Monthly Home Improvement Checklist

We thought we’d share some home maintenance tasks you can do monthly throughout the year. The key is working at it every month to make it easier for you.

What’s not to love about summer? If you need a push to get into the summer spirit, be sure to read our random trivia facts that will have you ready to face the heat with the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old at a water park.

This month’s recipe for Buffalo Grilled Corn is the biggest thing to hit corn since man found out he could put it in a fire. Tangy, saucy, fire-roasted corn is topped with funky blue cheese for a whole mouth full of flavor. It’s the perfect side to any protein you put on the grill.

We hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the early days of summer!

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Best of Houzz Window & Door Installations

GWS

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2021

Coveted annual award highlights home remodeling and design professionals

with top ratings and most popular designs among the Houzz community

 

 

DENVER, CO January 31, 2021GWS WINFOWS has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Window and Door Installations on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The replacement window company was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro's overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2020. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

 

A “Best Of Houzz 2021” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“The Best Of Houzz awards are an emblem of trust and credibility for home professionals across the U.S. and around the world, and we are excited to celebrate this year’s winners,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical need for people to feel comfortable before inviting pros into and around their homes, and the Best Of Houzz badge is a powerful way for pros to communicate the trust that homeowners have in their business. It’s just one of many tools on the Houzz platform that help pros to communicate their unique expertise, and homeowners to find the right professionals for their projects.”

 

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. On Houzz, people can find design inspiration, research and hire home professionals, and shop for products to complete their projects. For home professionals, Houzz Pro (houzz.com/pro) provides an all-in-one software solution that empowers industry pros to stand out, win clients and manage their projects efficiently and profitably. The Houzz community is made up of millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals around the world. Houzz is available on the web and as a top-rated mobile app. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Condensation

What is condensation?

Condensation generally occurs inside the home when it is freezing outside, and the humidity level inside the house is at a higher level than recommended. When it gets frigid out, the humidity level inside needs to be reduced accordingly to avoid condensation.

Condensation typically develops on cooler surfaces inside the home, such as astragals, hinges, hardware, and glass. These surfaces are cooler because they are closer to the outside than a wall or table, and excess moisture condensates on these surfaces. Moisture in air is known as humidity.

 

So where is the water coming from?

An important fact to remember is the surface where condensation has formed is not obtaining water from outside the home, nor is it making its moisture; instead, it comes from the environment inside the house. The higher the humidity percentage inside the house, the quicker a cooler surface will begin to condensate. Air temperature, combined with humidity level, defines a temperature at which condensation will form. This is called the Dew Point Temperature. If condensation is developing, then the humidity percentage must be reduced, so the resulting Dew Point Temperature is below the temperature of the cooler surfaces.

 

 

Understanding Dew Point and Temperature

For instance, if the air inside is 70° F with 45% humidity, then any surfaces cooler than 48° F (calculated) will condensate. If it’s 15° F outside, then inside surfaces such as hinges or hardware, would be approximately 30 degrees warmer, or about 45° F. In this example, the 45° part temperature is below the 48° F temperature where condensation will happen, and condensation will form. If the humidity percentage is lowered to 30%, then the part temperature would need to be around 37° F (calculated dew point temperature) to condensate.

 

Think about a glass of ice water with condensation on the outside.

Why is there moisture on the outside of the cold glass, yet the glass is not leaking?  This is because the air next to the chilled glass has cooled to the Dew Point Temperature, and the air cannot hold any more moisture, which will cause condensation to form on the outside surface of the glass.

 

 

So what causes moisture in the home?

Moisture in the home can be caused by people taking showers, cooking food, doing laundry, or when a large group of people is in a room together. With closed curtains where air movement is restricted, the air closest to the window remains cool and can also condensate. Elevated moisture levels can also lead to mold and rot in unseen areas of the home. Reducing the humidity percentage inside the home when it’s cold outside usually solves the problem. Higher humidity may not cause an issue when outside air temperatures are 30° and higher, but when the outside temperatures drop below freezing to near zero while maintaining the same inside level of humidity, condensation will be an issue. Differences in inside and outside air temperatures, combined with different humidity levels inside, will determine when condensation occurs. If moisture is collecting on the inside glass, hinges, etc., identify and reduce the cause of the excess moisture in the air. An example of elevated humidity is a fogged mirror in a bathroom after someone takes a shower. The air is in an enclosed space and is saturated with moisture from the shower and then lays on adjacent surfaces that are cooler. Once the door is opened, the excess moisture will mix with the dryer air outside, and the condensation will go away.

 

 

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Window and Patio Door Brands

Window & Door’s annual Top 100 Manufacturers list details North America’s 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows, doors, skylights and related products, based on sales volume. Much of the information comes from companies directly, which our research team verifies and fact-checks. Our team also researches and fact-checks information for companies that do not participate in our survey, which are indicated by an asterisk beside their names. This year’s list further solidified what we’ve been seeing for several years now: the industry is healthy and continues to grow.•

 

 

A Pattern of Growth

This year’s survey queried companies if they had experienced measurable growth in the past five years. Only seven companies said no, although 10 responded “unsure.” Seven companies posted revenues that put them in higher categories than in past years.

Year over year, only one company on this year’s list had lower gross sales in 2018 than in 2017. Nearly every other company reported their revenues were higher. The increased sales volume makes sense in the face of 2018 recognizing a 2.8 percent gain in single-family starts, according to research from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

Remodeling also continues to be a boon for product manufacturers, with the U.S. home remodeling market expanding more than 50 percent since the end of the Great Recession, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, jchs.harvard.edu.

