Ply Gem Products and Programs Help Create a Better Tomorrow with New Products Debuting at IBS 2017

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Innovations in R&D Deliver Transformations, Efficiencies and Performance for Homeowners and Professionals

Through progressive material science, advanced manufacturing, research & development, and direct customer studies, Ply Gem® (NYSE: PGEM), a leading manufacturer of building products, continuously identifies technologies and brings to market new products, services and programs aimed to improve the lives of homeowners and professionals.

Dedicated to those who are seeking a more efficient home, Ply Gem introduces its latest innovations for 2017, including an automated sliding and pocket style door, sound reducing window technology, a steel siding collection and premium patio door options.

Automated Patio Doors Deliver Smart, Easy Indoor/Outdoor Transitions

A 2016 survey commissioned by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) found that more than 70 percent of U.S. households have outdoor living spaces, and nearly 70 percent of those households use these spaces at least once per week in season. Combining enhanced thermal and impact performance with a new, automated opening feature, the Ply Gem Windows 4880 thermally insulated patio door makes it easy for builders, remodelers and homeowners to achieve expansive views and unrestricted transition from the indoors to outdoors without sacrificing comfort or performance. Available in two-, three- and four-panel sliding and pocket configurations, the door features thermally insulated construction and high-performance glazing packages. Sliding, multi-panel openings up to eight-feet high by 16-feet wide enhance the transitional living experience, while the pocket style fully recesses into the wall for completely unrestricted access between the indoors and outdoors. The Ply Gem 4880 patio doors will soon be available with a new automated operating system that allows homeowners to remotely control their patio doors either with the included remote or with their smart phones/home WiFi network. The product also meets or exceeds the new Florida Energy Code requirements and is available in impact-resistant configurations to meet ASTM Windborne Debris requirements.

Optimizing Noise Pollution Control with Ply Gem Windows

According to recent 2016 studies from New York University and Ohio State University, “Noise pollution is one of the top most quality of life issues for urban residents in the U.S. with proven effects on health, education, the economy, and the environment.” With architects, developers, builders and remodelers focused on optimizing urban land near highways and airports, sound control for mixed-use and residential areas is a growing need to mitigate noise pollution and ensure homeowner comfort. A typical single hung window unit without sound control glass has an average STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating of 27. Ply Gem’s new sound control glass packages have STC ratings of up to STC 35, helping to reduce sound by up to 40 percent compared to windows that have no protection. Ply Gem is now making this technology available across several vinyl Ply Gem® Windows lines — including the 1500 Vinyl Collection, 1100 Builder Series, and the West Pro Series 200/700.

Ply Gem’s technology features variant glass thicknesses, laminated glass, or patent pending asymmetric laminated glass, which helps significantly reduce unwanted sound and outdoor noise like traffic, leaf blowers, music, barking dogs or car alarms.

The patent-pending sound transmission technology fits into the same dual-pane sash as a standard glass package so that builders, architects and remodelers can achieve STC performance without upgrading to a more expensive triple-pane option. This gives builders the ability to install STC 35 windows only on the elevations that require additional sound protection, thereby saving their customers added costs, providing added value and maintaining a consistent window appearance from the curb and inside the home or building.

The 1500 Vinyl Collection, 1100 Builder Series, and the West Pro Series 200/700 windows are available for single, multi-family and light commercial building designs. Ply Gem Windows products are available through a network of national and regional distributors. For more information on the glass package options, visit http://www.plygem.com.

Get Sophistication and Strength with Ply Gem’s New Steel Siding Category

Designing with metals is a hot home trend that adds a touch of modern luxury, according to recent 2016 Houzz and Etsy reports. When it comes to home exteriors, however, metal is often overlooked as an exterior cladding option. Commonly referred to as steel siding, the material is not only celebrated for its aesthetic qualities, but also for its added benefit of being one of the strongest yet lowest maintenance cladding options on the market. A new category for the company, the Ply Gem® Steel Siding Collection combines the benefits and strength of galvanized steel with color-matching solutions. The line offers distributors, professionals and homeowners industry-leading performance, design flexibility and delivery speed.

Durable and impact-resistant, the Ply Gem Steel Siding Collection launch also aligns with homeowners’ changing sentiment on storm protection — according to a recent Ply Gem survey conducted by Harris Poll, 44 percent of homeowners say they worry more about a storm damaging their home today than they did five years ago.

