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Top Infinity Window Dealer in the Nation

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Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton was honored with the top spot in the Annual Marvin Infinity Windows' Dealer award for most sales in the country.  The event was held at the Infinity from Marvin Executive Forum.  Infinity is part of the Marvin Windows and Doors Family of Brands.   Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton is one of the first Infinity Dealers in the country, dating back to 2004.

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Top National Dealer for Infinity Windows from Marvin
Top National Dealer for Infinity Windows from Marvin

As Colorado’s, and now the country's top retailer of Infinity Windows from Marvin, Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton could not have accomplished this without all our loyal customers.  Thank you!  And to all our employees, thank you for your hard work and dedication.  This demonstrates our dedication to installing the best quality windows at the absolute best value.

 

 

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Top 10 Innovations In Window Technology

Innovations In Window Technology

These days we take windows for granted, but the past 60 years of evolving window technology are punctuated by developments that, at the time they were presented, completely disrupted the design, composition, thermal properties, and manufacturing methods of windows for both new construction and remodeling. Here are ten innovations that revolutionized windows and, with them, the design of today’s buildings and the lives of the people who live, work, and play in them.

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Step-by-step Manufacturing of Float Glass

1950s: Float Glass

Alastair Pilkington, technical director of British glass manufacturer Pilkington Brothers, claimed to get the idea for Float Glass while watching a dinner plate floating in the sink. His brain child was a method of floating molten glass over a bath of molten tin, an approach that by the late 1950s was producing flatter and more uniform glass than had ever been possible. This breakthrough was an important step down the path to today’s energy-efficient windows, as the higher-quality glass made possible the application of window films. Float glass is now used in all windows.


1950s: Insulating Glass

Although insulated glass was patented as far back as 1865 actual products only emerged in the 1950s under the name Thermopane. The first versions consisted of two panes welded together at the edges with a ¼ inch dry air space between them—like the double glass liner of a Thermos bottle. By the late ’60s welded insulating glass was in half of all windows. When manufacturers widened the space to a better-insulating ½ inch, however, expansion and contraction put too much stress on the weld, so the industry moved to steel or rubber spacers that joined to the glass with sealants that could absorb the movement. By 2007 about 90 percent of all windows had insulating glazing.


1960s: Vinyl Windows

Although German window manufacturer Trocal introduced the first commercially feasible vinyl windows in the 1950s, the technology first appeared in the U.S. in 1964, when Thermal Industries began offering a vinyl unit to the replacement window market. Vinyl windows didn’t become a player in the new construction market until the late 1980s, but growth since then has been fast. By 2009 they accounted for about 60 percent of all window sales.


Late 1960s: Clad Windows

The late 1960s saw an entirely new window type called clad windows. Andersen introduced its Perma-Shield vinyl clad window in 1966; Pella followed four years later with and aluminum clad product. Marvin was the first to offer a standard aluminum clad finish on its entire product line. Clad windows combine the look of a traditional wood on the inside with a weather-proof exterior that never needs painting. This low-maintenance feature has made them enormously popular: by 2003, about 93 percent of the 25 million wood window units sold in the U.S. market were being made with either an aluminum or vinyl cladding.


1970s: Tilt-In Replacements

The first all-vinyl, double-hung tilt replacement window for the U.S. market was introduced by Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Polytex in the mid-’70s. Newer products, such as Marvin’s Tilt Pac Double Hung Sash Replacement System, are cost-effective options for upgrading an older double-hung window with a frame that’s in good condition, but with a sash or hardware that needs replacement.


1980s: Round Top Windows

Round Top windows had traditionally been hand-crafted by small millwork shops. Around 1980, market demand created the incentive for Marvin to develop manufacturing for round top windows. A Marvin engineer in R&D with experience in boat building applied his knowledge of building curved, wooden frames to develop effective manufacturing processes for the Round Top window. The accessibility of round top windows not only served historic replacement needs, but literally changed the face of modern home design.


1980s: Low-E Glass and Gas-Filled IGUs

A low-E coating is a thin layer of see-through metal that slows heat transfer through the glass. In winter, it redirects some heat back into the room, while in summer it reflects heat from the sun back out. The first commercially available low-E product was Southwall Technologies’ Heat Mirror film, released in 1981 with the help of Lawrence Berkley National Labs and a $700,000 Department of Energy R&D grant. The original product was a suspended film. Although suspended films are still available, manufacturers eventually perfected the technology to deposit the coating on the glass, an approach that’s less costly and more common. By 2005, low-E coatings were on 56 percent of all windows.

While low-E coatings lower radiant heat loss through the window, filling the air space in an insulated glass unit with a low-conductivity gas reduces convective losses. The most common and cost-effective gas fill is argon, which is 34 percent less conductive than air, although some super-high-efficient windows use more expensive and less conductive krypton gas.


