• “Did you remember to ask for the sale?”

    This spring I spent a fair amount of time traveling our territory helping to promote all of the most recent additions to the Integrity product offerings and listening to feedback. On one such recent trip I had the chance to speak with a seasoned salesperson with one of our retail partners, and after we spoke about the recent line additions and his personal wish list he shared a quick story about a recent experience he had. While working in the store one day a customer came in and immediately approached another salesperson. When that salesperson asked about the reason for

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Hastings Sales Rep Vin Andrews

    The New England coastline offers unforgettable views and a relaxed lifestyle that draws people to live there, resulting in construction opportunities. However, sometimes these projects are complex, requiring special consideration of the project site and coastal environment. The good news is, with the right product mix and careful evaluation, the coastal market offers huge potential for retailers and their customers. Recently, we caught up with Vin Andrews, Hastings’ Retail Business Development Manager in Rhode Island, for a closer look at some key points to consider when working on coastal projects. Q – When it comes to coastal building, which are more stringent

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  • Coastal Perspectives with Keenan Burns, Hastings Executive VP and COO

    Summer is just around the corner, which means coastal communities throughout New England are coming to life as part-time residents prepare their homes for the season and year-round residents take on warm weather building projects. This market activity provides window and door sales opportunities for retailers, so it’s a good time to talk about Coastal Solutions from Hastings and Marvin. Because projects in these areas often involve some level of complexity related to issues such as changing codes and weather patterns, or design trends that call for large expanses of glass, Hastings recognizes that we can help our retailers take

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Architect Michael McKinley

    “All attention is directed to the shoreline now – people will continue to build right on the ocean no matter what happens. But that’s where our clients are. The terrain has changed – it’s a whole new world out there.” – Michael McKinley, Michael McKinley and Associates, LLC When designing coastal projects, today’s architects must navigate a complex and changing landscape of codes and regulations, minimizing risk and managing their clients’ expectations for coastal living along the way. We caught up with Stonington, Connecticut Architect Michael McKinley, who specializes in designing exceptional coastal homes in New England communities, to learn more

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Meteorologist Adam Strzempko

    “Even though it is expected to be a more active season than normal there is really no way to tell what storms will make landfall.” – Adam Strzempko, WWLP-22News Weekend Meteorologist  When it comes to coastal design and construction, weather will have a huge effect on the long-term performance of a project.  While damaging weather is a four-season concern, on the coast it’s often hurricanes that grab the majority of the headlines. With the 2013 hurricane season now underway, homeowners on the Atlantic coast should anticipate another active hurricane season this year. The prediction for 2013 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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  • Coastal Perspectives: Willard Beach Project Profile

    Homeowners on the coast are looking for products that will hold up against hot sun, salt spray, flying sand, and driving rain. When it’s time to build or remodel, a high performance, durable window is the key to ensuring the longevity of a seaside home. A recent project in coastal Maine demonstrates how Integrity’s Ultrex Fiberglass windows were used to transform a home while protecting it from the elements and maximizing ocean views. This home near Willard Beach, Portland, ME makes use of the many benefits of Integrity All Ultrex and Wood-Ultrex windows and doors. Given the home’s close proximity to

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  • Building Brand Advocates – A Labor of Love!

    Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with an accomplished builder in Fairfield County, Peter Fusaro of Preferred Builders. I’ve heard and read about Peter through the grapevine here at Hastings as well as through the various contractor communication channels, i.e. builder publications, social media. The reason for my visit was to tour a residential project that has received numerous honors for its “green” accomplishments. This project, named The Performance House, now also Peter’s home as a model for prospective buyers, was a winner of the 2012 Zero Energy Challenge. Peter was extremely proud to show people this home, as

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  • Coastal Perspectives with Hastings Inside Service Manager Gerry Morin

    Every homeowner should take steps to properly care for and maintain their windows and doors to ensure optimal performance and operation – and that’s especially important for homes on the coast! Hastings Inside Service Manager Gerry Morin shares some insight on what coastal homeowners can do to safeguard their window and door investment, and ensure they will be able to enjoy their beautiful views for years to come. Why is window and door maintenance so important for coastal projects? No matter where you live, your home is up against the elements. But when you live on the coast, your exposure

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  • Marvin.com Rolls Out Technical Info Improvements

