Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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surface of the interior pane keeps that piece of glass intact. The evaluation process for this design has involved shooting 2x4s out of a cannon at the test units. "The amount of [force] that glass panel can take is pretty significant." Contemporary Appeal While consumers' replacement-window perfor- mance requirements might not have moved much in the last several years, their design preferences have shiƁed significantly. At the top of this list, a move to more contemporary lines and colors first spotted five or so years ago has accelerated. "Demand is increasing around what [we] refer to as modern design factors," says Cliff Birch, Jeld- Wen's director for aluminum and vinyl products. "Homeowners want more glass and less frame." Andersen's Jackson agrees, noting "the win- dows are certainly not getting any smaller. In many times, it's bringing the outside elements in—they really want to enjoy the view to the outside of the house." And, he adds, consumers are more inter- ested than ever in turning the smaller frames into decorative elements, both inside and out. are seeing advances in the glass they're using to create these products. The improvements include changes in which surfaces of the two panes are treated with low-E coatings in some regions of the United States and Canada. For example, Milgard's AshcraƁ notes, while most dual-pane windows have long featured a coating on the exterior pane's inner surface—what manufacturers call "surface 2"—glass manufacturers have begun suggesting a second coating on surface 4, the roof-facing surface of the inner pane, especially in northern climates. "It's helping to alleviate heat loss," AshcraƁ explains. "Overall, the goal is to maintain a more consistent temperature within the home. The glass companies have found through their research that this is the approach that works the best." Andersen Windows & Doors is using coatings to improve durability as well as energy efficien- cy, says Brad Jackson, the company's marketing manager. The manufacturer has worked with its glass suppliers to create impact-resistant designs in hurricane-prone coastal regions. "The outside panel is almost a sacrificial pane," he says, while a transparent film over the exterior More view is what's offered from WEATHER SHIELD WINDOWS & DOORS ' Oversized Direct Set Windows. The floor-to-ceiling windows can be specified up to 70 square feet. Circle 7 on inquiry card PRODUCT TRENDS 50 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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