Windsor

Cathy Leonard

Windsor

Did you know 94% of buyers do some form of online research before purchasing products? Homebuilders, designers and homeowners alike turn to the Internet to research the construction and remodeling materials that will go into their home – whether it’s to visually inspect a product, find certain functionality they desire or scan the energy ratings to meet local regulations. Those searches represent a small but significant part of the more than 1 trillion searches conducted on Google each year.

At Windsor Windows & Doors, our goal is to provide value during every step of the home building and/or renovation process. We understand how important online research is during the planning stage, as well as after the purchase. For the past several months, Windsor has been quietly working away to build a useful new website that will meet the needs of our two distinctive audiences:

1) The homeowner, who wants to learn about our company, research our products, and select the perfect options and accessories to meet their needs.

2) The industry professional that needs easy access to technical information such as sizing information, performance data and specifications.

Here’s how you can use the new Windsor website to help make a stunning and energy efficient home:

  • Architectural Reference Information – get precise architectural elevations, sizes and product specifications
  • Energy Performance Search Tool – find the specific product with the performance you need
  • Installation Instructions – download step-by-step guidelines for installing all products
  • Parts & Service Information – see illustrations of various components to find replacement parts
  • Windows & Doors 101 – discover how to select the best product for each application
  • Photo Library – find inspiration for your next project
  • Product Details – research the unique features and benefits of Windsor products
  • Warranties – get details on our window and patio door warranties
  • Case Studies & Testimonials – hear from professionals who have successfully used Windsor products and see photography from intriguing projects and product applications
  • Stories of Interest – read stories about exciting Windsor projects from across the country
  • Dealer Locator – find the nearest Windsor distributor, complete with Google map & driving directions
  • Careers – submit resumes and inquire about employment opportunities

The fresh layout, responsive design, dynamic photography and intuitive navigation will make it easy to find whatever you need, regardless of your role in the home construction process.

The new design allows viewers to see the information on any electronic device… desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. You can easily find resources, whether you’re on a job site or viewing from home. You can maneuver throughout the site by scrolling and swiping, similar to a mobile application.

The new Windsor Windows & Doors website is scheduled to launch in early April. Go to windsorwindows.com first when you begin your next project.

Ron Rocke

The last few weeks have been an exciting time for Patrick and Rachel Mahoney from Lousville, Kentucky. They were thrilled to be selected as finalist in the new hit home improvement series, Fix It & Finish It”.

They were told that host, Antonio Sabàto Jr. and his crew may (or may not) knock on their door at 8 AM on the morning of October 1st. At 7:30 AM, the show’s team ambushed the Mahoney’s, and by 9 AM the crew was hard at work on a complete renovation to the home’s front facade and landscape.

Senior show producer, Collin Herr, said the homeowners featured on the show don’t have the ability to do the renovation work on their own. “We want to make a positive contribution to the community. We select projects where financial or physical limitations are a primary consideration,” he said.

Stacye Love of Louisville-based Stacye Love Construction LLC was the general contractor for the Mahoney’s’ project. She estimated the total cost of labor and materials for the project to be $40,000, but it didn’t cost the homeowners a thing.

Kyle Labar, owner of the local Louisville area Windsor Windows & Doors distributor, Metro Windows, was asked to be part of the project team by Love. Metro Windows, based in Buckner, Kentucky, has been a Windsor distributor for over 25 years. Metro not only agreed to provide the windows for the project, they also offered to installed them.

Labar and his team were prominent during the early filming since the entire project revolved around remodeling the front façade of the home. His crew was one of the first be involved by tearing out 3 old windows and replacing them with new, energy efficient Windsor Pinnacle clad double-hung windows on the first floor. Then, in the second floor dormer, a Pinnacle Select push-out casement became the focal point of the newly remodeled second story.

When the Pinnacle Select window was installed in the dormer, the homeowner, Rachel Mahoney was ecstatic with the new look. Windsor’s regional sales manager, Jay McCarty, explained to Rachel how the Select push-out window opened and demonstrated the hidden, retractable screen.

Photographs captured the organized chaos at the beginning of the project and the dramatic improvements that were achieved by the end of the day. The final outcome delighted the homeowners and elevated the appearance of the entire neighborhood.

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Cathy Leonard

With cooler weather setting in, your home will be closed up more tightly than during the summer months. When the windows are closed, some homeowners find condensation builds up on the interior or exterior of their windows.

What causes this type of condensation? Anything from the steam that escapes when you open the dishwasher to boiling water on the stove can cause condensation. Moisture from a hot shower, steaming kettle or even washing the dishes can create condensation on your windows, mirrors and walls.

