GlassBuild Day 2: Products Take the Stage

September 13th, 2017 by Trey Barrineau

Sturtz is featuring its new logo at the show.

Despite travel troubles caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irma, the GlassBuild America show continued its run at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center on Wednesday with enthusiastic attendees checking out some of the newest fenestration products in the industry.

Sturtz officially launched a new logo at GBA. It was displayed prominently in its booth in signage and on machines. That came with a newly launched website last week as well.

“While we celebrate our 20th year in North America, we are focused on the future,” said Ellis Dillen, president and CEO. “Our new logo is representative of this forward-looking attitude. The main elements of our brand remain in place as we stay true to our customer-focused roots. The modern update reflects our commitment to continued innovation and new product development.”

Skyreach brought its new 6000 Series tilt and turn window to GlassBuild.

CRL showcased its Series 3000 sliding door, which can be used for residential and commercial applications. The product has a new security screen, which Andrew Haring, vice president of marketing, says is an aesthetically pleasing solution to a security door. It’s available in a variety of options, including swing doors and egress windows.

Lawrence Hardware had some new products, which Barry Lawrence, owner, says are designed to “bring decorative finishes to the masses.” It also showed off its Thunderbolt, an adjustable three-point interlock that is good for high-impact areas where extra strength is needed. The lock works with all major profiles.

The big news at the Roto booth was a variety of products for doors. Dan Gray, director of sales, said “doors are huge right now, and door hardware sales are up 12 percent.”

Why the uptick? Gray predicts that when homeowners start a remodel they often start with the patio door. The company showcased its 9100 handle, which is perfect for contemporary styles. A unique attribute is that the “handle is within the stile, so there is no interference with the blinds.”

Gray noted the huge demand in black profiles, particularly on the West Coast.

The company also featured its Inowa line, which is now rolling out in North America. The product looks like a traditional sliding door but it glides, and all the hardware is concealed in the jamb.

CRL showcased its Series 3000 sliding door.

“It is also a compression door for ultimate performance,” Gray says.

Skyreach debuted several new products, including the 6000 Series tilt and turn window system that demonstrates the increasing influence of European trends in window design for North America. The company also rolled out the V-Maxx 1100 Series, which features an exterior frame extension that can accommodate different wall thicknesses.

Roto is offering a number of products for doors.

Additionally, Skyreach showed off the 5100 Midway Plus Series, which can house a one-inch IG unit. It has a sloped sill and smart water drainage channel.

John Evans’ Sons displayed a new product, the static friction inverted (SFI) balance, which hides the balance springs from view and greatly reduces the number of inventory items for suppliers.

“You can balance up to your 28-pound sash with just three items,” said the company’s John Kunz.

Interlock, an Assa Abloy company based in Reno, Nev., presented a selection of its door hardware, including Invisio, a sliding-door handle with a very low profile and just 2mm projection. It also displayed a selection of smart locks that can automatically secure the door when you leave the house and unlock it when you get close to home.

Two companies, Ritescreen and Meshtec, showed off advances in door and window screens.

Ritescreen’s GenExt screen features extruded aluminum, an interior spline and staked corners.

“We think this will make a big difference on the extruded side of the business, which tends to be where the replacement guys are,” said CEO Randall Iles.

Meshtec presented its stainless steel woven security mesh solutions. A demonstration in the booth in which a 75-pound bag was slammed into the screen repeatedly showed how strong they are.

A first-time exhibitor, Color Vinyl Processing, was at the show to present its coating services for windows and doors. Dave Sorette, the company’s president and owner, explained that fabricators can send their profiles to the company to paint, instead of doing it in-house.

“This saves the company valuable inventory space,” he says.

Fabricators can also source out the small components to Color Vinyl Processing as well.

Novagard was telling customers about its sealants, particularly a new product it produced at the request of Cardinal Glass. Michael Ephraim, the international OEM sales manager, says its new ultra-low migrating high-impact glazing sealant removed the problem of “plasticizers destroying secondary seals.”

Hornschuch, which is now part of Continental, showed off its new Jet-Black laminate, which the company’s Marco Patermann called the darkest black available on the market. He added that it has the lowest heat build-up in the industry, staying 30 degrees cooler than competing products. The booth also featured a Fux profile laminating machine

GlassBuild continues through Thursday. Stay tuned to DWM for more coverage from the show.

DWM publisher Tara Taffera contributed to this report.

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