One of the joys of summer has always been the easy indoor-outdoor lifestyle of the season, allowing homeowners to throw open doors and windows and let the warm air and cooling breezes inside. There is also the constant in and out traffic flow so common to families with active children. What is better than planning a backyard meal?

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All of these activities benefit from doors that open wide and withstand lots of use. There’s almost nothing prettier, or more traditional, than a set of French doors to frame a pretty landscape and allow easy access in both directions. One challenge with standard French door installations is that screening to deter flying insects and crawling critter invasions is not always a simple matter. The main attraction of double opening doors is the expanse of uninterrupted space they offer, both for sight lines and actual “navigation.”

Typical screen door options are not always user friendly; whether your French doors are the home’s architectural highlight or simply a convenient feature of a screened porch, pool enclosure or freestanding garden structure. While retractable screens can be effective solutions for traditional French doors, they are not always architecturally appropriate. Even though they can be almost “invisible” when closed and tucked out of the way to one side, they are sometimes difficult to latch and subject to misuse and operational mishaps. They are a decidedly contemporary solution and do nothing to enhance traditional or period architecture. Commonly, plastic parts are easily bent, magnets break and installation can be difficult even for a professional. Seasonal cleaning can be a chore.

One should also note that while wooden screen doors may provide a more traditional architectural solution; they are bulky, require regular maintenance, and they may also difficult to install in a double-door frame. Wooden screens may sag, warp, splinter and need periodic refinishing. And, while a stabilizing center post can be installed to increase strength, the same post decreases function and appeal.

The PCA Product Solution

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The better idea for almost any screen installation, but especially for French double doors, is a durable, strong and efficient aluminum screen door designed to complement and enhance the esthetics and the convenience of your home. US Building Products offers handcrafted custom PCA screen doors that can be custom designed to project any look you desire — from simple to artistic to “proper” historic styles. PCA screen doors are available in five standard powder-coated colors and almost unlimited options for customizing your double doors. You can design in-swing or out-swing doors, and there are numerous latching, locking and ornamental options. For your convenience and your pet’s comfort, there are also pet door screening options.

Every PCA screen product is crafted to the highest standards of quality, designed for maximum beauty and efficiency. Your double-door screens will serve you well, either as stand-alone doors, or installed in tandem with your working French doors. They resist weather damage and extend your outdoor living options throughout the seasons. Give us a call at  1-800-284-5194 to find the perfect set of doors. With serviceable and attractive double door screens you can enjoy both your home’s interior and exterior with equal ease.

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There is almost nothing more inviting than when you spot your favorite pet standing enthusiastically at the door when you get home from a long day. That’s probably why we spend so much time and money spoiling our pets with treats and toys. Owning a dog can be an immensely rewarding situation. It can also cause you plenty of headaches.

Your opinion of your dog tends to change considerably when it begins to whine at 4 a.m. and you have to get up out of bed to let it out. How many times have you stubbed your toe, knocked something over, or not been able to get back to sleep after letting the dog back in?

PCA Products Screen doors with pet doors make people and pets happy!

One solution that can keep you from having to stop what you’re doing (or having to climb out of bed) every time your dog needs to go out is to install a pet door. If that’s the route you are leaning towards, you need to consider your options. There are so many options on the market that finding the right fit for your needs could make your head spin.

 

Some pet doors are nothing but a rubber flap that covers a hole in your door. While this seems like all you may need, you will find that these doors often wear out over time and don’t have any type of seal. Without a seal, what’s stopping unwanted creatures from entering your house at all hours of the day? To keep unwanted creatures out of your house, a stronger pet door material; one that will last over years and years of abuse, is a good start. Getting a door that has a positive seal (or a stop) incorporated into it is advantageous for any homeowner who wants to keep wild animals in the wild.

 

Once you’ve ascertained what type of door you want, the question then becomes, “where do I install this thing?” Some people have cut holes in their walls or modified their heavy wooden doors to install a pet door. Do you have the expertise and the equipment to do such a major project? Even if you do, do you have the time? Wouldn’t it be easier to be able to get the convenience of strong and reliable pet door, without the hassle? Have you ever considered installing an aluminum screen door?

 

Aluminum screen doors that have heavy aluminum frames and piano hinges, like those manufactured by PCA Products, can support pet doors of multiple sizes. Besides the freedom your pets would get from having a door outside, your home will get all the benefits that a PCA Aluminum screen door can bring to your home. PCA Products aluminum screen doors are available with the The Magnador pet door.  The pet door features a two-way hinge, magnets that hold the door in place to keep unwanted debris (among other things) out, while the design itself works in concert with the rest of the door to keep out bugs.