You may be surprised to learn how much water vapor is created in a home on a daily basis. An average-sized family can add a half pint of water vapor every hour to the home through breathing and perspiration. If you take a five-minute shower, you produce another half pint of water vapor. The act of cooking dinner can produce two and a half pints of water vapor inside your home.

To minimize condensation in your home…

  • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
  • In addition to exhaust fans, open a window in the bathroom to increase ventilation.
  • Properly vent clothes dryers, gas appliances and stoves.
  •  Make sure your attic and basement or crawl space is well ventilated.
  •  Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows.
  • Store firewood outside. Wood holds moisture that can be released into your home.
  • If you have a humidifier, set it to the correct outside temperature. If you have a damp basement, use a dehumidifier.

Outside Temperature                   Inside Humidity

 0º to 10ºF                                             Not over 30%

 -20º to –10ºF                                      Not over 20%

-20ºF or below                                     Not over 15%

-10º to   0ºF                                          Not over 25%

10º to 35ºF                                           Not over 35%

Engineering studies provide the following guidelines for the minimum recommended humidity levels for residential construction, based on a 70ºF interior room temperature.

Following these guidelines does not guarantee that condensation will not appear on mirrors or windows but it should dramatically improve the situation. Factors such as closed blinds or drapes may require you to decrease the relative humidity in your house below these guidelines.

If frost or condensation forms on your windows, the humidity is too high and you should turn down the humidistat.  If your hardwood floors start to separate, the humidity is too dry and you should turn up your humidistat.  You may need to regularly monitor and adjust the humidistat setting to control the humidity in your home.

Cathy Leonard

Windsor

This incredible vacation home is located on the beautiful central California coastline in the sleepy community of Cayucas. It is nestled on a low bluff overlooking the sandy beach and the Pacific Ocean. The project was designed and built by Larry Franklin Construction of Morro Bay, California. As both the builder and the designer, he was in complete control of the materials used in this project. He wanted the look of old, distressed wood on the interior. However, he also wanted a low maintenance exterior product that would stand up to the elements as this home is only 50 yards from the Pacific Ocean.

Mr. Franklin chose Windsor Windows because Windsor offers a Natural Alder interior window with an extruded aluminum exterior. The Natural Alder allowed the builder to distress the wood and apply a finish to the Alder giving the finished product an aged appearance. As another design requirement, Mr. Franklin did not want to use casing on the interior of the windows. Windsor was able to help him out by kerfing the interior jambs so a bull nose wall return could be utilized. This helped to create the nice clean lines he desired, yet still showcase the warm interior wood finish of the windows.

With more than twenty windows strategically placed to capture the view from both upstairs and downstairs, the iconic Morro Rock is visible to the south along with an endless view of the beach and surf as it crashes onto the shoreline. Any one of the fifteen casement or awning windows provides access to the cool ocean breeze and the sound of the crashing surf. Alternatively, you can use one of the four patio doors to access the private balconies and patios that surround this beach getaway.

Cathy Leonard

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This unique single family residence is situated in a natural setting nestled in the beautiful Ozark hills. Dubbed “The Modern Silo” by the builder, Monticello Homes and Development; the home is truly where country meets high design. A galvanized grain silo is the focal point and core of the home which is otherwise modern in design and surrounds the silo. With both homeowners being designers, high design is evident throughout the home; from the galvanized clad spiral staircase, to the backsplash with a ribbon of randomly placed nickels.

The living space extends outside with two covered porches and many other patios accessible through any of the 6 patio doors. This offers many outdoor living spaces to enjoy the beautiful views of the natural Ozark hills. The window and doors were strategically designed into the home to capture the spectacular views.  Most openings were positioned with southern exposure to improve energy efficiency and utilize natural light.

With the central feature of the home being a round galvanized grain silo, it was a challenge for the builder and installer to devise a weather proof and aesthetically pleasing method to install flat windows into a curving wall section. To accomplish this, the builder devised extended window bucks that reached beyond the curve to allow for the windows to be installed onto a flat surface. The window bucks were then flashed in a bronze metal to protect the buck and fully flash the window while still complimenting the look of the galvanized silo.

Scott Renke

The Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. Running from June 1st through November 30th, this season is forecasted to be mild. However, it is important that you are prepared to protect your property from high winds and flying debris in case of a storm.

There are a lot of preparations you can make to your home know to insure you won’t be caught taking last-minute action. To a great extent, the most important part of getting your home hurricane-ready is making sure it is equipped with storm-resistant window coverings. While plywood is an emergency measure, there are permanent products that can withstand strong weather conditions to protect your home.

