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Heat & Glo’s new mobile app is on fire

February 14th, 2014 by Berit Griffin

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One of the coolest products introduced at the 2014 International Builders’ Show last week in Las Vegas is the IntelliFire Touch Controls mobile app from Heat & Glo. It’s a brilliant, yet simple piece of smart home technology that can make a home cozy as possible before a homeowner ever steps foot inside the door.

According to Professional Remodeler,

“With this app, consumers can now enjoy the simple convenience of turning on their gas fireplace from a distance so they can arrive home to a comfortable, pre-heated space … For advanced comfort control, IntelliFire Touch provides a programmable thermostat setting that automatically adjusts the fireplace to maintain the desired temperature in a specific space within the home. Additional features include adjustable flame height, adjustable interior lighting effects, fan speed control, and a timer.”

As a company based in the Upper Midwest, we know all too well about frigid temperatures. The thought of using an app to arrive home to a pre-lit fire seems pretty appealing to us!



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What millennial home buyers want in a home

February 12th, 2014 by Berit Griffin

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Right or wrong, the millennial generation — those born between 1980 and 2000 — have earned a reputation for being fickle. But according to a 2013 National Association of Realtors study, many millennials are looking for the same thing when home shopping.

Take notice, because millennials now represent the second-biggest segment of the buyer market, trailing only Generation X, or those born from 1965-1979. Millennial buyers will only continue to grow the segment as more finish schooling, secure jobs and start a family. (Although a growing number of millennials are buying homes before marriage.)

So, what is it these millennials are looking for in a home? According to Bankrate.com, a mix of practicality, function and a little gloss. The mortgage site spoke with several real estate agents throughout the country to get a better grasp of these needs.

Updated kitchens and baths
From Bankrate.com: “The primary reason younger buyers seek updated kitchens and baths is because they have limited budgets,” said Jack Curtin, a real estate agent in Dublin, Ohio. “Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings. Kitchens and bathrooms are also the most expensive parts of a home to update, and young homeowners cannot afford to sink a lot of money into those areas.”

Home office
From Bankrate.com: ”As technology continues to make us more mobile, young buyers have more options than ever to work from home, depending on their job,” said Lou Cardillo of The Lou Cardillo Team in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. ”Having a dedicated space is important because it will help keep them focused and concentrated on work while they are at home on a Skype call, planning a presentation, setting up their workday or simply paying bills.”

Good location
Bankrate.com: “My younger buyers look for properties that are in proximity to public transportation and that have a good walking score,” said Allison Nichols, an agent with Related Realty in Chicago.

Low maintenance
From Bankrate.com: “Most young homebuyers grew up watching their parents spend weekends with their honey-do lists, or they had chores to do on the weekends,” Cardillo says. “Most young buyers are not going to follow in their (parents’) footsteps. They don’t want to do that stuff. … They want their weekends to themselves and don’t really want to be cleaning gutters or cutting the grass.”

Energy efficiency
From Bankrate.com: ”Today, not only younger buyers, but buyers in general, are looking for energy-efficient homes,” said Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland real estate agency in Beverly Hills, Calif. ”And if they are not already set up (for energy efficiency), then the buyers will often factor those costs into their budgets so they can do it after the close of escrow.”

What’s the most popular demand you hear from millennial buyers? To see more trends form Bankrate.com, click here



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For years, the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) has served as a thermometer for the building industry. Suffice it to say this year’s show, which concluded yesterday in Las Vegas, left many in the industry feeling optimistic about the year ahead.

According to the NAHB, this year’s show drew more than 75,000 building professionals — a huge uptick from last year’s reported attendance of about 50,000. Improving market conditions almost certainly played a factor, but the NAHB also tried a new format this year by introducing Design & Construction Week, which merged the traditional IBS experience with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Window Coverings Expo. The result? An experience that gave professionals a whole-home education on the latest residential building innovations.

In a press release, the NAHB asked several exhibitors how this year’s show stacked up to previous years.

“Fantastic,” said exhibitor Joe Dote of KP Building Products in Holly Springs, La. “The way it was laid out, the leads, the crowds – everything was fantastic.”

