Builders’ Show Final Report: Strong Attendance and New IntroductionsJanuary 25th, 2016 by Tara Taffera
The International Builders’ Show wrapped up last Thursday with reports of high attendance, busy booths and scores of new innovations. DWM offers its final report.
Sam Steinberg of ClearView Screen Doors said his booth was busy during the show.
“It’s been really good,” he said. “It’s all about contacting and networking.” And, of course, the products.
The highlight of the Nicolette booth was RSL’s Majestic Vinyl Dual Sliding Door, a unique product in which both doors slide. The door system can be configured from 5 to 8 feet wide, with two to five panels.
ODL rolled out its Perspectives textured doorglass. The product was launched to meet consumer demand for personalization and privacy.
“People are looking for more minimalistic, simplified designs,” said Amanda Fowler of ODL. “But while they love design, they also want high privacy.”
There are eight textures in the Perspectives line that were inspired by textures around the world, Fowler said. The doorglass has a tactile surface facing the interior of the home. The glass that faces outdoors is flat.
Plastpro celebrated its 21st anniversary at the show and introduced more than 20 new door styles including a new Craftsman product.
“We can cut anything on the door, any logo, explained Shirley Wang, president. She also reported the continued popularity of its polyfiber frames, which are growing by 30 percent. “Everyone knows this is the best frame,” she said. “We are leaders in this area. The frames come with a lifetime warranty.”
One door type that could be seen all over the show floor was barn doors, and Jeld-Wen showed them off in both rustic and modern styles.
One of these was its new IWP custom wood barn door as part of the company’s custom wood door line. Evoking popular rustic design themes, the company says the door is ideal for residences looking to make a stylish statement while increasing the functionality of a space. Effectively a moveable panel, sliding barn doors serve as a temporary partition to divide a living space into sections or open a room for entertaining.
“We continue to see rising demand for this style of door in homes of almost every shape and size,” said Jim Parello, vice president of marketing. “This door is a gorgeous example of rustic design. It can incorporate custom, weathered coloring, natural woodgrains and tasteful, yet rugged, hardware that will blend beautifully into any living space.”
At the Kolbe booth, the company focused on its custom capabilities, for both doors and windows. “Whether it’s custom glass or hardware, our booth shows all the custom features we can provide,” says Lance Premeau, product and market manager. Attendees could view anything from its pivot door to a variety of custom colors available, large window openings, multi-slides in different profiles and more.
On the windows side, Milgard unveiled its newest operating style to the Essence Series wood window line—the radius casement. It is available in arched or gable styles with matching picture windows. The window comes in a choice of three solid wood interiors to match all Essence Series windows and doors. Concealed hinges and no visible fasteners ensure a clean look, the company says. Operable casement heights range from heights of 20 to 84 inches.
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