Made from galvanized steel and designed to stand up to harsh winter weather conditions, the Ply Gem Steel Siding Collection is ideal for new construction and home remodeling across the North America. The high-performing premium product line is also made of recycled material, is recyclable and is fire-resistant.

The collection is available in a broad array of bold, premium colors and shades such as dark blues, greens, grays, blacks and reds. An innovative coating and emboss woodgrain pattern deliver superior texture and color retention. The rich hues add eye-catching charm to a home’s curb appeal without the extra maintenance that comes with painting or caulking year after year.

Ply Gem’s unmatched accelerated delivery program gives contractors an opportunity to complete jobs more quickly – Ply Gem lead times are counted in days, whereas alternative steel siding products can take up to 4 weeks. The short lead time is ideal for distributors and contractors looking to increase profitability through cost-effective transport and storage strategies.

The collection is backed by an industry leading limited lifetime warranty (50-year hail and 35-year fade), not typically offered in competitive categories such as fiber cement or engineered wood, and is currently available in a variety of sizes and profiles:

  • Woodgrain fascia profiles: 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”
  • Boxed siding profiles: Single 8”, Double 4”, Double 5”, Double 5” Dutch Lap
  • Vertical 10” Board and Batten
  • Coil Stock: 10-5/8” and 13-1/4” for seamless siding fabricators
  • Accessories: Undersill trim, 7/8” J-Channel, Starter Strip and Corner Post

The Ply Gem Steel Siding Collection can be ordered through a vast network of distributors. More information is available at http://www.plygem/steel.

Upgrades to the Simonton Inovo Patio Door Help Increase Homeowner Security and Comfort

At the intersection of where home security, high-design and ease-of-use converge lies the vinyl Inovo™ Patio Door by Simonton Windows and Doors®. Based on years of market and industry research among remodeling professionals and homeowners to identify what they wanted in a patio door, Inovo was designed with performance, operation and design solutions in mind.

New features for 2017 are two Inovo premium options: a shoot bolt locking system, and transoms and sidelites with factory or field-mull options.

The shoot bolt adds extra security for homeowners. Located on the meeting rail, and designed to lock through the top of the door, the Inovo shoot bolt strike plate also has a venting space, which allows for a door to be open, while still being securely locked. The shoot bolt is available in white, tan, driftwood and dark bronze.

The new transoms and sidelites expand design capabilities to allow in more natural light and enhanced views to the outdoors. Transoms can be added horizontally over the width of the door, while sidelites can be mulled to either side. Transoms can be factory pre-mulled up to 2-feet wide and 8-feet high. All other transom and sidelite sizes offered in Inovo can be field-mulled.

Through a monorail system, the Inovo Patio Door’s operable panel is elevated to prevent the door from sticking in the track — making entering and exiting smoother for the homeowner. Additionally, as an added benefit, to keep dirt, debris, and other elements outside where they belong, the door offers a unique top-hung screen to minimize contact with dirt, dust and other obstructions that can settle into the bottom track and interfere with opening and closing.

The Inovo patio door can be installed by a professional contractor directly from the box into the opening, with tilt-in panels and a screen that goes on and off in seconds. Most door sizes ship fully assembled with the panels installed. Reinforced carry handles with specially designed packaging make uploading and installing easy. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the Inovo Patio Door by Simonton can be found in most regions of the United States. The Simonton Windows & Doors full product line is available through a nationwide network of distributors.
Information on the Inovo patio door can be found at http://www.simonton.com.

About Ply Gem Building Products

Ply Gem (NYSE: PGEM), headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a leading manufacturer of building products in North America. Ply Gem produces a comprehensive product line of windows and patio doors; vinyl, aluminum and steel siding and accessories; engineered slate and cedar roofing products; designer accents; cellular PVC trim and mouldings; vinyl fencing and railing; stone veneer and gutterware; all used in both new construction and home repair and remodeling in the United States and Canada. Visit http://www.plygem.com for more information.

Press Contacts:
Ashley Eisner/Raquel Tanz
G&S Business Communications
Tel: 212-697-2600
plygemteam(at)gscommunications(dot)com

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