Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2018

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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he demand for larger windows con- tinues to grow as homeowners de- sire better views and more natural light. In response, manufacturers have increased the size of their units, which use narrow frames and bigger panes of glass to render cleaner sightlines. An interest in darker finishes has also spurred many companies to expand their palettes with colors such as black and dark bronze. Once windows enlarge, however, they typ- ically sacrifice energy efficiency because the glass needs to cover additional surface area. As manufacturers develop new products, they must test the units for insulating performance and assess whether the windows could with- stand the impact of severe weather. In addi- tion, consumers now expect automated tech- nology that integrates with their smart home. Contemporary Considerations Manufacturers produce windows with substantial viewing areas, darker exterior colors and superior performance characteristics to satisfy the market. By Kyle Clapham T 46 May 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Windows

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