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The traditional new home construction process has given general contractors (GCs) a bad rap. Typically, clients would work with an architect to design their dream home, only to be stunned when construction bids from GCs come in way over budget and timelines stretch. Patterson Custom Homes aims to restore faith in GCs by beginning its relationship with clients as early as possible in the process.

The JELD-WEN research and development (R&D) center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is our hub for innovation, science, technology, and design testing . This tech center is where we’ve established many of the performance ratings that make our doors and windows stand out and stand up to the elements in different geographic areas. Using 3D design and printing capabilities on-site allows us to test materials and products early in the development process. To ensure our products meet and exceed the demands of real-world conditions before being released, they are tested, refined and put through their paces here. It’s a tried-and-true approach for delivering a total solution. That includes the installation phase, too. Easy-to-follow instructions that everyone can understand are all part of the process behind releasing new and improved products. See how our process comes together. Watch the video below. Learn more about JELD-WEN® windows, exterior doors and interior doors.

Windows provide more than just light — it’s time to dive into the processes, benefits, and options with various building materials. Windows don’t simply emanate light into rooms anymore. Today they can affect everything from biophilic design to circadian rhythm to energy efficiency. Whether you’re a designer, contractor, or builder, there are many considerations to think about when choosing the best windows for a homeowner’s project. It’s important to have a solid understanding of the following topics when approaching a project. Performance classifications and gradesTestingManufacturing processesPerformance benefitsDesign options of various window types Each of these considerations align with the 2017 edition of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), which currently defines the performance requirements for windows, doors, and skylights made of aluminum, vinyl, ABS plastics, fiberglass, cellulosic composites, and wood. These vinyl windows not only let in plenty of light and scenery, but they’ll last for years with their strength and…

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