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June 20, 2013 08:00 ET

Centor® Unveils the First Integrated Door With Its Centor 200 Series at the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention

Integrated Door Collection Combines Fully Retractable Screens and Shades in One System; Significant Breakthrough in Window and Door Design Connects Homeowners With Nature

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - Centor®, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of beautiful, eco-friendly doors, screens and hardware, unveils its most groundbreaking innovation to date -- the Centor 200 Series integrated door collection for large exterior openings from three to 24 feet. The doors will preview at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Denver, June 20-22. Challenging all concepts of what we know as a door today, Centor combines door, screen and shade into one system, introducing a new category of "integrated doors" that connects people with the world outside. Unprecedented by any other product on the market, Centor's new doors represent thousands of hours of development resulting in one of the most significant breakthroughs in window and door design in the last 50 years.

Centor's innovative clean design converts large exterior openings into indoor/outdoor living, on demand, with doors that open and close with fingertip ease. The Centor 200 Series combines composite doors of beautiful wood and aluminum finishes with fully retractable screens and shades. Never before have screens and shades been able to appear and fully disappear into doorframes. Designed for all architectural styles, these integrated doors are available in a variety of configurations, including two and three-panel sliding patio, folding, double-swing and single doors. The Centor 200 Series removes all barriers to nature, yet still protects homes. The new doors fill living spaces with light and fresh air in the summer without insect worries, while vanishing shades offer privacy and keep homes warm at night.

"At Centor, we believe the world is beautiful and helping people make the most of the world outside. Traditionally, doors are an inherent compromise," said Centor Managing Director Nigel Spork. "Big doors have great views, but little privacy. Heavy drapes keep houses warm, but make rooms feel small, and who wants to look out through insect screens or have hardware blocking views? The best solution is to design a door system as a whole, not as individual components like panels, shades or hardware. We designed each element of our new door from scratch to integrate and provide the very best in inside/outside living. We invested R&D into this for years. Thousands of hours later and 14 international patents pending at launch, we think people will be absolutely delighted with the Centor 200 Series."

From inside the home, Centor provides a clean look atypical of existing doors. Narrow stiles maximize the doors' glass opening, hinges are concealed and intermediate locks are hidden from view. The Centor 200 Series comes in custom sizes and high-quality aluminum (customizable to any color) and timber finishes (clear alder, Douglas fir, mahogany and primed wood), screens in two mesh options and shades in 12 fabric selections. Aluminum wood-clad door options provide the beauty of wood on the inside, with the durability and low maintenance of aluminum on the outside.

These beautiful integrated doors come standard with screens, shades, patented weatherproofing and top-hung hardware, which allow the doors to operate easily, and they are compatible with all forms of wall construction. The Centor 200 Series integrated doors promise to become the new standard among architects, builders, designers and consumers.

Made in America, these eco-friendly, energy-efficient patio doors offer a wide range of options for customization and can be purchased throughout the U.S. through an expanding network of Centor Integrated Dealers.

The Centor exhibit at the AIA Convention is located at booth number 2746. Doors are available now. For more information about purchasing the Centor 200 Series integrated door, call 630-957-1000 or visit www.centor.com.

About Centor
Centor is the award-winning designer and manufacturer of the world's first integrated door, including beautiful designs for architectural environments. Created in 1951, Centor has expanded over the past 62 years to become the leading innovator for integrated window and door systems. Unlike other manufacturers, Centor's expertise in all elements (including doors, hardware, screens and shades) makes it the only company to deliver the first fully integrated product. In 2013, with its introduction of the Centor 200 Series, the company leads the new integrated door category.

Centor's products have earned the company a series of awards: the AMP National Innovation Award for Australia, two U.S. Crystal Achievement Awards, the Telstra Queensland Business of the Year Award and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Centor manufactures and distributes its North American products through U.S. headquarters in Chicago and also operates internationally. Centor Integrated Dealers are located across the U.S.

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