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04/02/2010

Kolbe TerraSpan Lift and Slide doors offers Phantom Screens

Motorized Executive retractable screens

Wausau, Wis. (April 2010) – Kolbe’s TerraSpan™ Lift and Slide doors are now available with Phantom Screens® Motorized Executive retractable screen. TerraSpan doors can incorporate up to 10 panels per unit with a 12-foot maximum panel height. One Executive screen product will cover a maximum opening of 25-feet wide by 16-feet high.

Without compromising the expansive views or easy transition between indoor and outdoor living, the retractable screen seamlessly integrates with the Kolbe TerraSpan Lift and Slide door to provide customers the benefits of convenience and luxury.

Installed by one of Phantom’s distributors, the screen options provide solar shading and insect protection when in use. This allows for large, uninterrupted views when Kolbe’s TerraSpan Lift and Slide are opened – either nesting behind one another, or recessing into a pocket opening to disappear completely from view. When the doors are closed and the screen is not in use, the Executive screen is stored conveniently out-of-sight until needed.

"During the new product development process of our TerraSpan unit we investigated a number of screen options for our customers. In looking at a vertical retractable option, we felt that the Executive model from Phantom had exactly what our customers would be looking for," said Jeff DeLonay, vice president of manufacturing at Kolbe. "It offers unique design integration and operation advantages that mirror the upscale TerraSpan product. Additionally, Phantom has the installation and support services to appropriately back their product."

Further enhancing the product experience, TerraSpan Lift and Slide doors are available in energy-efficient glass options. A broad palette of environmentally-friendly finishes protect the exterior cladding, which includes recycled aluminum. A range of sustainably harvested wood species can be chosen for the interior trim.

The Executive can also help clients maximize energy savings, reducing the amount of air-conditioning needed to cool a building. The system may be programmed to descend and retract with sun and wind sensors. It also can connect to building automation systems to have the screens descend at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is needed. 

"Phantom Screens has always offered cutting-edge retractable screen solutions that meet the demands of the most sophisticated consumers," said Ron Somers, vice president of marketing at Phantom Screens. "The Motorized Executive screen is a natural fit with the new upscale TerraSpan Lift and Slide door."

Bob Kasten, vice president of sales and marketing at Kolbe said, "The ability to specify and order Kolbe’s TerraSpan Lift and Slide door and the Phantom Motorized Executive retractable screen together will speed up the process, because now the entire opening can be selected and specified at one time."

To learn more about Kolbe’s TerraSpan Lift and Slide doors, please call 800-955-8177 or visit www.kolbe-kolbe.com.


What began in 1946 as a two-brother team has grown into an internationally respected manufacturing company. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co, Inc. remains a privately held, community-oriented business located in Wausau, Wis. Covering nearly one million-square-feet, its state-of-the-art facilities feature high-tech machinery and a design center to present the creative possibilities offered by Kolbe windows and doors.

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