“Fantastic,” agreed Frank Thompson, of Sweetwater Builders in Cranberry Township, Pa. “I had one guy tell me he needs twice as much space next year for his booth. I even had someone say there were too many people in the aisles – but that is such a good thing.”

“It’s the energy,” said Jake Whittaker of Delaware Siding Company in Bear, Del. “It’s just a world of difference from the last several years. You could just tell when you walked in the hall.”

Integrity Windows and Doors agrees. We were excited to meet so many people and share in the energy. Like many, we leave Las Vegas invigorated by the interactions and conversations at IBS. Let’s build!

In case you couldn’t make it to Las Vegas this week or couldn’t cover all of the 444,000 square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center — we understand! — here is what you missed at our booth:



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Integrity Introduces Its Most Energy Efficient Glass Yet

February 5th, 2014 by Berit Griffin

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Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors brings its commitment to energy efficiency to the next level with the introduction of a tripane glazing option for Wood-Ultrex® casements, awnings and direct glaze windows.

These windows combine Integrity’s exclusive Ultrex pultruded fiberglass material with three panes of glass and argon gas to create the ultimate in performance, beauty and strength. With argon gas added, Integrity’s tripane glass has U-factors of .18 to .20, which means that it has superior insulating properties, keeping heat inside the home to help lower heating bills.

Wood-Ultrex casements, awnings and direct glaze windows with tripane glass live up to Integrity’s Built to Perform® promise with Design Pressure (DP) ratings of 50. The windows’ tough reputation is cemented by the WDMA’s DP rating, which measures how a window reacts to pressure or external force when closed and locked. The higher the rating, the more the window can withstand things like air and water infiltration, structural pressure and operational force.

“At Integrity, it’s important for us to be at the top of the industry when it comes to energy efficiency,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing at Integrity Windows and Doors. “That’s why our tripane glass with argon is a hit with builders and homeowners alike. It’s a top-notch product option that offers even better energy efficiency and the same great fit and finish as our dual pane Wood-Ultrex casements, awnings and direct glaze units.”

The tripane glass option is available on nearly all current casement, awning and direct glaze sizes, including new Special Sizes that are available in 1/64” increments. Wood-Ultrex windows using tripane glass offer all of Integrity’s current design and hardware options, including divided lite options like Simulated Divided Lites (with or without spacer bars), Grilles Between the Glass and the new Simulated Checkrail. And like all Integrity products, Wood-Ultrex casements, awnings and direct glaze windows with the tripane glass option are delivered to the dealer in an industry-leading 10 business days.

Integrity Windows and Doors achieved the Most Efficient certification in several climate zones with its tripane Wood-Ultrex Series windows. Integrity is certified as Most Efficient in the Northern and North-Central Climate Zones.



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The All Ultrex Sliding Patio Door by Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors offers the beauty and durability of Ultrex in a sliding door that’s both tough and easily functional. And now, the All Ultrex Sliding Patio Door joins Integrity’s Special Sizes for even more flexibility on the All Ultrex line.

Special Sizes have long been available on All Ultrex windows. With the All Ultrex Sliding Patio Door, builders and remodelers can choose a complete All Ultrex home package — in almost any size. The door is available in 1/64” increments within the standard size matrix. With such precise sizing options, the All Ultrex Sliding Patio Door can be used in a wide range of residential and commercial applications.

“We wanted to be able to open up opportunities for this door,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing at Integrity Windows and Doors. “Trade professionals and homeowners really respond to a door that is made entirely of Ultrex. It’s tough, virtually maintenance-free and has an extremely low rate of callbacks. Plus, it looks great in almost any sort of home or building and it operates incredibly smoothly.”

The All Ultrex Sliding Patio Door in Special Sizes is made with Ultrex — a pultruded fiberglass that is eight times stronger than vinyl, three times stronger than wood/vinyl composites and as strong as steel. Ultrex is used on both the interior and exterior of the door. It has numerous design options, including Integrity’s new Brick Mould, Flat and Flat Ranch Exterior Casings, six exterior finish colors (including darker colors like Ebony, which vinyl cannot offer due to fading concerns), five hardware finishes and a Grilles Between the Glass option for a traditional look with easy cleaning.

