“Smart House” Gets a Boost

Dubbed the “responsive house” in 1975, the concept was promoted as the Smart House for decades by the NAHB. After every Builder’s Show, when a new Smart House demonstration home was revealed, it was met with much intrigue, and perhaps a little skepticism. JLC kept tabs on the trend (for example: “Smart House Sweepstakes,” Jan. 1988;    “Home Automation Update,” Feb. 1992   and  “Smart House: They’d Do It Again, But …,” Jan. 1993), but it wasn’t until the Internet matured, and after smart phones became ubiquitous, that the concept seems to be closing in on those often-hyped expectations.

  1. Google is making the biggest push into the latest incarnation, now dubbed the “connected home,” other big companies are positioning themselves in this burgeoning market, as well. According to Jenna Wortham in the New York Times, big players including Time Warner Cable and AT&T offer connected home systems, and Staples, the office-supply chain, is selling light bulbs and other products that can be controlled by a smart-phone application.  Apple has also jumped into the game by securing patents for a line of “iHome” products, which will reportedly enable the iPhone to control home devices.

The right network (the Internet) and the right device (the smart phone) are finally making all those Smart House dreams come true. Wortham reports the connected home products market could grow to $40 billion within five to seven years.

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Why fiberglass replacement windows are better than vinyl replacement windows?

Colorado’s extreme climate is harsh on many things exposed to our elements, especially replacement windows. Our high altitude, irregular temperatures, and extreme exposure to ultraviolet light have all proven to be damaging to many replacement window materials. There are many reasons as to why fiberglass replacement windows are better quality than vinyl, but we’ll spare you all of them and tell you about the big ones!

Fiberglass replacement windows have many advantages; however, the strength of a fiberglass replacement window in comparison to a vinyl is by far the most important advantage. One may not think that the strength of a replacement window is a big issue. After all, after the window is secured in place, the strength comes from the surrounding building materials. The real issue is how the window expands and contracts. Wood and vinyl replacement windows expand and contract with climate changes. You don’t need us to tell you about Colorado’s wacky weather! It’s December and it’s still 60 degrees out! You never know. We might get 3 feet of snow tomorrow. In any case, fiberglass windows have less chances of warping. In fact, fiberglass replacement windows are eight times stronger than vinyl. Yes, you read that correctly: EIGHT TIMES STRONGER!

Because fiberglass replacement windows can stand up to Colorado’s weather, they will continue to look beautiful and perform much longer than vinyl or wood windows. Vinyl will show its age in the form of spots, streaks, and cracks. You will never have to sand, scrape, or paint the fiberglass. Unlike vinyl, fiberglass frame windows can be painted if you would like. At the same time, unlike wood windows, you do not HAVE to paint fiberglass windows. The result is a replacement window that will stand the tests of time.

And last but not least, fiberglass replacement windows are more “green” than vinyl replacement windows. With the cost of energy on the rise, it is important to have a window that meets the highest energy standards. Your windows may be losing up to 40% heating energy during the winter and 50% cooling energy during the summer-obviously not the most energy efficient. With fiberglass replacement windows, customers can expect their energy bills to be reduced by up to 50%. Fiberglass is the more environmentally friendly material as well. Fiberglass replacement windows are made with about 60% glass. And glass can be recycled. With fiberglass windows, you’re saving money on energy bills while saving the environment. It’s a win-win!

What makes fiberglass replacement windows and doors green?

Going green can be as simple as getting replacement windows and doors. You can’t go far today without seeing or hearing about environmentally friendly products, especially in Colorado. It’s “green” this or “green” that everywhere you look. The Denver Metro Area has repeatedly been on numerous “Healthiest City” lists. With organic products and natural food stores scattered across the state, it is no secret that Colorado has jumped on the “green” bandwagon.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the federal government in charge of protecting human health and the environment. The EPA writes and enforces regulations based on laws passed by Congress. They have criteria they use to define a “green” product. The five the agency uses are: energy efficiency, lifespan of material, manufacturing process, manufacturing costs, and impact of the environment.

Fiberglass replacement windows and doors meet all of the EPA’s above criteria. When you come to Gravina’s Window Center, our sales staff will help you understand why fiberglass is a superior material to vinyl. Our goal is to teach our customers about the replacement windows or doors they are buying. Our products use high performance glass, which is what makes the products extremely energy efficient. The windows we sell use two panes of glass instead of one, keeping the hot air in and the cold air out during the wintertime months and vice versa. As any Coloradan knows, our temperatures fluctuate daily. Therefore, having this high performance glass is essential for energy efficiency. Fiberglass windows and doors have a much longer lifespan than the competitor vinyl products. In addition, our sales staff is knowledgeable about the environmentally friendly manufacturing process and costs. The best news yet in regards to “going green”-fiberglass is recyclable by design. Therefore, it has a very low negative impact on the environment.

Stop by our showroom on Littleton Boulevard and let our knowledgeable sales and office staff help your home go green this year with fiberglass replacement windows and doors.