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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starting to see an influx of more of the metallic finishes—it's a byproduct of the contemporary movement we've been seeing." Metallic hues that Kibler has seen catching consumer's attention include anodized silver, black anodized and microflake paint finishes. And, he adds, the appeal isn't restricted to specific regions. "It's in all markets right now." Matt Widlowski, Windsor Windows & Doors' business development manager for the remodeling and replacement market, says consumers are even looking to mix up frame and sash colors. This can mean, for example, a black-finished sash with a white frame on the interior side. "They're trends, definitely," he says, noting this bi-color approach is still at the fringes of the market. "But you have to offer all options to honor their requests." Not only are buyers seeking darker exterior fin- ish options, they're also looking for the option to have different finishes on their windows' interior and exterior sides. "It's something that's showing up," Jeld-Wen's Birch says. "I definitely think it's something that's going to grow in demand." Birch certainly isn't alone in noticing the in- terest in finishes that add a stronger visual punch. "It used to be white would be at the top of the list, but now white and black are neck-and-neck; third is craƁsman bronze and fourth is obsidian," says Jeff Kibler, architectural and commercial manager with Weather Shield Windows & Doors. "And we're PELLA 'S unique integrated Rolscreen option (above) only appears as the window opens. It can be specified with both sashes in double-hung replacements, allowing screen-free views when windows are closed. Circle 8 on inquiry card JELD-WEN observes a growing interest in having differ- ent finishes on a window's interior and exterior sides. The W-2500 Clad-Wood Replacement Window (shown left) comes in seven exterior and 14 interior finish options. Circle 9 on inquiry card "IT USED TO BE WHITE WOULD BE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST, BUT NOW WHITE AND BLACK ARE NECK-AND-NECK." Jeff Kibler, Weather Shield Windows & Doors QualifiedRemodeler.com February 2019 51

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