Leaf Home, manufacturers of LeagGuard gutters and other home products, acquired on Dec. 9 two firms, including Window Works, Inc. and Comfort Shower and Bath.
Window and door demand, overall, is projected to grow over the next few years, particularly in the U.S. residential arena. According to research analyst The Freedonia Group, this segment is projected to rise 6.0% per year through 2020 to $25.6 billion, with continued growth in new housing and remodeling boosting demand.
U.S. demand for commercial window and door products is forecast to reach $10.3 billion in 2020, advancing 4.5 percent per annum. These gains are spurred by continuing growth in nonresidential building construction,
Adams Architectural recently completed historically accurate windows for an historic home renovation. The homeowner wanted to keep the same look as the original windows, but wanted the efficiency of insulated glass. To preserve the same look as the original, Adams had to fabricate a thicker window sash to maintain the same depth of the muntin bar. More than 40 windows were replaced by the Dubuque, Iowa, company.
NanaWall says its Framed Folding Glass Wall BEARricade will help custom home builders and homeowners to bring the outdoors in, yet keep the bears out. While the new model is aluminum, NanaWall also makes accordian-fold and sliding doors in wood.
Restoration work on occupied buildings is becoming increasingly more challenging for the construction team often resulting in legal battles and exorbitant costs to accommodate those occupants.
The design community, manufacturers, and construction processes must consider the life of the building if we are truly going to incorporate sustainability in our industry. More emphasis is placed on material recycling than on perform whether it performs over the long haul.
For the Minnesota State Capitol building, built in 1905, we restored hundreds of windows to their original state using Accoya, a treated wood, for exteriors, and century old pine recovered from a lake to match interiors.