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In the October issue of their magazine they published the findings from their 2014 testing. Among the test specimens were the Weather Shield EnduraShield and the Weather Shield Aspire Series double hung windows. Both products performed extremely well, especially in rain resistance, which measures the ability of a window to keep out heavy, wind-driven rain. They placed 3rd and 4th overall in the wood category respectively, with EnduraShield receiving a "Best Buy" designation.
Consumer Reports did not choose to test our Premium Series or Signature Series Aluminum Clad Wood Windows. However, it should be noted that these are manufactured from a similar product design platform as those that were tested.
At Weather Shield Windows and Doors, our goal is to manufacture the best products available anywhere. We strive to make our innovation, quality, efficiency, features and options second to none. We are proud to receive this recognition, and have thanked our vast team of dedicated employees for achieving this honor.
Schield returns with new role in branding initiative
MEDFORD, Wis.—Aug. 11, 2014—Weather Shield Windows & Doors continues to strengthen its team by welcoming Chris Schield as its new Weather Shield brand director. Schield previously worked with Weather Shield for eight years prior to serving as a channel manager for Kohler Company for two years. In addition to managing the existing product portfolio, Schield will lead the way in new product development initiatives, new channel opportunities and competitive intelligence.
"We are pleased to have Chris rejoin the team as director of the Weather Shield brand,” said Jeff Kibler, marketing manager for Weather Shield. “His expertise and the experience he gained at Kohler will lend valuable insight and leadership to the future of Weather Shield and our continued innovation in the window and door industry.”
As channel manager at Kohler, Schield doubled the company’s faucet sales at The Home Depot®. Schield was instrumental in the product development process for the Retail Faucet Organization at Kohler and helped commercialize new products that enabled Kohler to capture market share in a highly competitive retail space. He holds bachelor’s degrees in management and finance, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
About Weather Shield Windows & Doors
Founded in 1955, Weather Shield Windows & Doors is owned by the Schield family and is based in Medford, Wis. For more information on Weather Shield products, call 1-877-497-7664, or visit the company’s website at weathershield.com. To find a Weather Shield dealer near you, visit http://www.weathershield.com/Find-A-Dealer.aspx.
Southeast builders, remodelers and consumers will get a look at a selection of high-end products from Weather Shield® Windows & Doors at the SEBC Show (booth 1007), July 24-25, 2014, in Orlando. The company will be exhibiting several of its latest product offerings, including the Contemporary Collection™, Weather Shield Premium Coastal™, and the Premium Series bi-fold and telescoping patio doors, as well as the wide array of features available on these distinctive products.
“Coastal homes are simply magnificent – the views, the architecture and the obvious attention to detail,” said Dave Koester, brand manager for Weather Shield. “Our windows and doors contribute to the beauty of these homes. And our Premium Coastal™ products also offer comfort, aesthetic appeal and degrees of protection from wind-borne debris that other impact-resistant windows and doors or cumbersome shutter systems can’t match.”
Weather Shield Premium Coastal
The Weather Shield Premium Coastal product line of aluminum-clad wood windows and patio doors are specifically designed for distinctive homes in coastal climates. The durable aluminum-clad exteriors come standard with paint that meets or exceeds strict AAMA 2605 specifications for increased performance and durability. And, they are available in a nearly endless color palette: 12 standard colors, 45 designer colors and 8 anodized aluminum exteriors. Interiors can be specified in one of 7 species and 6 choices in finishes. Resistant to corrosion caused by salt spray, special seacoast hardware is an available as an option on Premium Coastal products.
Homeowners have several choices in glazing for their Premium Coastal windows and doors, ranging from single-glazed impact that offers the traditional protection that predominantly meets the stringent Miami-Dade County testing requirements, to Zo-e-shield™ Coastal, which combines insulated impact resistant glazing with the energy efficiency of Zo-e-shield. All of Weather Shield’s impact glazing options feature a resilient PVB interlayer fused between two panes of glass, which helps prevent flying debris from entering the home. By keeping the home sealed, this interlayer also helps protect the home against interior and exterior pressure imbalance that often results in a wind-tunnel effect and significant damage to a home and its contents.
