A Touch of Glass
Rehabbing the interior of your multifamily units? Jeld-Wen’s new Authentic Wood Door line includes interior and entry models with a variety of decorative-glass options, such as 3-D cast glass, textured glass, V-groove glass, and screen printing that can turn ordinary doors into works of art. The doors are available in multiple panel designs, several wood species, and with an engineered (rather than solid-wood) core for better durability. Models include paneled, bifold, French, and louvered. There’s even a kitchen pantry door that features actual recipes etched into the glass pane. For more information, call Jeld-Wen at 800-535-3936 or visit www.jeld-wen.com.
CraftMaster’s interior doors now include hollow- and solid-core versions of its Conmore model, a molded door that features five smooth, flat panels in a horizontal layout. The unit is made of high-density fiberboard to resist shrinking, cracking, and joint separation and comes in 6-foot 8-inch and 7-foot passage and bifold sizes. Contractors can specify the new Conmore with finger-joint or medium-density fiberboard stiles and rails. The hollow-core Conmore can also be specified as a CraftMaster Green Door, which is made from sustainable materials, recycled content, and low-VOC primers and adhesives. For more information, call CraftMaster Interior Doors at 800-405-2233 or visit www.craftmasterdoors.com.
When renovating a property, don’t overlook the importance of window-opening control devices (WOCDs) in preventing falls from high floors. Andersen beefed up the line of devices for several of its window products, from the 100 Series single-hung windows (pictured, at 412 Lofts in Minneapolis) to its A-Series and 400 Series casement windows. For casement windows, which present a challenge in limiting how far a window can open while still making it easy to escape in an emergency, Andersen’s control devices eliminate the need to remove screens to release and re-engage the hardware. Instead, an orange push-button release identifies the device’s mechanism, while a flip cap keeps it from releasing accidentally. The WOCD kits for Andersen’s double- and single-hung windows have right and left upper-sash devices that limit the opening of the lower sash to less than 4 inches. If the window must be opened all the way, the device automatically resets once the lower sash is returned to the closed position. For more information, call Andersen Corp. at 800-426-4261 or visit www.andersenwindows.com.
An Energy Star
The Pella 350 Series window family rounds out the company’s newest vinyl offerings. Like the patio doors before them, the 350 Series windows meet or exceed Energy Star guidelines, making them attractive to multifamily developers who want to green their new or existing properties. The units’ SmoothSeam welded corners are designed to be nearly invisible, and the frames have up to 18 insulating chambers to keep residents comfortable in winter and summer. The 350 Series comes in double-hung, single-hung, sliding, casement, awning, fixed-frame, and specially shaped varieties, as well as three frame colors, including a dual-color option, and five hardware finishes—white, almond, bright brass, satin nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze. For more information, call Pella Corp. at 800-288-7281 or visit www.pella.com.
If you have balconies or patios in your developments, Integrity’s All Ultrex Sliding Patio Doors may be for you. The units now come in more sizes and are designed to easily replace existing aluminum or vinyl patio doors. New models 51068 and 9068 come in two- and three-panel configurations, respectively. Both are made of Ultrex pultruded fiberglass, which the company says is as strong as steel and designed to resist scratching, fading, warping, corrosion, and denting. That way, according to Integrity, building managers field fewer calls from residents. For more information, call Integrity Windows and Doors at 888-419-0076 or visit www.integritywindows.com.
Apartment owners can easily update their property and increase the energy efficiency of individual units with Marvin’s Ultimate Replacement Casement Window. The new window has a flush, contemporary-looking sash and a narrow, 2?3/16-inch jamb, which make it ideal for frame-in-frame replacement of old vinyl or aluminum windows. Its design allows contractors to install the new windows without removing all of the old ones, keeping existing frames or wallpaper intact. And a bonus for residents: In wash mode, the Marvin windows swivel 140 degrees so they can be cleaned from inside the home. For more information, call Marvin Windows and Doors at 888-537-7828 or visit pros.marvin.com.