    Some great news to end the week! Marvin’s website has undergone some big improvements to help anyone access technical information more easily. The newly created Technical Resources tab, which replaces the Sizes, Performance, and Specs tab, offers fresh functionality and streamlines access to everything from ADM pdfs to Installation docs to 2D and 3D drawings – all readily available with an easy click. No need to scroll down a long list of items to search for information!  Also new – all documents accessible on this page are directly linked to source documentation. You will also note the new tool listed in the Energy Data category – a handy reference

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  • Coastal Perspectives with Ocean Alliance

    Team members of the non-profit research organization Ocean Alliance are accustomed to working in the most challenging open water environments – making the best of whatever Mother Nature dishes up. When the organization made plans to transform the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory in Gloucester, MA into its new headquarters, seaside elements were once again cause for careful consideration. CEO Iain Kerr also needed to preserve the history and aesthetics of a structure that held great meaning for the old New England town’s residents.  We spoke with Iain and builder Geoffrey Richon about the renovation process – and the

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  • Consumer Review Websites: Pros & Cons

    A.W. Hastings’ Integrity Brand Manager Sandra Stoughton reviews the pros and cons of the consumer review website, Angie’s List and provides an unbiased recommendation on how to use it for your business. I’ve been spending a lot of time recently diving into information around consumer review websites. The consensus among most of the articles and surveys I’ve found (and my own personal inquiries to friends and family) is that consumers are giving review sites the same level of trust that they give to friend and family recommendations. This made me question my own buying behaviors and what I do when

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  • Consumer Review Websites: Pros & Cons

    A.W. Hastings’ Integrity Brand Manager Sandra Stoughton reviews the pros and cons of the consumer review website, Angie’s List and provides an unbiased recommendation on how to use it for your business. I’ve been spending a lot of time recently diving into information around consumer review websites. The consensus among most of the articles and surveys I’ve found (and my own personal inquiries to friends and family) is that consumers are giving review sites the same level of trust that they give to friend and family recommendations. This made me question my own buying behaviors and what I do when

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  • Coastal Perspectives: Seaside Renovation Project Profile

    Homeowners with ocean views want products that will hold up against the elements and won’t detract from the scenery – all while adding beauty to their homes. When remodeling a home that has seen the tides come and go for over 100 years, high quality products that perform well in extreme environments are especially key to ensuring the structure’s continued longevity and aesthetic appeal. Here’s a coastal success story that helps to illustrate the important role that the right products can play – a seaside renovation project that completely reworks an original century-old waterfront home in Gloucester, MA.  After convincing the

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery

    When designing for New England coastal projects, architects can take advantage of beautiful surroundings and dramatic ocean views – but they also must take into account the special considerations that come with coastal construction. Achieving the desired results can mean navigating a complex landscape of building codes, product guidelines and weather concerns – all while managing client expectations for performance and aesthetics. Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery shares her thoughts on why it’s so important for architects to be able to trust the team behind them when designing for the coast.  “I spend a lot of time working with and

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  • Installing Windows? Reach for your installation instructions BEFORE reaching for your level and hammer

    Let’s face it, when it comes to installing building products like windows and doors, often we install them without really reading the instructions that the manufacturer provides. Sometimes those instructions don’t even make it out of the wrapper. After all, it takes time to read through them and figure everything out. And, I’ve heard it said many times, if you installed one window and it worked properly, you can install all other windows the same way, right? Well, the truth is you might get lucky using this logic for a while, but eventually, odds are you will run into a

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  • The Sales Process – A Different Point of View: Part 1

    Would it be fair to say that when approaching a consumer during the sales process your focus is on figuring out what it is that will motivate them to buy from you? You have a short window of opportunity to give them as much information as possible to influence their decision, so you are eager to tell them about the many different features of our product lines, our quality installation or your company¹s sterling reputation. Unfortunately, your eagerness can all too easily come across as “feature-dumping.” Soon, you’ve provided the customer with a huge amount of information – but what have you learned about them? Have you asked

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  • The Sales Process: A Different Point of View: Part 2

    Read “A Different Point of View: Part 1” here. Would it be fair to say that when approaching a consumer during the sales process your focus is on figuring out what it is that will motivate them to buy from you? You have a short window of opportunity to give them as much information as possible to influence their decision, so you are eager to tell them about the many different features of our product lines, our quality installation or your company¹s sterling reputation. Unfortunately, your eagerness can all too easily come across as “feature-dumping.” Soon, you’ve given the customer a huge amount of information — but what

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  • Taking Window & Door Fundamentals to School

