What is the Best Alternative to Hope’s and Crittall Hot-rolled Steel Windows & Doors

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Hope’s and Crittall have been around since the earliest parts of last century.  Their histories are intertwined and go back to the Henry Hope Company in the early 19th century.  During the 1990’s there was quite a squabble between Hope’s Architectural (predecessor to Hope’s Windows) of Jamestown, NY and Crittall of the UK because of Hope’s claim “since 1818.”  The end result was that Hope’s had to stop making the claim since Crittall had the direct corporate history dating back to Henry Hope and “Hope’s” of NY descended through International Windows which was a sales arm of “Hope’s England”.

The Best Alternative to NanaWall Folding Doors.

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In every segment of every product category, there is an 800-pound gorilla.  In the folding or bi-folding door market that product would be NanaWall.  I can’t tell you how many times I talk to savvy architects and contractors that tell me about their “NanaWall” only to find out that what they are considering or even have already used is a folding door from another manufacturer.  This must drive the owner of NanaWall nuts that the door function that he popularized in the U.S. is using his brand name as a generic term.

Now Architects Can Get folding Doors With Thin Contemporary Frames!

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Contemporary architecture features large expanses of glass with minimal framing to support it.  Glass by itself can offer outstanding views of the great outdoors, but unless it is mounted in frames that can move the engagement is a passive one of “look, but don’t touch.”

What Does “Decks Becoming Living Rooms” Have to Do with Great Doors?

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Decks are thought to be wooden platforms built off the backs of houses to hold a grill, a table, and some chairs.  Well, that is what they used to be back in the 70’s, but the trend is for decks to be architecturally designed with lighting and aesthetic appeal to make them as important to a house as the living room.  In fact, they are becoming an extension of the living room, it not its replacement in moderate climates.

Everything You Need to Know About Pivot Doors.

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Almost 20 years ago I designed a pivot door that was 8 feet x 8 feet.  It was painted bright red and was installed on a small interesting house designed with all corrugated paneling on the exterior.  This all glass door with very thin frame was the only color.  At the time, people thought I was crazy, but the door was loved by everyone involved with the project.

How Do You Define the Perfect Window or Door Product?

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Perfection is in the eye of the buyer and the companies trying to sell to them.  No matter how you slice it, perfection is most easily defined as Better, Faster, Cheaper!  The cruel truth of the matter is that all three of these factors fight one another and compromise is the only way to get to the “perfect” solution.

Why Are Three-Legged Stools So Important?

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Animals float, swim, slither and stand on all fours.  The more developed of us can stand on our own two legs.  This two leg thing is more like a parlor trick because we can’t do it without a lot of mental resources and countless twitcher muscle contractions constantly working together to adjust our balance.  These adjustments are necessary because we are top heavy, and even “at rest” isn’t totally a thing, because with the movement of even the smallest appendage our center or gravity shifts and a muscle correction is necessary.

Is Failure Such a Bad Thing?

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Failure almost always ends in pain and injury (either physical or psychological), but seldom ends in death.  When faced with a calamity of any proportion, my first response is always, “well, nobody died.”  Ok, a hammer fell out of a window during an installation and struck the windshield of a rare Rolls Royce on the street.  It will surely cost some money, but money can be re-earned, life NEVER gets a do-over.  If your assessment starts at the worst possible outcome and you walk it back from the edge of the abyss, every step brings encouragement.

Why Do People Like and Hate Sliding Doors?

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While sliding doors predate World War II, they exploded onto the building scene in the 1950’s and 60’s.  They became the staple of the ranch-style tract house and a regular component of apartments and hotel/motel chains, and of course, we can’t forget about mobile homes.  Their popularity grew because they offered the value proposition of lots of light, egress, and low cost.  The initial offerings were mostly aluminum framed (without thermal breaks) and single panes of glass.  As was common during that period, tempered or laminated safety glass was not required, although in 1977 safety glass became mandatory.  The talented singer, Della Reese, was almost decapitated after absentmindedly walking through the non-tempered glass of a sliding door in 1970.  Fortunately, she lived to sing again.

What Makes Accoya® the Greatest Wood in the World?

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As anyone who knows me can attest, I am a lousy joke teller.  I am impatient and simply can’t drag out the story line to create suspense.  With that said, let’s jump straight to the punchline, Accoya® has been tested to match or exceed properties of the best tropical hardwoods AND treated woods. All this goodness is manufactured using wood from sustainable sources, not by destroying the rainforests.  OK, blog over, see ya’ later.

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