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17 April 2014

Smart Building Product Choices for Homeowners

Consumers Digest Best Buy


AMBLER, PA - Whether you're building a new house or remodeling a cherished older property, the product choices you make are critical to the long-term enjoyment of your home.

            "I advise consumers to 'start from the ground up' when thinking about the product needs for their home projects," says Mark Clement, professional contractor and co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show. "Invest time to research products so you're comfortable with the final outcome."

            Clement says a great starting point is the basement. "The foundation selection can determine if you'll be able to use the basement for simple storage space or as an active living area," says Clement. "By starting with energy-efficient precast concrete panels from Superior Walls, you can get a basement that is dry and comfortable for year-round use that also adds resale value to the home.”

            Moving up the house exterior, the largest "holes" in the home need special attention. Of course we're talking about windows.

            "When you think that a pane of glass is all that really separates you from the weather outside, it becomes very important as to what that glass and its frame are made of," says Clement. "For my money – and for my home – we selected Simonton windows with fusion-welded vinyl frames and Argon-gas fill to maximize energy efficiency.”

            Other "holes" that need filling are the main entry door and secondary doors leading to your patio, deck or garage. Clement recommends fiberglass doors for the main entry due to their resilience to dents, dings and rot.

            "I've seen many fiberglass doors in the Therma-Tru product line that either have a smooth finish for painting or have a realistic woodgrain that can be stained in oak, mahogany, walnut or cedar," says Clement. You can also “dress them up” with low-maintenance urethane and PVC trim pieces. "Decorative Fypon products I've worked with are easy to install, resist rot and insects along with adding curb appeal to the home,” he says.

            Finally, Clement reminds homeowners not to overlook the roof. The right roof selection can last for 50 years, while a bad choice could be "gone with the wind" if severe weather strikes.

            "We invested in a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof for our home and have never regretted the choice," says Clement. "This composite roof resists impact, fire and high winds.”


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27 March 2014

What window styles do you prefer?



If you're considering a window replacement project for your home or building a new home, it's important to know what window styles you prefer. To gain a better understanding of what windows "do" and the benefits they offer, here's a fast look at window styles from the experts at Marvin Windows:

Double Hung: Both sash (top and bottom) operate independently on a double hung window. This allows you to keep the bottom sash closed and open the top sash for ventilation in the home. This is a great style choice if you have young children or pets because it enhances the ability to get fresh air into a room from the top of a window while keeping the bottom sash closed for safety.

Single Hung: Just the bottom sash opens upward on this window and the top sash is inoperable.

Casement: The sash is hinged on the side and the window cranks open a full 90 degrees for maximum ventilation. This is a good option for older homeowners who don't wish to strain their backs with the "push and pull" action of a double hung window.

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Slider: You can have multiple window panels that slide open on a track with a slider window. There's also the option of having a "fixed stationary" panel that doesn't open combined with a window panel that "slides and glides" open. Again, this is a great option for older homeowners since the sliding action of the window is easy on the back and shoulders.

Picture: A picture window does not have the capability of opening at all. It's a fixed unit usually installed to maximize views.

Bay: Bay windows are created by mulling together three windows at either 35 or 45 degree angles. The windows can be a combination of fixed and operable units, or they can all be operable or all be fixed. These focal point windows are oftentimes found in key areas of the home including living rooms, kitchens and master bedrooms.

Bow: Bow windows are more "rounded" in appearance than bay windows. They are generally created by placing windows at 10 degree angles. A bow window can have three, five, seven or nine separate windows mulled together as desired.

Awning: With a crank-out awning window, the sash are hinged on top and the window opens out and upward.

Basement (or Hopper): Similar to an awning window, except that the sash are hinged at the bottom and the window opens from the top out for ventilation.

Geometrics: These fashionable windows are usually fixed units. They come in geometric shapes, such as an octagon, half-round or rectangle, and are often "paired" on top of operable units to add more light and style to the home. They're also used in secluded areas of the home, such as bathrooms, hallways and foyers.

Garden: The unique garden window extends the space outward from the window. Ideal for over a kitchen sink area, this window features functional Casement sidelites and a fixed unit in the center. Shelves allow room for placing plants or other items.



23 March 2014

EverWood® Interior Finish



The look, the warmth, the color

Introducing EverWood, our revolutionary interior wood grain finish that looks, feels, paints and stains like wood, yet is completely low maintenance for years of lasting beauty. Its natural appearance beautifully complements any interior woodwork in your home. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of wood in a superior, low-maintenance replacement window by Infinity from Marvin.



Stain to Match

From maple to mahogany, EverWood lets you match nearly any wood color with ease. Now you can perfectly complement your home's existing woodwork with the beauty and low-maintenance performance of EverWood.

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14 March 2014

Day 1 Denver Home Show



In addition to the celebrity guests, the Denver Home Show presents hundreds of local home improvement and design companies, including the Ask a Designer feature and IKEA demonstrations. Inside the Ask a Designer booth, Home Show guests will have the opportunity to ask an expert about personal home design projects.

The Denver Home Show opens its doors on March 14–16 at the National Western Complex


12 March 2014

Commitment to Sustainability

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From our partner, Marvin Windows:

At Marvin, as a privately held, family owned company, we’re used to taking the long-term view, and we recognize that a serious commitment to sustainable operations is just good business. We are committed to sustainable business practices for the environment and communities in which we serve.

Sustainability is much more than “green” business practices. It includes implementing environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and building sustainable communities in the USA where Marvin products are manufactured.      footprint-marvin-windows



Always striving for improvement, Marvin Windows and Doors has introduced initiatives that rethink our value chain, improve resource productivity while lowering environmental costs and implement green practices that make producing beautiful windows more environmentally friendly, including:

  • Recycling scrap wood materials to produce heat and power for our operations, cutting our manufacturing plants’ demands for energy.
  • Systems implemented in plants to reduce lighting and conserve water.
  • Shipping and trucks managed for minimal environmental impact.   


Building windows and doors the right way – one at a time, made to order – means building windows and doors to last. Our products are designed for durability, so when you put our windows and doors in your home, you know they’re there for the long haul. All Marvin windows and doors are designed for exceptional energy efficiency, performance and thermal efficiency, and built with sustainability in mind.

  • Marvin products feature recycled content in glass, aluminum and other components.
  • Our extruded aluminum components typically contain 30-35% post-consumer recycled aluminum and 40% pre-consumer scrap.
  • Our engineered glass contains 20% pre-consumer recycled content.
  • Marvin products are engineered to create minimal wood scrap.
  • The major components of Marvin products are reusable or recyclable.
  • Marvin offers FSC certified products and SFI certified products.

    Marvin Windows and Doors sources wood material from responsibly managed forests. It is our policy to avoid the use of wood material from trees that have been illegally harvested, harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities, harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use or from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted. Marvin has implemented and maintains Chain of Custody programs under SFI® and FSC®.


    The environmental goals of the Marvin family of companies are to meet or exceed applicable environmental laws and regulations and to protect our environment. This commitment is fulfilled by incorporating environmental priorities into the design of products, services, and facilities and by minimizing the environmental impact during production of products and manufacturing operations. It is our priority to continually improve in pollution prevention, waste management, and recycling and to educate employees, communities, and customers on responsible environmental practices.


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