Marvin Windows and Doors has upgraded its Integrity windows with a
new product line called Impact, rated to handle pressures from
winds up to 140 mph and tested to withstand a strike from an 8-foot
2x4 traveling at 50 feet per second. According to Marvin, Impact's
pultruded-fiberglass frame and flange are not only UV-resistant and
noncorroding; they're also twice as strong as steel and eight times
stronger than vinyl. For more information, contact Integrity,
With storm season upon us, Jeld-Wen offers wood, vinyl, and
aluminum windows equipped with ImpactGard protection to stand up to
a 34-mph strike by a 9-pound 2x4. In addition to offering wind
resistance, the company says the tough window glazing provides
better home security and reduced sound transmission. For more
information, contact Jeld-Wen, 800/877-9482, www.jeld-wen.com.
For both privacy and fresh air, Hy-Lite offers Operable Acrylic
Block Windows in a casement style that homeowners can easily open
from inside the house. For more information, contact Hy-Lite,
800/423-3032, www.hy-lite.com. (Note: These units do not offer the
impact rating earned by the company's fixed windows.)
Engineered Posts and Beams
For strong outdoor structures that can stand up to weather or decay
organisms, iLevel introduces Wolmanized Parallam PSL,
parallel-strand lumber treated with copper-based preservative.
Warranted to resist termites, rot, and recurring groundwater
contact through the whole depth of each member, the material is
available in dimensions suited for use as beams, posts, columns,
and headers. For more information, contact iLevel, 888/453-8858,
Wood-Look Vinyl Windows
Simonton Windows is looking for attention from builders who usually
choose wood with its new Brickmould line of vinyl-clad windows.
Multiple interior trim styles are available with wood-grain
laminates and simulated divided lights. All windows in the product
line are Energy Star labeled, with 7/8-inch low-e argon-filled dual
glazing. For more information, contact Simonton, 800/746-6686,
Wine Storage Solution
For some clients, a Styrofoam party cooler just won't cut it.
That's why there's the Freestanding Absorption Wine Cellar (Model
E24WC160ES) from Electrolux. It enables your discriminating
customers to keep their fine wine in good condition even though
beach houses don't usually have cellars. The unit's chemical-based
refrigeration system uses no compressor, to ensure that the wine
doesn't suffer from motor vibration. For more information, contact
Electrolux, 877/435-3287, www.electroluxusa.com.
Permeable (or "pervious") paving surfaces are the latest word in
environmentally friendly landscaping — they let rainwater
soak into the earth naturally, rather than running off of the
property and draining into local waters. Subterra, the newest line
of brick pavers from Belgard, offers permeability in a soft, subtle
earth-tone color palette. Set the pavers in a sand base, and let it
rain (while you earn your LEED credits). For more information,
contact Belgard, 877/235-4273, www.belgard.biz.
Vapor-Tolerant Insulation Batts
Keeping insulated walls dry, year in and year out, is a building
performance challenge. CertainTeed approaches the problem by
coupling its fiberglass batt insulation with a "smart" vapor
barrier that changes its vapor permeability from season to season
in response to ambient humidity conditions. CertainTeed's DryRight
insulation, with MemBrain vapor retarder, is now available in
popular commercial as well as residential sizes. For more
information, contact CertainTeed, www.certainteed.com.
Strong and Durable Railings
Kiss paint goodbye. With a wood composite core and a
weather-resistant PVC skin, Azek's new Premier and Trademark
railing products offer a maintenance-free railing package with a
consistent look to match Azek's other decking, porch floor, and
exterior trim components. For more information, contact Azek
Building Products, 877/275-2935, www.azek.com.