Innovations ranging from new hardware capable of handling larger units, to sliding patio doors offering greater ease of operation and better weathersealing characteristics, to fiberglass doors and windows, to residential glass designed with energy efficiency in mind are catching the attention of attendees at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Truth Hardware has its High Performance Hardware package for casement windows on display that features a casement hinge and operator capable of handling up to a 140-pound sash. The GlassBuild America exhibitor introduced the package in response to demand for hardware capable of handling bigger, heavier products such as triple-glaze IG units and coastal windows.
Also on the hardware side, Hoppe North America Inc. unveiled its new retract-and-slide patio door system aimed at the upper end of the market. The design permits weathersealing all around instead of just on the edge the door slides on. The three-position handle allows secure ventilation without the top of the door tilting inward. Hoppe also is displaying its new Classic Series handles with a contemporary straight line look designed for swinging patio doors.
Several patio door systems are making their debut in Atlanta, including a fiberglass sliding patio door from Diversified Lineal Systems. Available in dark, earthy colors, the door has no exposed weatherstripping. Inline Fiberglass Ltd. also launched a new patio door system: the Pop and Slide. The exhibitor reports the fiberglass system offers the lowest air infiltration ratio of any sliding door.
In addition, Deceuninck North America has a prototype sliding door on display that has a PVC frame and a polyurethane sash. "With a PU sash, you don’t have to reinforce it; the strength is already there,” says Deceuninck President and CEO Filip Geeraert. “We are ready to begin production if we see positive feedback.”
On the glass side, Guardian Industries is introducing two new ClimaGuard residential glass products in Atlanta: ClimaGuard 53/23, designed to provide solar protection while maintaining light transmission and crisp view-ability in the southern climate zone; and ClimaGuard 72/57, a product for northern climates that will allow many window systems to meet the new Energy Star v6 criteria without major redesign, according to the supplier.
GlassBuild America continues through Thursday, September 12, in Atlanta.