A trend I am seeing throughout the country is that builders are stepping up their game relating to elevations. Why?
Mahogany, Alder, Douglas Fir and Pine are the latest offerings in Pella's Architect series. The Mahogany (shown) is designed to match contemporary cabinets, floors and trim. The Alder is made for rustic décor, and the grain patterns for the Douglas Fir and Pine options are meant for paints or stains. Click here for more information
The Daylighting skylight system from Solatube features the company's Raybender 3000 technology that collects low-angle sunlight into the tube to increase early morning and late afternoon performance. UV light is filtered by the Spectralight Infinity. The product's moisture control system features a triple seal feature that allows condensation to channel into the dome ring's enlarged outer gutters and removes it through exit holes. Click here for more information
Vinyl replacement options from Milgard include the Mastri series. The line features an argon gas interior with dual-insulated glass and the company's non-metallic Super Spacer technology that separates the panes. The windows also have the company's SunCoat Low-E insulation. On double-hung options, the Mastri series has thicker weather-stripping with a triple interlock frame. Light oak, medium oak and cherry finishes are available. Click here for more information
The Flat Casing Windows for Colonial-style homes feature a 3 ½-inch trim casing and authentic sill styles for architectural accuracy. Made by Jeld-Wen, the complete collection includes double-hung, awning, casement, fixed, radius and geometric windows. Sliding patio doors are also available. Brickmould vinyl windows for Georgian or Victorian homes are also offered. Click here for more information
The Aesthetics casement windows from Weather Shield Windows & Doors are available in both aluminum-clad and wood exteriors. The aluminum-clad version has two profiles: colonial and putty glazed. The colonial has rounded accents and the putty-glazed features sharper angles. Both feature a simulated divided lite bar made in 7/8, 1 3/8 and 2-inch profiles. Click here for more information
The latest electrochromatic glass option for skylights from Velux allows homeowners to electronically control the amount of light and heat entering a room. The system uses the company's SageGlass glazing. Made out of multiple layers of ceramic film and measuring only 1/50 of the thickness of a hair, the SageGlass uses a low-voltage DC current that causes the electrochromatic film to darken and uses as much energy as a 40-watt incandescent bulb. Click here for more information