Window manufacturers launched new products for vinyl and fiberglass windows. One is aimed at easily replacing vinyl products while another replaces a crank opening system with an easier slide.
The two innovations were unveiled during the virtual International Builders' Show (IBS X) put on Feb. 9-12 by the National Association of Home Builders.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Alside Inc. is out with one of the new concepts, a full-frame replacement system that can cut installation time by 25-40 minutes per window.
The system consists of Energy Star-rated Mezzo brand vinyl windows, a frame with a nailing flange for flashing and water management and decorative trim for a consistent look on all replaced windows.
The other innovation comes from Pella, Iowa-based Pella Corp., which unveiled new hardware to open and close casement and awning windows with a sliding motion instead of turning a crank.
Pella's advancement, called Easy Slide Operator, uses a ball-bearing design and Kevlar-reinforced belt. It won the category for best window and door product at IBS X.
The hardware is being offered first with Pella's fiberglass Impervia product line, which is tested to withstand extreme heat, sub-zero cold and damaging ultraviolet rays.
Alside says Impervia windows are produced with a one-of-a-kind manufacturing process. Energy efficient options include dual- and triple-pane glass options with argon to help slow the transfer of heat and improve year-round comfort.
Replacing vinyl windows is one of top remodeling projects for adding value to a home, according to the 2020 cost vs. value report from Remodeling magazine. Project costs average $17,641 with 72.3 percent of the investment, or $12,761, likely to be recouped at resale.
Industry analysts predict the U.S. window and door industry will see a 25 percent increase in 2021, reaching $34 billion, according to an email from the National Fenestration Rating Council, which points to published reports. The council rates the energy-efficiency of windows, doors, and skylights.