The Magnador™ Two-Way Pet Door

The friendly team at usbuildingproducts.com can assist you to help you find exactly what you need from our catalogue of top-of-the-line and hand-crafted PCA Aluminum screen doors and accessories. For more information, visit us on facebook or call us toll free at (800) 284-5194. You and your pets will be happy you did.

PCA Products has been manufacturing aluminum screen doors for twenty five years. And, throughout the years the following six types of screen doors have become the most popular choices from the more than sixty custom screen door designs available from PCA Products.  All of the most popular models of PCA Products screen doors are available at US Building Products.  At least one  of the popular models is bound to compliment the architectural style of your home.  And, all of the PCA Products aluminum screen doors are available in five powder coated colors designed to match the color scheme and style of your project.  Stay tuned as we will review the I-750, P-100, Q-1540, A-552, A-100, and A-500 models of PCA Products aluminum screen doors in future blog posts.

PCA Products most popular screen doors

PCA Products most popular screen doors

Remember, aluminum screen doors are not all equals, there will be no need to worry about screen blow out, sagging doors, or bugs crawling in under the door with a PCA Screen Door.  All PCA Products items are backed with an exclusive Lifetime Limited Warranty against defects in manufacturing, design and workmanship.

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Familiar design, superior performance!

That is why you should keep your eyes peeled for the all new PCA Products Zeus screen doors.

PCA’s new line of Zeus doors are a one stop shop with all of the necessary hardware included in the packaging.

PCA Zeus screen door packages include:

  • Aluminum screen door
  • Z-Bar, piano hinge
  • Huge sweep
  • EZ pull handle
  • Closure tube
PCA Zeus vs the Competition

PCA Zeus vs the Competition

PCA’s Zeus line of doors continue to offer the quality and features we have all come to appreciate from PCA.

  • Quiet close and tight seal with PCA’s wool pile lined 1/2 Z-Bar
  • Available pre-hung, non-prehung, or slab only
  • Strong full length piano hinge allows smooth operation and years of trouble free use
  • Heavy 3” pusher with reinforced side walls
  • Heavy aluminum frame will not rot, rust, twist, or splinter
  • EZ-Pull style handle with comfortable pull action
  • Pneumatic closure tube – all rust free hardware
  • Surface mount bug sweep
  • Maintenance free kick plate system – no unsightly spline

PCA Zeus doors are available in five color options: White, Bronze, Ivory, Sandstone, and Clay

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PCA – Zeus Colors

The team at US Building Products will be announcing the availability of the new PCA Zeus doors soon!

US Building Products is proud to offer PCA Products aluminum doors that are made to stand the test of time. Functionality, durability and beauty meet in this simple and beloved product. Screen doors are featured in households and businesses across the country, from urban to rural, old to new. Yet PCA Products aluminum doors stand apart from other doors. With customizable features and a Limited Lifetime Warranty, PCA Products are longer lasting and better quality than many other options on the market today.

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What gives? Not much on a PCA Products screen door…

The PCA Products team knows that life is tough and people are hard on their screen doors, so they’ve made their aluminum doors as durable as they can be. Featuring a standard pool and patio fiberglass mesh screen with an option to upgrade to a pet-proof PetScreen or SuperScreen, your screen will resist wear and tear for years to come.

The door itself is made to withstand up to 500 pounds of pressure without breaking, bending or warping. With a Thru-Lock system that ensures overall strength, self-locking spline to prevent screen blowouts, adjustable bug sweep and ultra-fine 20/20 screen mesh to prevent insects from invading your home, a tough kick plate and more, PCA Products aluminum doors are built with a tested and refined system to ensure years of functionality.

Wooden doors can become warped and require regular maintenance. Other aluminum doors are made with cross member welds that can crack over time. Only PCA has spent years of careful testing and experimentation to produce the product we market today.

Reliability

The USBP Team is proud to offer such an amazing product to our customers. The PCA Team provides the best customer service and support for every door they make, and they back all of their products with a Limited Lifetime warranty. If PCA’s inspections reveal that your door was made with defective workmanship or materials, they will repair or replace the door free of charge. When you buy a PCA Product, you’ll enjoy years of support.

Doors from PCA Products just aren’t like other doors. PCA has been handcrafting doors in the United States for over 25 years. The PCA Team is proud of their product and their history, and they want to continue offering high quality, beautiful screen doors for decades to come. To find out more about how a screen door from PCA Products can enhance your home, contact us today or browse the many PCA Products on the US Building Products website.

