Milgard Introduces New Sliding Patio Doors with SmartTouch™ Handle

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SAN FRANCISCO (June 9, 2010) — Milgard Windows & Doors, an industry leader in window and door innovation, has introduced two newly-designed sliding patio doors to its vinyl Tuscany™ Series replacement line and Montecito™ Series for new construction applications. The new doors add to Milgard's SmartTouch family of products, incorporating SmartTouch™ technology into the handle hardware for increased security and nationally-recognized ease-of-use.

Milgard's patent-pending SmartTouch handle was designed to engage with a simple, one-motion operation that locks or unlocks the door with the same easy movement that opens and closes the door. Milgard's SmartTouch hardware was honored with the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation, a program that recognizes manufacturers who design user-friendly products that are easily accessible for people with functional limitations due to the effects of arthritis.

"We're proud of this innovative application of our SmartTouch system, and of our recognition from the Arthritis Foundation for its ease-of-use" said Scott Morgan, VP of Sales and Marketing at Milgard. "In addition to being attractive and easy to use, the lock and handle combination exceeds all California forced-entry requirements, among the most rigorous codes in the nation."

Other details include a glazing bead mitered at 45-degrees which effectively disappears against the matching panel miter contributing to the door's appearance, and new exterior handle hardware options to finish the polished look. Like all of Milgard's Tuscany Series and Montecito Series windows and doors, the new patio doors are backed by Milgard's industry-leading full lifetime warranty, with the Tuscany Series also offering Milgard's glass breakage warranty.

"Aging Baby Boomers aren't the only ones who appreciate a well-designed, easy-to-operate door," pointed out Morgan. "Milgard's new sliding patio door also offers the traditional profiles of our Tuscany and Montecito Series windows, making this a great new choice for a patio or deck entrance."

Other options available include:

  • Milgard's 3D® or 3D MAX® Energy Packages for increased energy efficiency
  • Complementary transom styles
  • Standard multi-point locking on OXO and OXXO configurations
  • Available triple-glazing for maximum energy efficiency on the Tuscany Series
  • Retractable Screen provides a clear view through closed door on the Tuscany Series
  • PureView® enhanced visibility screen

Click here for more information about Milgard's take on accessibility, aging in place and smart product design. For more information about Milgard's new Tuscany Series and Montecito Series sliding glass doors with SmartTouch hardware, visit www.milgard.com or call 1.800.MILGARD.

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About Milgard Windows & Doors

Milgard Windows & Doors, a Masco company based in Tacoma, Wash., offers a full line of aluminum, vinyl and fiberglass windows and patio doors for builders, dealers and homeowners. The company has been recognized for manufacturing the nation's highest quality vinyl windows six times in a yearly survey sponsored by Hanley-Wood Inc., publishers of Builder magazine. Milgard employs approximately 3,500 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.milgard.com or call 1-800-MILGARD.

About Masco Corporation

Headquartered in Taylor, Mich., Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) is one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products for the home and family. Masco is also a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products. For more information, visit www.masco.com or call 313-274-7400.

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