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15 September 2014

Littleton Bath Crashers and Gravina's Window Center

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Gravina’s Window Center in Denver has worked with the popular home improvement show Bath Crashers on a large bathroom remodel that included Infinity Replacement Windows. If you subscribe to the DIY Network, the episode can be seen this evening at 10:30pm Central Time. It will air again on October 11, 2014 at 3:00pm Central Time.

Details and a description of the episode called “Mile High Ceiling” can be found at here


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26 August 2014

Is fiberglass gaining on vinyl?

Fiberglass windows, once a niche product, continue to become more mainstream for homeowners and contractors


Gary Stoley was strolling through the Pittsburgh home show early last year looking for a company that might replace the vinyl windows in his 20-year-old home. This April, Stoley had those windows replaced with fiberglass units, a product that — before the home show — he didn’t know existed. “We wanted windows that would last until we’re done with the house,” Stoley says.

Gaining Traction

Once regarded as a niche product with maybe 2% share of total U.S. window sales, fiberglass products have gained traction during the last few years. The most recent market report jointly released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association shows fiberglass with a 3.2% share of market, with 2.6% of remodeling/replacement. More contractors are installing them because more homeowners are asking for them.

“They’re looking for a product with longevity and durability,” says John Schmotzer, owner of Metropolitan Windows, in Pittsburgh, whose company installed the units in Stoley’s house. The strongest indication that fiberglass may have an even bigger role to play in window replacement is the entrance of siding manufacturer James Hardie into the business. In April the fiber-cement siding producer bought a fiberglass window extrusion plant.

Wood vs. Vinyl vs. Fiberglass

Window contractors who already sell fiberglass agree that James Hardie’s entry into the fiberglass window market can only make more popular a product that’s already finding favor with homeowners. Two factors have helped push fiberglass windows out of the niche category and toward the mainstream: More manufacturers — including Marvin Windows and Doors, Pella Corp., and Milgard Windows & Doors — offer fiberglass products, and more homeowners know about them.

Window Pro, a window replacement company in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, began carrying fiberglass windows in 2009. President Jake Zahnow says that the company mostly competes for a demographic he describes as “upper-middle” and above. “Two-thirds of the time they’re considering wood,” Zahnow notes. “The other third vinyl.” Generally, though, he adds, “those in the upper end tend to self-select themselves out of vinyl,” where price is often a first consideration and where the cost may be half of what a fiberglass window would go for.


Once regarded as a niche product with maybe 2% share of total U.S. window sales, a recent market report shows fiberglass with a 3.2% share of market that is continuing to grow.


 Selling Points

Companies that offer both vinyl and fiberglass, or all three — wood, vinyl, and fiberglass — windows, see stronger interest in fiberglass.

A good way to do that is by comparing fiberglass windows to fiberglass entry doors. Another selling point:

The fact that because the window is, in effect, all glass, it comes without the frame expansion and contraction, which can cause vinyl windows to lose their dimensional integrity. Seal failure on fiberglass windows is very rare.


Article credit:  Jim Cory





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24 August 2014

Annual Marvin Windows architectural competition


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WARROAD, Minn.Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Marvin Windows and Doors has announced the winners of their sixth annual Architects Challenge. Featuring an array of homes across North America with numerous architectural styles, all projects are designed by architects and feature windows and doors from Marvin. Winners were chosen by a panel of architectural experts:Donald W. Powers, AIA, LEED AP, CNU of Union Studio Architecture & Community Design; Adele Chang, AIA of Lim Chang Rohling & Associates, Inc. and Stephen Muse, FAIA of Muse Architects.

Architects Challenge juried winners will participate in an AIA tour of Minneapolis and spend time at Marvin's headquarters inWarroad, Minn. for a tour of the factory.

Patrick Ahearn, the architect who designed this year's Best in Show winning project said, "Winning the Marvin Architects Challenge was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our firm's work and celebrate the meaning of architectural inspiration.  It is especially significant to be recognized for the function and beauty of our timeless design aesthetic and our unique story-driven approach.  With each and every project, we strive to make our clients' dream homes a reality and this recognition has elevated this notion."

This year's Architects Challenge also featured a Showdown winner. Chosen via public vote, Lian Eoyang's (VIF Studio) Summer Cottage in Massachusetts was the Showdown winner. Her project, along the Boston Harbor, features hand-cut fieldstone, creating a natural structural extension of the rocky shore. This two-story home features raised ceilings and full-length windows, creating beautiful 180-degree panoramas of the harbor and skyline. As the Showdown winner, Eoyang will receive a trip to the 2014 Reinvention Symposium in Washington, D.C.

"As a celebration of the best in architectural design, this year's Architects Challenge was a great success," said Christine Marvin, Director of Marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors. "We saw hundreds of beautifully designed projects that demonstrated a wide range of architectural styles, breathtaking incorporation of product and daylighting, and attention to detail.  This year's winners, and all of the 2014 entries, brought to life that Marvin's handcrafted products and solutions can truly help bring any design vision to life, and we are pleased to recognize these talented architects and the gorgeous homes and buildings they designed."

For more information and to view images of the winning projects, visit www.marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge.

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SOURCE Marvin Windows and Doors



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