Minimizing visual obstructions is just one challenge facing designers of applications that aim to seamlessly bridge indoor and outdoor living spaces. Among them are folding glass doors whose panels, when open fully, often stack up on one end of the wall and protrude into functional outdoor living space. NanaWall Systems is upgrading the operable glass wall with a new, angled track that allows the door panels to rest parallel to the wall when not in use. For use in spaces ranging from residential interiors to restaurants and bars, FoldFlat is currently available for the company’s WD65 wood and SL45 aluminum folding door systems.
If you’re looking to help your clients save energy, and possibly expand your service menu, check out the opportunities afforded by Eastman’s window film division. With products ranging from heat-blocking Low-E films, to frosted privacy solutions, to tough safety films that can protect against airborne debris, Eastman has a solution for just about any remodeling job. The low-E films can help lower a home’s cooling costs by as much as 40%, and shields 99% of ultraviolet rays! The company offers installation training for pros that want to take on the task themselves, or can point you to a partner in your area to bring that value to your clients. Live demonstrations at the show proved that a trained installer can apply a flim faster than you can say, “can someone close those blinds?”
It was only a matter of time before Ply Gem hit the roof. The exterior products manufacturer is well known for its wide range of windows, siding, trim, stone, and other exterior products, but up to now the company’s product offering stopped at the roofline. Now the company caps off the house with synthetic slate available in four natural-looking colorways, named charcoal, brownstone, pewter, and sagebrush, all of which comprise 97% recycled material, including real reclaimed slate. The introduction not only brings Ply Gem into the roofing market, but hits on the trend of slate roofing we’ve seen from other companies in the market.
Universal design for the bathroom is moving beyond grab bars and low-clearance showers to technology that aims to smooth what can be a cumbersome experience for those taking care of small children and aging adults. Delta Faucet is adding to that repertoire with a new option available on a variety of its luxe showerheads, handshowers, and tub-showers beginning this spring. Temp2O features a thermal sensor to help users get a better read on their water’s temperature before stepping into a stream that may be too hot or too cold. The fixtures are fitted with a digital display that uses colored LED lights to indicate water temperature ranges—below 80 F in blue, 80 F to 100 F in magenta, and greater than 110 F in red. The sensor and display are battery-powered.