GuildQuality recognizes the 2019 Guildmaster Award winners

2019 Guildmaster Awards

The annual Guildmaster Awards have been announced.  The awards celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and real estate professions. Each year, GuildQuality gives special recognition to the companies that demonstrate an ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience.  Gravina's Window Center of Littleton was named as 2018 recipients.

What are the Guildmaster Awards?

The GuildQuality Guildmaster Awards celebrate service excellence among home builders, remodelers, developers, property managers, home services contractors, and real estate professionals. The awards are open to all Guildmembers and GuildQuality will begin accepting applications in October. GuildQuality announces the award winners in April of the following year.

In granting awards, GuildQuality considers two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. Incorporating a high response rate into the calculation enables us to confidently recognize top-performing companies, however, in many cases, some companies will receive very high customer satisfaction scores but may not qualify because too few customers responded to a survey.

Congratulations to all the companies who won!


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Therma-Tru is making protective facial shields


Therma-Tru Doors to 3D Print Face Shields for Hospitals

Therma-Tru is making protective facial shields with 3D printing machinery facilities in Maumee and Edgerton for hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout Ohio. Therma- Tru plans to deliver more than 80 face shields within the next week and will continue to do so every week for the foreseeable future.

“As an Ohio-based company, we are committed to doing our part in the community during this pandemic,” said Mark Ayers, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Therma-Tru Corp. “On behalf of Therma-Tru, we would like to thank all healthcare workers nationwide for their dedication during these challenging times.”

The company’s 3D printers are traditionally used to produce prototypes, templates, and jigs for the latest in Therma-Tru exterior door technology. Now they are also being leveraged to make re-usable shields that provide effective protection to a broad area of the face, helping to keep healthcare workers safe as they care for COVID-19 patients.

“While collaborating with industry 3D-printing technologists, we determined we had a unique opportunity to play a role and help out,” says Connor Funk, Lab Technician at Therma-Tru. “The particular design of shield we are making offers added protection with the visor. We are also exploring other designs without a visor that are even faster to print to increase the number of shields we can produce daily for healthcare staff.”

Therma-Tru obtained the shield template from resources provided by the National Institute of Health on products clinically tested to limit the spread of COVID-19 through aerosol and splatter exposure.

Therma-Tru is a premier fiberglass entry door system we always recommend.

This article is from our partner, Therma-Tru Doors



Understanding Window Condensation

What is condensation?

Condensation generally occurs inside the home when it is freezing outside, and the humidity level inside the house is at a higher level than recommended. When it gets frigid out, the humidity level inside needs to be reduced accordingly to avoid condensation.

Where can it develop in a home?

Condensation typically develops on cooler surfaces inside the home, such as astragals, hinges, hardware, and glass. These surfaces are cooler because they are closer to the outside than a wall or table, and excess moisture condensates on these surfaces. Moisture in the air is known as humidity.

What causes condensation on windows?

Is it a sign of a faulty window? Learn what causes condensation and why it is normal. Condensation is actually a sign that windows and doors are doing their job. While it can be frustrating to look through a foggy window, the good news is you can minimize or prevent condensation with the proper knowledge.

So where is the water coming from?

An important fact to remember is the surface where condensation has formed is not obtaining water from outside the home, nor is it making its moisture; instead, it comes from the environment inside the house. The higher the humidity percentage inside the house, the quicker a cooler surface will begin to condensate. Air temperature, combined with humidity level, defines a temperature at which condensation will form. This is called the Dew Point Temperature. If condensation is developing, then the humidity percentage must be reduced, so the resulting Dew Point Temperature is below the temperature of the cooler surfaces.


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The 2020 Colorado Garden and Home Show at the Denver Convention Center



Visit the 2020 Colorado Garden & Home Show, Feb. 22 - Mar. 1 at the Colorado Convention Center to research, compare, and choose from thousands of products and services, and take advantage of the Home Show Specials. Get ideas, inspiration, and advice for your home from more than 600 companies at Colorado's largest home and garden marketplace.

In the past 25 years, organizations throughout Colorado have received grants totaling over $5.5 million from Colorado Garden Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to furthering the horticultural industry.

Colorado Garden Foundation presents the Colorado Garden and Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living. The Colorado Garden & Home Show is Colorado's oldest and most prestigious garden and home show which attracts more than 60,000 visitors annually.

