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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.
Incorporating the Latest Technology
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, eliminates 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.
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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 1-800-477-6808, or visit the company’s website at weathershield.com.
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MEDFORD, Wis. — 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, eliminate 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.
MEDFORD, Wis. — 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, 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.
MEDFORD, Wis. — 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.”
MEDFORD, Wis. — 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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