    Hastings’ Customer Education Manager John Crane met with CADD students at Porter & Chester in June. The purpose of the visit was to lead a workshop designed to introduce the basics of windows and doors. Early in June I received a call from Ken Gay, an instructor from Porter & Chester Institute in Chicopee, MA. He was wondering if one of the Hastings trainers would be willing to come in to speak with his class of CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) students. After conducting a mini needs assessment with Ken, we decided that it would be beneficial for the students to learn

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  • Taking Window & Door Fundamentals to School

    Hastings’ Customer Education Manager John Crane met with CADD students at Porter & Chester in June. The purpose of the visit was to lead a workshop designed to introduce the basics of windows and doors. Early in June I received a call from Ken Gay, an instructor from Porter & Chester Institute in Chicopee, MA. He was wondering if one of the Hastings trainers would be willing to come in to speak with his class of CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) students. After conducting a mini needs assessment with Ken, we decided that it would be beneficial for the students to learn

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  • Installation Series Part One: House Wrap

    When it comes to ensuring the best long-term performance of Marvin and Integrity products, proper installation is key. Hastings is pleased to support your installation efforts by offering this special five-part series dedicated exclusively to Marvin and Integrity Product Installation. This series is designed to be a summary of the key installation steps for Marvin and Integrity products. Our installation expert Marshall Baser walks through each step of the process from start to finish, including house wrap, working with the opening, sill panning, window placement, and weatherproofing & insulation. In Part 1, Marshall Baser discusses the importance of House Wrap

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  • Installation Series Part Two: The Opening: No Cutting Corners

    This video is part 2 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows. In this video, Marshall Baser talks about the best way to cut an opening in your House Wrap. See Part 1 of the Installation Series here. If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.

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  • Installation Series Part Three: Sill Panning: Protecting & Draining

    This video is part 3 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows. In this video, Marshall Baser discusses talks about Sill Pans and demonstrates how to install one. Watch Part 1: House Wrap and Part 2: The Opening: No Cutting Corners. If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.

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  • Installation Series Part Three: Sill Panning: Protecting & Draining

    This video is part 3 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows. In this video, Marshall Baser discusses talks about Sill Pans and demonstrates how to install one. Watch Part 1: House Wrap and Part 2: The Opening: No Cutting Corners. If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.

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  • Installation Series Part Four: Window Placement: A Square Deal

    This video is part 4 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows. In this video, Marshall Baser demonstrates how to place the window in the opening, and shim it properly. Watch Part 1: House Wrap, Part 2: The Opening: No Cutting Corners, and Part 3: Sill Panning: Protecting & Draining. If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.

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  • Installation Series Part Five: Weatherproofing & Insulation: Your Best Friend

    This video is part 5 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows. In this video, Marshall Baser shows the final stages of installing a window: Weatherproofing and Insulation. Watch Part 1: House Wrap, Part 2: The Opening: No Cutting Corners, Part 3: Sill Panning: Protecting & Draining, and Part 4: Window Placement: A Square Deal. If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.

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  • Installation Series Part Five: Weatherproofing & Insulation: Your Best Friend

    This video is part 5 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows. In this video, Marshall Baser shows the final stages of installing a window: Weatherproofing and Insulation. Watch Part 1: House Wrap, Part 2: The Opening: No Cutting Corners, Part 3: Sill Panning: Protecting & Draining, and Part 4: Window Placement: A Square Deal. If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.

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  • Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Window Types

    We’re excited to introduce Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – our brand new video series for homeowners! This new educational series produced by our subject matter experts at Hastings is designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about their windows prior to their home improvement or construction project. In the first segment,”Window Types,” homeowners can learn about the most popular styles of windows and how they operate. Feel free to share this video – and check back soon to dive deeper into the parts and structure of Double Hung windows, in upcoming segments of Windows 101!

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  • Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 1

    Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond is a new educational video series produced by A.W. Hastings and designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about windows. In the second segment,”Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 1,” homeowners can learn about parts and structure on the “outside” of a double hung window, along with popular casing styles and options. In our next installment, “Anatomy of a Double Hung – Part 2″, we’ll learn about parts on the “inside” of a double hung, as well as sill details and styles. By sharing this series, you can help homeowners become more knowledgable before making their next

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  • Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 2

    Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond is a new educational video series produced by A.W. Hastings, and designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about windows. In the third segment,”Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 2,” homeowners can learn about the parts and structure on the “inside” of a double hung, along with sill details and styles. Watch for more videos coming soon!

