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Integrity by Marvin Ultrex Fiberglass, How Does It Stack Up?

Integrity by Marvin Ultrex Fiberglass, How Does It Stack Up?

We wanted to pass along a great video that was recently released. Matt Risinger, Texas home builder and YouTube star, put the three most popular window types used here in the United States through a series of extreme tests. The three windows tested are a vinyl window, wood/vinyl composite window, and an All Ultrex Fiberglass window made by Marvin’s Integrity line.

He examines build quality, strength, stress, and how the windows respond to extreme temperatures. Matt first takes a look at how the windows are manufactured and their quality through a corner cut. He then subjects the different windows to extreme amounts of heat to test their durability. The painted finishes are then put to the test to see how the windows would perform under situations in which they may be scratched. Finally, Matt tests the impact resistance of the three windows. This is an important test for hail prone states like Colorado or for areas in which impact may come from golf balls, baseballs, rocks or other hard objects.

Needless to say, the All Ultrex Integrity window outperformed the other window types in every category! Here at Marvin Windows and Doors by CMC we are proud to supply the Integrity by Marvin line due to it being one of the strongest and functional window lines available today. In addition to being a very informative test, it looks like Matt has some fun destroying a few windows in the process! Enjoy the video!

 


Integrity by Marvin Ultrex Fiberglass, How Does It Stack Up? 2017-06-14T20:30:18+00:00

20 Reasons to Avoid Price-Based Decisions for Replacing Windows and Doors

20 Reasons to Avoid Price-Based Decisions for Replacing Windows and Doors

Choosing new windows and patio doors based on price alone is not advised. While there may be savings in upfront costs, one has to consider the long-term benefits and negatives that come with window and door replacements. Otherwise, you end up replacing the windows and doors again far sooner than expected and spending more money than you would have if you initially had chosen high-quality windows and doors, like the ones we offer from Marvin and Integrity by Marvin.

Factors to consider in addition to cost for window and door replacement include energy efficiency, design and style, and laws and codes that govern the installation of windows and doors because of matters related to safety and structural integrity. If you are interested in replacing any windows or doors, or if you would like to get an estimate, we offer free consultation services and estimates for window and patio door replacement costs.

 

  1. Window Costs by Type

Estimates for window replacement costs will depend largely on the window type, and the final price will depend on how many windows and what types of windows are being replaced. Prices vary for type based on whether you have single-hung, double-hung, sliding, casement or awning windows. Choosing a window replacement by price alone may restrict the types of windows you can install, and very often, the cheaper windows tend to be the least cost and energy efficient.

  1. Energy Efficiency

The most practical reason for not going for a price-driven choice when it comes to replacing windows and doors is the energy efficiency of a product. Colorado is known for extreme and occasionally rapidly changing weather and the fluctuations between heat and cold make energy efficient windows and doors crucial for survival and money saving. Windows with additional panes of glass may have a higher upfront cost, but they will quickly be worth the investment with the amount you can save on heating and air conditioning.

 

 

 

  1. A Return on Your Investment

When you choose an energy-efficient window, you will save on the long-term costs of household energy usage. Studies have shown a savings of 15% per year on energy bills for homes that use energy-efficient windows. Even if you invest more upfront for the windows, the long-term benefits ultimately make up for the costs.

 

  1. Design and Style

One of the biggest arguments against simply choosing a window for its low price is the design and style of a house. Houses are designed to reflect their times, and the windows and doors that match a Colonial home are radically different from the windows and doors that would look best for a contemporary home. Our selection of Marvin and Integrity windows and doors offer a wide selection of styles to fit the design of any home.

 

  1. Installation

Other factors to consider when replacing windows and doors is the installation and the existing structural and environmental conditions. The cheapest window might not have the correct structural elements to fit in the size and space of the window being replaced. A professional consultant will be able to tell you if you need to alter an existing frame, remove rotting wood, or if there are hazards involved with the replacement (such as mold or insulated gasses in double- or triple-glazed windows).

