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Kolbe's Imaginative Custom Window Designs

As Individual as the People Inside

Wausau, Wis. (January 1, 2010) -- During the International Builders Show (IBS), Kolbe showcases truly custom creations. Beyond unusual shapes and exaggerated sizes, customers can choose performance and aesthetic combinations including glass in elegant to whimsical patterns, exterior cladding in attention-getting metals, finishes in any color, and wood trim in any species.

"Whether choosing all-wood, aluminum-clad or vinyl units, Kolbe brings a breadth and depth of customization that no other manufacturer can offer," says Cindy Bremer, Kolbe's director of marketing.

Spotlighting a few of the custom designs displayed in Kolbe's IBS booth, Bremer points to "a copper-clad inswing casement with oxidized silver patina exterior finish and Alder wood interior with Coffee Bean stain. The window's narrow performance divided lites are arranged in custom pattern and coupled with Verona style hardware in an oil-rubbed finish to convey classic elegance."

Continuing to highlight style, performance and functionality, Bremer demonstrates "a tilt-turn window with beautiful, vertical grain Douglas fir interior and durable, fluoropolymer-finished, aluminum-clad exterior. The solid construction and energy-efficient, triple-insulating glass helps this unit achieves the R-5 insulating value (0.19 U-Value/0.16 SHGC). This not only meets the requirements for home renovation projects' stimulus-funded tax incentives, it's worthy of an ENERGY STAR rating for almost any residential project."

Kolbe's windows' energy-efficient performance can be complemented with wood species certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Combining FSC-certified options with energy-efficient glass choices further supports environmentally sensitive projects such as those pursuing recognition by ENERGY STAR®, Green Building Initiative's Green Globes™, National Association of Home Builders' Model Green Home Building Guidelines, and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Rating System for Homes™.

To learn more about Kolbe’s customized capabilities, please call 800-955-8177 or visit

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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