Quality that stands the test of time
Many people have asked me, “Why Window replacement?” and “Why fiberglass windows?” After all, I am often spotted at construction sites wearing high heels and a skirt, with a set of plans in my arms. As a representative of Plum Windows, I don’t fit the stereotypical image of a construction worker and to that, I say “Good! Aesthetics and attention to detail should never be compromised, only enhanced with quality materials, strength and structural integrity.”
As a lover of architectural ingenuity, I studied Classical Archaeology at the University of Arizona, receiving my bachelor’s in 1992. My studies continued to parallel my career as I searched for the perfect window. I researched ancient techniques and current innovations, visited and appreciated the architectural ingenuity of the Greco-Roman builders. Often I thought, why don’t we build things that last? How is it the red paint in Pompeii is still so fiery red? We try to duplicate, even naming a vivid red paint, Pompeii Red, but somehow miss the mark Why? The answer, inferior materials.
Designed to protect the valuable gilded statue of Athena the Parthenon is the perfect example of blending functionality with beautiful high-quality materials creating fortitude, sustainability while incorporating the natural elements. It is a measurement that in our fast-paced disposable society, choosing high-quality materials matter, making your home timeless, ageless, while keeping your most precious treasure, your family, safe and secure.
The ancient philosophy of respecting mother earth led to conscious decisions to build with integrity, with little waste and less garbage in landfills. Respect for nature evoked a transitional living, the perfect fusion of the beauty and function of mother earth with the man-made inside elements. Consideration was given to the position of the sun, the seasons and the stars making ancient builders forerunners in energy efficiency. Buildings were situated to maximize the winter sun, retain the warmth and in the summer months keep cool. Today, we have the added luxury of low emissivity glass with argon. Energy efficiency starts with low e glass as it improves solar and thermal performance, by reducing heat transfer and reflecting interior heat back into your home. This is where the ancient innovations meet modern ingenuity, optimizing energy efficiency, saving you money on energy costs while keeping you cozy and safe.
As I tallied all of the musts haves in a window(beauty, strength, security, usefulness, sustainability, green technology, energy efficiency, and cost effectiveness) Fiberglass Infinity Replacement Windows by Marvin emerged as the natural leader in all areas. Fiberglass is made from silica sand, an abundant natural resource. It has a low expansion rate which means it will not twist, warp or compromise its structural integrity. Since it retains its shape in extreme temperatures and conditions it reduces the risk seal failure and air leakage. Additionally, fiberglass has a 38% longer life expectancy than vinyl. A sustainable, long lasting, outperforming, energy efficient window that maintains its shape in the extreme desert temperatures and leaves a smaller negative footprint on the earth appealed to me. I’m convinced Infinity Windows are Parthenon worthy!
So when people say, “Why fiberglass windows?” My response is that my love of, architectural beauty, energy efficiency, dedication to preserving the earth, commitment to the safety of my family, and cost effectiveness fueled my desire to provide the best window. Future archaeology students will muse that the fiberglass window frames are still square and Plum(b)!
Desiree Williams – President – Plum Windows & Doors, Inc.