For safety and energy efficiency, the All Ultrex Sliding Patio door in Special Sizes has standard tempered LoĒ2-272, with LoĒ-180 and LoĒ3-366 as additional options. And like all Integrity products, the All Ultrex Sliding Patio Door has an industry-leading delivery time to the dealer of only 10 days.



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Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors is pleased to announce a new range of Round Top shapes and special sizes in its popular All Ultrex line.

Integrity will now offer True-Half Above Springline, Eyebrow Above Springline and Special Size Round Tops. These extensions to the All Ultrex Series Round Top offering are another key addition to the All Ultrex Series and represent Integrity’s continued commitment to providing a comprehensive line of All Ultrex products to the market.

The new additions to the All Ultrex Series Round Top family feature proprietary glass reinforced composite material that provides complementary performance attributes to Ultrex®, including Integrity’s patented finish technology, while allowing for radius bends.

Integrity is enhancing these new Round Top offerings even further with a variety of new grilles-between-the-glass lite cuts, including starburst and rectangular configurations.

“With these new Round Top shapes and sizes, Integrity is giving even more options to homeowners, builders and remodelers who desire the classic look of a round top window with the modern advantages of All Ultrex construction,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing at Integrity Windows and Doors. “With its strength, stability and superior finish, Ultrex just might be the perfect building material. Now we’ve made it even easier to use Ultrex on virtually any job.”

The new All Ultrex products offer LoĒ2-272® glass as standard for superior energy efficiency. LoĒ3 -366® and LoĒ-180® glass are available as options. Factory mulling also is available. Choose from among six standard exterior finishes: Stone White, Pebble Gray, Bronze, Evergreen, Cashmere, and Ebony.

And it all comes with Integrity’s 10-business-day delivery promise. Integrity dealers can offer complete information.



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Responding to concerns over child safety and fall prevention, Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors now offers Window Opening Control Devices (WOCD) for its Wood-Ultrex® Double Hung and All Ultrex Double Hung and Single Hung products.

These devices restrict the window opening to less than 4 inches. They require two separate actions to disengage, and automatically reset when the window is returned to a closed position.

These WOCD solutions meet ASTM 2090-10 guidelines and comply with the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) requirements for fall prevention devices. ASTM 2090-10 was developed in response to increasing media and legislative focus on child safety and fall prevention. Builders and homeowners should check their local building codes for further WOCD information.

“We expect this intuitive device to be well received as a solution, whether codes require it or not,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing at Integrity Windows and Doors. “We’re certain that builders and owners across the entire housing spectrum will appreciate the value of a high-quality, factory-applied window opening control device for single hung and double hung products.”

The factory-applied devices are available in White and Beige on the Wood-Ultrex Double Hung, and in White on The All Ultrex Double Hung (IFDH) and Single Hung. The device maintains all product WDMA Hallmark Certified Performance (DP) ratings.

Please visit your Integrity dealers for more information.



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Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors has introduced Special Sizes on its Wood-Ultrex windows for Impact Zone 3 (IZ3) to help coastal homes and buildings weather the storm.

Special Sizes, launched in 2012 on the Wood-Ultrex line, is enormously popular among builders and remodelers who need a perfect fit for non-standard-sized windows. With products available in 1/64” increments within the size matrix, Wood-Ultrex Special Sizes meet a need for high-quality fiberglass windows in the growing R&R market.

Now the quality, beauty and durability of Wood-Ultrex Special Sizes is available for IZ3 with IMPACT features including laminated glass and a multipoint sequential locking system to ensure consistent and secure weather-tight performance.

“Coastal building applications require some of the toughest products,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing at Integrity Windows and Doors. “When a home or building is in a hurricane zone, the stakes are even higher. Having an impact-rated window that performs well can make the difference between a structure that stands — and one that is destroyed.”

Much of the damage in severe storms occurs when windows or doors fail. When the home’s exterior seal is breached, wind and water can enter. That can lead to water damage, structural damage – even the roof lifting off.

Integrity’s IZ products have laminated glass to help keep the exterior seal intact. In addition to the special laminate used for IZ3 products, Integrity’s glass is energy efficient, with LoĒ2-272® and LoĒ3-366® offered, so homeowners who choose Integrity get both safety and energy efficiency. And since Ultrex is naturally so durable, a Wood-Ultrex IZ3 window looks just like any other Integrity window, with no visible reinforcements or clips to distract from its beauty. Optional corrosion-resistant hardware ensures that Integrity’s coastal hardware fights off rust even with constant exposure to salt, sun and sand.

