Door System Offers Protection Against Harsh Weather Conditions

MAUMEE, OHIO (Nov. 13, 2007) ― Therma-Tru’s Tru-Defense™ Entry and Patio Door System has received the 2007 Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science magazine. The high performance system was cited in the Home Technology category for offering builders and remodelers a high performance door solution for damaging weather and harsh conditions.

“For 20 years, Popular Science’s Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that make a positive impact on life today and change our views of the future,” says Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “PopSci’s editors evaluate thousands of products each year to develop this thoughtful list; there’s no higher accolade Popular Science can give.”

Tru-Defense is the new standard in high performance doors, components and certified systems, designed to work together to protect homes from severe weather. Therma-Tru’s Tru-Defense certified entry and patio doors have an air, water and structural performance rating of DP-40 or higher. The complete door systems are independently tested, and certified by the National Accreditation and Management Institute (NAMI).

The DP-40 rating indicates that the unit passed a structural test pressure of 60 lbs. per sq.ft. equal to 150 mph winds and a water penetration test under conditions equal to 8” of rain per hour driven by 49 mph winds; and an air infiltration test pressure of 1.57 lbs. per sq.ft. equal to 25 mph winds.

“We’re thrilled to receive this important recognition from Popular Science,” says Jim McElroy, general manager, product marketing. “Tru-Defense door systems provide builders with confidence that they, in turn, can extend to their homeowners. Thanks to the advanced engineering behind the system, the doors can handle the worst that Mother Nature has to offer.”

Tru-Defense Systems for Hinged and Sliding Patio Doors

The Fiber-Classic® Hinged Patio Doors offer an exterior wood grain look, while the interior is ready to stain or paint. Smooth-Star® Hinged Patio Doors feature a smooth, crisp surface that rivals the look of fine painted wood. The interior can be painted any color to match your décor. Both provide the guaranteed performance that makes Therma-Tru fiberglass entry doors the most preferred brand in the industry.

Therma-Tru’s Tru-Defense systems for fiberglass hinged patio doors are designed to work together as an integrated system, a feature that most other door manufacturers do not offer. All the components in the new Tru-Defense systems maximize the seal between the door and the frame, virtually eliminating air and water infiltration.

Fiber-Classic and Smooth-Star Patio Door Systems offer the ultimate in style, performance and durability. Both are available in a wide variety of sizes for new construction and remodeling, including 6’6”, 6’8” and 8’0” tall systems. They come in four factory finished exterior colors: White, Almond, Stone and Bronze. All Tru-Defense hinged patio doors feature standard flush-glazed Low-E glass, high-heat composite frame, and other new components such as the high dam sill with Satin Nickel finish, astragal, corner sill pad, door bottom sweep and multi-point locking system, that are all designed to maximize the seal between the door and the frame. Optional adjustable hinges and profiled internal grid patterns or external grilles are available as well.

Fiber-Classic Hinged Patio Doors offer a full system lifetime limited warranty and Smooth-Star Hinged Patio Doors are backed by a full system 20-year limited warranty. This new line of Tru-Defense Hinged Patio Systems includes single, center-hinged, jamb-hung or French door configurations.

About Therma-Tru
Therma-Tru Doors is the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. Therma-Tru, headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, is part of leading consumer brands company Fortune Brands Inc. (NYSE: FO). For more information on Therma-Tru Doors, visit or call (800) 537-8827.

About Best of What's New
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners — the Best of What’s New — are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What’s New in 1987. Best of What’s New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in categories; Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation.

About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.

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