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April 2007 Product Preview: Windows
Although it's important to have a good product, the success or failure of a window replacement project ultimately comes down to proper installation.
"We do most jobs with no money down, and the client doesn't have to pay if they're not satisfied, so installation problems are a big concern for us," says Asaf Shaposhnick, chief operating officer of Power Windows & Siding in Brookhaven, Pa.
The company has seen marked improvement in callbacks since it began training its installers with the InstallationMasters program designed by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Shaposhnick says.
Being able to tell customers the company has certified installers also helps in marketing because it shows the company is dedicated to quality, Shaposhnick says.
Installers can receive training through the program in a couple of ways. Companies can either hire an accredited trainer directly (from a list on the Web at www.installationmastersusa.com) or participate through a sponsored session offered by a manufacturer or supplier. Several of the major window manufacturers have certified instructors on staff, including Jeld-Wen, Pella and Weather Shield Windows & Doors. Certification has to be renewed every four years. Several other manufacturers have their own training programs for installers as well.
Featuring the company's fiberglass frame and sash design with standard SunCoat Low-E glass, Milgard Windows' new double-hung tilt sash windows are made in six standard exterior colors and interior treatments in pre-finished white or wood clad clear vertical grain Douglas fir. Custom colors can be ordered as well.
For FREE info, visit Milgard
Replicating classic architectural elements from the 1700s to the early 20th century, the Neoclassical Collection from Weather Shield Windows & Doors includes a push-out casement, double-hung tilt, transom, picture and single-hung options. Hinged and concealed retractable wood screens are available for casements.
For FREE info, visit Weather Shield
The StormBlocker windows by Hy-Lite pass Miami-Dade County, Fla. testing requirements to help resist 230 mph storm-force winds, internal/external air pressure changes and impact. The windows are made of acrylic in six sizes and feature a polycarbonate reinforced core and high-strength aluminum frame. Block types include clear wave, frosted wave, solar block and cross rib.
For FREE info, visit HyLite
Windsor Windows & Doors
The latest vinyl windows from Windsor include the Next Dimension Pro. Touting it as more attractive than aluminum, easier to install and operate, lower maintenance and more energy-efficient, the company reports it offers 30 new feature-clad covers. The windows have vinyl extrusions, a 2-inch frame with extruded nail fins and a fusion-welded frame for leak resistance.
For FREE info, visit windsor
Armor Max Plus vinyl hurricane windows from Gorell Windows & Doors include a double hung with tilt-in sash, two- and three-light lift-out sliders and a picture window configurations. The windows pass ASTM Large Missile Impact Level D testing and have heavy-duty double cam sweep locks to hold sashes in place and insulating foam wrap around the frame.
For FREE info, visit Gorell
Atrium Windows & Doors
Using the company's Truth Maxim low-profile, multi-point locking system and multi-chambered assembly for sound absorbency, Atrium Windows & Doors' Series 700 casement windows are available in all standard sizes. The 700 windows have an integrated nail fin design for quick installation. Options include Low-E glass and decorative grids.
For FREE info, visit Atrium
Answering demand for large radial shapes, the Ultimate Double-Hung Magnum Round Top by Marvin Windows and Doors will be available in spring 2007. A variety of shapes and sizes will be made, including elliptical, eyebrow and sizes for double- and single-hung variations. Nineteen colors, several wood species and divided lites are also available.
For FREE info, visit Marvin
Expanding on the company's 200 series, the Hinged Inswing Patio Door from Andersen Windows & Doors has traditional French styling and glass fiber construction with an aluminum exterior frame. It is available in single-and double-panel configurations in multiple widths and 6'8" and 6'11" heights.
For FREE info, visit http://pr.ims.ca/5344-135