The Contemporary Collection
Weather Shield’s newest product line, the Contemporary Collection, preserves outside views with its narrow-profile frames and sash that lend a sleek appearance and more exposed glass. It is available in a vanishing corner window, crank and push-out casement, awning and direct set windows, and a narrow-stile hinged patio door. The corner window, which has the two panes that meet in the corner with only a very narrow strip of wood between, has a strong aluminum internal support structure on the exterior to the unit. The Contemporary Collection options build on those available in the Premium Collection, such as an unlimited exterior clad color palette and several choices of interior wood species, which come natural, primed, painted or prefinished. The multiple exterior anodized color options provide a stunning radiant metallic finish whereas the Black Poly interior finish delivers a smooth and satiny look.
Premium Series Patio Doors: Bi-fold and Telescoping Styles
Weather Shield will be exhibiting two of its Premium Series monumental patio door styles at SEBC: the bi-fold and telescoping patio doors. Both can be customized with the many interior and exterior color, hardware and glazing options available in the Premium Series.
The Weather Shield Premium Series Bi-fold Patio Door is a beautiful choice for both modest to expansive openings. The 2-1/4" thick accordion-style door is available in configurations from two to eight panels and can accommodate openings as wide as 23’. Elegant and versatile, the bi-fold patio door can be used in a commercial building, such as a restaurant wanting to connect an indoor dining area to an outdoor patio, or in a private home, to easily extend the living space into the backyard.
Weather Shield Windows and Doors has announced the introduction of an all-new Push Out Casement Window as an additional offering in their Premium Series. Like the other casement windows in this line, the new Push Out Casement uses the Tri-Core™ frame as its foundation, and a standard multi-point locking system, both of which add to the window’s efficiency. The Push Out Casement operates easily with the turn of a level and an outward push. Because of the lack of a crank handle, the simple hardware allows for low-profile interior wood stops, giving the window a sleek, contemporary look.
The new Push Out Casement has highly corrosion-resistant stainless steel hinges and locking hardware. The multi-point locking system secures the sash in multiple locations, ensuring a tight seal and high level of security.
Perhaps the most interesting items included with this window are the specially designed friction hinges, which are adjustable after installation. Tension can be fine-tuned to these hinges to hold the sash in place when open.
The configurations available include single units, multi-wide units, and the ever-popular French style. Matching transoms and picture windows are available to complement the operating window(s). In order to appease many architectural designs, this new window is available in a large range of sizes, all the way up to 3’-6” X 7’-0”.
The screen options are one of the things that make this window truly unique. Because fixed screens are not available (after all, how would you open the window?), Weather Shield offers a high-quality retractable screen that is undetectable when retracted, yet ready for use with an effortless downward pull. This factory installed screen system is integrated into the window frame, which allows for the maximum clear opening. With a single touch, the screen retracts smoothly and quietly using a spring coil system.
Another option is a hinged screen. It’s made from the same solid, hand-crafted wood species and finish used for the window, offering a beautiful, unique look. The hinged screen uses a lift-off hinge, allowing the screen to be easily removed. And finally, a magnetic closure ensures that the screen remains firmly in the closed position.
To find out how you can get the new Weather Shield Premium Series Push Out Casement window, go to www.weathershield.com and select the dealer locator at the top of the screen, or call 1-800-222-2995 for more information.
Weather Shield Windows and Doors has announced the introduction of the all new Visions 2500 Double Hung Vinyl Window.
“The continued success of the Visions line is based on strength, durability, efficiency, and value,” says Todd Hallstrand, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Weather Shield. “And like all other styles in the Visions 2500 series, this new selection offers a great variety of features and options not found in similarly priced windows. The combination of a steel reinforced meeting rail, superior insulating performance, and true low-maintenance set this window apart from others in its class.”
