clad product line. The company also displayed its Aspire Series of vinyl-clad patio doors and windows, and its Signature and Premium aluminium-clad products.
Lincoln Windows introduced its new swinging patio door with 2-1/4-inch thick panel option that can be made in big sizes. At IBS, the company displayed a single swing door with a panel dimension of 3 ½ feet wide by ten feet high. The door uses a five-point lock instead of the industry standard of three.
At Simpson, the word of the year is “personalization.” Its wood doors can be made to suit all tastes, said the company’s Brad Loveless.
“We can make any door, any design, any size, any shape, any species,” he said.
Simpson’s doors all feature its WaterBarrier technology, which combines a medium density overlay (MDO) over the exterior surface of the door with PVC bars and glazing beads.
LaCantina Doors previewed a ten-foot-tall aluminum thermally controlled pivot entry door that comes with a sashless sidelite that can open at the top and the bottom. The company, which is known for its high-end sliding doors, also rolled out a new product – a vinyl patio sliding door aimed at the mid-range market. The top-hung door features narrow stiles and standard dual glazed LoE glass to boost energy efficiency. Color options include white or tan.
Panda Windows’ booth featured its popular FlexCounter, a window-wall combination that creates indoor-outdoor transitions in kitchens, bars and pass-through areas.It’s a countertop-mounted window system on a recessed track that’s paired with a matching full-sized glass door.
Panda also announced that it’ll be launching Panda Select in a few weeks. It’s a line of thermally broken multi-slide doors in aluminum and wood that will be aimed at the midrange market.
Murphy Door introduced a barn door, which can be sold as a kit or pre-assembled. The company also had a new knock-down unit that can also come un-assembled to save homeowners up to $500. Additionally, Murphy showed off new locking mechanisms for its doors.
Frontline debuted a new commercial door that comes with an aluminum-clad exterior and an interior that can be made in any species of wood.
“It’s for a commercial project that’s going to be using alumium-clad wood windows and they want to have the same feature on the entry system,” said the company’s Lee Jones.
Intus Windows’ booth showcased its high-performance windows, including the Arcade unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (U-PVC) window for the multifamily market. The triple-pane glazing options achieve a DP70 rating (Design Pressure) and thermal insulation up to R7.
Intex, a maker of railing products made from cellular PVC, introduced a glass baluster and glass panel.
FlexTrim showed off its range of flexible moulding options that can fit curved openings. The company can produce non-continuous reels of trim for jobs so there are no joints.
Orange Aluminum, a maker of stocked aluminum extrusions, unveiled its Hanging Concepts, a system for hanging objects on walls.
“You can hang your art gallery at home,” said the company’s Diana Garcia.
The 201 7 International Builders’ Show will be held January 10-12 in Orlando, Fla.