How a wise homeowner chooses the best aluminum window?

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How a wise homeowner chooses the best aluminum window?

Business Articles | August 5, 2017

By: Joel Castro


The fenestration sector has somewhat settled on popular aluminum systems and the well designed and made, giving homeowners with aluminum windows for their homes or residential properties. Visit the best local window company like Sky Windows Ltd., and you will typically see a range of quality windows and doors in aluminum whether glass doors or window glass.

What are the best aluminum windows for the home? Researching first at hand windows and doors in detail before even contacting a window company for prices or visiting a showroom is important for homeowners. Know what makes a good or bad aluminum window.

Every good aluminum systems present a window solution to homeowners. Crown suite of Windows and SAPA Building Systems with their Dualframe are examples of the traditional aluminum windows for the home. Smart systems give the elegant Alitherm suite that brings an excellent solution for aluminum windows in the home. Smarts are very popular with homeowners. The same can be said for AluK. Good security and weather performance provided by these stable aluminum systems that sell in the market either Langley glass or Vancouver glass.

What is the worst aluminum window then? The answer to this is frequently same. On the market, there is no wrong aluminum window. It is who makes and installs a product that compromises a good brand and leaves behind a negative experience with the customer. The truth is all modern aluminum windows are good windows, yet there will be the difference in several key areas and be alike in others. Examine and consider these in more detail.

First, the uniformity between many aluminum windows. Six key areas where all windows are alike, and we say, it makes no difference to the customer. Most window companies will acclaim the virtues of their particular window saying that it is somehow ‘the best.’ However, if we look carefully the key areas where aluminum windows are mostly alike, it becomes difficult to separate a good from a bad window.

The Quality of Aluminum Extrusions

The quality of the aluminum extrusion used to make a window will largely be alike. Aluminum extrusions are ordered to meet specific industry standards such as BS1474 HE9TF/TE. We know of no aluminum system from a major systems company that does not comply with this standard or is of low quality. Hence, when it comes to the quality of the aluminum itself, all windows can be regarded as generally the same.

The Quality of the polyester powder coating

Two suppliers will typically paint aluminum windows whether your aluminum windows are white, silver, gray, black or different colors inside and out.

The systems company by itself. Highly sophisticated and powder coat aluminum extrusions to the latest industry standards and procedures exist in in-house powder coating plants.

An external powder coating company. Barley Chalu and Vertik-Al and Superior Paint and Powder Coating, are examples included. These have long established powder coating companies that paint with the utmost professionalism and provide a valuable service to the wider fenestration sector.

The locks handles, and hardware found in aluminum windows

The window handles, multipoint locks, and components used to make your aluminum windows come from global or British companies that specialize in producing and designing hardware for windows and doors. The same applies for the seals, gaskets, and rubbers.

Hence, the quality of window handles and locks may differ but will usually be of fit and good quality for the purpose. Some may offer different locking features or better security than others.

The glass in aluminum windows

The glass’ type and thickness created on the bottom of BS6262 and manufactured by expert small and large sealed unit manufacturers because usually glass is procured separately from the aluminum windows.

The specifications of aluminum windows

The truth is aluminum windows are tested to meet minimum industry standards for U-Values, thermal efficiency, security, and weather resistance entirely. Several windows are designed to exceed these others only meet them.

Each customer requirement will be different. Thus, consumers may be looking for an aluminum window tested to the highest levels water resistance and of wind.

Are all aluminum windows alike?

Definitely no. The difference of aluminum windows is how they are designed, engineered, assembled and installed. In some are more complex, others are easy to make while some have very simple corner joints; others have more sophisticated ones.

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If you are looking for the latest aluminum windows, contact us, Sky Windows Ltd. a residential & commercial glazing company in Langley, BC. Our company has been supplying and installing windows from single houses to low rise office buildings to high rise condominiums throughout the province. With a team of skilled and dedicated workers. We can help window installers, and homeowners navigate through the best choice of aluminum windows in the marketplace and provide some professional advice for Vancouver Glass, Langley glass, Glass doors and Window glass.







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Why Brexit is great news for U.S. homebuyers, review

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Why Brexit is great news for U.S. homebuyers

by Kathryn Vasel

June 30, 2016: 12:56 PM ET

It’s now even cheaper to get a mortgage.

The average rate of a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 3.48% — the lowest level since May 2013, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, the rate was 4.08%.

The drop comes in the wake of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union. The historic vote sent the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury, which serves as benchmark for consumer loans, tumbling to 1.45% this week.

The rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage also dropped to 2.78% from 2.83% last week.

“Obviously it’s a good time for anyone who is the market for a home purchase or had been on the proverbial fence about refinancing,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.

The U.K.’s decision to separate from the European Union on Friday triggered a massive selloff that erased a record $3 trillion from the global stock market on Friday and Monday.

Some experts expect the fallout from the vote to be a boon for the U.S. real estate market as more foreign buyers seek out a safe haven to park their cash.

The drop in home loan rates can provide some breathing room for wanna-be buyers in the U.S. who have been facing rising home prices and tighter lending requirements.

Low inventory and high demand have pushed up home prices throughout the country, creating an affordability issue.