The Visions 2500 Double Hung has a contemporary frame design, featuring multi-chambered extrusions and fusion-welded corners that are engineered to add strength and insulating performance to the frame. The frame comes with an integrated nailing fin for new construction, and is also available in a version without the nailing fin for replacement applications. Custom sizes are available for both configurations. Add-on frame accessories include a J-Channel or Brickmould, making construction around this window easier.
Perhaps one of the most innovative features of the Visions 2500 double hung window is the Weather Shield Symmetry Balance System™. This is an inverted, stainless steel coil balance system that offers industry-leading operational performance with a Class 3 AAMA rating. The concept behind this system is that a larger percentage of the sash weight is handled by the balance, which makes for easier operation with very little effort, even in larger sized windows. Weather Shield feels that the super-smooth and ultra-quiet operation will make this feature a customer favorite.
The new Visions 2500 double hung vinyl window also offers thermal performance of a .28 U-Value in standard low-e glass with argon, all the way down to a .22 U-Value with the optional triple-glazed Zo-e-shield® 7 glass with argon. The Weather Shield Real Warm-Edge Spacer System™ is standard with all glass options, also adding to the energy efficiency of the unit.
With these features, come the options of an expanded standard color palette which now includes two new painted vinyl colors. The five extruded colors* (White, Cameo, Tan, Desert Tan, and Heritage Brown) are throughout the frame, whereas the three painted colors** (Craftsman Bronze, Adobe, and Jet Black) come with white interiors.
To find out how you can see the new Weather Shield Visions 2500 double hung window, go to www.weathershield.com and select the dealer locator at the top of the screen, or call 1-800-222-2995 for more information.
Weather Shield Windows & Doors has launched its most option-rich, architecturally inspired products yet: the Premium Series™ aluminum-clad wood windows and patio doors. The Premium Series is now available in double hung, casement, awning and sliding windows; and hinged, sliding, telescoping and bi-fold patio doors. Featuring the largest range of standard sizes ever offered by Weather Shield, casements are available up to 3'6" x 8'0" and awning windows as large as 5'0" x 4'0".
“The Premium Series is our most comprehensive collection of wood windows and patio doors and is designed to meet the discriminating tastes of those looking for the highest quality windows and doors with traditional old-world craftsmanship,” said Dave Koester, Weather Shield brand manager. “Each unit has clean sightlines, superior energy efficiency and thermal performance, and options to appeal to virtually any architect, designer, builder and homeowner.”
Premium Options for Custom Homes
The Premium Series features the widest offering of options with traditional architectural details such as a wood-covered jambliner. Interiors are available in standard pine, Douglas fir, character alder, maple, oak, cherry and mahogany. They can be factory-finished in four stain finishes: Clear Satin, Fruitwood, Chestnut, Golden Oak; painted with white latex; or primed for finishing at the jobsite. To complement these finishes, hardware is available in white, tan, brushed nickel and rustic bronze.
The durable aluminum-clad exteriors are offered in 12 popular colors: White, Cameo, Tan, Desert Tan, Hartford Green, Craftsman Bronze, Adobe, Heritage Brown, Brick Red, Grey Matters, Obsidian and Jet Black. An additional expanded palette of 43 designer colors is offered as well. Weather Shield also has the technology to match any custom color and apply it to an order.
For added charm, homeowners can add grilles to the Premium Series. Available options are: Simulated Divided Lites (SDL), Grilles Between the Glass (GBG) or Perimeter wood grilles.
The Premium Series is available with energy-efficient glazing choices, such as Zo-e-shield™ 5, Zo-e-shield 5 Extreme, and Zo-e-shield 7.
Incorporating the Latest Technology
The Premium Series features the latest innovations in foundational technology from Weather Shield: TriCore™ Frame technology and the Symmetry Balance System™.
