BUILDER Top Brands in 2017

Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors are recognized as Top Brands in 2017.

For the second year in a row BUILDER Magazine recognized Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows as top brands in the 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study, an annual in-depth survey conducted by BUILDER. This case study highlights the brands professional builders use most across 70 product categories and how these brands rank in terms of quality.

“We are incredibly honored to receive these accolades from professional builders, who know our products best. We don’t take lightly the trust builders have placed in us when they choose our products. To be recognized for delivering high-quality products is a reflection of the high standards and attention to detail we insist upon at every step of our process. We’re committed to the success of our builder partners and will continue to produce high-performance window and door products that they can rely on, year after year,” Kris Hanson, senior manager, group product management at Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors.”

Marvin Windows and Doors are built on a heritage of quality and innovation, continuously leading the industry in product design and function. Each window is made to order, to meet builders’ exact specifications. With customization capabilities, exclusive innovations, high-performance energy efficiency options and unmatched personal service at every point in the process, builders are able to find beautiful windows and doors for the project at hand.

Integrity Window and Doors’ fiberglass solutions are made with Ultrex® – a state-of-the-art pultruded fiberglass that is eight times stronger than vinyl, three times stronger than wood/vinyl composites and as strong as steel. Integrity offers an All Ultrex fiberglass line, as well as a Wood-Ultrex line that combines an authentic wood interior with a virtually indestructible fiberglass exterior. Integrity’s Ultrex resists rotting, warping, fading and chipping. It is the first and only finish to have achieved 624-10 verification from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), and many Integrity products offer IMPACT zone 3 certification for coastal projects.

Read the entire press release at PRNewsWire.

 

May is National Home Improvement Month

In honor of May, National Home Improvement Month, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is providing chapters and members with tools to get homeowners interested in remodeling this season.

To read the entire press release and download free resources, check NARI.org.

Don’t miss your opportunity to position your company or chapter as an expert during the Month of May.

 

Integrity Announces 2017 Red Diamond Achiever Awards

Integrity Windows and Doors has opened the door for entries for its 2017 Red Diamond Achiever (RDA) Award Program. RDA is an annual competition honoring the extraordinary work of industry professionals using Integrity window and door products in residential and commercial projects.

Through 10am CST on July 14, 2017, the RDA Award program gives professional the opportunity to showcase their efforts, earn industry recognition, and join a select group of past RDA award recipients. Winners of this year’s competition will receive one VIP trip to the Integrity headquarters in Warroad, Minnesota, a donation to the charity of their choice, public relations support, and a winner’s badge for marketing use.

The panel of national recognized industry experts will select up to five Red Diamond Achiever Award winners based on:

  • Creativity
  • Overcoming construction challenges
  • Architecture
  • Complexity and Sustainability

All projects must be completed in order to be up for consideration.

The 2017 judging panel includes:

  • Lou Manfredini – nationally recognized DIY expert, host of As Mr. Fix-It, Lou Manfredini’s Home Improvement Minute, HouseSmarts, and TODAY contributor
  • Brian Pontolilo – consulting editor at Fine Homebuilding
  • Shawn McCadden – nationally known speaker, business trainer, columnist, and award-winning remodeler
  • Christine Marvin – fenestration expert and director of corporate strategy at Marvin Windows and Doors

Read the rest of this article and then apply to the Red Diamond Achiever Awards by visiting: DWMMag

 

Welcome to the Age of Big Glass Windows & Doors

Big Glass Windows and Doors Revolution

Homebuyers are willing to pay more for natural light and multiply living space.

Residential architects, builders, and developers are no longer held back from incorporating oversized glass in their exterior home designs. This natural light revolution has become a hit to both millennials and baby boomers.

Benefits of Big Glass Windows

This big glass transformation of the home equates to: low energy bills, warm interiors, less outside noise, and aesthetics.

Builders also reap the benefits: three out of four surveyed home buyers said they’d pay a $4,000 premium for a large retractable glass sliding door, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting, an independent research and advisory firm.

Surging demand to meet numerous big glass strategies include:

Mulling Windows

Designers and builders are implementing mulling arrangements that can include many formats from double- and single-hung, glider, awning, and casement to innovating corner windows for panoramas.

Large Glass Doors

A seamless transition from indoor and outdoor space, life-and-slide, multi-slide, and bi-fold glass doors are in play.

Large Windows

Home buyers are seeking single-hung, double-hung, and casement windows. They are looking for bigger sizes. Marvin double-hung windows, for example, are now available in standard sizes up to 5 x 10 feet. Single fixed casement windows are now offered at sizes up to 6.7 x 10 feet.

What’s next?