Home prices increased 5% in April from the year prior, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index released earlier this week.

“When you are seeing this continuous 5% increase year over year in home prices without an accompanying increase in either wages or incomes, what can’t go on forever does not,” Hamrick noted.

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Larry Ellison Sells Lake Tahoe Property for $20.35 Million

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Larry Ellison Sells Lake Tahoe Property for $20.35 Million
Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison has sold one of his Lake Tahoe properties
Updated July 31, 2014 11:35 p.m. ET

What does a home formerly owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison? Candace Taylor joins Tanya Rivero on the News Hub with more details on that and other luxury properties. Photo: Sinead Kelly Hastings.
Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison has sold one of his Lake Tahoe properties for $20.35 million, according to public records.

The sale closed in mid-July and names the buyer as a California-based entity called Residential Property Mgmt LLC.

Located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe in Glenbrook, Nev., the property is one of three parcels Mr. Ellison had listed together for $28.5 million in 2013 with Jennie Fairchild of Chase International. It contains a 9,242-square foot main house, which Mr. Ellison spent three years remodeling, with six bedrooms, eight full baths and one half bath. There is a soundproof screening room, a gym, a billiard room, a library and a sauna. Also on the property is a 1,326-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bath guest house.

The other two parcels—including a roughly 3,000-square-foot lakefront house and an adjoining vacant lot—are still on the market, priced at $4.15 million, Ms. Fairchild said in an email. She declined to discuss the details of the sale.

Mr. Ellison assembled the Glenbrook properties over three years. In 2006 he paid $11.7 million for the main house and 1.6 acres, according to public records. He then paid $3.3 million for two additional parcels in 2009.

He had originally intended the three properties to be his primary home at Tahoe. Instead, he got the chance to build a 7.6-acre estate on the north shore of the lake, so he decided to sell the Glenbrook compound, Ms. Fairchild told the Journal in an interview last year.

Mr. Ellison, who founded the Oracle Corporation in 1977, declined to comment.

David Cloutier of Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate in Zephyr Cove, Nev., who was not involved in the transaction, said the market for lakefront homes has been “very vital,” with roughly nine sales on the east shore so far this year. Mr. Ellison’s $20.35 million sale is among the most expensive of those, he said.

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Home Builders Venture Into Urban Areas

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Home Builders Venture Into Urban Areas
July 29, 2014 3:54 p.m. ET

A top executive of Lennar Corp. recently joined with officials from Weehawken, N.J., to celebrate the completion of the home builder’s newest condominium complex, a luxury building across the Hudson River from New York City.

The 74-unit building—which will feature hotel-like amenities, including concierge services, a lobby lounge with a fireplace, gyms and yoga rooms, gathering areas and catering kitchen—is the first of a five-building, 660-unit master-planned community in Weehawken called the Avenue Collection. Condos at the first building range in price from $1.1 million to $2 million. Construction of a second tower with 103 luxury condo units is under way.

The nation’s second-largest home builder by revenue may be better known for $300,000 single-family homes. But in 2011, the company branched out into the rental market and has since increased its investments.

The Miami-based company’s multifamily division has spent about $1 billion to develop 18 apartment communities nationwide, 13 of which are still under construction. What’s more, according to a July report by Zacks Investment Research, Lennar is planning to spend $3 billion to build 12,000 apartments over the next four years.

Ten years ago, it was rare for a national home builder to venture into the condo and apartment market or to build in or near big cities, preferring to construct single-family homes for middle-class families in suburbia. But as demand increases for luxury condos in or near urban areas, national home builders are chasing those affluent buyers and their dollars.

Craig Klingensmith, Lennar’s Northeast division president, credits global buyers and Manhattan’s resurgent real-estate prices for interest in Lennar’s new luxury buildings in New Jersey. Lennar bought the Avenue Collection properties in 2008, but it first tested the waters, building 35 new luxury units in 2011 at its other master-planned condo community in Weehawken, Henley on the Hudson. “We sold that building relatively quickly, and it gave us confidence to start on the Avenue [Collection] project,” he said.

Lennar and other builders have said that their core business remains focused on the single-family suburban home, but they are ramping up their presence in the multifamily sector.

Toll Brothers Inc., the 13th-largest home builder and one of the first national builders that turned to condos and apartment buildings, reported that revenue from its multifamily and high-rise tower businesses was more than 20% of the company’s total sales last year, up from less than 3% in 2000. And with more than 4,000 units in the pipeline—from new rentals in suburbia, urban high-rises and high-density student housing—the company is diversifying across the market.

“We are currently looking to expand our urban for-sale business into Boston, San Francisco and Miami,” said Fred Cooper, a senior vice president. “We’ve also been expanding our high-end rental business in both suburban and urban markets in the Boston to D.C. corridor and are exploring the metro San Francisco area as well.”

At Lennar, multifamily revenue accounted for only $14.7 million of $5.93 billion of total revenue last year. That revenue is expected to increase as its projects are completed in the next year, according to Zacks Investment Research, which notes that Lennar’s multifamily revenue in the second quarter climbed 51% over the year-ago period.