Weather Shield’s new TriCore frame technology on the Premium Series’ casements, awnings and select picture windows delivers improved structural performance, reduces water infiltration and weathering. The technology combines highly moisture-resistant materials, a fusion-welded sub frame, and thick, multi-chamber components to achieve new levels of energy efficiency and thermal performance.
Weather Shield’s exclusive Symmetry Balance System design offers ultra smooth, super quiet operation and is neatly covered with our concealed jambliner cover. This uniquely engineered, constant-force balance system is rated to counterbalance a higher percentage of the weight of the sash, making the window easier to open.
Weather Shield ReInvented
The Premium Series is the third of three new product lines introduced by Weather Shield as part of its “ReInvented” campaign. In mid-2012, the company announced its new Aspire Series of vinyl-clad wood windows. In early 2013, the Signature Series of aluminum-clad wood windows and doors was released. The Premium Series completes the trio of innovative new lines. Combined with new technology and renewed momentum, these product lines position Weather Shield strongly with architects/designers and custom, spec and volume builders.
To find a Weather Shield dealer near you, visit http://www.weathershield.com/Find-A-Dealer.aspx.
Founded in 1955, Weather Shield Windows & Doors is owned by the Schield family and is based in Medford, Wis. For more information on Weather Shield products, call 1-800-477-6808, or visit the company’s website at weathershield.com.
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“The Signature Series is the next generation of windows and doors from Weather Shield, taking us into a market we’ve not addressed previously,” said Dave Koester, Weather Shield brand manager. “It offers affordable luxury for homeowners who prefer aluminum-clad windows and doors and may be more price sensitive than buyers who seek the higher-end options found on the premium Weather Shield product line. It’s a nice compromise of value and options.”
The Signature Series is the second of three new product lines to be introduced by Weather Shield as part of its “ReInvented” campaign. In mid-2012, the company announced its new Aspire Series of vinyl-clad wood windows. Soon, Weather Shield will share details of its new premium aluminum-clad wood product line. Combined with new technology and renewed momentum, these product lines position Weather Shield strongly with architects/designers, and custom, spec and volume builders.
The Signature Series will feature the latest innovations in foundational technology from Weather Shield: TriCore™ Frame technology and the Symmetry Balance System™.
Weather Shield’s new TriCore frame technology on the Signature Series’ casements, awnings and select picture windows delivers improved structural performance, minimizes water infiltration and reduces weathering. The technology combines highly moisture-resistant materials, a fusion-welded sub frame, and thick, multi-chamber sub frame components to achieve new levels of the energy efficiency and thermal performance.
The Signature Series double hungs are among only a few in the industry to achieve a Class 3 AAMA rating, due largely to Weather Shield’s exclusive Symmetry Balance System, which ensures superior air and water performance and virtually effortless operation.
Vast Options for Mid-Level Product Line
The Signature Series offers many appealing standard offerings as well as several upgrade options for a more tailored window and door package. Interiors are available in standard pine or optional character alder. Both can be factory-finished in four stain finishes: Clear Satin, Fruitwood, Chestnut, Golden Oak; painted with white latex; or primed for finishing at the jobsite. To complement these finishes, hardware is available in white, tan, brushed nickel and rustic bronze.
The durable aluminum-clad exteriors are offered in seven popular colors: White, Cameo, Tan, Desert Tan, Hartford Green, Craftsman Bronze and Brick Red. Matching exterior trim can be ordered in several profiles including: 1” Aluminum Brickmould, 3-1/2” Aluminum Flat Casing, Aluminum K Style Casing, SnapFit Casing, SnapFit Bead Casing, SnapFit (3 back Bands) and SnapFit (3 Sill Noses).
For added charm, homeowners can add grilles to the Signature Series. Available options are: Removable Wood Grilles, 5/8” flat and 11/16” sculptured Grilles in the Airspace, and 7/8” and 1-3/8” Simulated Divided Lites.
The Signature Series is available with many energy-efficient glazing choices, such as Zo-e-shield™ 5, Zo-e-shield 5 Extreme, Zo-e-shield 6, Zo-e-shield 7, Zo-e-shield Safeguard, Zo-e-shield Safeguard Certified, or Insul Low E2 with argon-gas-filled airspaces.
