Ply Gem Windows
Functionality concerns: “Energy efficiency is a top factor. Many custom builders are early adopters and are demanding the highest possible ratings from the products they choose. While Energy Star requires u-values in the .40 to .32 range, many custom builders are requesting performance as good as .20 and below, in order to meet their energy-use and green-building objectives,” says Chris Pickering, vice president, marketing, Ply Gem Windows.
Design drivers: “Among higher-end custom-home builders, we’re seeing more move away from white rectangles and express interest in colors and architectural shapes to differentiate and personalize their homes. Builders and contractors in the higher-end market also are looking for solutions to installation challenges,” Pickering says.
Product-design response: “Architecturally-styled windows are a key component of the Designed Exterior Collection, introduced at IBS to help builders differentiate their homes – architecturally accurate shapes help make a unique statement,” Pickering says. “To create a seamless look, we’ve introduced several accessory products and installation solutions. For energy efficiency, we recently introduced the R-5 Series. And we expanded the Mira Premium Impact Series to include impact-resistant windows in standard double-hung, double-hung stationary, radius operable casement and fixed outswing patio doors.”