IBS Continues to Draw Big Crowds

January 11th, 2018 by Trey Barrineau

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) continued its run at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday with packed halls and exhibitors reporting strong traffic in their booths.

Home-improvement radio star Gary Sullivan, right, did a radio taping in Clopay’s booth at IBS Orlando.

“It’s been excellent,” said Derrick Duffy of door manufacturer Nick’s Building Supply. “It’s been more than good enough to keep us busy.”

Other attendees said they were sensing an upbeat mood on the show floor, which reflects a strong  economy and continued improvement in the U.S. housing market.

“The tone we see is that people are optimistic,” said Adam Wendt, the director of marketing with Trimlite. “It feels that way more so than any other year I’ve been here, which I think is a good sign. People are starting to make investments, and the product innovation is better than I’ve seen in recent years.”

IBS Orlando also kept rolling out new and interesting products for the fenestration industry.

Trimlite, which is exhibiting in Plastpro’s booth, showed off a range of door frames, including the new Solution Series. It’s a one-piece, screwless system that features a compression seal and interlocking joints that streamline installation.

Industry giant Andersen had one of the show’s most impressive products – a huge pivot door. The product can be fabricated up to 12 feet tall, and it offers multiple sash options, including all-aluminum, all-wood or aluminum-clad wood. The door is also impact-rated, which makes it an attractive option for coastal regions.

“We invented and patented a sill that captures water and vents water, and that allowed us to get a performance grade of 60,” said Steve Donner, director of Big Doors with Andersen. “And that’s not just a structural or air rating.”

Kwikset rolled out new updates to its Kevo automated front door lock, as well as a sleek new contemporary door knob called Pismo. It’s available in five different finishes, including iron black.

“Iron black is trending for us tremendously,” said Michelle Gangi, senior product manager with Kwikset.

Clopay is another company that’s doing a lot more with color. The company can pair entry doors with garage doors in dozens of tone and texture combinations.

“A trend we’ve been seeing in exteriors is darker-color cladding on windows and trim and entry doors, going from black to bronze to dark gray to lighter grays,” said Clopay public relations manager Mischel Schonberg.  “We’ve added slate as a finish to both our entry doors and garage door collections.”

The company also showed off some steel doors with wood-grain finishes.

Rohden Doors displayed a product that’s not available in the U.S. yet – a patio door that will be available this year. The exterior is made of pine and it features Cardinal low-e glass. The door can be configured up to 60 feet wide and 8 feet tall.

Kommerling had some good news to share. The company recently found out that its 76 tilt-turn European window systems and sliding doors have been granted Miami-Dade approval for hurricane zones.

“It’s fantastic,” said Gareth Parton. “That’s why it’s been such a good show for us. In comparison with last year, people are much more receptive. Now that we’ve got all the testing done and we’re manufacturing in Huntsville, Ala., so our lead times are super-quick.”

Anthony Innovations Wins Award

Australian hardware maker Anthony Innovations won an NAHB Global Innovation Award for its QUADzilla sliding door hardware.

The QUADzilla door roller is an advanced new roller designed for large doors in high-spec residential and commercial applications. This new roller is designed around a standard rail profile and offers window and door fabricators the ability to build larger sliding panels while delivering reduced rolling resistance, smoother and quieter operation all within the same system extrusion. It features all stainless steel components and can support door weights up to 1,300 pounds. It comes with a 10-year warranty.

“A lot of engineering went into the product,” said David King, the export manager at Anthony Innovations. He made the journey all the way from Australia to accept the award. “For us, the award means a great deal.”

IBS Orlando continues through Thursday. Stay tuned to dwmmag.com for more updates from the show.


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