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Windows, Doors and Decorative Products
Windows, doors and decorative products for adding those finishing touches.
Weather Shield's Collections doors, which were featured as prototypes at IBS, have hide-away roll screens in a French sliding door, hinged patio door or entrance door configurations for high-end homes. Builders can choose from American fir, Spanish cedar, alder and mahogany for interior doors. The company recently made a partnership with Stone River Bronze, which provides customized, handcrafted hardware in silver-colored bronze or antique oil-rubbed finishes. Rustic-looking wire-brushed textures are also available.
Simpson Door Company's Mastermark Dorado door features silver caming with small stained glass ovals set in a field of drawn antique-style insulated glass. The door is available in one or two wood panels in Douglas fir, Western hemlock and American red oak. The doors are 1-¾ inch thick with standard widths of 3 feet; 3 feet, 2 inches; 3 feet, 4 inches; and 3 feet, 6 inches. Standard heights are 6 feet, 8 inches and 7 feet. Matching sidelights are available.
Andersen's 400 series Frenchwood double-hinged patio doors feature Low-E4 tempered glass, which the company says reduces water spotting up to 99 percent and reduces energy bills by 25 percent. The doors have a three-way locking system and can open inward for small balconies, decks and patios. They measure 5 feet, 11¼-inches by 6 feet, 7½-inches and are made of rich oak, maple or pine. Hardware options include a choice of seven styles and 10 finishes.
Milgard's fiberglass entry doors, from parent firm Masco, feature the company's SuncoatMax Low-E glass that reduces solar heat gain by 60 percent over single-coated glass and blocks 95 percent of UV light. The doors accept paint and stain and are available unfinished or pre-finished. There are 12 glass designs to choose from, including the Stellar (shown), Onyx and El Dorado. The fiberglass line also features double-hung windows.
Marvin hardwood entry doors have hand-carved appliques, embossing and engraving fully customizable for logos, family crests and other details. The doors are made with mahogany, cedar, white oak, walnut or cherry. A reverse-grain, face-glued manufacturing technique is used on the stiles and rails, which are joined using a blind mortise-and-tenon system. Seven styles are available: artistic, classic, traditional, craftsman, old world, luminary and rustic.
Peachtree's 500 and 700 (shown) series doors are made from extruded aluminum and are designed for hinged and sliding patio doors. The hinged doors are made in a 1¾-inch standard panel or a premium 2-¼ -inch panel in traditional or French styles. All have multi-point locking systems and four adjustable hinges. Hinged doors can also have raised panels, and sliding doors have dual tandem rollers and security foot bolts. Seven colors are available: white, black, brass, brushed chrome, nickel, antique or oil-rubbed brass.
Wassmer Studios' handcrafted ornamental pieces are made with non-combustible hardened plaster available in cornice and panel mouldings, ceiling centers, corbels, niches and mantels. All installations are applied by adhesives and permanently installed with three to four fasteners along the bottom edge and two or three along the top. Each piece can be primed and painted.
Laurey Cabinet Hardware introduced several new lines of cabinet hardware, including the Alhambra; classical Greek-inspired Mykonos; Waverly; Churchill, which features a leather/metal casting; and Monte Carlo pulls and knobs. All lines are made with a series of new finishes, including two-tone gold, oil rubbed bronze, Venetian bronze and weathered antique bronze. The lines also feature matching hinges.
Fypon's one-piece fireplace mantel surround is made of low-maintenance urethane that accepts paint and finish. It stands 50 inches by 55 inches and has a 37 3/16- inch by 37 3/16- inch fireplace opening that works with most factory-made fireplaces. The piece installs with a urethane millwork adhesive and requires little hammer-and-nail work for most wall surfaces. The company says it installs in about an hour and measures a 6½ inches at the top for bric-a-brac.
King Architectural Metals has a variety of decorative products for builders to choose from, including door and gate hardware, gates, balusters, panels and other wrought iron, aluminum or steel forgings. Balusters are available in satin black, copper patina, matte black finish and pewter vein in hundreds of designs at 9/16- inch thick with matching S and C scrolls. The company features 1,600 designs in all and can cast custom projects.
Atlas Homeware's coordinating appliance pulls dress-up kitchen appliances and cabinet knobs with the retro-style Primitive line and modern-inspired Optimism line. There are six lines for builders to choose from in 18-inch or 20-inch sizes, including the Zanzibar (shown). The pulls and knobs are available in burnished bronze, polished chrome, sleek black or brushed nickel. Atlas' lines are available at retailers such as The Great Indoors and The Expo Design Center.