 

  1. Don’t Forget Flashing

Window replacement costs also should include proper flashing of the window in order to prevent leaking or flooding. Without proper flashing with a drip cap, newly installed windows can be ruined. Our free window and patio door consultations will be able to tell you if your new windows were properly flashed.

 

  1. Don’t Skip the Shims

Choosing windows and replacement services based solely on the lowest cost puts you at risk of getting newly installed windows without the all-important shim-check. All windows must be “shimmed” to ensure they fit, open and close perfectly. In addition, shim-checks help to prevent structural problems, such as bulges in the middle of windows.

 

  1. The Laws of Glass Types

There are laws and universal building codes that require the use of tempered or safety glass for certain locations in the home and doors of any type. Tempered/safety glass has gone through an extra treatment that makes the glass break into small blocks when broken, rather than sharp shards, so as to be safer for any standers-by. In bathroom areas near bathtubs, showers, saunas or whirlpools, glass must be tempered.

 

  1. Local and National Laws Regarding Window Location

In addition to ordinances for window glass, there are laws on window location, such as the prohibition of putting windows in walls less than three feet from the property line. There are times when local laws might supersede national laws, but that is information a professional consultant will be able to provide.

 

  1. Staying Up to Code

The codes for windows and doors have changed since, for instance, the Victorian times, so you’ll want to be sure your home is up-to-date and up-to-code. There are local, national and even international codes for residential windows and doors, including but not limited to window sill height and window installation. Window replacements must adhere to current codes rather than the codes of the times in which the original windows were installed.

 

  1. Patio Doors by Type

Patio door replacement costs vary per type, depending on whether it’s a sliding door or French door. Sliding patio doors tend to be more affordable than French patio doors. However, many people prefer the spaciousness and architectural elegance of French doors.

 

  1. Patio Door Glass Glazing

There are also codes that require the glass in both swinging and sliding doors to be glazed/tempered. Because patio doors experience harder wear than windows because they are swung or slid open with force, the glass in patio doors must be durable and able to withstand pressure. Choosing a lower quality patio door could entail weaker and potentially incorrectly treated glass.

 

  1. Patio Door Insulation

Insulation is an important factor to consider when looking at patio doors because it can be the difference between an airtight patio door and a drafty portal.

 

  1. Tracks for Sliding Patio Doors

One of the most common annoyances that comes with low-quality patio doors is the use of cheaper vinyl or aluminum for patio door tracks. These lower-quality tracks lead to the door sticking instead of sliding smoothly and effortlessly. Fortunately, our products from Marvin and Integrity by Marvin are made of high-quality wood with aluminum cladding or Ultrex fiberglass instead of vinyl, so they are designed for durability and quality.

 

  1. Attention to Details

Often what makes the entire look of a house come together into a stylish home is attention to the details. Seemingly small concerns like window grilles, screens and hardware can complete the effect for those seeking a harmonious design flow for their entire home.

 

  1. Stylish and Convenient Grilles

Lower-priced windows and doors often don’t come with the option to customize the design of your window panes. Classic double-hung windows can look elegant with grilles that create the appearance of multiple panes. In addition to windows and patio doors from Marvin and Integrity by Marvin that can be aesthetically enhanced with grilles, there are also a variety of choices for grilles-between-glass (GBGs) that provide even more convenience and security.

 

  1. Screening for Insects

Screens are crucial for any home that intends to open its windows and doors to the outdoor elements. Their ability to keep bugs out in addition to durability and appearance depends on the material of the screen mesh. From fiberglass to aluminum and bronze wire screens, there are many choices for screens. Check the different products we offer to see what kind of screens they can be equipped with.

