We are pleased to announce the addition of a dark bronze exterior color for many of our Comfort Series windows and doors. We will refer to this new color as "DB". Choosing a dark color that won't fade or age with time was not an easy task. Many vinyl window companies use paint or PVC films that easily fade, chalk, crack and scratch.
Gerkin chose an acrylic based printed film called EXOFOL. There is a monumental difference in performance between our acrylic based film and PVC film or paint.
The adhesive used on the acrylic wrap forms a solid bond when exposed to air and becomes one with the vinyl. It cannot be removed once it is set. This eliminates any possibility of peeling. The solid acrylic base reduces heat absorption, is UV resistant and withstands prolonged exposure to heat. The top of the base layer is pigmented throughout using "Solar Shield Technology" (SST) which reflects the sun's rays and lowers the heat buildup. There are two transparent protective layers above the base film which is weather resistant and protects against UV irradiation.
The key to performance is moisture resistance. Gerkin's PVDF top layer is more resistant to moisture absorption over PVC films and paint. PVC films crack and fail over time due to moisture.
Gerkin's EXOFOL is unaffected by environmental pollutants, and is virtually self-cleaning with rain. It is even graffiti resistant, so virtually everything can be cleaned off the EXOFOL.
EXOFOL is best known for fade resistance. There is no fading that can be seen by the naked eye after 22,000 hours of intense UV testing on the dark bronze color we have chosen. That is equivalent to over 20 years of exterior weathering. After this extensive weathering, the gray scale grade on Gerkin's dark bronze is 4. (5 is the original color) This means a color change is barely visible. By comparison, painted finishes will fade to a gray scale of 3 in just 4 years. PVC based foils show visible fading after just 5 years and show complete failure in color and stability after just 10 years in natural weathering tests. EXOFOL shows no difference in color or stability over the same period.
The Comfort Series products that are available in the dark bronze exterior are, casements, awnings, sliders, sliding patio doors and matching fixed windows, side lites and transoms. We are ready to take orders on these products.
Gerkin Windows and Doors is introducing a new line of atrium swing doors for our Comfort Series product line. The new 4 9/16" atrium door combines innovative styling and an engineered design built for energy-efficient performance.
All doors come with stainless steel operator hardware including a full height gear hinge. This hinge design distributes the load stress uniformly along the full length of the door panel which diffuses the wear and tear and eliminates sagging and hinge bind.
All passage and dead-bolt sets are standard. It has a 3-point locking system with a dead-bolt for maximum security. All doors are uniquely weather stripped with a "rain shed" design for maximum protection from the elements.
Sliding screens are included. All screens are made of extruded aluminum and include adjustable steel ball bearing rollers for a finger-tip operation.
The glass thickness is 1" overall and uses Cardinal 366 Low E standard.
All doors come with contemporary looking Satin Nickel finish.
Before any new product is introduced, Gerkin makes sure that it will perform exceptionally well in all performance areas, especially in air infiltration. This patio door is no exception. The air infiltration rate at a 25 mph wind load is a low .06 cfm/sq. ft. At this rate our door is performing 500% better than what architectural specifications call for!
Gerkin offers this door as a complete factory-assembled product, unlike many competitor doors which are knocked down and require field assembly. Since our doors are fully manufactured in a quality-controlled environment, our customers can expect exceptional quality control, performance and workmanship.
As an example of exceptional quality control, we install each door in our "steel wall" at the end of the production line. This simulates the installation of our door and gives our production team the opportunity to thoroughly inspect for fit, finish and operation. Since our doors have already been installed once before they reach the job site, we can ensure confidence that each door will perform and operate with precision once it is installed on your project.
Gerkin is now offering triple glazed options for our Comfort Series casements, awnings and fixed windows. Our casement and awning windows can achieve a u-value as low as .17 when using triple glazing with a double LoÉ combination.
With u-values this good, these windows meet the much discussed R-5 window performance. R-5 performance requires a u-value to be at a .20 or less. We have achieved this performance with the use of 1 3/8" insulated glass and LoÉ on two glass surfaces.
Casement windows are available in sizes up to 36" x72" and fixed windows are available up to 28 square feet.
Contact your Gerkin representative for all of the triple glaze performance options and pricing.