Patio Door Test Wall – A Valuable Investment in Quality

Have you ever wondered how patio door manufacturers test and perform quality control on their products? Well, the more sophisticated ones deploy what’s commonly referred to as a test wall.  A test wall is a high-tech and expensive piece of equipment. One expressly designed for simulating how the patio door will stand up to different weather conditions. Test Wall Benefits At Sunview Patio Doors, we constructed the test wall pictured here several months ago. As a result, we have been able to see first-hand, how our doors will perform in real-life situations. Water Resistance There are three primary functions served by the test wall. The first has to do with water resistance. This particular test wall has 240 high-pressure spray nozzles that can simulate a severe storm with horizontally driving rain. By running these tests, we can tell if water is seeping through the seals on the top and sides of the door. Also, we can assess water issues from the seal at the bottom. It reassures us that our doors have been optimally assembled and that the seals are at the level of quality we expect. Air Infiltration The second variable tested with the wall is air infiltration.   The test accurately measures the amount of air leaking through a door at a designated wind speed.  Air resistance is an important part of the energy equation when measuring the efficiency of a patio door. More importantly, it will help with heating and cooling bills. High-Wind Impact Finally, we use another process that simulates the effect of high winds.  These tests allow us to measure how the door behaves in extreme wind conditions.  This test is...

Sunview Introduces Industry’s First Hybrid Patio Door

We are working on something special and we thought you’d like to know about it. It’s a hybrid door, featuring the mating of our industry-leading vinyl with its long life, and useful, durable aluminum. The exterior is aluminum, thus allowing the full range of treatments not possible on a vinyl outside. That includes high quality paints, a durable anodized surface, free from marring and scratching. It’s positively high tech. Of course aluminum can be cold, it transmits weather. Vinyl is warm. Consumers prefer vinyl in their homes. We believe we again have an industry first: most other doors called ‘hybrid’ are made of vinyl with aluminum cladding, not half and half as we have. Our door, which we are calling the 2900 Hybrid, will be launched in Spring 2014. We are installing new tooling on our production line and all the vinyl components are new. The aluminum is high performance and the interior aluminum and thermal breaks have been replaced with vinyl. Of course no one has our unbeatable industry-leading vinyl, developed by the Vision Group. The bottom line is the door will look the same, or even better with its assortment of custom finishes. The door is being tested with our partners Jeld-Wen of Quebec and we hope to bring it to you soon. Quality | Value | Efficiency Our patio doors are simply the industry's best! Contact...

Aluminum Patio Doors for Unpredictable Weather Conditions

The Sunview 1200 Series, the most advanced and flexible aluminum patio doors in today’s aesthetically demanding market, are perfect for architectural specification, as its possibilities for customization are extensive. Whether it’s colour, sill finishes, glass or hardware, the 1200 Series offers the most flexibility to answer any building need. In the same perimeter frame, doors can be configured up to six panels wide with fixed or operable panels and coupling members that join larger doors together. They also fill openings or create continuous glass façades. Transoms and fixed sidelites also complete the advanced design. The 1200 Series boasts extensive exterior colour options that feature a U.V. resistant finish, and colour tinted reflective glass to satisfy the most complex architectural designs. These reliable doors help homes stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Entirely adjustable lock set handles meet a myriad of tastes and budgets. Optional safety bars and key locks offer added security. The locks provide enhanced safety while providing ideal ventilation. It also offers adjustable door panels that ensure smooth operation and withstand harsh weather conditions. For coastal climates, the series has stainless steel rollers for improved resistance against rust, decay and wind damage. The doors slide softly and smoothly on steel ball-bearing rollers, for easy, silent operation. Its beautiful architectural finishes, including electrostatically baked enamel in white or dark bronze, provide customized enamel, fluorocarbon, anodized and high-quality finishes. “The versatile 1200 Series Thermal-Control Sliding Patio Door offers incomparable value and class that’s ideal for any climate,” said Tony Margiotta, president, Sunview Patio Doors. “It’s available in a varied selection of colours, sill heights, glass...

New Buckingham ECO Door Developed with Vision Ecoproducts

  Sunview’s new Buckingham ECO door replaces a traditional woodbuck system with an innovative rice hull material combined with recyclable polyolefin thermoplastic. The resilient Eco-Series is exceptionally resistant to mould growth that can pose a problem in moisture rich climates. It also offers enhanced fire resistance, improved durability and greater thermal resistance. Its material will not warp, ensuring continually smooth manoeuvering. “We are extremely proud of the Buckingham Eco-Series. The composite material, part of a new line of innovative building products, meets customers’ demands for a reduced environmental impact,” said Margiotta. “The new Eco-Series is a first-rate choice for a high quality, environmentally conscious product that defends against moisture and weather decay under tough conditions.” This door is truly an industry first and new Buckingham ECO door also offers the following benefits: Enhanced fire resistance Improved strength properties Improved thermal resistance Will not warp, ensuring continual smooth operation The Essex Swing Patio Door and the Buckingham Eco-Series each deliver distinct design advantages and protection against rainy climates. Both are optimum choices for water resistance, style and functionality. Sunview offers a wide range of patio doors that will exceed your expectations and defend against extreme weather conditions. Quality | Value | Efficiency Our patio doors are simply the industry's best! Contact...