PCA Products Aluminum Screen Doors are Not Your Average Door

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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Enjoy the Fresh Air with a PCA Products Screen ccv Door

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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Wasco SageGlass Dynamic Glazing

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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Hello spring, goodbye ‘Ice Dams’! – Causes and Repair

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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USBP tours the Supa Doors manufacturing facility in Universal City, TX

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

Wasco SageGlass

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

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USBP @ LBMExpo

Kevin and Josh are on their way to the Lumber and Building Material Expo in Boston, Massachusetts. Stay tuned! #LBMExpo #NRLA

Homebuilder Show Wrap Up

International Builders Show

During Design & Construction week, US Building Products hit the road to Las Vegas to visit the International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. We saw some great companies with great products. Here are just a few of the places we visited.

International Builders Show

International Builders Show


Spax Screws
A great German-designed, American-made product with a impressive product line. Spax screws have self drilling tips minimizing the need for pre-drilling and maximizing the screws holding power.

Spax Screws

Spax Screws

Spax isn’t just popular with carpenters, but artists also use Spax screws in their pieces.

Spax Art

Spax Art

Spax Art

Spax Art


For those who never want to get up during the big game…

Toilet Recliner

Toilet Recliner


Stealth Toilets
Stealth toilets by Niagara offers super low volume, heavily aerated flush toilets. They have optimized a 0.8 L big flush and 0.4 L light flush with their dual flush toilets that flush better than your average 1.8L flush toilet. Not only do they make the flushing system, they make the entire toilet too!

Stealth Toilets

Stealth Toilets

Stealth Toilets

Stealth Toilets


Chemcore
Chemcore has high quality sinks in a variety of materials – stainless steel, bamboo, and porcelain.

Chemcore Sinks

Chemcore Sinks


InSinkErator
Ever want instant hot water right from your sink? Try the InSinkErator on demand faucet. Very cool product!

InSinkErator

InSinkErator


Lenova
Lenova also had some great sink products.

Lenova Sinks

Lenova Sinks

Lenova Sinks

Lenova Sinks


NyloDeck
If it looks like wood and feels like wood, is it wood? Nope, it’s NyloDeck! High quality PVC decking that will last a lifetime!

NyloDeck

NyloDeck


Schwinn
The folks at Schwinn have some really great, high-quality kitchen and bath hardware. They are worth a look if you are upgrading your home or building from scratch!

Schwinn Hardware

Schwinn Hardware

Schwinn Hardware

Schwinn Hardware

Schwinn Hardware

Schwinn Hardware


Ford Transit
Our friends at Ford let us drive a brand new Ford Transit around their track in the parking lot!

Ford Transit

Ford Transit


Bathco
More great sinks, specifically vessel sinks, from Bathco.

Bathco Sinks

Bathco Sinks


Other great manufacturers we ran into but don’t have pictures for:

Hercke Cabinets

Access Lighting

Contemporary Pull

Acorn

MNG Hardware / Strategic Brands

Azek

Better Home Products

Screen Tight

Better Than Barnwood

MR Direct

Semihandmade

Barron Designs

Maze Nails

Chemcrest

Materials Marketing

AGS Stainless

Feeney

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters Tour

United Brotherhood of Carpenters

During the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, US Building Products was fortunate enough to visit the United Brotherhood of Carpenters National Headquarters. The UBC has a membership of just over 500,000 carpenters around the country, with local and regional training centers to teach members the latest in technology, project management, and safety.

The UBC in Las Vegas is where trainers from around US come to get trained, then they go back to their local centers to teach carpenters, apprentices, and general contractors alike.

Each member of the UBC has a membership card with a QR code that, if scanned, brings up a website showing the various certifications and trainings that the carpenters has received to date.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters

United Brotherhood of Carpenters

United Brotherhood of Carpenters

United Brotherhood of Carpenters


The UBC offers a variety of specialized training seminars, including one tailored to the design and construction of a storefront.

UBC Storefront Training

UBC Storefront Training

UBC Storefront Training

UBC Storefront Training


Other specialized training includes hospital and medical center programs. Carpenters learn how to seal off and quarantine different parts of a hospital if there was ever some type of emergency. In the Las Vegas facility, they have constructed a mock emergency room complete with nurse’s station, front desk, patient rooms, and clean room.

UBC Mock Hospital

UBC Mock Hospital

Hospital Front Desk

Hospital Front Desk

Hospital Clean Room

Hospital Clean Room


Another specialized program is underwater welding and pile driver construction. The UBC has their own tank where carpenters can simulate working in real-life conditions.

UBC Underwater Welding Tank

UBC Underwater Welding Tank

UBC Pile Driver

UBC Pile Driver


They also have a class for scaffolding. Since the building is only so high, in order to really simulate a full set of scaffolding, the roof retracts so they can build scaffolding out of the roof of the building.