 

  1. Hardware for the Long Haul

When thinking about the cost of replacing windows and doors, don’t forget one of the most important features of durability and style: hardware. Lower-priced windows and doors will come with hardware of equal value even though there are so many security functions and design styles that can be served by the right hardware. Hardware such as window latches and patio door handles can come in a variety of finishes and styles. Our Marvin and Integrity products come with a wide range of options for hardware.

 

  1. Shade Business

Most estimates for window replacement costs don’t account for the all-important factor of shades. Our free consultation services will be able to tell you what types of shades are available for your window and door type. We offer top-quality shades from Marvin that seamlessly fit into their windows and doors, giving you the look of an inconspicuous shade with the ability to adjust the light in a room to the quality you desire.

 

  1. Quality Consultation and Installation

Choosing products and services based on window and door replacements costs alone can ultimately be a costly decision because there are many other factors besides price that one must consider. Instead, opt for convenience and quality with our free professional consultations and reliable services. We only use top-quality windows and doors from Marvin and Integrity by Marvin, so we can stand by our claim that when you choose Marvin Windows and Doors by CMC for consultation and installation services, you will receive quality and excellent customer satisfaction.

20 Reasons to Avoid Price-Based Decisions for Replacing Windows and Doors 2017-06-14T20:34:48+00:00

How Replacing Your Windows Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

How Replacing Your Windows Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

There are countless reasons to seek energy efficient solutions in your home and to keep it operating as you like. It’s smart to set things up in your home in a way that doesn’t use more energy than is truly necessary as this will not only minimize energy waste, but it will also save you money on your electric bill.

Today, it is becoming increasingly common for home improvement efforts to include steps to making a home use less energy, and to utilize the energy that a home does consume more effectively. Thus, there are a lot of aspects of your home that have energy efficient alternatives, and more and more options are being presented to the market with each passing day. When it comes to facets of your home that can be made to use energy more efficiently, the windows in your home are no exception. Did you know that the simple act of switching out your windows with high-quality replacements can be all it takes to significantly increase the energy efficiency of your home overall?

The Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows

Replacing old and leaky windows high-quality, energy-efficient alternatives is a great decision for any homeowner to make for many reasons. For one thing, window replacement, in general, increases the value of your home and is an excellent way to upgrade your house’s aesthetic appearance and overall functionality. Windows show off the beautiful view you have outside of your home, and they light up your home with natural light. Depending on the style of your windows, they may even be a decorative addition to your home in and of themselves. At the end of the day, windows are extremely important to your home—but if they are the wrong kind of windows, they might be doing more harm than good.

Aside from looking beautiful and decorating your home, energy efficient windows help to lower your carbon footprint. Using them is much better for the environment, as it requires you to use less energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In addition, going hand in hand with using less energy, eco-friendly windows help to save money. Because you won’t be using nearly as much energy to cool down your house in the hot summer months or to heat it during frigid winters, your energy bills will be significantly lower month after month.

Everybody likes to have a break here and there, and your air conditioner and heater in your home are no exceptions. With energy efficient windows, you can achieve more comfortable temperatures in your home without your AC and heater needing to work around the clock. By keeping the air inside securely sealed there, and not letting the uncomfortable temperatures from outside seep into your home, energy efficient windows go the extra mile to keeping your home beautiful and comfortable without ringing up an expensive energy bill in the process.

Case Study: A Net Zero Energy House using Marvin Windows and Doors:

How Energy Efficient Windows Work

There are many factors that go into making windows energy efficient and the more of these factors that are designed in your favor, the more benefit you will get out of your eco-friendly windows. Believe it or not, what may be considered an energy efficient window in your home might not be in another person’s home across the country. That’s because the specific factors that contribute to energy efficiency in your home have a lot to do with the climate.

Some of the things you need to understand when trying to learn how energy efficient windows work include the U factor, and the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). The U factor refers to how well the windows are designed to keep heat sealed inside your home. A lower number means your window has more resistance to heat loss and is, therefore, ideal for a colder climate.

