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Perfectly Shimmed Swiss Window

While in Switzerland, between visits to the Schueco and Sky-Frame facilities –  I came across a unique window install.   On Mt. Rigi, in Switzerland this window was perfectly placed with logs as shims.

Perfect shim placement

Perfect shim placement

Showroom Update: New Marvin Display Signage

Our showroom has seen significant changes in the past 6 months.   Last week, we added signage to all of our Marvin Windows and Door Displays.  Over the next few months, additional items will continue to be added,  including a Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door due to arrive in September.

Check out photos of the latest updates:

Sky-Frame Installation Photos, Floating Home

We are wrapping up installation of Sky-Frame Windows and Doors on a Floating Home project in Sausalito.  Here are a couple photos taken during the installation.  The project features Sky-Frame 2 with dual glazed glass and a standard Sky-Frame anodized finish.

 

Sky-Frame Corner Door Installation

Sky-Frame Corner Door Installation

Sky-Frame Door Installation

Sky-Frame Door Installation

Sky-Frame 90 Degree Corner Door Installation

Sky-Frame 90 Degree Corner Door Installation

 

Photos by: David Pope, Old Town Glass, Inc.

General Contractor: Sausalito Construction

Architects: Hunter Architecture –  Belvedere, CA and Stücheli Architekten  – Zürich, Switzerland

 

About Sky-Frame:

Sky-Frame windows are engineered and manufactured in Switzerland, with this Swiss expertise Sky-Frame is positioned as the world’s leading sliding window system.  The product can be used as a window and/or door.  Old Town Glass is proud to be the Northern California partner  for Sky-Frame offering complete solutions, from concept to installation. Our staff has been trained at the Sky-Frame factory in Frauenfeld, Switzerland to provide expert assistance with your project.

About Old Town Glass, Inc.

Old Town Glass is a California licensed glazing contractor based in Marin County, CA.  We are a family owned, second generation business offering a complete window, door, and glass product line.

This Old House, Window Replacement Guide

Check out, This Old House, Window Replacement Guide, sponsored by Marvin Windows.   It is a downloadable ten page guide to replacing your windows.   When replacing windows and doors there are a number of choices to be made, ranging from material choices, installation decisions, how a they operates, and the pattern of bars dividing the glass.   It can be an overwhelming process, but it does not have to be.   Download the This Old House, Guide to help choose the right windows for your home.

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Link to Download:

 

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Old Town Glass is a Marvin and Integrity, Window and Door Dealer and Authorized Installing Retailer.  Please contact us for additional assistance on your window and door replacement project.

In Photos – All Weather Aluminum Windows and Doors (6000, 7000, 8000 Series)

Photo Gallery of an All Weather Window and Door Project in Novato, CA.

Specifications:

7000 Series Inswing and Outswing Door

8000 Series Sliding Doors

6000 Casement, Awning, and Fixed Windows

All of the products used feature a thermal strut system that provides a thermal break between the two aluminum extrusions that make up the windows and doors.

The windows and doors feature a custom anodized color with custom powder coated hinges to match the anodizing.  SolarBan 60 LowE glass from PPG was used to provide both SHGC control and an excellent U Value.

All Weather 7000 Series Door System

All Weather 7000 Series Door System

All Weather 7000 Series Door System

All Weather 7000 Series Door System

All Weather 7000 Series Door System.  Inswing View with Hinges Visible.

All Weather 7000 Series Door System. Inswing
View with Hinges Visible.

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All Weather Custom Anodized Aluminum Door System

All Weather Custom Anodized Aluminum Door System

Clear Anodized All Weather, 7000 Series Door Frame with Inswing Center Operable Panel

Clear Anodized All Weather, 7000 Series Door Frame with Inswing Center Operable Panel

Large Three Wide, Fixed Window Assembly

Large Three Wide, Fixed Window Assembly

Four Panel All Weather 8000 Series Door

Four Panel All Weather 8000 Series Door

All Weather 8000 Series, 4 Panel Door with Large 6000 Series Windows

All Weather 8000 Series, 4 Panel Door with Large 6000 Series Windows

All Weather Custom Casement Assembly with Pitched Fixed Windows Above

All Weather Custom Casement Assembly with Pitched Fixed Windows Above

All Weather 6000 Series, Custom Anodized Aluminum Window

All Weather 6000 Series, Custom Anodized Aluminum Window

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Marvin Clad Window Installation Photos

We recently supplied Marvin Windows and Doors for a project in West Marin, to replace existing wood exterior windows and doors.   The Marvin Clad product was chosen for it’s superior finish and durability.   The project featured Stone White Clad Exterior and Primed Interior.