To find a Weather Shield dealer near you, visit http://www.weathershield.com/Find-A-Dealer.aspx.
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Weather Shield Windows & Doors announced today the availability of its new Aspire™ Series of vinyl clad wood windows and patio doors for modest budgets. The
Aspire Series offers the beauty of real wood interiors with low-maintenance, resilient extruded vinyl on the outside.
“The Aspire Series is an attractive, option-rich product line for builders and homeowners who want the best of both worlds: wood interiors and low-maintenance exteriors,” said Dave Koester, brand manager at Weather Shield. “Because it features the advanced technology of our new Symmetry Balance System™ on the double hungs and the TriCore™ frame technology on the casement, awnings and casement picture windows, the Aspire Series is incredibly sophisticated for an entry-level offering.”
The Aspire Series is the first of three new product lines to be introduced by Weather Shield as part of its “ReInvented” campaign. In the coming months, Weather Shield will share details of its new architectural and mid-price aluminum-clad wood product lines. Combined with new technology and renewed momentum, these product lines position Weather Shield strongly in every market segment.
The Aspire Series includes casement, awning, double-hung, slider, and direct-set windows; and sliding and hinged patio doors, all with advanced technology to deliver optimum thermal performance.
The Aspire Series double hungs feature Weather Shield’s exclusive new Symmetry Balance System, which combines coil balance technology and an all-new jambliner for superior air and water performance,
virtually effortless operation and striking appearance. The double hung units are among only a few in the industry to achieve a Class 3 AAMA rating.
Casements, awnings and picture windows in the Aspire Series will deliver excellent weather resistance and structural performance thanks to Weather Shield’s new TriCore frame technology, which
creates a thermal barrier preventing the transfer of heat or cold to the inside of a building. Highly moisture-resistant materials, the fusion-welded sub frame, and the thick, multi-chamber sub frame
components all work together to reduce weathering, minimize water infiltration and improve structural performance.
The Aspire Series offers many features that add aesthetic appeal to the product line. The double hungs come with either a standard vinyl jambliner or an all-new wood jambliner that delivers architectural
details and clean sightlines – a feature not often found on value-priced products.
The Aspire Series’ white, tan, or cameo-colored extruded vinyl clad exteriors resist fading in the sun and are less susceptible to dents, scratches, flaking and peeling than wood exteriors. In
select geographic areas, Weather Shield offers its newest exterior color: desert tan. Interiors are standard pine, which can be primed or prefinished in one of four stain choices or painted white.
Energy-efficient glazing options add to the thermal performance of the units. Glazing choices on the product line include: Zo-e-shield™ 5, Zo-e-shield 5 Extreme, Zo-e-shield 6, Zo-e-shield 7,
Zo-e-shield Safeguard, Zo-e-shield Safeguard Certified, or Insul Low E2 with argon-gas-filled airspaces. For added customization, Simulated Divided Lites (SDL), Grilles-Between-Glass and Removable Wood
Grilles are also available on the Aspire Series. All the products include a 20-year warranty.
Founded in 1955, Weather Shield Windows & Doors is owned by the Schield family and is based in Medford, Wis. For more information on Weather Shield products, call 1-800-477-6808, or visit the
company’s Web site at weathershield.com.
As part of its “ReInvented” campaign, Weather Shield Windows & Doors shared details of product innovations that it will incorporate into its soon-to-be-introduced product lines. These advancements in products’ foundational technology, combined with three new product lines and an improvement in the company’s overall value proposition, encompass the Weather Shield ReInvented campaign.
“These product innovations raise the bar on thermal efficiency, air and water performance, and aesthetics for the fenestration industry,” said Mark Schield, vice president of Weather Shield. “We looked closely at our windows, evaluating every possible improvement to gain energy efficiency and a better overall appearance. I’m really pleased with the results and believe builders, remodelers and homeowners alike will appreciate the improvements.”