1990s: Impact Glass

After Hurricane Andrew blew through South Florida in 1992, officials blamed much of the $25 billion in damage on winds that pressurized homes and blew them apart from the inside. Impact windows were developed as a way to keep wind out of the building. Also, called Hurricane windows, they’re subject to rigorous testing requirements, including the ability to withstand a hit from a 9-pound 2×4 shot out of a cannon at 34 mph, as well as 9,000 cycles of positive and negative pressurization. They achieve this via a combination of laminated glass (as in a car window) and heavy-duty hardware. Building codes are requiring these in hurricane-prone coastal zones, as well as inland areas subject to tornadoes.


Mid-1990s: Fiberglass Frames

Despite the popularity and rot-resistance of vinyl windows, they’re not particularly strong, and can expand and contract with changes in temperatures, placing stress on window seals. The mid-1990s saw the introduction of window frames made from composite materials like Marvin’s Ultrex, a fiberglass material. It’ stronger than vinyl, wood or aluminum, expands and contract less with changes in temperature, and has a vastly superior ability to block heat transfer. For instance, Ultrex frames have three times the strength of wood and eight times that of vinyl.


2000s: Dynamic Glass

The state of the art in window technology is dynamic, or switchable glass. Two versions are currently available. Electrochromic windows control solar gain via a transparent conductor placed between the glass panes that be gradually darkened or lightened using an electric current. The glass blocks heat gain, but remains transparent. The window can be manually tinted or controlled by an automation system. It should not be confused with privacy glass, which uses liquid crystal technology to switch from clear to opaque, and has no energy-saving function.


Current Day:  New Window Technologies on the Horizon

We look forward to see what new window technologies are in the works.  The replacement window industry is always innovating and improving.   As a result of the increase in green building standards and always improving energy efficiency, we try to stay up to speed with all of our products we provide for our customers!

 

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Gravina’s 2016 Final Fall Window Deals

 

Hi, I’m Mandy Connell.  Fall is here.  Are your windows and doors ready for cold temperatures?  Call Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton today and ask about our fall specials.  We have 0% Financing and 0% down!  Keep the weather out and the comfort in!

Don’t forget to order your windows or doors before 2017 and use our financing packages to make replacing your windows even easier. Choose our most popular financing option with NO interest and NO payments for 18 months.

Trimming the interior of a residential window

 

 


 


Shopping List for How to Install Window Trim: 


- window stool, flat molding that attaches to the interior side of the windowsill
- window casing, interior molding applied around the top and sides of the window and used to form the apron below
- carpenter's glue, applied to mitered joints of window casings
- rag, used for wiping off excess glue

Tools for How to Install Window Trim: 

- a power miter saw, used to cut the moldings to length
- tape measure
- scribe or pencil compass used to mark the window stool for trimming
- jigsaw used to trim the stool
- nail gun with finishing nails used to attach moldings (could also use hammer and nail set)


One of the things we pride ourselves on at Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton is interior trim work when we replace windows. We have trained our installers to be an expert craftsman in their field. Is interior molding work a window replacement secret? Not really. So why not give an example of what to expect with interior trim.

We don’t always need to trim the interior of our windows but when we do we want the woodwork to enhance the customers home. After all, a little trim makes a huge impact on new replacement windows. It makes the room look so much better.


The attached video is from “This Old House”

 

Is there any advantage to ordering pre-finished wood windows?

The most important advantage is in the quality and consistency of the finish

Most of the time we at Gravina’s sell fiberglass windows.  When it comes to wood windows, some homeowners may wonder if there is any advantage to ordering pre-finished windows, since they could conceivably do the finishing themselves. But a factory-finished window has many advantages for both contractors and their customers.

The most important advantage is in the quality and consistency of the finish. The factory has an edge over those applying finishes in the field because the wood can be painted, stained, or sealed, before the window is even assembled. All of the parts get protected, even in places that become less accessible after the window is built. The finish is even and consistent in color and thickness in a way that’s difficult to match under any changing conditions on site. None of the liquid finishing material ever comes near the glass, so no paint or sealant needs to be removed and the glass is pristine and framed with a clean, precise edge.

Moreover, the homeowner can see and approve the color and finish before the windows are installed. And because the materials used have a track record of performing well in window applications, both contractors and their customers can have peace of mind that the windows will last long and deliver the highest quality performance and appearance. Factory-finished windows are already protected against the weather from the moment they arrive on the jobsite. In the unlikely event there is a problem with the finish, it can be identified before the window is installed, and brought to the attention of the manufacturer, thereby eliminating an expensive callback. .

Pre-finished windows can help with construction schedules as well. The application of several coats of stain and sealant can stretch out for days, or even weeks, if inclement weather arises. Using a pre-finished window system can help contractors meet deadlines and avoid penalties for delays in completion.

Quality, speed, and peace of mind are valuable properties in any construction product, and worth the consideration of any smart contractor.

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