Congratulations, the hard part is over. You’ve gotten the thumbs-up on a window and/or door replacement project. Now it’s up to you to confirm the details, such as:
- Window or door type
- Interior and exterior material
- Divided light styles
- Color and stain
- Hardware style and finish
- Shades and color
- Security sensors
What would you advise for the customer on each of these points? To help you make the most of window and door replacement projects, here are six actual project scenarios. See how other remodelers and replacement contractors addressed the challenge in a way that brings new life to the properties, and consider how you would respond to the same situations:
Situation: Old, weathered commercial round top windows marred an otherwise beautiful space overlooking a second-floor patio.
Solution: Extruded aluminum-clad, double hung round top windows match the traditional, historic look of the former windows with the weather-resistant performance to withstand Windy City winters.
Location: Rhode Island
Situation: This classic 1920s Jamestown shingled cottage needed a renovation that achieved net-zero energy standards. High-performing windows were required in the transformation process.
Solution: The owners selected triple-pane and argon-filled windows—conserving energy without sacrificing style.
Situation: The new owners of this Chicago home faced the task of replacing an older home’s deteriorating windows to help add to the home’s aesthetic.
Solution: The remodeler suggested double hung replacement windows with a combination of white and black painted interior wood finishes, and black aluminum-clad exteriors that look great and stand up to Chicago’s harsh winters. The combination of the black and white colors also helped elevate the elegance of the space.
Location: Newton, Massachusetts
Situation: This 139-year-old Italianate foursquare home’s original rope-and-pulley double-hung windows were water- and termite-damaged. The new owners needed a renovation that didn’t compromise the home’s original character.
Solution: The remodeler recommended the tilt pack double hung sash replacement system as an affordable way to update the windows and deteriorating sashes, helping preserve the home’s character and warmth.
Situation: The homeowners were frustrated with a noisy, inconvenient patio door system hampered by three protruding roller shades that flapped when the door opened or closed.
Solution: The owners chose a sliding French door with integrated shades that transformed the back entrance. Thanks to the integrated shades, convenient, distraction-free access is possible without sacrificing on-demand privacy.
Location: Austin, Texas
Situation: Security was the owner’s top requirement. However, they wanted security features that wouldn’t distract from the view or stick out as a security device.
Solution: The owners agreed with the remodeler to upgrade their double hung windows with hidden security sensors that presented no impact on the aesthetics of the window or the view to the outdoors. An optional but worthwhile upgrade, these sensors integrate seamlessly with the home’s security system in a wired or wireless format, preserving the beauty of the windows without impacting performance, design, or view. The windows came fully equipped, so it was a fast and easy installation process for the remodeler.
No two window or door replacement scenarios are exactly alike. Approach each project with a critical mind and partner with a window manufacturer with the replacement options available to meet nearly any customer requirement. Marvin® Windows and Doors offers remodeling professionals and their customers a wide array of free design and specification resources at their network of independent dealers and at www.marvin.com. Consider Marvin for your next project.