Bet on bigger. Today any interior space can be transformed by big glass windows and doors to feel even larger and more connected to the outdoors.

Source: Builder.com

 

6 Must-Do Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

Spring is upon us and now is the perfect time to implement these 6 outdoor spring home maintenance projects.

1. Clean gutters

Consider this a bi-annual outdoor maintenance task. Look in gutter bottoms for loose granules that signal your asphalt roof may need replacing.

2. Inspect your roof

Look for curled and missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing, and cracked caulk around pipe collars, skylights and other roof penetrations.

3. Repair paint

Scrape off any chipped and peeling paint and spot painting exposed surfaces.

4. Trim overgrowth

Spring is a good time to trim branches of shrubs and trees away from your house since you’re still able to see individual limbs. Keep branches 5 to 7 feet away from your home so they can’t conduct moisture onto your roofing and siding. This will also deter squirrels and raccoons from find their way to your attic.

5. Ensure good drainage

Check drainage to make sure the soil slopes away from the foundation walls at least six vertical inches over 10 feet.

6. Check foundation vents

Homes with crawl spaces have vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that help dissipate excess moisture and prevent mold growth.

Want more details on these 6 maintenance tasks?

Check out the rest at DIYNetwork.com

 

The Rise of The Traditional Home

In an age of Houzz and Pinterest, an unprecedented online buzz on both contemporary and traditional home design has inspired an openness to merging two distinctly different styles.

Inevitably, savvy homeowners tend to think, “I like parts of both.”

Welcome to the transitional home.

This fast-growing movement pays homage to contemporary and traditional home styles. For a home builder, it means a bet placed on constructing either style is a winning one. A transitional-minded home buyer is apt to transform any home style with tasteful, restrained elements of whatever suits them, traditional or contemporary.

Beyond Interior Furnishings

The transitional concept goes just beyond furniture and décor. It also marries traditional and contemporary architecture, finishes, and materials.

For example, a contemporary home might be expected to showcase large glass expanses to convey a sleek, light-infused interior. A transitional home can be just likely to include big glass. But it might welcome nature with oversized double-hung windows instead of large casement or picture windows.

Broad Appeal

One person who has observed the transitional movement up-close is Christine Marvin. Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Marvin Windows and Doors, says the trend defies a generational bias. “It spans all age groups,” Marvin says. “A lot of homes I’m seeing might be someone’s second or their ‘forever’ home. One older couple I know loves Scandinavian design. But they also like wood and big glass with homey, rounded-corner furniture and traditional rugs. It’s what they like. It’s very simplistic, uncluttered, warm, and livable.

The Beauty of Choice

Marvin says the buzz and floor traffic surrounding big glass displays at this year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) is another example of a surging trend. “We had a contemporary studio collection at IBS,” Marvin observes. “These windows are specified for transitional design because traditional furniture and décor softens the look. You pick what resonates. That’s the beauty of transitional design.”

The good news for home builders is transitional styling checks all the boxes. The builder is free to recommend the best elements of contemporary and transitional home styling without sacrificing project aesthetics, value, and quality.

As Marvin says, “Home buyers find inspiration everywhere. It’s a different conversation today.

For more information on the transitional home, visit our sources: Builder Online and Marvin Windows and Doors

 

This Old House, Generation Next to Benefit mikeroweWORKS

In 2017 mikeroweWORKS is going to give away a lot of work ethic scholarships. We’re not sure how many yet, but so far they have raised over $500,000, and they think that there is a lot more on the horizon. Along with the generosity of the people on their page, their partnership with This Old House is turning out to be rather remarkable.

This Old House, a diabolically simple TV show that’s been on the air for nearly a hundred years, has determined – quite rightly, that America’s skills gap poses a clear and present danger to anyone addicted to solid foundations, straight walls, sturdy roofs, affordable electricity, smooth roads, and indoor plumbing.

To help close the gap, Norm Abram and the crew of This Old House have launched an initiative called Generation Next – a targeted effort to encourage more kids to explore careers in the construction trades.

As a part of Generation Next, This Old House wanted to offer a scholarship program, funded in part by sponsors of their show. But then, they stumbled across mikeroweWORKS, and realized that they’ve been doing the very same thing since 2008. So, rather than do the same exact thing, the they decided to let mikeroweWORKS handle it.

Additionally, the actual house featured on this season of This Old House will be auctioned off at the end of the year, and mikeroweWORKS will receive those funds as well.

So – Mark your calendars. Sometime in March, there will be an announcing existence of another large pile of money, specifically for those willing to learn a skill that’s actually in demand.

For more about the project, and the project, visit our source: Mike Rowe

 

How to Clean Windows Like a Pro

How to Clean Windows Like a Pro

Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year, but it’s a task most people don’t look forward to. Part of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.

