By REMODELING Magazine Staff. KS Remodelers has been installing Hurd Windows for 15 years, says Ken Skowronski. "Hurd provides good service and offers a variety of colors for their exterior products," he says.

Hurd manufactures primed wood or aluminum-clad windows and patio doors in a variety of styles. All Hurd windows are constructed of ponderosa pine, treated with a water-repellent preservative, then either primed or wrapped in an extruded aluminum facing. Aluminum-clad windows can be electrostatically painted in four standard colors or custom colors.

Skowronski says the most important thing he looks for when choosing a product to use is a good sales staff and service policy. "Hurd Windows has both," he says. "The windows fit well, and delivery is on time. And Hurd's staff does a good job of getting repairs taken care of."

Remodeler: Kenneth P. Skowronski, CR

Company: KS Remodelers, Franklin, Wis.

Product: Hurd Windows,

Good Connections

Timberline's Accounting software is an integrated suite of applications that automates the accounting process. Alex Dean's company has been using Timberline's Job Cost, General Ledger, Cash Management, Accounts Payable, and Report Agent modules for more than 10 years. Dean finds that because of the software's strict accounting procedures, "you can't cheat the numbers," ensuring accuracy. "All the different modules are connected. They talk to each other." Information on a project that is entered into one application is automatically transferred to all the others.

Dean's company finds Timberline's customizable reporting feature particularly valuable. Any employee working on a specific project can access that project's information, request a specific type of report, set the parameters for the report, and print it out.

Remodeler: Alex Dean, CR

Company: The Alexander Group, Kensington, Md.

Product: Timberline Accounting suite,

High Fiber

B&E General Contractors has been using James Hardie fiber-cement siding products in its projects for four and a half years and has even used the siding and trim on its own office building. Mark Brick likes the diversity of the James Hardie product line. Many different siding styles and appearances are available, including styles of cedar, stucco, smooth surface, woodgrain, beaded, straight-edge, and roughsawn.

Photo: Courtesy James Hardie

"My office building has fouled many people up, thinking the exterior was cedar," he says. "From the lap siding, the corner boards, and the cedar look-alike gables, to the soffit, fascia, and the eyebrow work on the arches above, they're all Hardie siding products. "James Hardie products have a learning curve to them, but any product of value does," Brick says. Remodeler: Mark Brick, CR, CGR

Company: B&E General Contractors, Glendale, Wis.

Product: James Hardie fiber-cement siding products,