UBC Scaffolding Class

UBC Scaffolding Class


Robotics are becoming a more integral part of today’s society as technology evolves. The UBC is responsible for building the robotics for some of the largest car manufacturers in the US. Once complete, the operation and maintenance is then turned over to full-time specialists at the plant.

Robotics Equipment

Robotics Equipment


Carpenters can also receive several levels trainings on boilers systems, both gas and steam. Manufacturers such as General Electric work with the UBC directly to develop the training program because they know the product the best. The UBC then trains the trainers, who in turn train the carpenters.

UBC Boilers Systems

UBC Boilers Systems

UBC Boilers Systems

UBC Boilers Systems

UBC Boilers Systems

UBC Boilers Systems

UBC Boilers Systems

UBC Boilers Systems


Thanks to Jim from the UBC for a fantastic tour, and thanks to Ted from Blue Tarp Financial for setting it up!

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Wasco Skylights and the potential benefits to your health and well being…

Many people consider incorporating skylights into their home to increase the amount of natural light in their home.  It’s an energy efficient way to do so.  Many more people use ventilating skylights to help with air circulation as an efficient way to cool their home.  Both reasons are great for your wallet and the environment in the long run, but have you ever considered the impact skylights would have on your health and well-being?

Almost all living organisms depend on the sun and daylight for normal development and functioning.  Specifically for human beings, daylight has many roles in maintaining our biological systems.  It helps with the synthesis of Vitamin D (which occurs when daylight touches our skin), it helps with sleep regulation and our circadian biological clocks, and it even has an effect on gene expression!

Now, one may think that skylights couldn’t possibly have that much of an impact on all of these biological functions.  Maybe you may say people could just go outside when it’s sunny and gain the benefits daylight has to offer.  But our society, unfortunately, is no longer built to reside, work, or even play outside.  In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors!  Depending on the design of the building you work or live in, being indoors significantly reduces the amount of daylight you receive.  Another important factor to consider is the level of indoor pollutants you are exposed to.  Being indoors for such a lengthy period of time exposes our bodies to a higher concentration of pollutants; about 2 to 5 times more than if we were standing right outside of our home or office.  The EPA even speaks to indoor air quality and pollutants in the excerpt below:

In addition to pollutant sources, the air exchange rate with the outdoors is an important factor in determining indoor air pollutant concentrations. The air exchange rate is affected by the design, construction, and operating parameters of buildings and is ultimately a function of infiltration (air that flows into structures through openings, joints, and cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings and around windows and doors), natural ventilation (air that flows through opened windows and doors), and mechanical ventilation (air that is forced indoors or vented outdoors by ventilation devices, such as fans or air handling systems). Outdoor climate and weather conditions combined with occupant behavior can also affect indoor air quality. Weather conditions influence whether building occupants keep windows open or closed and whether they operate air conditioners, humidifiers, or heaters, all of which can impact indoor air quality. Weather also has a large effect on infiltration. Certain climatic conditions can increase the potential for indoor moisture and mold growth if not controlled by adequate ventilation or air conditioning (http://cfpub.epa.gov/eroe/index.cfm?fuseaction=list.listBySubTopic&ch=46&s=343).

Incorporating ventilating skylights into your home’s design is the simple and effective way to help increase the amount of daylight you receive to help maintain normal body functions by maximizing the amount of daylight your home receives, and it will also help to reduce the concentration of indoor pollutants that can cause allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions by offering a way to vent the pollutants out of the house while providing your home with an energy efficient air condition, otherwise known as fresh air.

US Building Products offers Wasco curb mounted manual venting, deck mounted manual venting, and deck mounted solar venting skylights to help you build a healthier home!  You may consider incorporating manual ventilating skylights if you’re on a budget or reside in a climate where opening and closing your skylight will be infrequent.  Solar ventilating skylights are perfect for reducing both physical and monetary energy costs.  Solar ventilating skylights are also eligible for a 30% tax credit as it falls under the category of a solar electric technology.

So there are many reasons to incorporate ventilating skylights into your home or office design; tax incentives, energy efficient lighting, and to have an effective cooling system, which will ultimately add more dollars in your pocket.  But the most important reason to have ventilating skylights may add years to your life.

Visit our website at usbuildingproducts.com to find the perfect solution to your health and well-being today!

 

References:

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/sleep-drive-and-your-body-clock

http://cfpub.epa.gov/eroe/index.cfm?fuseaction=list.listBySubTopic&ch=46&s=343

http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=US37F

http://www.usbuildingproducts.com/skylights/residential/deck-mounted/solar-venting/EVMS2246

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