Category Archives: Construction

What is the problem with butting brick against a window?

Question: What is one of the most common mistakes that building contractors make when installing windows and doors? Answer: Not allowing enough clearance between the brick and the installed window.

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The Tax Code Is Upside-Down

The capital gain rate of 15% is BAD for the long term strategy of America. Here’s why: a Wall Street financial investment concern can buy a company and hold it for a year and then sell it one year later … Continue reading

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The White House’s race to be Green

With all the use of the same ol’ tripe about “being Green”, it’s enough to make one barf.   At least that’s the way I feel.  So many companies have marketed being Green that can’t even spell the word.  It’s … Continue reading

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Please Explain Solar Heat Gain (SHGC)

Maybe you have seen the dreaded acronym SHGC. Even people in the window business get confused with this Egyptian hieroglyphic. SHGC stands for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, but what does that mean? (For you old timers SC* =SHGC*0.87) *SC–Shading coefficient … Continue reading

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Low-E Glass Explained

What is Low-E glass? From Wikipedia: The emissivity of a material (usually written ϵ or e) is the relative ability of its surface to emit energy by radiation. It is the ratio of energy radiated by a particular material to energy radiated by a black … Continue reading

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Issues and regulations regarding Egress Windows

Egress windows are a requirement for all new construction projects.  I think the code dates back farther than 1983, but has only recently (say the last 10 years) been enforced.  The purpose of the code is to allow a fireman access to … Continue reading

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MGM Swing doors now available with Double bore locks

The first double bore going down the line today the the Swing door series!!!! (Doesn’t Mike look exited.)

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R-5 Window Demand

There has been a lot of bally-hoo lately among the window manufacturing community about an R-5 window.  This window would probably require a 1.500 inch overall insulated unit which is triple glazed and has two layers of Low-E glass.  The … Continue reading

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Do you have a market for a sliding “4 panel”

MGM is developing a new telescoping patio door based on our 8005 Series patio door.  It has four individual tracks in the door.  This means that the panels will slide in their own individual tracks. It will allow for a … Continue reading

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