PGT® Custom Windows + Doors Re-Imagines Winguard® Aluminum Products

Image result for PGT® Custom Windows + Doors Re-Imagines Winguard® Aluminum ProductsPGT Innovations PGTI, -1.25% a national leader in the premium window and door category, announced today the redesign of PGT® Custom Windows + Doors’ WinGuard® Aluminum Single Hung and Horizontal Roller windows. The redesigned windows provide the same trusted benefits of WinGuard Aluminum® products, the nation’s #1 impact-resistant brand, with enhanced performance and an elevated look.

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“Re-imagining products within the WinGuard® Aluminum line allows PGT® Custom Windows + Doors to continue to raise the bar for one of its most well-loved products,” commented Danielle Mikesell, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “Our brands stay at the forefront of innovation by listening to our customers and employees, which allows us to move forward with advancing our products, services, and benefits.”

WinGuard® Aluminum products are built to withstand some of life’s most demanding situations. The heavy-duty window and door frames hold impact-resistant laminated glass — the primary barrier that continuously protects homes through major storms, attempted break-ins, and years of UV rays while minimizing outside noises like dogs barking, lawn mowers, and much more.

About PGT Innovations, Inc.

PGT Innovations manufactures and supplies premium windows and doors. Their highly engineered and technically advanced products can withstand some of the toughest weather conditions on earth and are revolutionizing the way people live by unifying indoor and outdoor living spaces.

PGT Innovations creates value through deep customer relationships, understanding the unstated needs of the markets it serves and a drive to develop category-defining products. PGT Innovations is also the nation’s largest manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and doors, holds the leadership position in its primary market, and is part of the S&P SmallCap 400 Index.

The PGT Innovations’ family of brands include CGI®, PGT® Custom Windows & Doors, WinDoor®, Western Window Systems and CGI Commercial. The company’s brands, in their respective markets, are a preferred choice of architects, builders and homeowners throughout NorthAmerica and the Caribbean. Their high-quality products are available in custom and standard sizes with massive dimensions that allow for unlimited design possibilities in residential, multi-family and commercial projects. For additional information, visit

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Microsoft opens the door to native ARM apps on Windows 10

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ARM-based Windows 10 devices have improved in performance, but the software is another story — without official tools to write native 64-bit ARM apps, it’s been difficult to help these machines reach their potential. That shouldn’t be an issue after this week. Microsoft has released Visual Studio 15.9, which gives developers the tools they need to craft native ARM64 apps. They can submit those apps to the Microsoft Store, too, although they can also release ARM apps elsewhere (or bundle them into releases for other chip architectures) if they’d prefer.

It may take a while before you see these apps arrive in earnest. However, they could help make a more compelling case for ARM-based Windows PCs. Right now, their frequent dependence on emulated x86 apps (not x64) offsets their touted advantages in battery life and portability. While a Snapdragon-based laptop isn’t about to outperform a reasonably quick Core i5 system any time soon, the gap may shrink enough that more people will give the ARM computer a chance..


PPI: Door and Window Material Prices Show a Mixed Bag in October

Prices for many materials used in door, window and glass manufacturing fluctuated in October, according to the latest producer price index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In most cases, indexes are down slightly from the months prior, but higher on a year-over-year basis—by as much as 10 percent in some cases.

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category is down 0.1 percent from the previous month, and fell 0.1 percent compared to October 2017.

In the industry classification for flat glass manufacturing, the index dropped 0.4 percent from September 2018, but is up 5.6 percent from October 2017. Industry classifications measure “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

Prices for fabricated, structural metal products grew 0.7 percent from the previous month, and are up 8.8 percent from October 2017. Ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, saw no change from September, and is up 10.3 percent from this time last year.

The PPI for metal door and window manufacturing is down 0.7 percent from September, and is up 7.5 percent from October 2017’s report.

Prices for wood window units remained the same for the third month in a row, but are up 4 percent compared to October 2017. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications also remained the same. They’re up 8.7 percent since last year.

The price of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials rose 0.2 percent in October and is up 4.6 percent from last year. Fiberglass plastic product prices are down 0.1 percent since last month and are 4 percent higher for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, fell 0.3 percent from the previous month. That price is 3.3 percent higher than in October 2017.


Microsoft opens the door to better Windows on ARM apps

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Microsoft is removing one of the big limitations of Windows on ARM this week by allowing developers to create 64-bit ARM (ARM64) apps. Developers will be able to recompile existing win32 or Universal Windows Apps to run natively on Windows 10 on ARM hardware. That means 64-bit app performance should get a lot better, as long as developers take the time to recompile.

Microsoft is now relying on developers to use its tools to improve its Windows on ARM efforts. That’s a situation the software giant has found itself in before, relying on developers to create Universal Windows Apps for Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Phone apps for a variety of new touch-based hardware. It’s hard to say whether 64-bit app support will really help move Windows on ARM into the mainstream, but it’s certainly laying the ground work for a bigger push by Microsoft.

