Architizer A+ Awards Recognize Door, Window, Glass Companies

Several door and window companies are recipients of the 2017 Architizer A+ Awards that acknowledge and promote the year’s best architecture projects and products.

Winners of the Building Products – Windows & Doors category:

  • Marvin Windows and Doors’ Ultimate Multi-Slide Door
  • PlybooDoo Panels by Krownlab
  • Pirnar’s Ultimum Pure with a One Touch handle
  • Slope sliding doors
  • Vitrocsa curved sliding door

Special mentions include: VanAir Vented Door, the M door hardware by Latch and the Centor Integrated Folding Door.

Winners of the Building Products – Glazing Systems & Products category:

  • View dynamic glass
  • The Vitrocsa Invisible Seal for sliding doors
  • The Vitrocsa Curved sliding door
  • LightGlass Privacy Plus
  • Wallen interior wall system by Adotta Italia

Over 400 luminaries and thought leaders in the fields of fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech make up the judge panel at the Architizer A+ Awards.

Winners, jurors, and VIPs will gather on May 11 at a red carpet gala that kicks off the weeklong NYCxDesign event in New York City.

Source: DWMMag


BUILDER Top Brands in 2017

Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors 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.


Builders Name Marvin and Integrity Best in Quality

Builders and professionals in the industry have spoken, naming Marvin and Integrity best in quality in the wood/wood-clad and fiberglass window categories in the 2017 BUILDER Magazine Brand Use Study. This in-depth study evaluates which brands professional builders use most across 70 product categories, and how they rank in quality.

We know that the products we sell are the best in the industry, and builders have once again shown they agree.

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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 professionals 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


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


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


Window Safety Week

Why is Window Safety Week Important?

Window Safety Week begins in April in accordance with the arrival of spring when homeowners are opening windows to allow the spring air to fill their homes.

Here’s the goal:

  1. Understand the role of windows for emergency escape
  2. Learn to safeguard windows against accidental falls

Your Home Escape Plan

  • Ensure windows are not nailed or painted shut
  • Remove all installed air conditioners from windows that may be used for escape
  • Meet safety requirements for at least one window in each bedroom
  • Remove guards, bars, and grilles from windows as they cannot be used for emergencies
  • Create an emergency escape plan and practice it both day and night
  • Keep an escape ladder nearby if you live in second or third-story bedrooms

How to Protect Children From Falls

  • Keep in mind, insect screens will not support the weight of children
  • Never leave children unattended around open windows
  • Keep windows closed when a child is within reach
  • Remove all furniture under windows as they are potential risks Keep children play space away from open windows or open spaces such as balconies

When is Window Safety Week?

April 3-9 is officially Window Safety Week this year

Source: NSC.org

 


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