Routine Care & Maintenance – Swinging Doors

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Marvin & Integrity Swinging Doors:

 Operation and Maintenance

Make sure to clean out debris from the door drainage system

Make sure to clean out debris from the door drainage system.

To operate the door from the interior, grasp the active panel’s handle lever and rotate it downwards. Pull the door panel towards you for an Inswing door, or push the door outwards for a Outswing door.

Doors require very little maintenance to keep  functioning efficiently. Most problems can be eliminated by keeping the sill clean, ensuring smooth door operation. Chemicals, solvents, paints, and other harsh substances should never come in contact with the sill. Remove any paint, grease or sealant with 50% isopropyl alcohol. Finished wood doors need to adjust to humidity levels in a home and may warp slightly as seasons change (allow one full year for your door to go through this process). Door handles can be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges. Marvin doors have a special weep drainage system incorporated into the sill design. Periodically check the sill to be sure the weep system is free from debris. To maintain sill appearance, wash only with mild soap and water solution.

Handle Operation for the Multi-Point Lock
Always close and lock your passive panel first and the operating panel (with thumb turn) second. Marvin’s multi-point hardware has locking bolts at the head and base of the door. Lifting the handle 45 degrees upward will set the head and foot bolts in place for a secure seal. A 90 degree turn of the key from the outside or the thumb turn on the inside will lock the deadbolt in the handle assembly. When the deadbolt is unlocked, downward pressure on the handle will release the bolts and latch, and the door will open. Engaging only the deadbolt will offer some security. However, to obtain full security and full performance against air and water infiltration, engage the head and foot bolt along with the dead bolt.

NOTE: An operating passive panel will have either manual head and foot bolts or multi-point hardware.

Adjustable Hinges
Some Swinging Doors are equipped with adjustable hinges which allow horizontal and vertical adjustment after the door has been permanently installed. To adjust panel(s) horizontally away from the hinge jamb, open the panel slightly to access the hinges, turn horizontal adjustment screw counter-clockwise using a 5/32” (4mm) Allen wrench. To move the panel toward the hinge jamb, turn the Allen screw clockwise. To raise the panel vertically, first adjust one hinge and remaining hinges equally by turning the vertical adjustment screw clockwise using a 5/32” (4mm) Allen wrench. To lower the panel, adjust all hinges equally by turning the screws counter-clockwise. Be sure to make horizontal adjustments first. Make any vertical adjustments ONLY after the horizontal adjustments are complete.

NOTE: When raising or lowering panel vertically, it will be necessary to loosen or tighten all vertical adjustment screws so the weight of the panel will not be on just one hinge. Compare alignment marks on each hinge to ensure even weight distribution of the panel.

Butt Hinge Adjustment
On doors equipped with butt hinges, there are 1/32” (1mm) shim behind each leaf on all hinges. Horizontal panel adjustment is possible by removing or redistributing these shims.

Door Shim

Door Shim


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Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Painting and Staining Details

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Marvin Painting and Staining:


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Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Painting and Staining General Guidelines

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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.


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Routine Care & Maintenance – Maintaining Energy Panels

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Maintaining Energy Panels:

Here are the many panel and screen options offered by Marvin

Here’s a look at the many panel and screen options offered by Marvin. (Click to enlarge.)

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 sash, and offer added energy efficiency for wood windows with single glazing.

To keep your panels in optimum working order, occasionally make sure that all fasteners on your energy panels are closed securely. Clean and maintain the glass the same way as your other windows for regular interior and exterior care.

Do not caulk around your energy panel. It is designed to allow a certain amount of air circulation.


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Routine Care & Maintenance – Removing Labels From Glass

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Removing Labels From Glass:

Labels should release from the glass cleanly and easily.

Labels should release from the glass cleanly and easily.

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.
  1. 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 –
  2. Soak the label thoroughly with acetone (nail polish remover) and peel the label off after a few minute

Remember:

If a label does not release from the glass easily, following these instructions can help you avoid a sticky situation

If a label does not release from the glass easily, following these instructions can help you avoid a sticky situation like the one above.

  • Do not remove labels when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Cleaning agents must not come in contact with weatherstrip or finishes, as damage may result.
  • Use of razor blades or knives is not recommended on any coated glass such as Low E II. However, if paint or other construction residue cannot be removed from any non-coated glass surface with normal cleaning, a new 1″ razor blade may need to be used on small areas only! Scraping should be done in one direction only. Never scrape in a back and forth motion, this will only trap debris under the blade and permanently scratch the glass. 

WARNING: Do not use scrapers for cleaning glass. Glass scratched by a scraper is not covered under the Marvin Window and Door warranty.

 

 


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Routine Care & Maintenance – Caring for Exterior, Painted Wood

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Caring For Exterior, Painted Wood:

Clean, beautiful, wooden exterior

Clean, beautiful, wooden exterior

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 detergent solutions or cleaners. Prolonged detergent contact with paint can cause damage to the finish.

Grease or oily materials may require the use of stronger cleaning compounds. Solvents or abrasive-type cleaners should be avoided. Do not allow strong detergents, ammonia, chemicals, or other harsh cleaning substances to come in contact with finished exterior surfaces as they can cause damage.

Small damaged areas in the painted finish, such as nicks and scratches, may be touched up with a matching, high-quality latex primer and paint. Contact your local paint supply store for product recommendations or instructions.

