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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from sunlight into the home. e new Easy Connect Joining System for A-Series prod- ucts, moreover, allows contractors to con- struct monumental window combinations. is patented system utilizes interlocking joining plates pre-applied to smaller, factory- assembled sub-groups that join together as they are installed in the rough opening. "It also offers the design flexibility of achieving both one-way and two-way combi- nations without compromising performance," Pugh notes. "Most contractors surveyed said they could reduce the number of installers by 50 percent using the Andersen Easy Connect Joining System." THE DARKER THE BETTER Windsor Windows & Doors recently expand- ed manufacturing space and purchased equip- ment so it could produce larger windows, says Cathy Leonard, marketing communications. e company also has the capability now to paint the interior of its windows before they leave the facility. is development enables Windsor to meet the burgeoning demand for contemporary design finishes. "We continuously work to improve our products. Some are more visible changes, like offering new cladding colors or hardware fin- ishes," she adds. "Black has been very popular, on both the interior and exterior. In our wood- clad windows, we offer a smooth flat black finish as well as a textured black finish. We now even offer black interiors and exteriors on our vinyl windows." Ply Gem Windows has seen a signifi- cant increase in demand for its Mira wood clad windows, which allow homeowners to choose from more than 40 exterior colors, says Mark Montgomery, vice president of marketing. "We've been seeing more and more interest in bold color window exteriors: deep bronzes, black, grays and earth-tone shades," he notes. e Ply Gem 1500 Vinyl Brickmould Collection incorporates popular black and dark bronze co-extruded vinyl exterior op- tions, combined with neutral white interiors that complement a variety of design themes. PELLA continues to see a trend of contemporary farmhouse in residential spaces, which blends traditional and new with its clean, cozy style and simple, thin window frames often painted in either black or white. Circle 6 on inquiry card Continued PLY GEM offers an HP2+ glass option that meets or surpasses requirements in the northern zone, as well as an HP2 LSC glass option that satisfies the needs of both contractors and homeowners in the southern zone. Circle 7 on inquiry card 48 May 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Windows

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