 

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Spring is here! It’s time to let the fresh air and comfortable breezes back into your home with a brand new PCA aluminum screen door. Let in the sunshine and gentle sounds of the outdoors, but keep out the bugs and wildlife with a beautiful, functional, lightweight aluminum screen door.

 

Durability

PCA screen doors are not your grandmother’s screen door. PCA leads the charge with doors that never blow out or sag. PCA aluminum screen doors are made to withstand 500 pounds of pressure without becoming warped or damaged and are currently available in 5 powder coated colors and 65 styles. We offer PCA aluminum doors made to match your home’s décor.

Now you can let the kids run in and out of the house all day long without worry. The screen mesh used in PCA screen doors is made to withstand some of the harshest treatment from small children, and the kick plates give your aluminum door extra durability. Have pets? Customize your door to include a perfectly sized pet door for your cat or dog—and never worry that your dog will push through the screen.

 

Family Owned

PCA is a family-owned business in Sevierville, TN. Founded by Stefan Pfeffer 25 years ago, day-to-day PCA Family Ownedoperations of PCA are now handled by his son Steve. As a family-run business, PCA knows how it is in a normal household and understands what an important role your screen door plays in your day-to-day life. That’s why they strive to provide the highest quality aluminum screen door at the most reasonable price.

 

Fit For Your Lifestyle

Not interested in the traditional screen door look? We over several contemporary designs, perfect for many homes. Browse through our most popular door designs to see what we can offer your family, or customize your own door to meet your needs. PCA is constantly rethinking their designs to ensure that they meet the needs of our customers. From single entry to double entry, ornamental to traditional, PCA’s aluminum front doors are beautiful and durable, and an asset to just about any home.

 

Get Back to Basics

Remember those warm spring afternoons of childhood, with the sounds of lawn mowers and happy kids drifting through your front door screen? You can have those happy times back, now in your own home. Contact the US Building Products team to find out more about how your new aluminum screen door can improve your life and your enjoyment of your own home.

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The Wasco SageGlass dynamic glazing feature allows homeowners or building managers to control the tint of their skylight glass remotely at the push of a button. SageGlass offers maximum versatility, allowing light transmission from 66% down to 3% as needed.

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Convenience

With little or no effort, electronic controls allow users to reduce or increase the amount of sunlight entering a room. Pre-programming features give users the power to change the tint as heat and light conditions vary throughout the day. Property owners of large commercial buildings enjoy the option of seamlessly integrating control of their SageGlass into the electronic building management system.

MacDonough-1For added convenience, smart phone users can control the tint of their SageGlass through an app. The app allows users to adjust light transmission values to change at specific times of the day, or as needed. The change from light to dark, clear to tinted, takes only minutes.

Comfort

Wasco SageGlass gives you all the benefits of traditional skylights while allowing you to reduce glare and eliminate heat as desired. Now you can install skylights without unnecessarily heating your home or building, or running extra climate control to ensure personal comfort. SageGlass offers custom tints for total personalization and complete user satisfaction.

Green Technology

SageGlass darkens when an electronic charge causes the thin ceramic glaze on the glass to absorb light rather than transmit it. By reducing dependence on climate control systems, this technology can reduce building or home energy consumption at the push of a button.

SageGlass also allows transmission of flattering natural light into areas that would otherwise be illuminated by electronic means. To be more clear, SageGlass can keep consumption of electricity low while simultaneously harnessing the power and beauty of natural sunlight.

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Cost Effective

Wasco SageGlass is available at an affordable price and prevents property owners from seeking external means to shade their skylight. To provide an example of the cost effectiveness of a Wasco SageGlass skylight, the SageGlass option for an EF2246 model skylight currently comes in at about $384 just $100 more than a traditional SkyShade light blocking blind. In many cases the cost of the SageGlass option is a comparable price that one would pay for a skylight shade or blind.

In addition, property owners who plan to use skylights throughout their building or home will enjoy a significant savings in climate control costs. To cite one example, the U.S. Naval Academy installed SageGlass in one of their halls after determining that electrochromic tints could reduce their building climate control costs by at least 18%.

Wasco SageGlass comes in sizes 2222, 2246, 3046 and 4646 to accommodate a range of customer needs. For more information about purchasing Wasco SageGlass for your skylight installation, contact the US Building Products team for a consultation and free quote. Get started today and you could soon be enjoying the benefits and convenience of a SageGlass tinted skylight!

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Ice dams are a common problem in colder climates, and unfortunately, they’re not easy to fix. Some homeowners struggle with ice dams for many years.

Understanding Ice Dams

To fix a home’s ice dam, you must first understand what causes ice dams to occur. It begins with inadequate insulation in the attic. Hot spots form on the roof as warm air from inside the home rises to the rafters in the attic. As snow melts on the warmer parts of the roof, water rolls down the shingles to the eaves where it then cools and freezes.

