Brick, Block and Stone
Most mason contractors don't think of windows other than glass blocks for light transmission as their area. They lay block, brick and stone and, where it is needed, lintels. But if you do below-grade block foundations, you are often involved in placing sub-grade windows, or basement casements as they are sometimes called.
A new window design from Superseal Manufacturing, South Plainfield, N.J., has come on the market with a bang. In its first month, it has garnered several awards for innovation at major trade shows, including the International Builders Show. At first glance, the Masonry Hopper 650 seems to be oriented toward the pour-in-place concrete foundation side of the business. This might be a turn-off for many mason contractors who frown on the concrete foundation alternative.
And indeed, Glen Paesano, national sales manager for Superseal Window and Door Co., agrees that "as much as 95 percent of our sales are for pour-in-place applications. But one of the things that make the Masonry Hopper so popular is that it is sized to be used in block wall construction, too. With the 32-inch width as a standard, we make it in different heights 16, 20 and 24 inches. The 16 and 24 work perfectly with an eight-inch block with a mortar joint. The 16 is two blocks high, and then three blocks high for a 24."
There is more to it than dimensions, however. There is a built-in, steel lintel reinforcement system in the window. As Paesano says, "If you're laying block and lay the window in, you can pick up on the other side and lay another block course going right across the top because the built-in steel lintel has no need for added reinforcement."
So here is a top-grade, below-grade window that can speed up production when used with either standard block or mortarless block construction. Another impressive feature is an integral drywall return that offers pre-set positioning to install drywall around the window when foundation is being finished. The cut-away "buck," or form, is easily clipped away and a self-contained insert snapped into place.
The Masonry Hopper 650 is constructed with corrosion-resistant material enabling it to resist water and withstand higher than normal pressure. Full weather-stripping minimizes air-infiltration and the 650 will not rot, rust or retain moisture. All windows can be tilted in, offering a cleaner, more modern look. A full screen offers 30 percent more ventilation than a similar sized slider and there are no tracks to keep clean.
In addition, the 650 meets all energy codes and achieves the highest forced entry resistance rating with a locking mechanism that ensures maximum security. In other words, it's a window that a mason contractor would be proud to offer as part of the total building package they provide.
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