 

Products included: Marvin Ultimate Inswing Hinged Doors, Marvin Ultimate Double Hungs, Marvin In Sash Polygons.

 

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General Contractor: Jim Allen Construction

Marvin Windows and Doors Supplied by Old Town Glass, Inc.

Diamond Certified Expert Video, From Old Town Glass

Recent video featured on Diamond Certified’s Expert Contributor page

Complete Video Transcription:

NOVATO − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re thinking about installing a new glass product in your home, you’ll first want to understand your options. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, John Pope of Old Town Glass to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, John Pope: Today we’re going to talk about different glass types. Your typical glass that you’d find in a window or door, whether it’s residential or commercial, is double paned. Double paned glass is made up of two pieces of glass. That’s what you’d find in a window. You actually have two pieces of glass with an air space. And what that does is it provides an insulating value similar to wall insulation that actually isolates the interior from the exterior, more so than if you just had a single pane piece of glass, which would just be one single pane separating the interior from the exterior.

So, in double pane glass there’s a couple different options. These are all examples of low-e glass. Low-e glass is a double pane glass that has a coating on it to make it more energy efficient. So, what you’ve got is a piece of quarter inch glass, a spacer bar, and then another piece of quarter inch glass.

In interior glass application, shower doors, heavy glass, we have monolithic, or single pane glass. This is an example of a sliding door that you could use as a closet door or as the entry to an office system.

Within side that family of single pane or monolithic, like in this case, this was used as an office partition, we have options for that. This is actually pattern glass. So you’ve got single pane pattern glass; in this case it is actually an obscure pattern that the further you move away from it, you can’t see through. Satin natural matte Lux, which is this type of glass. We want more of an obscure pattern. This is another type of pattern glass, which is baroque, where you can see through it but it diffuses the view as you look through the glass.

One of the other glass types we use that is used a lot in commercial, guard rail applications, and/or deck rails, or in areas where you’re worried about things breaking, is laminated glass. In this case, this is glass that we’d use in a heavy glass rail, where you did not want a top cap on it, or in an application where if the glass breaks you still don’t want the glass to fall apart or fail.

In this piece is two pieces of three-eighths monolithic glass, or single pane glass, sandwiched together with an inter-layer from DuPont. And it’s a 0.060 inter-layer so this glass is almost an inch thick, but it’s really made of three components. If we were to break this glass the glass will still stay standing.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local top-rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

– See more at: http://experts.diamondcertified.org/video-options-glass-products/#sthash.9z5nxmTN.dpuf

 

Marvin three panel clad sliding French door

Photo of a Marvin stone white ultimate sliding French door.

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This door was installed on a project in Novato.

Old Town Glass is a Marvin Authorized Installing Retailer.

Marin Home Magazine: Winter 2015

The Marin Builder’s Association just released the printed version of Marin Home, Winter 2015 Edition.   An electronic version is also available.

Showroom Addition: Marvin Bifold Door with Contemporary Panel

We just added a three panel, Marvin Bifold Door to the showroom.  Trim, finish work, and a glass awning to be added shortly. . .

Old Town Glass newest addition to the showroom

Old Town Glass newest addition to the showroom

Specs:

Marvin Bifold with Contemporary Panels with Satin Nickel, Contemporary Handle

Bright Silver Aluminum Clad Exterior and Factory Painted White Interior

5 1/2″ Jambs with Bronze Sill

This rounds out the collection of Marvin doors that we have on display.  We currently have:

16′ x 8′, Clad Ultimate Sliding French Door: Stone White Exterior and White Oak Interior

9′ x 8′, Clad Bifold Door with Contemporary Panels

6′ x 8′ Clad Ultimate Inswing French Door, with Flat Panels: Cashmere Exterior and Bare Mixed Grain Fir Interior

6′ x 8′, Clad Ultimate Sliding Patio Door: Bronze Exterior and Stained Interior

For more information on Marvin’s Bifold Door products stop by our showroom for additional information on the entire Marvin product line.