Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial sliding, folding, and stacking glass walls, doors, windows, and screens; conservatories; sunrooms; greenhouses; skylights; and curtain walls; launches true wood product options for folding glass walls and tilt turn windows.
May 4, 2015 Pine Grove, PA – Solar Innovations, Inc. has recently developed both folding glass wall and tilt turn product options utilizing a true wood design. These products have undergone extensive research and development with input from our entire team and Solar’s wood products specialists. As with any of Solar’s products, the development process has afforded the opportunity for Solar to fully evaluate the products to ensure the standard of excellence our customers have come to expect. Solar’s multi-million dollar, dedicated Wood Fabrication Facility has been instrumental in the success of the product’s launch.
Recent wood prototypes included a white oak folding glass wall (right) and a tilt turn window system (below). These true wood prototype mock-ups utilized a scantling, created from a three-piece lam that provides strength to the system. Additional door configurations are being developed from this unique scantling system with many products scheduled for fabrication and launch in the coming months. As the company has done in the past for its aluminum product lines, Solar Innovations, Inc. plans to develop its own line of hardware specific to the true wood product line. Solar intends to produce as many components as possible for both quality and lead time control, on its 26-plus acre manufacturing campus in Pine Grove, PA.
Although Solar has provided wood veneer interiors and glulam products for over 12 years, the true wood system will allow for operable door and window systems to be manufactured out of 100% wood scantlings rather than utilizing an applied wood veneer. The true wood system will allow surfaces to be sanded or refinished multiple times throughout the product’s life cycle.
Solar Innovations, Inc. recommends the true wood system be utilized for interior or sheltered exterior applications. With the proper finishes selected, the true wood system may be employed in exterior applications in some environments. An exterior aluminum clad option will commence full production before the end of 2015. This aluminum clad option will allow the system to be utilized in more extreme environments while maintaining the warmth and beauty of the wood interior.
Although testing has not yet been executed, Solar intends to test the new products for air, water, structural, and impact ratings in the future.
Solar’s engineering team can aid in designing custom operable doors and windows based on the end user’s needs. Sizes, wood varieties, and glazing selection are fully customizable for any application. For more information on Solar Innovations, Inc.’s true wood product line or to receive updated literature, please contact a Solar Innovations, Inc. sales designer via e-mail: [email protected] or by phone: 800-618-0669.