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  • Hastings Signature Services “Quick Fix” Video Series: Marvin French Door – How to Operate the Multipoint Hardware

    Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. We want to make it easy for you to find answers to common service questions for Marvin windows and doors. Over the coming weeks, we will release a series of “Quick Fix” videos that you can share with your customers. In the first video, Becky Dorfman from the Hastings Signature Support team demonstrates how to operate the multi-point hardware on Marvin French Doors to ensure the door is properly locked. Stay tuned for more videos in this “Quick Fix” series from

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  • Hastings Signature Services “Quick Fix” Video Series: Marvin French Door – Removing & Replacing the Handleset Hardware

    Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. We want to make it easy for you to find answers to common service questions for Marvin windows and doors. In the next installment of our “Quick Fix” video series, Becky Dorfman from the Hastings Signature Support team demonstrates how to remove and replace handleset hardware from a Marvin French Door. Not just for malfunctioning hardware, this simple fix can also be used to change up the look of the door by updating the hardware. Stay tuned for more videos

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  • Hastings Signature Services “Quick Fix” Video Series: Marvin French Door – Removing & Replacing the Handleset Hardware

    Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. We want to make it easy for you to find answers to common service questions for Marvin windows and doors. In the next installment of our “Quick Fix” video series, Becky Dorfman from the Hastings Signature Support team demonstrates how to remove and replace handleset hardware from a Marvin French Door. Not just for malfunctioning hardware, this simple fix can also be used to change up the look of the door by updating the hardware. Stay tuned for more videos

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  • Hastings Signature Services “Quick Fix” Video Series: Marvin French Door – How to Adjust the Hinges

    Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. We want to make it easy for you to find answers to common service questions for Marvin windows and doors. In the third installment of the Hastings Signature Services “Quick Fix” video series, Becky Dorfman from the Hastings Signature Services Support team demonstrates how to adjust the hinges on a Marvin French Door. This adjustment can return a door to proper function after normal settling occurs. Stay tuned for more videos in this “Quick Fix” series from Hastings Signature Services.

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Annual Window and Door Checklist

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Annual Window and Door Maintenance Checklist: Regular maintenance will help keep your Marvin windows and doors operating smoothly. Use this checklist as an annual maintenance reminder. Weatherstrip is a resilient material designed to act as a barrier in the

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Annual Window and Door Checklist

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Annual Window and Door Maintenance Checklist: Regular maintenance will help keep your Marvin windows and doors operating smoothly. Use this checklist as an annual maintenance reminder. Weatherstrip is a resilient material designed to act as a barrier in the

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Water Stain and Mildew Removal

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Marvin Water Stain and Mildew Removal: If you experience condensation on the exterior or interior of your window and door surfaces, you may notice discoloration along the lower parts of your wood windows or doors. This discoloration is likely

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Water Stain and Mildew Removal

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Marvin Water Stain and Mildew Removal: If you experience condensation on the exterior or interior of your window and door surfaces, you may notice discoloration along the lower parts of your wood windows or doors. This discoloration is likely

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors: Keep your Marvin windows and doors looking their best with regular interior and exterior glass cleaning. Glass Cleaning – How To’s For best results, do not clean glass when it is exposed

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors: Keep your Marvin windows and doors looking their best with regular interior and exterior glass cleaning. Glass Cleaning – How To’s For best results, do not clean glass when it is exposed

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning Screens

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Best Practices for Cleaning Screens: Cleaning the screens on your Marvin windows and doors is best done by removing the screens altogether, laying them on a flat clean area, like a sidewalk, and spraying off any dust with water from

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning Screens

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Best Practices for Cleaning Screens: Cleaning the screens on your Marvin windows and doors is best done by removing the screens altogether, laying them on a flat clean area, like a sidewalk, and spraying off any dust with water from

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  • Put the STYLE Back in Your Windows!

    No one goes to an art exhibit for the red velvet curtain, but rather for the artwork waiting to be revealed behind it. So let’s just drop the drapes… Picture yourself with a flute of champagne pinched between your fingers eagerly anticipating the drop, only to be distracted by the artist’s poor choice of frame when the big moment arrives. The goal in framing is to complement the art, just as windows are meant to complement the view; this is why the right styling choices are critical. So how does this apply to “styling” your windows? We know artwork is

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Condensation

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Condensation: A Sign of High Humidity Condensation most often occurs when the temperature drops in the winter, but it is not due to any defect in your window or door. It’s simply a sign of high humidity in your home.