Symmetry Balance System™
Double hung windows on Weather Shield’s new and existing product lines will deliver higher performance ratings than its current units, while delivering the superior aesthetics. The new double hungs will be among the only units in the industry to achieve a Class 3 AAMA rating, largely due to the new Symmetry Balance System, a combination of coil balance technology and an all-new jambliner. Together, they deliver outstanding operational performance and superior resistance to air and water infiltration. The Symmetry Balance System allows units to operate smoothly and with little effort, even in units with triple pane glass. Weather Shield is the only wood window manufacturer currently offering this technology.
The new double hungs stand out aesthetically as well. With either the standard vinyl jambliner or an all-new wood jambliner, the units feature superb architectural details and clean sightlines, whether admiring the window or the view through the window.
TriCore™ Frame Technology
To improve thermal performance and weather resistance on casements, awnings and select picture windows, Weather Shield will use its new TriCore frame technology, a fusion-welded sub frame that enables the combination of multiple materials into a single window frame. TriCore frame technology creates a thermal barrier preventing the transfer of heat or cold to the inside of a building. Highly moisture-resistant materials, the fusion-welded sub frame, and the thick, multi-chamber sub frame components all work together to reduce weathering, virtually eliminate water infiltration and improve structural performance.
In the coming weeks, Weather Shield will unveil three new product lines for distinct market segments:
With the product advancements and each of the new product lines, Weather Shield offers its dealers and their customers an improved value proposition.
Founded in 1955, Weather Shield Windows & Doors is owned by the Schield family and is based in Medford, Wis. For more information on Weather Shield products, call 1-800-477-6808, or visit the company’s Web site at weathershield.com.
During the past few weeks, Weather Shield® Windows & Doors has been giving its window dealers a glimpse into the future of Weather Shield – a “ReInvented” Weather Shield. Behind the ReInvented campaign is the launch of three new product lines, new advancements in those products’ foundational technology, an improved value proposition for homeowners and an overall sense of renewed momentum.
“Our ongoing commitment to innovation and new products are at the heart of our company and have been for 57 years,” said Mark Schield, vice president of Weather Shield. “This summer, the industry will see noticeable changes in Weather Shield – changes that we’re confident will keep our business and our dealers’ businesses strong. The ReInvented campaign represents new products and marketing, and much more. ‘ReInvented’ captures the idea behind changes we’re making to streamline manufacturing and continuously improve our quality. It points to our confidence in the company and our investment in the future. It signifies a renewed momentum and positive steps forward.”
Weather Shield conducted extensive research into its existing products, other manufacturers’ offerings and the marketplace, which helped the company identify market segments that offer opportunities for growth, and the products, performance standards, options and price points that could compete in those segments.
This research ultimately led to three product new lines, which will be introduced progressively throughout the summer and fall, including:
Thermal and structural performance testing on these new products indicate they will be among the highest performing units on the market, in part due to new technology being introduced on these lines. One of the new innovations includes a new balance system for double hungs that help the units to be among the first to achieve a Class 3 AAMA rating. Weather Shield casements, awnings and select picture windows will also incorporate new frame technology that improves upon existing products’ thermal performance.
In addition to improved efficiency, the new product lines will stand out aesthetically as well. The double hungs will offer an all-new wood jambliner, to provide a seamless look from frame to sash. The redesigned casements also feature superb architectural details and clean sightlines.
New Value Proposition
“With these product changes and additions, Weather Shield will be able to serve virtually every market segment,” Schield said, “positioning us as the go-to window and door manufacturer for every building and remodeling project, and supporting the growth and continued success of our company and our dealers’ business.”
Weather Shield® recently introduced the latest addition to its energy efficient, high-performance glazing system, Zo-e-shield®. The new configuration expands on the Zo-e-shield 7 configuration. There are three panes of glass with two argon-filled optimized air spaces between the panes for added insulation.