Inspect the exterior caulking around the outer edges of the window frame. Trim off any old, loose caulking and seal any gaps with a good quality caulk.


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Routine Care & Maintenance – Condensation

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Condensation: A Sign of High Humidity

Interior condensation accumulation

Interior condensation accumulation

Excessive humidity can actually be an issue in newer, energy-efficient homes that don’t “breathe.” An inexpensive hygrometer should be able to tell you if your humidity levels are in check.

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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 chosen based on what we find to be beautiful, but we select the frame to either make it pop or seamlessly blend in, all the while reflecting one’s personal signature style.

With this in mind, here are a few creative tips to set you on the path for choosing your window style.

Using color to your advantage:
Dark painted sashes are all the rage and for good reason. They can be implemented in a multitude of ways. Picture a black window sash and frame, set in a brick wall with a view of Manhattan; just seamless! Move those same dark window sashes to a stark white contemporary space that over looks a Japanese garden and you have a POP! And why not use them in a Proper Bostonian Brownstone? That would be wicked!

Details, details and details:
You can easily add character to a space by using customized moldings. Trimwork can be an accessory working to transform your windows by giving them a decorated look without inhibiting the view. If you’re feeling a little intimidated by just going bare, integrated shades can be incorporated when the need for privacy strikes. Moldings also set the tone for the architectural integrity of the home. Craftsman moldings are simple and solid; in contrast, the more ornate moldings pay tribute to a romantic period. An absence of moldings altogether can give a nod to the contemporary design. This holds true in addressing exterior casing, or lack thereof, as well.

Bump it out:
Are you building a high energy efficient home with thicker walls with deep set windows? Use extension jambs to your advantage. When done in a natural finish and no added trim (flush with the sheetrock), this approach can add traditional warmth to a space while remaining stripped down, modern and sleek. Plus it’s a great place to throw a book down when cozying up in your favorite chair.

style2A Good Handshake:
Window and door hardware seems to be an afterthought, but trust me they are more important than people can imagine. Hardware honestly can make or break the visual coherence of a room. I have seen beautiful stained wood windows and doors cheapened in appearance because the lack of attention put into the hardware. There are so many details put into designing a home – don’t let all that work go to waste by not carrying that detail down to the end.

Camouflage:
In some instances, the view is just not that noteworthy but the ambient light is necessary. Changing the view isn’t a realistic possibility, so we improvise. Plantation shutters are a great way to turn a negative into a positive, welcoming class and sophistication to a space along with being incredibly functional – think bathrooms. Another way to camouflage and retain light is adopting the trend of layering windows with shelves and even mirrors; it’s quite the trend buzzing on Houzz, Pinterest and Apartment Therapy.

In the end, framing your view is key, so know your options before going into your next project. Remember, a bad frame can hinder even the most spectacular view. So don’t get stuck with it, style it!

naomiYour A.W. Hastings Representative
Naomi Mancha is a Products and Services Consultant at A.W. Hastings. She comes from a diverse background in the field of interior design and sales. Her focus is on the development of relationships with architects, contractors and institutions as well as keeping home building and renovating projects advancing to a spectacular conclusion.

 

Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning Screens

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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 your garden hose.

Allow the screens to completely air dry before replacing them in the window or door. If you live in a cold climate, it is recommended that you remove exterior window screens and screendoors during the winter. The mesh may collect snow and ice, causing the screen to sag.

Always work from the exterior of the door when removing and replacing door screens.

Example of a plunger pin

Example of a plunger pin

Windows — Interior Screens
To remove the interior screens, simply lift up on the finger lifts (or finger routes) at the bottom of the screen. This will cause the spring-like mechanism at the top of the screen to compress. Using the finger lifts and continuing to apply upward pressure, draw the bottom of the screen out of the window.
Windows — Exterior Screens
To remove the screen, grasp the plunger pins and pull inward until the pins clear the screen lip on the frame cladding.
On Clad Ultimate Double Hungs, push the screen outward, grasp screen frame and pull down slightly. Turn the screen sideways and bring it through the window into your home.
Notes:
  • Marvin recommends that the operating sash on the double hung windows be removed from the window before attempting to remove the screen.
  • Certain size screens have a factory bow in the frame; this is to ensure a snug fit and is not a defect.
  • Every screen installed on Marvin products has a label affixed to it that states the following, “WARNING: Screen will not stop child from falling out of window. Keep child away from open window.” If the sticker is removed, please take extra precautions to make sure children do not lean on the screen, especially when the window is open. 

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Integrity’s Red Diamond Achiever Award: People’s Choice Voting – Round 2

The 2015 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Program has entered Round 2 of the People’s Choice voting phase. Over 260 submissions and nominations, entered by builders, architects, and dealers from around the country, have been whittled down by popular vote to the Top 5. Check out the five remaining projects vying for the People’s Choice title and cast your vote today! Round 2 voting ends at 11:59 am on Tuesday, August 18.

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The Red Diamond Achiever Award seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects who use Integrity Windows and Doors. Following the selection of the People’s Choice Winner, a judging panel will announce several program winners based on creativity, overcoming construction challenges, architecture, complexity and sustainability.

We’re looking forward to seeing which of these great projects make it through to the winner’s circle!

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