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Condensation

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Condensation: A Sign of High Humidity Condensation most often occurs when the temperature drops in the winter, but it is not due to any defect in your window or door. It’s simply a sign of high humidity in your home.

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Caring for Exterior, Painted Wood

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Caring For Exterior, Painted Wood: Superficial surface dirt can be removed by washing painted wood exteriors with water and a soft-bristled, long-handled brush (such as those used for washing cars). Heavier accumulations can be removed with a mild solution of household detergent. Other cleaning solutions consisting of alcohol/water mixtures are also effective. As with any cleaning operation on a vertical painted surface, streaking will be minimized if the surface is washed from the top to the bottom. Always rinse the surface well with clean water to remove excess

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Caring for Exterior, Painted Wood

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Caring For Exterior, Painted Wood: Superficial surface dirt can be removed by washing painted wood exteriors with water and a soft-bristled, long-handled brush (such as those used for washing cars). Heavier accumulations can be removed with a mild solution of household detergent. Other cleaning solutions consisting of alcohol/water mixtures are also effective. As with any cleaning operation on a vertical painted surface, streaking will be minimized if the surface is washed from the top to the bottom. Always rinse the surface well with clean water to remove excess

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Removing Labels From Glass

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Removing Labels From Glass: New Marvin windows and doors will bear a Marvin label. Labels and adhesive residue should be removed from glass as soon as possible after installation. If a label does not release from the glass easily, use the methods described below to remove it. Soak the label thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Rub the alcohol into the label with a gentle motion until the adhesive and label are removed.– OR – Soak the label thoroughly with acetone (nail polish remover) and peel the label

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Removing Labels From Glass

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Removing Labels From Glass: New Marvin windows and doors will bear a Marvin label. Labels and adhesive residue should be removed from glass as soon as possible after installation. If a label does not release from the glass easily, use the methods described below to remove it. Soak the label thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Rub the alcohol into the label with a gentle motion until the adhesive and label are removed.– OR – Soak the label thoroughly with acetone (nail polish remover) and peel the label

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Maintaining Energy Panels

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Maintaining Energy Panels: Often confused with storm windows, an energy panel is technically a glazing option. It is a removable, exterior glass panel finished on the edges by a surround. Energy panels cover the exposed glass surface of each

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Maintaining Energy Panels

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Maintaining Energy Panels: Often confused with storm windows, an energy panel is technically a glazing option. It is a removable, exterior glass panel finished on the edges by a surround. Energy panels cover the exposed glass surface of each

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Painting and Staining General Guidelines

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Painting and Staining: Painting and/or staining is necessary to prevent damage and maintain Marvin wood windows. Follow the guidelines below to keep your windows looking and performing like new. GENERAL GUIDELINES Immediately following installation, all bare wood windows and

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Painting and Staining General Guidelines

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Painting and Staining: Painting and/or staining is necessary to prevent damage and maintain Marvin wood windows. Follow the guidelines below to keep your windows looking and performing like new. GENERAL GUIDELINES Immediately following installation, all bare wood windows and

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Painting and Staining Details

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Marvin Painting and Staining: Painting a Wood Exterior A bare wood, brand new Marvin window or door must be painted immediately to prevent possible damage to the wood, even if the window or door has been ordered and delivered

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Painting and Staining Details

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Marvin Painting and Staining: Painting a Wood Exterior A bare wood, brand new Marvin window or door must be painted immediately to prevent possible damage to the wood, even if the window or door has been ordered and delivered

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  • Santa’s Little Helpers – Hastings Style!

    Hastings’ elves met recently for a holiday themed paint night. Using reclaimed wood from Marvin packaging and palettes, our artists painted Santa, snowmen, trees, ornaments, reindeer, owls, penguins, sheep, and more to sell at a Holiday Shopping Bazaar. Sales benefitted the Hastings Family of Charities – the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Rays of Hope for Breast Cancer, and the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. Our employees support these charities through a variety of fundraising initiatives all year long. Way to go!

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Care for Window and Door Hardware

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Care for Window and Door Hardware: Today’s finishes look great and are long lasting. Find out how to clean and care for Marvin window and door hardware. General Guidelines Use a clean, soft, damp cloth to polish and remove

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    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Care for Window and Door Hardware: Today’s finishes look great and are long lasting. Find out how to clean and care for Marvin window and door hardware. General Guidelines Use a clean, soft, damp cloth to polish and remove

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  • Operating the Marvin Ultimate Next Generation Double Hung Window

    The Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung from Marvin is a classic reinvented – with innovative hardware, multipoint locking system, and lockable vent mode all incorporated into a traditional style double hung window. And while it may look traditional, the Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung opens, closes, and locks in a whole new way – transforming how homeowners experience life with their windows! Watch these quick videos to learn about Basic Operation, Sash Tilt & Removal, and Vent Mode for the Next Generation Double Hung.

