Window opens wider on green awareness
The J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study indicates that consumers have increased their desire for energy-efficient windows and patio doors over previous years.
The proportion of consumers who indicate they purchased Energy Star-qualified windows averaged 95% in the most recent study, demonstrating a high level of importance and awareness of energy-efficient window features and technologies.
The prestigious J.D. Power and Associates customer study for windows and patio doors was created in 2007. Since that time, the research has identified key areas of interest to homeowners related to their window and patio door purchasing decisions.
Simonton scores again in consumer survey
For the second year in a row, Columbus, Ohio-based Simonton Windows scored highly in the recent J.D. Power and Associates Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study.
Consumer customers who purchased new windows or patio doors within the past 12 months rated Simonton highest amongst all other brands in the category of overall satisfaction, according to the survey. It’s the second straight year for the company to get the highest ranking, Simonton said.
“This exemplary rating by consumers of our custom-made vinyl windows and patio doors is deeply appreciated and valued,” said Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows.
Simonton received the highest ratings in such categories as operational performance and durability, appearance and design features, warranty, price, ordering and delivery, and overall satisfaction.
“Year-after-year our employees dedicate themselves to crafting energy-efficient new construction, replacement and impact-resistant vinyl window and patio door products at our facilities throughout America to meet the very specific needs of homeowners," Savan said. "This study showcases how consumers appreciate quality windows and doors that are aesthetically pleasing while being extremely energy efficient and easy to maintain."
Dunn-Edwards introduces new paint lines
Dunn-Edwards has introduced two new lines of acrylic paints for both interior and exterior use. Spartawall interior and Spartashield exterior acrylic paints are both available in a full range of gloss levels and colors. They can be used on commercial and residential projects, such as schools, hotels, hospitals, and single family or multi-tenant housing. Both are formulated to provide for a more durable, better hiding, and longer lasting paint, the company said.
Spartawall interior paints are formulated with high quality resin and pigments to provide a smooth, uniform finish that can withstand repeated washing. “Spartawall is proven to have the best scrub resistance versus competitive products in its class, and that means that the painted surface is going to look newer longer,” said Dave Heiligenthal, Dunn-Edward product manager.
Spartashield exterior 100% acrylic paints not only provide superior efflorescence resistance on masonry surfaces, but have exceptional grain crack resistance when applied to rough-sawn or properly prepared smooth wood, according to the Los Angeles-based manufacturer. Spartashield has exceptional sag resistance combined with superior flow and leveling, the company said.
Like all other Dunn-Edwards’ paint, Spartawall and Spartashield are eco-friendly and ethylene glycol (EG)-free. Both products are ultra-low VOC (less than 50 g/L), and have very low odor both during and after application.