DALLAS — Silver Line Windows has developed a new competitor to vinyl and wood windows: an ABS or PVC wood composite. Though not scheduled to make its debut until fall, the new-composite window is being touted as stronger and a better insulator than traditional wood windows.
"We're taking what we thought were some good, solid designs [in wood windows] and enhancing them," said Gregg Proscia, vice president of sales and marketing for the North Brunswick, N.J.-based company.
He declined to say what those improvements would be, but said they "can't be done with wood but can be done with a composite."
Proscia spoke of the product at the International Builder's Show in Dallas.
The product still is in the development stage, and Silver Line is unsure whether it will use wood fibers coupled with PVC or ABS, he said.
ABS is creeping into more and more building products these days, but Proscia said no one knows whether ABS will challenge the supremacy of classic PVC products. One problem is price — PVC is significantly cheaper.
Silver Line's composite window likely will be competitively priced with wood windows, but will offer more amenities, Proscia said.
In related company news, Silver Line plans to open a 200,000-square-foot fabrication plant this year in Clinton, Mass., which will add extrusion equipment within two years, he said.
"It just makes sense because you've still got to truck those lineals," to the fabrication plant, Proscia said.
Meanwhile, two more extruders are en route to Silver Line's Lithia Springs, Ga., plant. They will arrive in May to bring the total number of lines at that building to five.
The company also plans to add six extruders at its Lansing, Ill., plant by September, Proscia said.