Why Ply Gem Windows? Fact: Ply Gem is one of the 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows, doors, skylights and related products, based on sales volume for 2017, as rated by Window & Door Magazine. Fact: Ply Gem Windows and Doors products, ideal for any home or light commercial project, ensure you can find a product that is just right for the home you are building right now. Fact: Each product is built with the same attention to quality that’s been the hallmark of Ply Gem since 1943. Vinyl Windows •Classic Series Our Classic Series windows recreate a traditional wood window profile design without the traditional maintenance. Dual glazed insulated glass units ensure cutting-edge performance for these classically styled windows. •Enviro Series A robust frame designed for Triple glazed insulated glass units suits both traditional and modern style homes. Advanced engineering ensures year-round comfort. Aluminum Clad Windows •Design Series These Aluminum Clad Vinyl windows offer the best of both worlds: durable, colourful aluminum exteriors with low-maintenance vinyl interiors. •Signature Series These Aluminum Clad Wood windows feature hem fir wood interiors, selected for its strength and extraordinary beauty. Durable, colourful Aluminum cladding protects the exterior of the windows. Application The typical home has 15 to 20 window openings – and there are many types available. So how do you know which ones to choose? There are a few factors to consider for each window location. Operation Ultimately, window selection will come down to personal preference and the location of objects near to or around the window. Consider windows in your customer’s kitchen that are over the sink or behind a counter top. Operating these windows requires them to reach over the counter, so hung or sliding windows (where the locks are positioned high off the floor) may be challenging. Using a casement or awning window in these locations may help, as the locks are positioned low in the frames and the operating hardware is mounted at a low location (near the sill). Also consider what obstructions may exist to the exterior. Is there a sidewalk or patio located directly outside of the window? This presents a danger for someone to walk into when a projecting window is open. In these locations, consider a hung or sliding product. Energy Efficiency The type of window can impact air infiltration and heat loss characteristics. •Fixed (Picture) windows are airtight and inexpensive and can be custom designed for a wide variety of applications. But, because they cannot be opened, fixed windows are unsuitable in places where ventilation is required. •Casement, Awning, and Hopper windows with compression seals are moderately airtight and provide good ventilation when opened. Casement windows open sideways with hand cranks. Windows with compression seals allow about half as much air leakage as Double Hung and Horizontal Sliding windows with sliding seals. •Double Hung windows are among the most popular type of window, Single Hung windows have only a lower operating sash for ventilation and only one moves. •Horizontal Sliding windows are like Hung windows except that the sashes are located on the left and right edges rather than on the tops and bottoms. Horizontal sliding windows open on the side and are especially suitable for spaces that require a long, narrow view. These windows, usually provide minimal ventilation. Double Sliding windows where both sashes tilt in for cleaning, offer the lowest structural and thermal performance of any window. Those with sashes in a track that lift out for cleaning offer better performance. Design The material used to manufacture the frame governs the physical characteristics of the window, such as frame thickness, weight, and durability. It also has a major impact on the thermal characteristics of the window. The window U-factor, as given on the NFRC certified rating or label, incorporates the thermal properties of both the frame and the glazing. Since the sash and frame represent from 10–30% of the total area of the window unit, the frame properties significantly influence the total window performance. Geography Interestingly, where you live does influence these decisions. Different types of windows are more common in each region. Double Hung windows account for 47 per cent of the US market, yet only 10 per cent of the Canadian market. Conversely, casement windows make up 44 per cent of the Canadian market but only 6 per cent of the US market. Remember that casement windows have compression seals to allow for half as much air leakage as double hung and horizontal sliding windows, critical to the cold Canadian climate. However but casement windows cost more than hung and sliders due to the substantial hardware sets required for them to operate. Ply Gem Windows and Doors are now available nationally across Canada, including new regional programs for Ontario/ Atlantic Canada & Quebec. Go to: www.plygem.ca Siding Installation Tips & Tricks To simplify your next project, here are some Tips & Tricks to help in 3 key areas of vinyl siding installation: 1) Nailing – Vinyl siding can expand or contract ½” or more over the length of a 12’6” piece. To accommodate this movement, follow the guidelines below when nailing your siding to the wall: a) Don’t drive the nail head tight to the wall. If you leave a minimum of 1/32” (the thickness of a dime) between the fastener head and the vinyl, that will allow the siding to move back and forth as needed. b) Center the fasteners in the nailing slots to permit expansion and contraction of the siding. 2) Cutting – There are three common options when cutting vinyl siding: a. Circular Saw – To ensure a clean, smooth cut, it is recommended to use a fine-toothed plywood blade, installed backwards in your saw. Be sure to cut slowly. b. Tin Snips – If you go this route, avoid closing the blades completely at the end of the stroke for a neater, cleaner cut. c. Utility Knife – Score the vinyl face up with medium pressure and snap it in half. It isn’t necessary to cut all the way through the vinyl. 3) Overlapping – Panels must overlap so they can slide past each other as the panels expand and contract with temperature changes. To allow this movement, panels are made with notches at the end of the nailing hems. For the best appearance, the tips below should be followed: a) Overlap panels half of the dimension of the factory notch (typically a minimum of 1”) b) Plan overlaps where they’ll be the least visible c) Stagger joints at least 2’ from course to course d) Do not repeat a lap position for a minimum of 3 courses e) Avoid uniform, stair-step installation patterns that will catch the eye f) When overlapping, do not nail closer than 6” to the ends of both panels. For a more detailed guide to vinyl siding installation, visit www.mittensiding. com.
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