Windsor Windows offers the following impact-certified products for your home:

  • Pinnacle Clad Casement
  • Pinnacle Clad Casement Picture
  • Pinnacle Clad Awning
  • Pinnacle Clad Concealed DH
  • Pinnacle Clad Concealed DH Picture
  • Pinnacle Clad Outswing PD
  • Pinnacle Clad French Slider
  • Pinnacle Clad Direct Set
  • Pinnacle Clad Radius
  • Legend HBR Casement
  • Legend HBR Casement Picture
  • Legend HBR Awning
  • Legend HBR Double-Hung
  • Legend HBR Double-Hung Picture
  • Legend Direct Set/Radius

Our Pinnacle Clad windows use only heavy-duty .050 extruded aluminum cladding rather than thin roll form aluminum. These products are more durable and resistant to exterior damage including dents and chips that can occur during a hurricane.

Legend HBR is another great option for storm protection. It is a unique hybrid product that combines the strength and durability of our Legend frame with an aluminum-clad wood sash. These windows offer a low maintenance exterior with a beautiful wooden interior, which offer both protection from the elements and style.

For more information about preparing your home during hurricane season with impact-certified Windsor Windows, visit www.windsorwindows.com.

Bill Tindell

Over the past 30 days, Windsor has announced the addition of taller windows to the Pinnacle Clad and Select product offering. Pinnacle clad operating casements and casement picture units offered will increase in height up to 80” call out heights or 7-0 frame dimension. Pinnacle Select operating casements and casement picture units are being added up to 96” call out heights or 8-0 frame dimension. Finally, Pinnacle clad concealed double-hungs will be offered up to 44” call out heights or 8-0 ¾ frame dimension, with a 90” call out height on Pinnacle clad concealed double-hung pictures with the same 8-0 ¾ frame dimension.

In the near future Windsor will be announcing the addition of 10-0 tall Pinnacle clad patio doors offered on in-swing, out-swing, French sliding and bi-fold doors. Stay tuned for future details about these exciting new products.

Cathy Leonard

The installation of Windsor’s new powder coat paint equipment has allowed us to expand our Standard Color & Feature Color palettes to 42 shades. In addition, we now have color matching capabilities in-house. The extremely durable AAMA 2604 finish is now standard on all clad products and the AAMA 2605 finish is available as an upgrade for the most challenging of environments.

  • Windsor’s Standard Color palette expands to 22 colors plus an additional 20 shades in our Feature Color palette.
  •  All of these colors will now be produced in the more durable 2604 finish and the 2605 finish is available as an upgrade.
  • The Standard Colors will maintain a 3 week lead-time and the Feature Colors will have a 4 week lead-time.
  • There is no minimum number of units required in the Standard Colors or Feature Colors. Only Custom Colors require a 25 unit minimum.
  • The 2604 finish carries a 20 year warranty and the 2605 finish carries a 30 year warranty.

This power coat paint system offers long-life with good looks and superior chalk and fade resistance regardless of your project location. Factory applied and oven cured Super Durable Polyester TGCI and Fluoroset® resin-based paints block the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun and repel general air pollution. It will not whiten or pit when exposed to dew, fog, rain or acid rain.  Windsor factory applied heat-cured painted finishes are durable and very colorfast.  The Super Durable Polyester TGIC and Fluoroset® based products meet AAMA 2604 and 2605 specifications respectively and retain their color and gloss level for many years.

 

Scott Renke

Windsor is currently installing a new state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion powder coat paint line. This new equipment will allow us to paint all of our aluminum extrusions in-house. As a result we will be expanding our standard color palette offering from 7 to 22 and our feature color palette will consist of an additional 20 hues. These standard and feature colors will be produced in the AAMA 2604 finish and will carry a 20 year warranty. For the harshest of climates, customers will have the option to upgrade to the AAMA 2605 finish which will carry a 30 year warranty. All 42 colors, in either finish, are available with no order minimums. We also have the capability to custom match colors with extended lead-time and minimum requirements. This new paint program will launch in March 2013. Imagine what you can do! Visit Windsor Windows & Doors to learn more.

Scott Renke

Windsor’s Legend product line uses cellular PVC to create a solid construction vinyl window with the appearance of traditional wood. These products offer look and feel of painted wood plus the low-maintenance and durability of cellular PVC. Windsor Legend products offer the only 25-year warranty in the industry.

We’ve also developed a unique hybrid product that we call Legend HBR. It combines the strength and durability of our Legend cellular PVC frame with an aluminum-clad wood sash. The merging of these two products provides a low-maintenance exterior with a beautiful wooden interior. If you select both materials in white you achieve an all white window. However, you may choose from over 40 contrasting colors for the aluminum clad sash to create a two-toned effect that adds colorful, low-maintenance character to the exterior of your home.

Windsor Legend and Legend HBR products are well suited for both new construction and historical renovation. Visit http://www.windsorwindows.com/Products/LegendCPVC.page for more information on this innovative product.