Each year, money raised from the Shows supports horticultural and related activities throughout Colorado. The Grant program funds tree and plant material purchases, school landscape improvements, community gardens, and educational and research programs with organizations throughout Colorado.

Protecting Yourself from Burglary

Some Steps You Can Take To Secure Your Home, and Your Family

Protecting Your House From Thieves

For the majority of burglaries in Denver, entry is gained by the use of unlocked garages and doors, or through the use of amounts of force such as breaking a window and reaching through to unlock the door.

Here are several tips to burglar-proof your home:


1. Keep your doors and windows locked

You would be surprised how many homeowners leave their windows or doors unlocked when they leave.  Don’t be that person.

2. Inspect the locking devices on all your windows

When inspecting your own current windows and doors notice the hardware handles and locks and consider replacing those pieces that no longer work or are easy to pry open.

3. Add auxiliary locks to sliding windows or doors

There are aftermarket lock systems you can add to door or windows.

4. Window Sensors

Adding window sensors can be done with electronic devices that make loud noises.

5. Increase Visibility

Trimming bushes and other obstacles that block your windows will help increase outside visibility.  This gives fewer areas for trespassers to sneak into your home and break-in.  For a nighttime deterrent add motion sensing lights to the exterior.

6. Upgrade to New Windows

 You feel like the current windows and doors you own don’t meet your safety needs, we highly recommend that you consider replacing them.

Protecting Your Home From Thieves

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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

In this post, you’ll learn …

  • Signs it’s time to replace your windows
  • Why windows are important for your home value
  • How to reduce energy costs


How do you know if it’s time to replace your windows?

Windows can improve your home’s curb appeal, increase the amount of natural light in your home, and improve energy efficiency.  Whether your home is brand new or you’ve been living there for decades, the need for window replacement can arise at any time. People often wonder how they can tell when it’s time to replace their windows. In some cases, the signs are evident, while others can be difficult to detect, rendering the adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” not very useful. In any case, it’s crucial you know what signs to look for so you can accurately determine when it’s time to replace your home’s windows.  Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your windows.

Poor Appearance 

If your windows have accumulated moisture in between the panes, are faded, dim or discolored, it’s recommended you replace them. Though they aren’t necessarily broken, windows with a poor appearance can reduce your home’s value and often can’t be returned to their original clarity. Plus, if your windows experience heavy condensation, their seal is likely compromised, reducing efficiency.


Windows are designed to keep the outside from getting in.  If you see that your windows are frosting between the sheets of glass, it means that your seals have broken, leaving moisture between the glass panes. Once the seals fail, any insulating gas used to make the window energy efficient is now gone.  Cracked window panes allow added spots for air to leak in and out of your window.  Over time, window shapes and structures can become damaged or misaligned, which allows drafts, moisture, or even insects to infiltrate your home through naturally occurring gaps or cracks in the window.


For those who have older homes, remember that your windows age along with everything else. Not only do old windows often look tacky, but they have a higher chance of developing structural issues like warping or gaps. Older windows tend to break down and often refuse to open or have a hard time shutting. Spare yourself the problems and consider new options.

High Energy Bills

Have you recently noticed higher energy bills but were unable to pinpoint the cause? It may be your windows! Drafty, old, or single-pane windows can drastically reduce your home’s energy efficiency by causing your HVAC unit to work much harder than it would need to if you had the right windows. To decrease your energy costs, install windows with multiple panes, Low-E coating, and modern glazing. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates a Low-E coating can reduce energy loss by 30 to 50 percent. Keep in mind, the average vinyl window’s lifespan is just 1 to 10 years. Upgrading to new energy-efficient windows will also boost your home’s value tremendously and can put a stop to drafts and unsightly damage.

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Marvin Windows and Doors has a Lifetime of Experience



You can see it in the tiny details. You can feel it with your hands every single time you use it. It’s the scent of the wood, the certain click-into-place of the lock, the gentle refractions of sunlight through the glass. No shortcuts, no substitutions—when it’s made well, you just know.

At Marvin®, they have the momentum of four generations of design and innovation to drive their process. They bring traditional expertise, modern sensibilities, and ethical approach to each detail of your windows and doors

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