Challenges

Strong growth, however, poses its own challenges. Many companies in this year’s list cited “staying ahead of and managing growth” as a top challenge. Growth also requires more people, which aligns with Window & Door’s Industry Pulse survey published earlier this year, which found that 71 percent of survey respondents plan to hire in 2019. Recruiting and retaining those people remains one of the industry’s greatest challenges, as Window & Door continues to explore in its ongoing Workforce Development series.

Costs also continue to climb. Many Top 100 companies attribute this to tariffs and rising transportation costs. (For more information about freight challenges, see In the Trenches.)

Five-year Growth

In the past year, Harvey Building Products saw the biggest revenue category jump from $100 Million to $200 Million to $300 Million to $500 Million this year. It’s been working toward solid growth for several years, though. Since 2016, the company acquired Soft-LiteNortheast Building Products, and Thermo-Tech, all of which Harvey credits for its growth.

Starline Windows moved to the $500 Million to $1 Billion category, up from $300 Million to $500 Million, which the company attributes to a new facility in 2016 that allows Starline to book more projects.

Earthwise Group, meanwhile, shares that in the past five years sales have increased by more than 75 percent and the company hired more than 1,000 new employees. It also launched two start-up manufacturing plants and acquired three others.

YKK AP, one of the largest companies on our list at more than $1 Billion, expanded its production capabilities and moved into a new manufacturing facility totaling more than 500,000 square feet.

Numerous other companies on this year’s list also shared how acquisitions and facility expansions have helped their growth in the past five years.

The Index

More than $1 Billion
  • Andersen Windows & Doors
  • Jeld-Wen*
  • Marvin Windows and Doors*
  • Masonite*
  • Pella Corp.*
  • Ply Gem*
  • Velux USA*
  • YKK AP America Inc.
$500 Million to $1 Billion
  • Kommerling USA
  • Milgard Windows & Doors
  • PGT Innovations
  • Starline Windows
  • Therma-Tru Doors
$300 to $500 Million
  • Alside*
  • Harvey Building Products
  • MI Windows and Doors
  • Woodgrain Millwork*
$200 to $300 Million
  • Champion*
  • Earthwise Group LLC
  • Polaris Windows & Doors
  • Sierra Pacific Windows
  • Steves & Sons Inc.
  • Weather Shield Mfg.
$100 to $200 Million
  • All Weather Windows
  • Atis Group Inc.
  • Boral Windows LLC
  • Cascade Windows
  • Crystal Window & Door Systems
  • Custom Window & Door Systems
  • Four Seasons Solar Products*
  • Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.*
  • Plastpro*
  • ProVia
  • Quaker Windows and Doors
  • The Window Designs Group
$75 Million to $100 Million
  • Air Master Windows and Doors
  • Durabuilt Windows & Doors
  • International Window Corp.
  • Loewen Windows and Doors
  • NewSouth Window Solutions LLC
  • Simpson Door Co.
  • Trinity Glass International
  • United Window & Door Mfg.
  • Wallside Windows
  • Wincore Windows and Doors
$50 to $75 Million
  • Amsco Windows*
  • Anlin Window Systems
  • BMC*
  • Fenplast
  • Lincoln Windows
  • Lux Windows and Glass Ltd.
  • Sunrise Windows and Doors
  • Thompson Creek Window Co.*
  • Vinylmax Windows
  • Viwinco Inc.
  • Window Mart
$40 to $50 Million
  • Croft LLC*
  • Midway Windows & Doors
  • Okna Windows Manufacturing
  • ViWinTech Window & Door Inc.*
  • Vytex Windows
$30 Million to $40 Million
  • Amerimax Windows & Doors*
  • Arcadia Custom*
  • ATI Windows
  • Gerkin Windows and Doors
  • Hayfield Window & Door Co.
  • Inline Fiberglass Ltd.*
  • Mathews Brothers Co.
  • Novatech*
  • RSL Inc.
  • Stanley Doors*
  • Thermal Windows Inc.
  • Tru Tech Doors
  • Win-Dor Inc.
$20 Million to $30 Million
  • Assura Windows and Doors
  • Comfort Windows*
  • Ideal Window
  • Moss Supply Co.
  • Semco Windows
  • NT Window Inc.*
  • Taylor Entrance Systems
  • The Coeur d’Alene Window Co.
  • Vector Windows
  • Vinyl Kraft Inc.
$15 Million to $20 Million
  • Altera Windows & Doors
  • Gilkey Window
  • GlassCraft Door Co.*
  • Interstate Window & Door Co.
  • Kasson & Keller*
  • KV Custom Windows & Doors Ltd.*
  • Kensington HPP Inc.
  • Madero Distribution
  • North East Windows USA Inc./Quality Lineals USA Inc.*
  • Peter Kohler*/Kohltech
  • Solar Innovations Architectural Glazing Systems
  • Sun Windows Inc.
  • Thermal Windows & Doors LLC
Less Than $15 Million
  • Burris Windows
  • Everlast Group of Cos.
  • Seaway Mfg. Corp.

 

 

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ANDERSEN OFFERS $325K IN AID FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

Andersen Windows is providing $325,000 in Hurricane Relief

Andersen Corporation and the Andersen Corporate Foundation are providing $325,000 in monetary support and product donations to help the people and communities impacted by Hurricane Maria, Irma and Harvey.

Andersen Windows Providing Disaster Relief Efforts

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