Windows on ARM has been progressing steadily over the past year, but performance and app compatibility are still big issues. Windows 10 includes an emulation layer for x86 apps running on ARM processors, and it’s the way you’ll experience most desktop apps on one of these machines at the moment. Emulation is never ideal, so if developers recompile their apps to run natively on Windows on ARM then we’ll start to see just how well these laptops can compare to traditional Intel-powered devices.

As Intel continues to struggle with its 10nm processors, competition from ARM processors has closed the performance gap significantly. Apple compares its latest iPad Pro gaming performance to an Xbox One S console, and benchmarks show it’s competitive at CPU tasks. ARM is also promising laptop-level performance from its Cortex-A76 chip design in 2019. The chip design company has been claiming that ARM processors next year will compete with Intel’s Kaby Lake range on laptops.

New Windows on ARM devices have started appearing recently, including Lenovo’s Yoga C630 and Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2. Both are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850, and have phenomenal battery life. Microsoft has not yet launched a modern ARM-powered Surface. Recent reports suggest the company was considering ARM for the Surface Go, but Intel reportedly intervened and petitioned Microsoft to choose its Pentium Gold processors.


Senior center where rape reported installs jams on doors, windows

“Saturday they came over here and closed these doors and put these boards in there. They are screwed in there, the fern strip, which means I can’t open this door to get out,” Bender said.

Bender has only lived at Brookdale Atrium Way for a few months. He said one of the reasons he chose the facility was the unit’s floor plan and patio on the ground level.

“I use it all the time. That’s my car parked right there. To get to my car now, I have to go all the way down to the end of the building and all the way back,” Bender said.


It’s not just the sliding glass door being closed off that has him upset.

“All these windows here have boards like this, screwed in. I can’t open this window. If I tried it, it only goes so far. That’s it. I consider this a fire exit,” said Bender.

Fire is the biggest concern for him.

“I have four exits to this apartment, three of them are blocked,” Bender said.


Bender’s son, Michael, called News4Jax after his dad notified him about the windows and doors.

“I am very concerned. In fact,  I have been talking with him, since seeing your article, about finding a new place for him to live,” Michael Bender said. “In my mind, if something happens here he has no way of getting out. He only has the front door, and if there is a fire in the hall, then he is stuck and there is nowhere else he can go. And the windows, he can’t even open those to crawl out.”

Instead of jams, both father and son have other suggestions to remedy the situation.

“A front gate, swipe in, swipe out. Cameras on all the doors that are around the building,” Michael Bender said.


Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Northeast D.C. lists for $357,900

The 1,260-square-foot condo at 1 Hawthorne Circle NE No. 1 in Washington — listing for $357,900 — has high ceilings, hardwood flooring and a fireplace. (D. Kotowicz)

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Finding an affordable condo in a gated community with a swimming pool, outdoor space and plenty of parking sounds impossible in the District, where the median sales price was $602,250 in October, according to Bright MLS. Yet with a little searching and a willingness to live within a bus ride,…


Here’s How To Clean Your Bathroom Without Toxins

  • When you’re switching over to natural and nontoxic home-cleaning products, the bedroom and living areas feel like pretty approachable places to start. The kitchen? Sure. The bathroom on the other hand? That’s one place where it can feel like more heavy-duty products are necessary just to get the job done.

    Melissa Maker, the green-cleaning expert behind the book Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day and cleaning company Clean My Space, is here to prove otherwise. Here, she shares the green cleaning supplies and routines that will make your bathroom shine.

  • How to clean your bathroom floor.

  • Bathroom floors are basically magnets for hair and grime, which makes them prime territory for a good vacuuming. “Hair goes everywhere, and if you don’t catch it immediately, it can just go somewhere else,” she says. But if your bathroom is too small for a clunky vacuum, she recommends what’s known as the Cinderella technique:

    Get down on hands and knees and use a somewhat damp (if you don’t know what that feels like, imagine what it feels like when you sneeze into your hand) microfiber cloth to wipe down one end of the floor to the other, moving down ever so slightly until you get to the end. “Hands and knees is great because it allows you to visually see where the hair is,” she says. From there, take a new microfiber cloth (she recommends these because their thin fibers make them super effective at catching dirt), and wipe down the floors one more time using a simple water and white vinegar spray.

  • How to get rid of grime in the corners of your tub or shower.

  • No need to reach for bleach here! Instead, Maker recommends reaching for a greener cleaner or using a mixture of equal parts baking soda, dish soap (any kind will do), and 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil if you want a smell-good element. “This is a super-, super-effective cleaner,” she raves. “Make a paste and apply it to the surface of your tub. Let it sit for five minutes or so, then take a clean sponge and scrub the area over. By the time the five minutes are up, the soap scum has no chance. Everything comes out nice and clean.”

    If you’re dealing with more stubborn mold or mildew buildup that still won’t go away, she points to Concrobium as a safer alternative to most heavy-duty cleaners. It’s made without bleach, ammonia, or VOCs.

    To keep buildup from happening in the first place, you can wipe down your tub or shower after every use and then quickly spritz a mixture of 2 cups of vinegar and 20 drops of tea tree essential oil for “a little bit of extra insurance,” says Maker.