Beyond Lennar and Toll, other national home builders expanding into the multifamily market include KB Home, PulteGroup Inc. and Hovnanian Enterprises Inc.

Of the $331 billion spent last year to build new housing, multifamily construction accounted for $32 billion, or 9.6%, compared with $15 billion, or 6.1%, in 2011, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

And that percentage is increasing. Housing consultant IBISWorld Inc. estimates that by the end of this year, construction of new condo and apartment buildings will have increased at an annual average rate of 28% since 2009.

During that same period, construction of single-family homes is estimated to have risen 14%.

“Many traditional home-building firms, enticed by these high growth rates, have diversified their operations into multiunit construction in order to expand their revenue,” said Omar Khedr, research analyst at IBISWorld.

In the West, particularly California, IBISWorld estimates that the number of new apartments and condos under construction rose faster than anywhere else, increasing 47% in 2012 and 20% in 2013.

And much of the construction is happening in or near cities. “The suburban markets aren’t seeing the same interest in spec-house development that we saw” a decade ago during the housing boom, says Jonathan Miller, president of real-estate consultant Miller Samuel Inc.

Last September, Los Angeles-based KB Home entered San Francisco with plans to build its first condo there, a 74-unit luxury midrise building. Then in April, the company bought more property there to build 81 luxury units. Those two properties are among KB’s nine new multifamily condo communities, almost all of which it began building last year and mostly in California.

“These land-constrained areas are close to employment centers where demand for new housing far outweighs supply,” said KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger. Mr. Mezger said those dynamics are translating into prices for new homes that “are well above local market averages.”

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Home Price Increases Continue At Slower Pace

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Home price increases continue at slower pace
By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney July 29, 2014: 10:43 AM ET

Home prices were up less than 10% for the first time in more than a year in May.

Home prices continued to rise this spring, but the pace of increase has slowed since late last year.

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, a closely watched measure of home values. posted a 9.3% annual increase in its May reading, down from the 10.8% rate in April. The rate of increase was as high as 13.7% in November before slowing every month since.

The good news for homeowners is that the index has now been up every month over the last two years — after posting drops almost every month over the previous five years.

And some experts say the current growth is better for the market, because rapid price increases can keep some buyers on the sidelines.

“Today’s Case-Shiller data is consistent with the slow glide-path down towards a more normal housing market,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist for real estate Web site Zillow. “Almost across the board, lower-priced homes have been appreciating more quickly than the most expensive homes, a welcome reversal from prior years.”

Prices rose in all 20 cities measured by the index, and nine of those markets posted double-digit percentage gains. The fastest growth was a 15.4% year-over-year jump in San Francisco. The most modest gain was in Cleveland, where prices rose 2.4%.

Most of the big gains were in markets in California and Florida, as well as Las Vegas. All of those markets were hit particularly hard by the housing bust that followed the home price bubble in the middle of the last decade.

A drop in mortgage foreclosures and unemployment, low mortgage rates and pent-up demand for people who had wanted to buy homes have combined to help lift home prices.

A recovery in home sales and prices have been a major driver of the rebound of the U.S. economy so far this year, as the jump in prices has increased household wealth. The price increases and low mortgage rates also helped many homeowners refinance their mortgages and lower their home payments.

But even with two years of increases, prices are still 17% below the peak reached at the height of the housing bubble in early 2006.

First Published: July 29, 2014: 9:21 AM ET

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Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5 billion

Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5 billion

By Les Christie  @CNNMoney July 28, 2014: 3:03 PM ET

Trulia & Zillow CEOs: Mobile is king


The two biggest names in online house hunting — Zillow and Trulia – are joining forces in a stock deal valued at $3.5 billion.

Trulia shares jumped 12% on the news that it’s selling to Zillow.

Zillow will continue to operate two separate websites, where consumers can search listings of homes for sale. Zillow and Trulia together attract more than 130 million visitors a month.

Both companies post detailed listings of homes for sale, and charge agents to post their names alongside their listings. Some agent teams spend $20,000 a month with Zillow, Trulia, or both.

Still the websites’ revenue only add up to about 4% of the $12 billion the real estate industry spends on marketing via newspaper and television ads, billboards, direct mail and the like. Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sees an opportunity to capture more of those marketing dollars via mobile.

“Mobile is becoming the medium of choice for home shopping,” said Rascoff.

Trulia’s current CEO Pete Flint will continue to head Trulia’s operations and report to Rascoff.

The two real estate portals have transformed the housing market over the past decade by making information that was once only available through realtors easily accessible to consumers. The sites have made the home buying process much more transparent and stripped real estate brokers of their traditional role of gatekeepers of information.

Zillow, for instance, has its own home value algorithm called Zestimates. Trulia offers extensive rankings on crime, public transit and schools.

The ultimate fear: Zillow and Trulia could make brokers irrelevant.

The new Zillow will still have plenty of competition from other sites such as, as well as from Coldwell Banker, Re/Max, Century 21 and other real estate brokers.

But it will give the combined company the leverage to charge realtors more, said Steve Murray, editor at Real Trends a real estate communications and consulting company.

First Published: July 28, 2014: 9:15 AM ET

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