This proprietary glazing system delivers the most energy efficient residential glass available, which can reduce annual energy bills by as much as 30 percent.
The Zo-e-shield glazing system is available on many of the company’s windows and doors in a number of configurations – from Zo-e-shield 5 now through Zo-e-shield 8 – to fit an array of applications. The proprietary glazing system features the Real Warm Edge™ Flexible Spacer, EasyCare™ glass coating, multiple layers of Low E2 coating and argon gas-filled airspaces.
“Glass is only one component of the Zo-e-shield glazing system. Our company is one of the very few – if not the only – major window manufacturer that cuts, insulates and tempers its own glass anymore,” explained Weather Shield’s Wood and Fiberglass Products Brand Manager, Dave Koester.
“When Weather Shield launched the Zo-e-shield glazing system a couple of years ago, we challenged other manufacturers in the industry to develop equally energy efficient systems,” explained Koester.
“It’s not about the glass alone. It’s a system,” added Weather Shield’s Architectural Brand Manager, Jeff Kibler.
“Since we produce a majority of our finished glass in-house, we have the opportunity to use superior components available making best-in-class products. That’s what makes Zo-e-shield glass proprietary and only available in Weather Shield products.”
Real Warm Edge Spacer Reduces Heat Transfer, Condensation
The metal-free Real Warm Edge Flexible Spacer seals the glass to virtually eliminate air getting into the gasfilled layers. “When the temperature drops outside a typical metal spacer transfers cold to the interior. That’s when people may notice condensation or frost on the inside of the window,” explained Koester. “The Warm Edge spacer reduces that tendency. As a result, our windows don’t transfer the volume of moisture compared to windows with metal spacers.” Homeowners that have experienced condensation and the subsequent blackening, molding or rotting of their windowsills understand the importance of this feature.
MEDFORD, Wis. – Weather Shield® recently introduced a double-hung tilt fiberglass clad window, which rounds out its EnduraShield® line of premium fiberglass and fiberglass clad windows and patio doors. This line of products is among the most energy efficient windows and patio doors available. Combined with the proprietary Zo-e-shield® glazing system, the EnduraShield windows qualify for the government’s $200 tax credit and meet the 2010 Energy Star requirements. The full EnduraShield line now includes double-hung tilt, casement, awning and direct-set windows, as well as hinged and sliding patio doors.
“We developed the best, most energy efficient fiberglass and fiberglass clad products possible rather than try to hit a particular price point, as some competitors have done,” explained Weather Shield’s Wood and Fiberglass Products Brand Manager, Dave Koester. The window’s energy efficiency, solid construction and details make it a great value for the money.”
There are several benefits to fiberglass windows: greater energy efficiency, lower maintenance, long-life durability and environmentally friendly. “Ultimately, consumers will save on reduced energy consumption and won’t have to replace their windows as often, which is the supreme definition of sustainability,” said Koester.
“Fiberglass is widely used for its strength and durability. We often don’t even realize that it’s all around us.” Koester pointed out. Fiberglass is used in automobile bodies and bumpers, campers, approximately 95 percent of all boat hulls, shower stalls, laundry tubs, hot tubs, bridge components, guardrails, light poles and even manhole covers—to name a few.
“The superior characteristics of fiberglass that make our lives mobile, safer and convenient are the same qualities that contribute to making a solid, long-lasting window,” said Koester. “It’s energy efficient, durable and doesn’t become brittle. It’s also resistant to water, scratches, dents, and corrosion. Fiberglass is a fantastic material, especially for windows.”
Fiberglass is also environmentally friendly. When consumers think of a “green window,” they usually think “energy efficiency,” which is one measure. But, fiberglass also takes the least amount of energy to manufacture compared to aluminum and vinyl, and there’s little waste produced in the process.
The double-hung tilt window, along with the other EnduraShield fiberglass products is currently undergoing six months of hurricane impact testing. “The structural integrity and non-corrosive qualities of this product are phenomenal for costal environments,” said Koester.
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