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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Similarly, hardware tastes also are evolving, with interest in metallic brass fading in favor of matte and rubbed metals, instead. "Be it an oil- rubbed bronze or a satin nickel finish, homeowners want something that's sleek and smooth and com- plements the window," Andersen's Jackson says. And, in some cases, hardware is becoming so sleek that it's disappearing from view entire- ly. AshcraƁ says this is the case with Milgard's Smart Touch hardware. Built into the top rail of a single-hung window's bottom sash, the hardware serves as both handle and lock. When it's in the locked position, it recesses into the rail, becoming almost invisible. Meeting Remodelers' Needs While updating designs to meet changing consum- er tastes, manufacturers also are looking to ways to make remodelers' lives easier as well. Leading the list of remodelers' pain points that today's replace- ment window makers are seeking to address is the challenging labor shortage facing the construction industry across the United States. Marvin's Hanson backs up the earlier obser- vation by Widlowski regarding mixed sash/frame finishes, saying "that idea has really taken hold." And more remodelers are requesting these designs be prefinished at the factory. "We think it's largely a response to labor shortages. Skilled labor, as a whole, is just a real problem in our industry." Matt Craigmile, manager of Windsor Windows' Revive product line, notes that remodelers his com- pany works with are looking for a range of addi- tional factory requests, beyond just prefinishing. "We're seeing a trend toward homeowners and remodelers requesting us to provide painting and staining in-house and predrilling installation holes in windows. The labor shortage is hitting all areas of the country, so they're looking for manufacturers to provide solutions." Noting that "time is money" for remodelers, Jackson says these building pros also look for anything that will save them time in the field. For PLY GEM West Pro Series 700 casement and awning windows are being enhanced with dark vinyl exterior colors. With these color introductions, professionals can now offer on-trend black and bronze vinyl windows that are built to last. Circle 10 on inquiry card Part of the WESTERN WINDOW SYSTEMS Series 7000 family of aluminum glass walls and win- dows, the Series 7630 window wall integrates, as shown, with the Series 7000 casement for a modern look as well as ventilation. Circle 11 on inquiry card "THE LABOR SHORTAGE IS HITTING ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTRY, SO THEY'RE LOOKING FOR MANUFACTURERS TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS." Matt Craigmile, Windsor Windows PRODUCT TRENDS 52 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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