SHGC, on the other hand, refers to how well your windows keeps heat outside. A lower number means your window lets in less heat, meaning it is ideal for a warmer climate. However, if you are in a colder climate, this might not be the most energy efficient option for you, as your windows allowing heat in will help to reduce the amount of energy you use to keep your home comfortable.

Another factor to consider is air leakage. If your windows are not tightly sealed, whether due to poor manufacturing, improper installation, or even the simple passage of time, then you will likely find yourself dissatisfied with the results of your windows’ energy efficiency. Even the most professionally constructed and installed windows will become leaky over time. This is a natural process, but allowing temperatures from outside to seep into your home, or your comfortable air to escape into the outdoors, will reveal itself on your energy bill and in the level of comfort you experience in your home.

How to Gauge the Energy Efficiency of Your Current Windows

Windows are rated on their energy efficiency by certification programs such as Energy Star and the National Fenestration Rating Council. These ratings can be found on a label that exists on every window, and they provide performance ratings such as the U factor and SHGC. With these, you will have everything you need to ask yourself if your current windows are the best for the climate you are living in. In addition, you might want to evaluate how old your current windows are. Are they becoming leaky? Are they starting to look worn out and not as bright and up for the task as they once were? This is something that naturally happens with time, and it’s a sign that it’s time to have them replaced with more trustworthy and reliable alternatives.

Now that you have all the information as to how energy efficient windows work, it should be easy to assess the efficiency of your current windows. If their energy efficiency rating is substandard, it may be time to consider a window replacement to start reaping the benefits of having a brand-new upgrade with eco-friendly windows. In addition, other tell-tale signs that it’s time to replace your windows include rising energy costs, your air conditioner or heater constantly working to keep your home comfortable, or if you find yourself constantly pulling the shades to stop the heat from getting in.

Window Replacement Options

After looking at your current windows, if you have decided that window replacement is the best choice for you and will provide you with advantages in your home, then your next step is to consider your replacement options.

At Marvin Windows and Doors by CMC, we offer two different incredible lines of windows for you to make your selection from, both of which provide exemplary performance in the way of energy efficiency. We supply our clients only with window and patio door replacements from Marvin Windows and Doors, as they are the only company we trust to uphold the high standards we have come to expect for our clients.

All of Marvin’s products are custom made to order, with each order being fulfilled individually. To us, this provides assurance that the projects of each of our clients are getting the attention it deserves to turn out flawlessly.

At Marvin Windows and Doors by CMC, we understand that your windows are an important aesthetic aspect of your home, which is why we want to make sure you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to deciding on the right design and style for your replacement windows. We strive to ensure that every new window we install in your home is an incredible upgrade that increases the appeal and comfort of your home.

Without further ado, here are the two Marvin lines we offer:

Marvin Windows and Doors

Marvin’s standard brand offers everything you need from your replacement windows to give your home the upgrade it deserves. In their stunning selection of windows and patio doors, Marvin strives to provide customers with long-term energy management solutions without sacrificing beauty in the process. The Marvin line features many products that qualify for the Energy Star Most Efficient rating, which gives homeowners the opportunity to select from a wide range of breathtaking designs that will also improve their home’s performance.

Integrity from Marvin

The Integrity from Marvin line is made using Ultrex Fiberglass, a superior material that has proven time and time again to be the ultimate choice for both windows and patio doors. In addition to the line’s unquestionably high-quality craftsmanship, Integrity is held to exceptionally high energy efficiency standards. The low conductivity incredible performance capabilities of Ultrex is paired with energy-efficient glazes in this line to result in Energy Star qualified solutions.

Get Started Today!

The sooner you get your energy efficient replacement windows installed in your home, the sooner you can start reaping the incredible benefits. To take the first step of beginning the process, get in touch with us at Marvin Windows and Doors by CMC to set up your free window and patio door consultation today!

 

How Replacing Your Windows Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient 2017-06-14T20:37:31+00:00