MAUMEE, Ohio (January 13, 2005) — Sliding patio doors create a contemporary look, providing a large viewing area and lots of light. But typically, sliding patio doors don't offer a great deal of style and performance — until now. In early 2005, Therma-Tru Doors will introduce a new line of Fiber-Classic® and Smooth-Star® Sliding Patio Door Systems, previously only available in hinged styles.

The doors will be available in 6'6", 6'8" and 8'0" heights with two panel configurations in widths up to 12'0". Three panel and bi-parting four panel configurations will be available second quarter of 2005. These fiberglass doors are a "truly better" alternative to wood and steel. A standard multi-point locking system, available in four finishes — white (standard), brass, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze (optional upgrade) — not only increases security, but adds beauty.

Superior engineering and durable construction enable Fiber-Classic and Smooth-Star Sliding Patio Door Systems to carry strong full-system warranties.

Fiber-Classic Offers a Look and Performance Builders and Remodelers Want

Therma-Tru's superior fiberglass graining technology captures the essence of natural oak in perfect detail, but is five times more energy efficient and won't warp, crack or rot like real wood. The interior surface of Fiber-Classic sliding patio doors can be stained or painted to match any home's decor, while the exterior is available factory finished in White, Almond, Stone or Bronze.

Additional features include flush-glazed tempered Low-E insulated glass, pultruded fiberglass frames, fiberglass sills for superior strength and durability and a full system limited lifetime warranty. Options and accessories include internal grids to keep glass-cleaning simple and fast, and slim and wide profile screens available in four colors to match the home's exterior.

"The new Fiber-Classic Sliding Patio Door System not only keeps out wind, water and other harsh elements, but intruders too," said Jim Sulier, Product Manager, Patio Door Systems, for Therma-Tru Doors. "Thanks to a spring-loaded footbolt and an easy-to-operate multi-point locking system, homeowners can rest assured that they are protected. And, the stainless steel hardware offers excellent corrosion-resistance for coastal and high exposure locations."

Smooth-Star Provides Enhanced Strength and Durability

Smooth-Star Sliding Patio Door Systems feature the smooth look of fine painted wood with the superior durability of fiberglass, so it won't crack, warp or rot like wood. It also won't dent, ding or rust like steel patio doors. Smooth-Star Sliding Patio Door Systems have truly better standard features, including an interior surface that can be painted to match any home's decor, and a factory finished exterior available in White, Almond, Stone or Bronze. Other features include flush-glazed tempered Low-E insulated glass, pultruded fiberglass frames and sills for superior strength and durability and a full system 20-year limited warranty.

"The Smooth-Star Hinged Patio Door System provides the best of both worlds: exceptional style and durable performance," said Sulier. "With a range of style and sizes, it is a beautiful addition to any room."

Anyone can custom-build a Therma-Tru Patio Door System just the way they like with the Patio Door Configurator at Step-by-step prompts help make and keep track of choices or changes. Once completed, the patio door system number and list price is ready to print out and order from their local Therma-Tru dealer.

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