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    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Ultimate Double Hung: Operation and Maintenance To operate the Ultimate Double Hung window, unlock the sash lock by rotating the sash lock lever horizontally. Once unlocked, push the bottom window sash upwards to the desired position. To close, reverse

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    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Ultimate Double Hung: Operation and Maintenance To operate the Ultimate Double Hung window, unlock the sash lock by rotating the sash lock lever horizontally. Once unlocked, push the bottom window sash upwards to the desired position. To close, reverse

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Ultimate Casement & Ultimate Awning

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Ultimate Casement & Ultimate Awning: Operation and Maintenance The powerful single-arm operator is the mechanism that you crank to open and close the Ultimate Casement and Ultimate Awning. To operate the window, first unlock it by pushing the lock

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    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Ultimate Casement & Ultimate Awning: Operation and Maintenance The powerful single-arm operator is the mechanism that you crank to open and close the Ultimate Casement and Ultimate Awning. To operate the window, first unlock it by pushing the lock

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Ultimate French Casement & Ultimate French Push Out Casement

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Ultimate French Casement & Ultimate French Push Out Casement: Ultimate French Casement Operation and Maintenance The Ultimate French Casement features two sash with a roto mechanism attached to each sash. The sash lock, located on the sill, operates a locking

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Ultimate French Casement & Ultimate French Push Out Casement

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Ultimate French Casement & Ultimate French Push Out Casement: Ultimate French Casement Operation and Maintenance The Ultimate French Casement features two sash with a roto mechanism attached to each sash. The sash lock, located on the sill, operates a locking

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  • Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Ultimate Glider

    Routine Care and Maintenance Series Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale! Ultimate Glider: Operation and Maintenance The Ultimate Glider features one handed operation. Grasp the handle to both unlock and open the sash. Push the sash closed and it will lock automatically. When the sash is closed completely the tabs will

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  • Marvin Windows
    Dead Space Do-Over

    When working with an awkward layout, adding windows can turn wasted space into a user-friendly focal point. With a housing market that’s now returned to its robust, pre-recession status and, “…the ever-presence of multiple-offer situations and bidding wars,” according to a recent article on BostonHerald.com, many homeowners are choosing to upgrade their existing home with extensive renovations rather than join the buying frenzy.  If one of a homeowner’s primary goals in remodeling is creating more space, but lot size or conservation restrictions prohibit an addition, architects and designers need to come up with solutions that meet their client’s needs while

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  • A Study in Contrasts

    From black-interior windows to ebony-hued kitchen islands, New England designers are embracing contrast. While we don’t see serene monochromatic spaces or white-on-white kitchens falling out of favor with New England designers and homeowners any time soon, we have noticed the increased use of color in recent months. In many cases, it isn’t something as subtle as introducing throw pillows or bed linens in the same color as the room’s overall décor. Permanent elements, such as kitchen cabinetry, islands and windows in saturated tones that are in sharp contrast to the wall color and flooring, are proving surprisingly popular. According to

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  • ABX 2017
    Witness the Ultimate Expression of Today’s Design Trends in Marvin Windows and Doors’ Booth #1277 at ABX

    What connects the design concepts found in tiny houses, modern farmhouses and the Danish concept of hygge? Visitors to ABX 2017 at the Boston Convention and Events Center will find the answer on November 8-10th at Booth #1277.  “We always strive to illustrate how Marvin Windows and Doors create a mood, a look and a lifestyle for today’s homeowners,” explains Keenan Burns, COO of A.W. Hastings Company, the innovative Marvin distributor for New England and Eastern New York. “We see a huge surge in the architectural community embracing personalized windows and doors as key design elements capable of transforming both

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  • Coastal Complete Solutions

    The Northeast coast is home to some of the most magnificent properties in the country. No one knows better than you, our architect partners, that this region’s rich coastal heritage provides inspiring design opportunities. It also creates unique challenges and requirements when designing and building along the seacoast and islands of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The Nor’easters of 2018 are a very recent reminder of the need to pay close attention to Design Pressure (DP) values. Marvin and Integrity offer windows and doors specifically designed for the requirements of coastal and impact zone construction. Here’s an

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