Integrity delivers more than top performance. As part of its Built to Perform® promise, Integrity’s IZ3 Wood-Ultrex Special Size windows are delivered to the dealer within 10 business days.

Wood-Ultrex IZ3 windows in Special Sizes are available in casement, awnings, double hungs, polygons, picture and transom units. Homeowners, builders and remodelers have the choice of numerous configurations with IZ3 certified mulls for design flexibility. Integrity’s Wood-Ultrex IZ3 windows in Special Sizes offer all current product options such as grilles, exterior colors, hardware finishes, screens and Ultrex Exterior Trim for a beautifully complete look. IZ3 windows are available in both Special Sizes and Standard Sizes nationwide.

“Builders, remodelers and homeowners love our Wood-Ultrex line, our Special Sizes and our Impact products,” Felling said. “It just made sense to put them all together for a complete coastal solution. Wood-Ultrex IMPACT windows in Special Sizes go beyond the coast, though. They’re great for any home or building that needs a little extra security. For instance, if a homeowner is worried about break-ins, this window could be a great solution for the first floor. The laminated glass provides a strong barrier against forced entry and cannot be cut by glasscutters. Wherever they are used, specially sized Wood-Ultrex IMPACT windows combine the power of Ultrex, the beauty of wood and the flexibility of Special Sizes for an absolutely unbeatable window.”



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Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors continues to lead in the Remodel & Replace market with the introduction of the new Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung. Combining the strength of Ultrex® pultruded fiberglass, beautiful wood interiors and a fit for any opening, the Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung is quite possibly the perfect insert replacement window.

Insert windows are designed for applications where an older window is not performing, but a full frame replacement isn’t needed. Integrity’s Insert Double Hung answers this need with frame-in-frame design. Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung windows are precision-built in 1/64” increments, so builders and remodelers can specify a size that fits each project.

“This product is something that can really be used in almost any type of project,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing at Integrity Windows and Doors. “Its flexible sizing makes it easy for builders to get the right fit, and our product options ensure it can fit into any home’s existing style and decor.”

Like all of Integrity’s products, the Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung is delivered to the dealer in only 10 days, getting this innovative product in customers’ hands fast. The Insert Double Hung is available in large sizes — up to a stunning 4 ½ feet wide by 7 feet tall for beautiful views. Dual operating sashes allow for either the upper or lower sash to be opened and removed for cleaning. Plus, the new Insert Double Hung offers the new Window Control Opening Device as an option for areas where fall prevention is a concern.

Since double hung windows lend themselves to several window configurations, the Insert Double Hung comes in operating, picture and transom units. And since the checkrail cover has a reduced overhang, the window offers a beautifully traditional look, with all the benefits of modern energy efficiency — as well as Integrity’s record of few callbacks.

The Insert Double Hung also offers builders a 3 ¼” replacement frame with through-jamb installation for a no-fuss installation experience.

“An insert double hung is something that really helps round out Integrity’s offerings to the R&R market,” said Felling. “Our customers love the toughness and beautiful profiles of Ultrex on the exterior with warm, easily-stainable wood on the interior. With the features of the Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung, this may be the perfect replacement window. We can’t wait to see how the market embraces it.”

For more information about the Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung, visit www.IntegrityWindows.com.



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Integrity is now offering building professionals a chance to boost their productivity — on and off the job site — with a new Apple iPad Air™.

Our 2014 Integrity iPad Sweepstakes offers qualified entrants a chance every month to win an iPad, from February through December. Each month, one winner will receive an Apple iPad Air Silver 32GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular capability, valued at more than $700. Entrants must be employed as a professional builder, remodeler or architect.

If you already own an iPad or iPhone, be sure to check out Integrity’s free ‘Built to Perform’ app in the Apple App Store. It features reference materials, including product catalogs, brochures, presentations, case studies, videos, a dealer locator and the Integrity blog feed. Plus, an extensive photo gallery you can explore for inspiration.

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