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Awning Windows: How to Use This Window Style in Your Home

With summer quickly approaching, we’re dreaming of the many ways we can let in the warm, summer breeze. One of the first window styles that comes to mind is the awning window. This window style is easy to operate and allows for ventilation, even during those light summer rains.

What Not to Do When Hiring a Contractor

In one of my very first blogs that I wrote for Ply Gem, I focused on how to hire a competent contractor.

I recently had an experience with a potential client that drove home how not to interview a contractor, which can be just as important. Remember, when you're interviewing a contractor, the contractor is interviewing you as well.

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Construction Safety: Learnings and Insights from a Construction Manager

Dino Tudisca shares his learnings and insights from this past year about construction site safety. Namely, when it comes to construction site safety there can never be complacency.

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How to Define Your Garden Space with Style

With greater awareness of the food we consume, personal gardens are popping up everywhere! And “farms” are finding their way into our urban spaces.

The challenge is where do you plot your garden space? Backyards tend to be a shared space with family, pets and, at times, unwanted critters. How can you properly ‘plot’ your urban farm to make it a space you'll love? I have a few tips to help you define your garden space in creative ways.

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Tiny Living: From Sheds to Studios

Tiny spaces are making big waves across the US, but tiny living is no new concept. Let's look at some tiny spaces that make a mighty impact.

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Grappling with Green Building

For almost the last decade one of the big industry buzz words has been “green building.”

What exactly that means to manufacturers, consumers and installers is something that I, as an industry professional, grapple with often.

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Good Bones: Modern Tuscan Architectural Style

May I introduce the Modern Tuscan? This style effortlessly pairs old world charm with modern materials and colors. Essentially the best of both worlds, especially when you consider it is more affordable than the ultra-contemporary styles which demand flat roofs.

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Good Bones: Prairie

If you need one word to sum up Prairie style, go with “Sturdy”. Prairie style is a bold, masculine American style born out of the Midwest and represents a dramatic departure from other nostalgic, European styles.

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Learn the Lingo: Window Types

In this edition, we'll review different window types and how they can dramatically affect the functionality and style of your home. Factors that may influence the type of window you select include how you want to view the world through your windows, the amount of ventilation you desire, your climate and accessibility to the windows.

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Remodeling Realities

Having the opportunity to support renovation reality television shows through labor and product donations is something I’ve really enjoyed, especially when the outcome was life changing to the recipients. I learned a lot from the experiences, met great people, and came to understand that what you see on TV is not always the whole story. In this installment, I will try and pull the curtain back just a little.

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Learn the Lingo: Basic Window Features

It's important to be familiar with window and patio door vocabulary—understanding the basic terms will help in your conversations with contractors, remodelers, or home improvement store sales staff.

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Building a Realistic Remodeling Timeline

In our world, deadlines seem to be everywhere. When it comes to a home remodeling project, determining the end date of a project and identifying the steps needed to make sure you meet those targets is today’s subject.

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Are You Throwing Money Out the Window?

Energy efficiency is important to all homeowners, both in the heat of the summer and the frigid temperatures of winter. However, there are some key solutions every homeowner can implement in order to increase the energy efficiency of their current or new windows that will help to keep their home the perfect temperature year-round. DIY […]

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Enhance your Home with Vinyl Fence & Rail

When looking to upgrade your outdoor space, you might forget to consider fence and railing. Whether privacy or picket, extremely detailed or clean and simple, there’s a fence and railing style that will help set the tone for your outdoor living space, front yard, stairs, deck or porch. Originally developed to be purely functional exterior […]

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In Case of Emergency: Tips for Window & Patio Door Safety

Windows and patio doors are some of the most defining features of a home. They also play an important role when it comes to home safety, as they are typically the best escape routes in an emergency. Before an incident occurs, it’s important to take steps to prepare windows and ensure your most valuable treasure—your family—remains safe.

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To DIY or Not to DIY? When to Do It Yourself and When to Call a Pro

If the TV programming landscape is any indication, the DIY spirit in our country is alive and well. And it should be. As a country, we tend to be independent and self-sufficient. When it comes to home improvements, however, do-it-yourself may not always be the answer, so it’s important to know when to call in a professional.

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Case Study: Minimizing Upkeep for Historic Baltimore Home

The suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland are home to many historical communities where natural slate roofs have been popular for more than a century. Natural slate is a top choice for both aesthetics and durability. However, it requires ongoing maintenance that can come with high costs. Aiming to replicate the durability of quarried slate and to preserve the historical appearance of this home, the homeowner found an ideal solution for his retrofit project in Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Slate, a high performance, more affordable product.

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Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying the Perfect Patio Door

A lot of us put time and planning into the impression the front door makes or we focus on specific window features. But, selecting the right patio door does have a big impact on both the interior and exterior appearance of your home. Here's the top three factors to think about as you make this decision.

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The Costs of Building Green

There's a common assumption among some that it's more expensive to build green than to use traditional building materials and methods. Our partners at Proud Green Home turned to their Approved Contributing Experts, also known as ACEs, to share with us their thoughts.

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Contractor Q & A

ProTalk expert contractor, Dino Tudisca, answers readers' questions about remodeling a kitchen, finding the right contractor, and the rainscreen concept.

