Building Choice into Every View:
Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection
ATHENS, GA Quality products, superior craftsmanship and customer service are just a few of the many guiding company principles of Athens, GA-based custom home builder, Frameworks Unlimited, and building materials supplier, Harbin Lumber. Relying on trusted partnerships is also key to the success of both companies. With the introduction of the Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection, Ply Gem has furthered its commitment to being a trusted manufacturer and business building solution partner.
“The primary thing that I look for in a product manufacturer is a partnership,” said Randy Wells, sales manager, Harbin Lumber. “I want to make sure that our customers are going to be taken care of after the project is finished. Ply Gem has always done a great, great job helping us with that. They’ve always stood with us.”
Building on that partnership, Frameworks Unlimited and Harbin Lumber were one of the first customers in the country to install the new Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection. With the new collection, builders can customize the product to meet market needs by choosing which features they need, instead of selecting from within a pre-selected series.
“We’re excited about using the new Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection,” said Rodney Jones, builder, Frameworks Unlimited. “The product offers many different options, with different styles of mouldings for the exterior, as well as several different color options. Ply Gem also will make any custom shaped windows, grille patterns and lites that we need for our homes. They are very easy to work with and offer us many options and solutions for our homeowners.”
The Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection is a consolidation of features from multiple Ply Gem Windows lines into one platform with a common sash, common sizing and virtually limitless customization options. Builders start by selecting from three frame options – brickmould, beveled and flat. From there, they can choose from three colors – white, beige and clay – and multiple grille, simulated divided lite (SDL) and shape options to get the desired look.
“The primary thing that I look for in a product manufacturer is a partnership. I want to make sure that our customers are going to be taken care of after the project is finished. Ply Gem has always done a great, great job with helping us with that. They’ve always stood with us, and they’ve been a great partner for us. ”
Builders can also configure the windows’ energy efficiency levels based on market needs, customer preferences and climate zone. Thirteen glass packages, including eight upgraded dual pane options and four triple pane options are available, providing performance to meet current ENERGY STAR and new ENERGY STAR Version 6 requirements and can be upgraded to R-5 performance for maximum energy efficiency.
“We’ve built choice into every view with the 1500 Vinyl Collection,” said Gary Luther, senior product marketing manager, Ply Gem Windows. “The introduction of this new line is very much a result of customer feedback and influence from both builders and installers. Builders get all of the features of a premium window without the premium price tag, and can customize so that the window is truly unique to the homes they build. Installers will also find features tailored to their needs for a quick, correct installation, which helps reduce call backs.”
The 1500 Vinyl Collection was designed with patent-pending features, proprietary to Ply Gem, including custom barrel tilt latches, a removable meeting rail system for drywall pass through and unique screen clips.
“The alignment clip comes standard on all windows and prevents the window from falling back out toward the installer,” said Scott Sailors, millwork specialist, Harbin Lumber. “The removable meeting rail helps on sheetrock installations. You can take out the bottom sash, take out the top glass, remove the meeting rail and pass things through. You can then put the window back together right on the job.”
The screen clips benefit homeowners as well by keeping the screen tight against the frame to prevent any insects from getting past. Because the clips are not attached directly to the screen, the risk of damage when being stored is also eliminated.
From installation to aesthetics to quality, Ply Gem Windows introduced this product to give builders and suppliers more choice in the marketplace.
“The quality of products is excellent, and that’s one reason I like working with Ply Gem so much,” said Jones. “We’re building homes to last a lifetime, and with the different options that Ply Gem offers us in windows, we have one company we can consistently work with through all of our price ranges. We know that we can count on Ply Gem.”
“We’re excited about using the new Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection. The product offers many different options, with different styles of mouldings for the exterior, as well as several different color options. Ply Gem also will make any custom shaped windows, grille patterns and lites that we need for our homes. They are very easy to work with and offer us many options and solutions for our homeowners.”