It’s easier and more effective to clean glass like the pros do: with a squeegee and a few other readily available tools

Step One – Wash with a strip applicator

Picture windows call for large tools. The long cloth head of a strip applicator soaks up a lot of soapy water and knocks dirt loose without scratching the glass. For cleaning solution, just use dishwashing liquid with warm water – the less suds the better.

Step Two – Wipe clean with squeegee

Starting at the top left, pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handers would start at the top right). At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with a lint-free rag. Cloth diapers or old linen napkins are perfect for this task.

Step Three – Dry off remaining drips

Remove any water remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the windowsill with a rag.

Step Four – Customize the squeegee

To clean a divided-light window, you need a squeegee that fits the panes. You can use a hacksaw to cut one to size. You can trim the metal ¼ inch narrower than the windowpane, and cut the rubber blade to fit the entire pane.

Step Five – Scrub the panes (Multipane)

A handheld sponge or hog-bristle brush works best on multipane windows. You can use the same solution of dish-soap and water.

Step Six – Wipe clean with squeegee (Multipane)

Pull the squeegee down each pane in a single stroke from top to bottom. After each stroke, clean the blade with a rag so it doesn’t leave streaks. (If the squeegee squeaks a lot, add a bit more soap to the water.) As above, remove any streaks on the glass with a chamois, and dry the muntins and sill with a rag.

Step Seven – Get rid of stubborn spots

Over time, hard-water runoff from masonry or rain falling through metal window screens leaves stubborn mineral stains on glass that normal washing can’t erase. After regular cleaning, you can wet the glass, and gently use fine 000 steel wool to “superclean” stubborn spots.

Source: This Old House

 

Window Designs That Make Small Spaces Feel Big

Cutting down on square footage you don’t really need is a great way to simplify your life and save money, but it comes with certain design challenges. Keep your smart investment feeling bright and comfortable with a window design that helps it seem larger than it really is! Whether your entire home is small or you just have a tight bedroom, office, or any other room that closes in, here are some ways that windows can augment the space you have!

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Simply by making windows a statement on their own—think of a full-surround design that continues around corners or an entire wall composed of patio doors that open onto your property—you can draw attention away from the square footage of the floor and immerse the interior in its surroundings. An example is small houses, in natural settings; they are known for their impressive use of glass.

Think about each exterior wall, what’s behind it, and how a new window would improve the feel of the room. Day lighting alone is usually enough to change the ambiance of a confined space, but a good view will also improve your impression of it.

If you have limited wall space and this doesn’t seem possible, you can still amplify the effect of any window you do have with a mirror. Set it opposite a window to duplicate scenery across the room and double your perceived view. Even if it isn’t an actual window, it’s the same basic trick!

Light from Above

High windows are finding use in all kinds of homes, as people want to increase their day lighting potential and dress up plain walls. If you don’t have any other plans for the higher points on your walls, it would be a waste not to take advantage of natural sunlight to reduce your electricity usage and also give you a glimpse of the great outdoors where you might not expect it.

Basement-level rooms use high windows because they have to; but why not carry this enhancement up above ground? They fit well above beds and in bathrooms, where they help provide light while still maintaining privacy.

Integrate with Shared Wall Features

Sometimes you need to get creative in close quarters. Aim for balance and functionality so you can make the most of what you have, and be sure that the final product will look very different across the board. Plan for any dressers, shelves, counters, etc., and think about how you can fit windows in. 

When it comes time to plan for and purchase windows, let the experts at Integrity® Windows and Doorshelp you out. With a wide array of available styles and the option to create custom panes to fit your needs, you’ll find that these professionals have the solution for every kind of home. The industry-leading efficiency and durability of Integrity’s® Ultrex® fiberglass means that you can install as many windows as you want with confidence, so find your local dealer to get started!

Source: Marvin Windows & DoorsThe House Designers

 

WindowPRO Earns Prestigious Guildmaster Award

The WindowPRO team is thrilled to be honored with the 2017 Guildmaster Award for unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Since 2005, the Guildmaster Award has recognized companies within the GuildQuality community of quality who consistently deliver exceptional customer experiences. 

In order to be recognized as a Guildmaster Award winner, WindowPRO was required to achieve a recommendation rate of 90% as well as a certain response rate based on volume. Read the full list of qualifications.

WindowPRO has been recognized for quality and customer service by Angie’s List in 2015, 2014, and 2013 as well as being awarded Dealer of the Year by Window & Door Magazine in 2013 and 2010.

Considering replacing your old, inefficient windows or doors? Discover the WindowPRO difference or contact us today!

 
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