Therma-Tru's Popular Slim-Line™ Sliding Patio Door System Now Available with Impact-Resistant Glass that can Withstand Hurricane Conditions

MAUMEE, OH (September 15, 2005) – The country has watched in awe over the past few weeks as Hurricane Katrina struck and the aftermath it has left behind. As floodwaters from Katrina recede, builders and remodelers will be seeking building materials that can help them prevent damage from extreme weather in the future. Therma-Tru® Slim-Line™ Patio Door Systems offer this protection by withstanding high winds, coastal storms and windborne debris.

Therma-Tru is introducing Impact Rated Glass for its Slim-Line Patio Door Systems, which feature laminated glass that has been subjected to rigorous missile impact testing and can withstand hurricane conditions. The new glass has a DP-50 water, structural and windborne debris rating on units up to 8'tall and 9'wide. This rating assures the unit can structurally withstand 171 mph winds, water penetration of 8" of rain per hour driven by 54 mph winds and air infiltration equal to 25 mph winds.

"Builders are always looking for new materials that are resistant to extreme weather conditions," said Jim Sulier, Product Manager, Therma-Tru Patio Door Systems. "Therma-Tru's Slim-Line Patio Door Systems are constructed with durability – and beauty – in mind. The high-performance framing and glass systems will hold up to strong weather conditions and high-traffic and also let in light and outdoor beauty."

The Slim-Line door system combines the durability of fiberglass with exceptional thermal performance and an advanced trouble-free track system. This reduces callbacks and delivers lasting performance for homeowners. The tempered Low-E glass and double weather-stripping provide comfort and energy efficiency. The high-performance fiberglass frame, available in White, Almond, Stone and Bronze, features fiberglass pultruded lineals that won't warp, crack, rot, swell or split.

Like all Therma-Tru offerings, the Slim-Line door system provides integrated components and hardware designed and manufactured to work together more effectively than individual components. High-quality tamper-proof hardware is available in a brass, white, brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finish. The Slim-Line door system is backed by a 20-year limited warranty.

Therma-Tru Doors provides the product installation and service information builders and remodelers need to do the job right. For more information on Therma-Tru Doors, visit or call 1-800-THERMATRU (1-800-843-7628) to request a Slim-Line brochure.

Hurricane Relief Donation
Therma-Tru recently announced that it was making a significant donation to the N.O. Relief fund via the American Red Cross in lieu of participating in the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) annual trade show originally scheduled for October 6 to 11 in New Orleans. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that all city-wide conventions are cancelled through December 1, and the AMD decided not to re-locate.

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 delites and transoms, and door components. Therma-Tru, headquartered in Maumee, OH, 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.

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