As the ice begins to build along the edges of the roof, icicles form off the eaves and ice begins to back up into the attic. As water penetrates the sheathing, the wood begins to rot and the leaks grow worse. Over time, an ice dam can result in wood rot and serious roof damage.

Methods for Repair

Knowing how to stop the ice dam and reverse the problem can prevent the damage from spreading. The best way to prevent an ice dam from forming, or to fix an ice dam that has formed, is to keep the roof cold enough that all ice and snow on the house will melt at the same rate. The following methods will help you control the temperature of the roof to ensure that the snow melts at the same time.

  1. Increase the insulation. If your attic is properly insulated, warm air from the lower levels of the house should not be able to reach the upper levels of the house. This will prevent the snow on the roof from melting prematurely. When insulating the attic, pay close attention to vulnerable areas like old skylights, which are uninsulated and energy inefficient. To adequately insulate your attic, replace older inefficient skylights with new, energy efficient skylights like those available from Wasco. Wasco offers several energy efficient glass and glazing options within their skylight products; eMAX3 (EMT), eMAX3 Laminated (EML), 30-30 Triple Glazed (TGT), and Lumira® Aerogel Panels (LA). Each of the aforementioned technologies will significantly reduce heat loss through the skylight area of a roof and in turn reduce the potential for ice dams. More information relating to the glass and glazing options is available on the US Building Products website frequently asked questions pagewasco-residential-glazings
  2. Improve air flow. Add vents in the attic to improve air flow and allow the cold air a chance to circulate. This will give the warm air an outlet that is not through the shingles of the roof. Proper venting of an attic space requires at least two louver vents (one on each end of the house) if the roof is capped (not vented). If a roof has a ridge vent installed the house should have several vents along each soffit to allow air to flow through the attic space.

With spring on the way, it will soon be the perfect time to fix ice dams once and for all. With proper insulation and adequate ventilation, ice dams may be permanently repaired.

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Our friends at Supa Doors in Universal City, TX (outside of San Antonio) were gracious enough to give us a tour of their manufacturing facility last week.

 

[from company website] Supa Doors are stile & rail solid MDF doors that are built to order. Ideal for high-end single family homes, large scale residential, hospitality, assisted living, and religious institutions across North America, Supa Doors can be found in prestigious projects including the Plaza Hotel NYC, 15 Central Park West, The Hotel Bel-Air, The Austonian, Trump Chicago, Ritz Carlton Montreal, Four Seasons Residences – Austin among others.

 

Sheets of MDF are brought into the plant and cut depending on the customer’s specification.

 

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Sheets of MDF cut and staged

 

After being cut, parts of the door are sent through a machine that routers the desired profile edges.

 

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Creating the desired profiled edges

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Supa Doors profiler

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Supa Doors profiled edge…

 

If a particular run requires glass, glass is then installed into the doors.

 

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Glass installation in a Supa Door

 

The rails and stiles are assembled into a half door.  Then two half door frames are then glued together and assembled for final sanding and trimming.

 

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Half door prior to glue up

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Half door pieces during glue up

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Final glue up prior to pressing, sanding, and finishing…

 

After assembly, the door goes through a press to ensure everything stays together prior to painting and/or finishing.

 

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Preparing the door for the press to ensure everything stays together prior to painting and/or finishing.

 

EVERY door goes through quality control.  Here, two carpenters look at each door and make any necessary last minute adjustments.

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Two carpenters inspect a door

 

Supa Doors also manufactures fire-rated doors that can either withstand 45 or 90 minutes.  The inside of the door, pictured below, contains special material to allow that to happen, thus protecting the home or commercial property in the event of a fire.

 

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The inside of a fire rated door contains special material to provide additional protection to a structure in the event of a fire.

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Supa Doors manufactures fire-rated doors rated to either 45 or 90 minutes.

 

Doors for a particular job are stacked up and moved over to the finish area.

 

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Supa Doors staged in the finish area of the manufacturing facility

 

Sanding is next up.  Doors are sanded to remove any rough edges.

 

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‘Supa smooth’ sanded Supa Door

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Sanded Supa Doors

 

Next up is the priming chamber.

 

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The priming chamber

 

A finished product!  If desired Supa Doors can also provide pre-finished doors with a durable baked on paint finish.

 

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A Supa pre-finished door with a durable baked on paint finish

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A pre-finished door with a durable baked on paint finish

Need some privacy or additional shade? Check out Wasco’s SageGlass, dynamic glass that tints on demand!

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