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Professional Builder Product Report: Windows
Included are the latest window offerings from Milgard, Pella and others
Vinyl replacement options from Milgard Windows include the Mastri series. The line features an argon gas interior with dual-insulated glass and the company's non-metallic Super Spacer technology that separates the panes. The windows also have the company's SunCoat Low-E insulation. On double-hung options, the Mastri series has thicker weather-stripping with a triple interlock frame. Light oak, medium oak and cherry finishes are available.
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Mahogany, Alder, Douglas fir and Douglas pine are the latest additions to Pella's Architect series. The mahogany is designed to match contemporary cabinets, floors and trim. The Alder is made for rustic décor, and the grain patterns for the Douglas fir and pine options are meant for paints or stains. The Architect series features proprietary shapes and sizes. Custom grille patterns are available.
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Designed for coastal or high-wind applications, the K-Force impact-resistant windows from Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork feature a Low-E2 coating to reduce heat gain and a sound-dampening laminate. The windows have no brackets or visible rods, and no extra locks are required. The glass' glaze is rated to withstand hurricane-force winds and flying debris. Casement, awning and double-hung options are offered.
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The Flat Casing Windows for Colonial-style homes feature a 3½-inch trim casing and authentic sill styles for architectural accuracy. The complete collection includes double-hung, awning, casement, fixed, radius and geometric windows. Sliding patio doors are available.
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The Armor Impact Plus (AIP) windows from Gorell pass ASTM Large Missile Impact and Cycling tests up to 129 miles per hour and are approved for "C" level performance. The windows carry a DP-50 rating in accordance with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association's standard for air, water and structural wind load testing. The 5301 picture, 5352 lift-out sliding and the 5121 Dryer Vent window are among other new lines from the company.
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Monarch Windows and Doors
The Premier Vinyl windows from Monarch have an integrated tie slot mounting system for fastening the frame to the form. The sashes are removable and weather-stripped. The windows have replaceable sill and head tracks, a cam-style locking system, brass rollers and the company's proprietary track system. Five glazing options include single glaze, insulated glass and laminated glass for lower sound transmission.
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The Aesthetics casement windows from Weather Shield are available in both aluminum-clad and wood exteriors. The aluminum-clad version has two profiles: colonial and putty glazed. The colonial has rounded accents and the putty glaze features sharper angles. Both offer a simulated divided lite bar made in 7/8-, 1 3/8- and 2-inch profiles.
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The latest electrochromatic glass option for skylights from Velux allows homeowners to electronically control the amount of light and heat entering a room. The system uses the company's SageGlass glazing. Made out of multiple layers of ceramic film and measuring only 1/50 of the thickness of a hair, the SageGlass uses a low-voltage DC current that causes the electrochromatic film to darken and uses as much energy as a 40-watt incandescent bulb.
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The 4100R series of replacement windows now features a heat-reflective clay coating and is made with a white interior and tan exterior. The 4100R from ViWinTech has a flat two-toned grid between the panes. The windows have several color, glazing, screen and mullion options and feature the company's Emax Plus high-performance, energy-efficient glass.
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