How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Front Door

Replacing your front entry door should provide good looks and value. An energy-efficient exterior door may trim 10% off your energy bills.

How do you know which door is right for you? Compare the three main materials available for exterior doors:; steel, fiberglass, and wood.

Steel Entry Door

A steel door is great for saving money. A simple unadorned steel door can sell for as little as $150 to $400.

Steel offers the strongest barrier against intruders, but may wear within 5-7 years due to harsh weather like heavy rains or salt air.

Steel may also dent if exposed to heavy traffic.

Fiberglass Door

Fiberglass is great for minimum upkeep. It can go for years without needing paint or stain touchups, lasting 15-20 years. Fiberglass is light but comes with a tough coating allowing for entry protection.

Fiberglass doors generally range moderately from $150-$600.

Wood Exterior Door

Wood is the go-to choice for high-end projects. Usually, the most expensive between $500-$2000, wood also requires the most maintenance; but easy to repair scratches.

Wooden doors should be repainted and refinished every year or two to prevent splitting and warping.

Read the full article at: HouseLogic.com


2017 Marvin Architects Challenge & Latest Design Trends

The new and diverse group of Marvin Architects Challenge-winning projects offer a personal take on the home and design trends the industry is buzzing about.

The winners of the competition brought a fresh perspective on some of the most popular design trends in the industry today.

See the 8 hot trends below…

White is the new [insert any color here]

White is the new color du jour. White walls, white accessories, and white linen still make for a relaxing palate that allows details to stand out.

White mixed with more white such as white walls and bookshelves that create a cohesive feel from room to room and help reflect natural sunlight.

Creativity with contrast

A pop of bold color can add personality and a unique look to any space. White walls and sky-blue kitchen cabinets belies any small space.

Naturally renewable, warmer surfaces

Homeowners are longing for more tactile surfaces – warm materials that bring a little nature into indoors spaces now that technology is so prominent in households.

Natural wood finishes; wood floors, and exposed wood beams create a connection with the great outdoors.

Next-level green

Not just using Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery; exploring the true meaning of eco-friendliness by engineering green practices. An example of this is designing a building to maximize use of daylight and natural ventilation.

Farmhouse style

According to Pinterest, searches for farmhouse-style interiors are up 40% since last year. This look incorporates white wood kitchen cabinets, wood-planked walls, and prairie vews through double hung Marvin windows.

The hunt for Hygge

Inspired by the Scandinavian way of life, this trend pairs a wood-burning stove, soft textiles, and unbeatable views to create the ultimate relaxation vibe.

More usable square footage, indoors and out

An abundance of glass and large doors help make walls disappear, bringing the outdoors in. Connection to the outdoors through expansive glass and oversized scenic doors is a top trend for 2017.

A return to eras gone by

As the old continues to blend with new, and famous architectural styles and icons rejoin modern aesthetics, preserving the historic charm and protecting the stories behind landmark buildings is more important than ever.

Read the full article and images for each trend at: Marvin.com


How to Feng Shui Your Home in 7 Steps

Feng shui is all about harnessing the positive flow of energy in our environment to live happier days in and out of your home. Follow these 7 steps to feng shui your home.

Declutter your home

Eliminate excess stuff to create balance in your space. Clutter overwhelms the energy of any room.

Remove objects that collect dust, serve little purpose, or simply don’t belong.

Bring the outside in

Incorporate living things to feng shui your home quickly and easily. Introducing a tableside plant, a bouquet of fresh flowers, or a little potted plant.

Feng shui your lighting

Lighting is key to setting the mood. Incorporate light from both natural sources and light fixtures. Use candle lighting to bring warmth to a space and install track lighting where natural light is missing.

Feng shui your furniture

Place your furniture in a people-focused way that promotes conversation and face-to-face interaction.

Place chairs directly facing sofas and avoid placing furniture against walls.

Energize your curb appeal

Be mindful of your exterior living space. Boost your home’s curb appeal with freshly painted doors, landscaping, and well-manicured lawns.

Rejuvenate your entryway

Your entryway should greet you with positive energy. Place a bench in the entryway to create an inviting vibe. Keep shoes, umbrellas, and jackets organized or tucked away in a closet.

Keep up with home maintenance

Think of cleaning your home as scrubbing negative energy from your living space. Keep you home clean and organized. Don’t let little projects like a leaky faucet, broken handles, or peeling paint pile up. Take them on as they come.

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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