Ply Gem Windows:

Building Homes, Building Business, One Window at a Time

WAKE FOREST, NC In the home building industry, trusted partnerships revolve around more than just manufacturing and buying and selling great products, they also require business building solutions. As long term business partners, Ply Gem Windows, Homes By Dickerson and Professional Builders Supply have built their relationship on this philosophy, with the ultimate goal of providing homeowners with beautiful, quality, energy efficient windows.

Located in Raleigh, N.C., Homes By Dickerson builds high performance custom homes in the Triangle region. When presented with the opportunity to be the first builder in the country to incorporate the new Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection for a home in Wake Forest, N.C., there was no hesitation.

“We like the value Ply Gem Windows offers,” said Jon Showalter, comptroller, Homes By Dickerson. “We certainly know we get more window with our dollar. We also like the high performance features, the look, feel and ease of installation of Ply Gem Windows.”

The new 1500 Vinyl Collection combines these elements – performance, aesthetics and installation – into an easy to select, easy to install window. Instead of a window series with pre-selected options, builders can customize the product to meet the needs of their customers and their market.

“With the 1500 Vinyl Collection, we’ve consolidated all our options into one platform that includes a common sash, common sizing and multiple customization options,” said Gary Luther, senior product marketing manager, Ply Gem Windows. “The window is designed to be tailored to the builder’s needs without sacrificing performance or aesthetics, or paying more for features that are not needed. The beauty of the product is that no two builders will have the same exact window. We listened to the voice of the customer, and are delivering on their feedback through a premium window without the premium price tag.”

Testimonial

“I know that Ply Gem’s motto is Building Products. Building Success. I can identify with that because as we use Ply Gem Windows, we are creating a successful environment for our company. These windows help us reach the energy performance levels we need and think are critical in this market to sell homes to customers who are expecting their houses to perform in a certain way. The building products that Ply Gem offers, especially windows, are helping build our success.”


Jon Showalter
Comptroller
Homes By Dickerson

Builders start by selecting from three frame options – brickmould, beveled and flat – to complement different architectural styles. They can then choose from one of three colors – white, beige and clay – and can further customize with grilles, simulated divided lites (SDL) and shape options.

“With Ply Gem Windows, we can enhance the style of our homes by changing grille patterns for different looks,” said Marc Masotti, senior project manager, Homes By Dickerson. “We can go traditional or contemporary and can even select specialty patterns. This really allows us to change the style of the house with the windows.”With thirteen glass packages to choose from, including eight upgraded dual pane options and four triple pane options, providing performance to meet current ENERGY STAR and new ENERGY STAR Version 6 requirements, builders can also configure the windows’ energy efficiency levels based on market needs, customer preferences and climate zone. The collection also includes an R-5 performance upgrade option for maximum energy efficiency.

“Energy efficiency is very important to us; we build all of our homes to ENERGY STAR certification and to the NAHB National Green Building Program standards,” said Showalter. “These windows have a U-value and a solar heat gain coefficient that allow

a lot more flexibility in reaching our high performance criteria. They are an integral part of our energy efficiency program.”

Beyond aesthetics and performance, the Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection was designed with the installer in mind.

The installation team with Professional Builders Supply, a North Carolina-based distributor and longtime Ply Gem Windows and Homes By Dickerson partner, was the first to install the new collection.

“The features on this new window made installation easier and quicker for us,” said Shad Bott, installation manager, Professional Builders Supply. “The alignment clips allow a single window to be put in by one person rather than two, and then installed by that one person. This frees up the second person to work on another window. Another nice feature is the wider nail fin around the window, which eliminates potential damage caused with a hammer while installing the window.”

In addition to the unique design of the alignment clip, the collection was designed with several patent-pending features, including custom barrel tilt latches, a removable meeting rail system for drywall pass through and self-centering screen clips.

Shad Bott
Installation Manager 
Professional Builders Supply

Testimonial

“The features on the Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection made installation easier and quicker for us. The alignment clips allow a single window to be put in by one person rather than two, and then installed by that one person. This frees up the second person to work on another window. Another nice feature is the wider nail fin around the window, which eliminates potential damage caused with a hammer while installing the window.”


Shad Bott
Installation Manager 
Professional Builders Supply

Once installed, the Ply Gem Windows 1500 Vinyl Collection makes it easy for homeowners to enjoy the view and comfort from their new home. Dual lift rails and smooth operation make opening and closing easy, while forced entry resistant locks keep the home secure. For simple cleaning, a recessed custom barrel tilt-latch allows the window to tilt back with minimal effort, and locks securely with a dead-bolt action. And because the windows are vinyl, they are easy to maintain.

“The homeowner is really going to benefit because the windows are so low maintenance,” said Bryan Pendergraft, project superintendent, Homes by Dickerson. “There is no risk of rotting wood, they are easy to clean and homeowners don’t need to repaint them. The windows are great quality.”

With the introduction of this window, Ply Gem Windows has made a concerted effort to give both builder and supplier customers everything they need to stand out in the marketplace and create happy customers.

“I know that Ply Gem’s motto is Building Products. Building Success. I can identify with that because as we use Ply Gem Windows, we are creating a successful environment for our company. These windows help us reach the energy performance levels we need and think are critical in this market to sell homes to customers who are expecting their houses to perform in a certain way. The building products that Ply Gem offers, especially windows, are helping build our success,” said Showalter.


Testimonial
“The homeowner is really going to benefit because the windows are so low maintenance. There is no risk of rotting wood, they are easy to clean and homeowners don’t need to repaint them. The windows are great quality.”


Bryan Pendergraft
Project Superintendent 
Homes By Dickerson