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'Tis the Season to Show Your Contractor A Little Love

Happy National Remodeling Month! As May comes to a close, you may be looking for a way to show your appreciation to contractor(s) working at your home, now or in the future. In this post, I’ll share some great ways homeowners have shown their appreciation to me and my team in the past.

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Windows: More than Energy Efficiency

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the heat lost through windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of a home’s heating bill. Ply Gem windows can come equipped with optional high-performance Low-E glass that helps reduce this energy loss. This can increase your home’s comfort while decreasing your utility costs. What Is Low-E Glass? […]

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Ready for Spring Cleaning? So are Your Windows

Clean, sparkling windows can make a great impression—inside and out. With Memorial Day barbeques, Fourth of July parties and summer get-togethers headed our way, it’s a true sign that “open window” season is here. Before your party guests arrive, here are some tips to periodically care for and clean the components that make your windows beautiful and functional.

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Tiny Home Living for the Everyday Homeowner

Homeowners are taking the plunge to downsize in major ways across this country, but there are two questions I’m always asked regarding the subject: Why? This is followed shortly by, “How?” Tiny houses are the growing trend in home building. Recently, I designed several houses for FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” and I’m convinced it can be a great option—yes, even for you!

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Crash Course: Vinyl Siding for Beautiful Home Designs

Manufacturers have made strides in research and development efforts for design and performance. It’s no surprise that vinyl siding is a hot home exterior material when you consider the facts.

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What to Look For When Shopping for Siding

Today’s vinyl siding has been re-engineered with advancements that make it durable, sustainable, realistic and absolutely gorgeous. If you haven’t researched it in a while, review this section - and prepare to be wowed.

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Protect Your Windows before the Next Storm Hits

With storm season upon us, it’s the right time to start thinking about how to safeguard your home and family before the next one blows through. In fact, one of the most important proactive safety steps you can take is protect the windows in your home.

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Choosing a Green Builder

Going green isn’t just a fad, it’s a near-future necessity.

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6 Surefire Ways to Know When It's Time to Replace Your Windows

It may seem like a daunting question, but you don’t have to be a contractor to know how to make this decision. We’ve laid out the top six things to look out for:

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One Step at a Time: To Phase or Not To Phase

In the contracting business, there are few things I enjoy more than a phone call from a satisfied customer asking to have another project done.

Which leads me to my main question (perhaps one you have too!):

Is it possible to complete home remodeling projects over a period of time?

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Green Benefits of Vinyl Siding

When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.

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How to Make Your Home's Design Functional

When you are selecting a new home for yourself, remodeling your present home, or helping a client remodel and reconfigure their space, make sure the design actually facilitates rather than hinders effective use of the space.

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What is Certified Vinyl Siding?

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling the exterior of an older one, the quality of the siding you choose is incredibly important. When faced with the wide variety of vinyl siding products on the market today it’s important to choose certified vinyl siding and to have it installed by a certified vinyl siding […]

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Questions to ask yourself about potential contractors

While it’s important to ask these qualifying and follow-up questions, it is just as important to ask yourself some questions during this process

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Blending old and new techniques for long-term performance

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe is a marvel of high-performance residential construction

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Key questions to ask a potential contractor

When working with a contractor, it’s important to ask good follow-up questions. These help protect you and keep your project running efficiently.

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Home Remodel = Improved Energy Efficiency

Since their home just outside of Kansas, MO was remodeled, Rusty and Melinda Kurtz love the way their home looks, but what’s more is that are ready for the cold mid-western weather that’s just around the corner.

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Evaluating a potential contractor

Asking good questions at the beginning will help set the tone and is necessary for any project to go smoothly.

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How to prepare for a consultation with a remodeling contractor.

In anticipation of your upcoming home remodeling project, you likely have been watching home improvement shows on TV, visiting home centers, and reading many magazines to get ideas. Now you are ready to start that long awaited project, but are finding that getting ideas was the easy part. Some questions that may be running through […]

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Meet Dino Tudisca

Meet home contractor and renovation expert (& ProTalk contributor), Dino Tudisca, who will answer your home improvement questions and provide tips for your upcoming home projects.

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Homeowner Testimonial: Meet the Peeks (p. 3), Low Maintenance

In part three of our visit with the Peeks, David and Michelle both talk about how the low maintenance quality of their newly remodeled home exterior allows them to have real peace of mind.

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Homeowner Testimonial: Meet the Peeks (p.2), Energy Efficiency

The exterior of David and Michelle Peek’s home was completely remodeled. In this video, he talks about the improved energy efficiency of their home now thanks to the addition of replacement windows from Ply Gem.  

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Questions to ask before replacing windows

With summer in full swing (and the air conditioning full blast), you may be thinking of home improvement projects that will look great, but also save energy (and keep that cool air in!). Window replacement is one project that will help increase the energy efficiency of your home and improve curb appeal in the summer […]

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What does it mean to build green?

Going green isn’t just a fad, it’s a near-future necessity. In fact, when shopping for a home, an increasing number of homebuyers are searching for a builder who is making energy-efficiency a priority. Here are some questions to ask: Does the builder have green-specific certifications, such as LEED or NAHB Green? Some states also offer […]

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Budgeting for your home renovation

Planning an update to your home can be an energizing and exciting endeavor – the perfect opportunity to re-invent your living space to make it more usable, more comfortable, more attractive and, if done right, more energy efficient. Before you start the work it’s wise to draft a preliminary budget that defines the scope of […]

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