Bellingham teacher charged with recording student in bathroom to appear in court

A Bellingham middle school teacher charged with secretly recording a student in a bathroom will appear in court Monday.

Scott McDonald, 38, a teacher and baseball coach at Bellingham Memorial Middle School is set to be arraigned on felony charges for possessing illicit images of a minor. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 9 after the student reported the incident

Police say a 14-year-old boy told a school resource officer earlier this month that when McDonald told him he could use the faculty bathroom, the boy found a box with a hole and a cellphone recording inside.

Bellingham Superintendent of Schools Peter Marano said McDonald was immediately removed from the classroom once the allegation was made.

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“As an educator and a parent I am absolutely appalled anytime a teacher violates the awesome trust and responsibility given to teachers by the parents of the children placed in our care on a daily basis,” Marano said in a statement. “We will not tolerate any behavior by any member of the staff or faculty of our school district that violates that trust.


Dear Family, You Need To Get Your Act Together In The Bathroom


I walked into the bathroom the other day, not because I had to go, but because there appeared to be white slime dripping down the window, and it startled me away from my vacuuming.

As I got closer, I noticed the slime was actually toothpaste. And that toothpaste was sprayed all over the bathroom — on the mirror, the window, the windowsill, the toilet.

How the hell did toothpaste end up on the toilet? Was someone multitasking? Forget it. I don’t even want to know what happens behind these doors when I’m not looking.

I turned to grab some toilet paper to wipe up the mess until my kids got home from school and I could tell them to do a proper scrubbing. But because I already knew there was toothpaste making its way down the window, there was no way I was going to be able to function properly for the rest of the day.

But guess what? The only toilet paper in sight was a dinky little square someone left draped over a bald toilet paper roll, probably because it’s too much work to get a fresh roll and change it.

I walked out of there, refusing to get the toilet paper out to clean up the toothpaste spit because then that’s one less thing they would have to do.

When they got home I was full of piss and vinegar, partly because of their laziness and also because there was actual piss on the toilet seat and pooled on the edge on the toilet and god knows where else.

My daughter’s razor was sitting on the bottom of the tub caked with hair, and who knows how long those stiff towels have been laying on the floor.

I’ve tried to explain in the nicest way possible (read: only moderate swearing involved) that the bathroom is a place we go to wash our hands, take a shower, moisturize, and really, to get clean. And as they could see, their sorry-ass excuse pit of a bathroom wasn’t fit to get anything clean.

“How can you feel good about going in there to shower or wash your face or even take a dump? How can you relax in that hell hole?”

Their blank stares told me they literally didn’t understand the question, and I was wasting my breath. My oldest walked in, looked around and said, “Mom, it’s not that bad. Did you have a bad day?”

“Yes, I had a bad day because I had to look at this disgusting-ness and I can’t fathom why any of you think this is acceptable!”

From the empty bottle of conditioner rolling around on the floor of the tub, to the fingernail clippings hanging out on the windowsill, to the soap scum mixed with toothpaste that had crusted over the faucet and drain, I needed a wash down after just looking in there.

I don’t expect the bathroom to sparkle. I realize skid marks are going to happen and every once in a while we may forget to pick up our towel. But the fuckery that was blossoming in the bathroom that day needed to be fixed.

And so I made my three kiddos get down and dirty. There was grout-scrubbing and shower curtain-washing and Q-tips were used to get into hard to reach places.

There is zero excuse to have a bathroom that looks like it housed ten drunk college students for a month.

Adults of the world feel the need to bash our head against the toothpaste stained mirror every time we have to explain to our kids that things like changing the toilet paper roll when it’s out, or why throwing away the clump of hair will actually make life more pleasant but apparently, it’s part of the job.


From neglecting storage to choosing too many finishes: The five mistakes that instantly cheapen your bathroom

A beautiful bathroom adds a feeling of luxury to the home but there are a variety of mistakes people often make when decorating them.

These easy-to-make errors can turn the room into a space that gathers clutter easily and becomes an extension of the medicine cabinet.

Australian website My Domaine has gathered the best tips from a variety of interior designers as to how people can best organise their bathroom.

They have also explained some of the main mistakes people make, which include using too many finishes and neglecting storage.

A beautiful bathroom adds a feeling of luxury to the home but there are a variety of mistakes people often make when decorating

A beautiful bathroom adds a feeling of luxury to the home but there are a variety of mistakes people often make when decorating


Interior designer Tali Roth said there is nothing worse than a poorly lit bathroom.

‘People often forget that they need multiple light sources and end up with a single dull sconce—which basically ensures you’ll leave the house with scary clown makeup. Try to incorporate both decorative and task lighting,’ she said.

Davies-Gaetano agreed with her as she said the importance of lighting is often overlooked when people are designing their bathroom.

She explained that it’s important that a bathroom has a good source of natural light as well as lighting that is strategically placed both overhead and surrounding the vanity light.

For those bathrooms that have bad lighting she suggested people add a table or floor lamp.