Builders' Show: Smaller but Successful
January 25, 2010
While many people at the recent International Builders' show mentioned
the obvious--that the event was markedly smaller than recent years,
those in attendance (both exhibitors and attendees) seemed to express
optimism going forward in 2010.
Approximately 55,000 builders, remodelers and other members of the
home building industry attended the event, according to its organizer--the
National Association of Home Builders.
for companies that are looking to differentiate there were plenty
of products on display to help them do just that.
AMSCO featured its color cap system for composite windows. In fact,
an addition of colors to a variety of product lines was definitely
a trend being shown at IBS.
"We've been trying to get away from painting," says AMSCO's
The company also offered triple-glazed units for its renovation
series, which offer an R5 value, another item dealers are looking
for as the industry continues to move toward R5 window values, and
in many cases this means triple-glazed products.
Teel Plastics was also in attendance and highlighted the increase
in thermal performance that can be gained through the use of fiberglass
as opposed to a window clad with aluminum. SureView Fiberglass Window
Systems, based in Cleveland, makes a fiberglass window and uses
Teel as one of its fiberglass suppliers. SureView also had a booth
at IBS and SureView's Tom Prince pointed out that all the company's
products are commercially rated and designed for the replacement
A few companies showcased some new materials at IBS, namely those
made of bamboo. Ecocasa launched a window made of bamboo and Pacific
Architectural Millwork featured a product made of Lamboo--laminated
"This is a very unique material for really green projects,"
said Pacific's Ryan Higman, who added that the product is 20 percent
more stable than wood. He also said that processing Lamboo takes
15 percent less energy than steel and aluminum production.
Windows weren't the only products shown at the show--doors were
in abundance as well and one of the company's showing these products
was Neuma Doors. The company has added fire-rated doors to its product
FrontLine Building Products officials said the company now manufactures
transom windows for entry doors and will also be introducing a PVC-clad
"Business has been good and with our new product introductions
we are expecting big things," said FrontLine's Larry Kerscher.
On the hardware front, Dale Moses from W&F Manufacturing said
the company is adding customers and that is because customers are
coming back looking for ways to increase their bottom lines.
"Ours is an add-on program," said Moses. "More consumers
are looking for multi-point locks as more are becoming aware of
these products so they are coming back to us."
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