Thompson Creek News & Events

  • Open House This Saturday

    10/8/2010 12:00 AM

    Please join Thompson Creek and Closet America in our Fall Open House tomorrow from 9AM until 2PM.  The event is located at 1775 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785. Activities include: Tours of our state-of-the-art, 80,000 square foot factory – learn how every window, gutter and closet we install is made. Free Food and drinks. Fun for the kids, including a moon bounce, entertainment and balloon art. Meet WTOP personality Chris Core from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. The day will also include numerous drawings to win one of many valuable prizes:  Thompson Creek Windows A Closet America Closet A Three Day, Two Night Trip to New York City 32” Flat-screen LCD HDTV 8GB iPod Nano Portable DVD Player Entry Door Flip Video Camera Maintenance free Gutter System See how our energy efficient products can help you get a 30% tax credit (up to $1,500) from Uncle Sam. Time is running out as your windows need to be installed by December 31st. This is also your opportunity to tour the Closet America Factory and get a closer look at the Closet America difference. If you have questions or want more information, please call 866-572-7335 or email us at info@thompsoncreek.com Trust your home to Thompson Creek.

  • Open House This Weekend

    10/4/2010 12:00 AM

    Join us this Saturday, October 9th, 2010 for Thompson Creek and Closet America’s Fall Open House 9:00am – 2:00pm in Landover, MD Join us as we celebrate 30 years in business with our Fall Open House event! The Open House is being held at our showroom and factory in Landover, Maryland. The day promises to be jam-packed with fun for everyone in your family.  Activities include: Meet WTOP personality Chris Core from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Tours of our state-of-the-art, 80,000 square foot factory – learn how every window, gutter and closet we install is made. Free Food and drinks. Fun for the kids, including a moon bounce, entertainment and balloon art. The day will also include numerous drawings to win one of many valuable prizes:  Thompson Creek Windows A Closet America Closet A Three Day, Two Night Trip to New York City 32” Flat-screen LCD HDTV 8GB iPod Nano Portable DVD Player Entry Door Flip Video Camera Maintenance free Gutter System See how our energy efficient products can help you get a 30% tax credit (up to $1,500) from Uncle Sam. Time is running out as your windows need to be installed by December 31st. This is also your opportunity to tour the Closet America Factory and get a closer look at the Closet America difference. If you have questions or want more information, please call 866-572-7335 or email us at info@thompsoncreek.com Trust your home to Thompson Creek.

  • Thompson Creek Windows #16 in Remodeling Magazine’s 2010 List

    9/28/2010 12:00 AM

    Thompson Creek windows were installed in thousands of homes throughout Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia last year.  Despite challenging economic times, Thompson Creek improved 10 spots from last year’s list.   Thompson Creek Window Company, one of the region’s largest remodeling companies, ranks #16 in Remodeling magazine’s 2010 Remodeling 550 list.  Remodeling reports that according to tabulations by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, contractors who provide remodeling services number 530,200.  The Joint Center divides that number into 320,100 specialty trade firms and 210,100 general contractors. The replacement contractors on the 2010 list specialize in a number of product lines.  Thompson Creek specializes in vinyl replacement windows, gutters, siding and doors. Manufacturing the products they sell and install gives them better control over the product design and lead times, allowing them to maintain a strong competitive edge over other home improvement companies. By controlling the installation, service and warranty for their products, installation-related service problems are avoided and they are able to provide faster, more dependable service to their customers. The vertical integration of manufacturing, marketing, sales and installation allows Thompson Creek to be completely accountable to their customers, both during the process as well as any warranty work that may need to be completed in the future. This differentiation translates into higher quality products, faster service and superior value. “I am very pleased to be recognized as one of the top 550 remodelers in the country.  These are challenging economic times and growing a business in this climate requires a total commitment to 100% customer satisfaction.  Our growth is a result of the business we generate from our satisfied customers and the great feedback they are giving to their friends and neighbors about our company.  Our inclusion on this list is validation that we are succeeding in our mission.” said Rick Wuest, President of Thompson Creek.  About Thompson Creek: The Thompson Creek Window Company is a privately owned and family operated manufacturer and installer of energy efficient home improvement replacement products.  Founded in 1980, their roots were planted as a manufacturer of energy efficient, maintenance free vinyl windows.  Since that time, they have evolved into one of the leading specialty home improvement contracting companies in the nation.  Their product mix includes replacement windows and doors, vinyl siding and a clog-free gutter system.  Thompson Creek operates their administrative offices and 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Landover, Maryland, where they employ a staff of over 250 people.  

  • See How They’re Made

    9/27/2010 12:00 AM

    Join us on Saturday, October 9th, 2010 for Thompson Creek and Closet America’s Fall Open House 9:00am – 2:00pm Join us as we celebrate 30 years in business with our Fall Open House event! The Open House is being held at our showroom and factory in Landover, Maryland. The day promises to be jam-packed with fun for everyone in your family.  Activities include: Meet WTOP personality Chris Core from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Tours of our state-of-the-art, 80,000 square foot factory – learn how every window, gutter and closet we install is made. Food and drinks. Fun for the kids, including a moon bounce, entertainment and balloon art. The day will also include numerous drawings to win one of many valuable prizes:  Thompson Creek Windows A Closet America Closet A Three Day, Two Night Trip to New York City Many more prizes See how our energy efficient products can help you get a 30% tax credit (up to $1,500) from Uncle Sam. Time is running out as your windows need to be installed by December 31st. This is also your opportunity to tour the Closet America Factory and get a closer look at the Closet America difference. If you have questions or want more information, please call 866-572-7335 or email us at info@thompsoncreek.com Trust your home to Thompson Creek.

  • Gutter Terminology and Definitions

    9/14/2010 12:00 AM

    When you are considering replacing your gutters, you may come across terminology during your research that may get confusing.  Fascia, soffit, ferrules, pitch – what does it all mean?  Here are some of the more common terms you may come across. Fascia:  Also referred to as fascia board, fascia is a type of roof trim mounted on the exposed ends of rafters or the top of exterior walls to create a layer between the edge of the roof and the outside, protecting the roof and the interior of the house from weather damage.  Fascia board can be vulnerable to water damage, leading to rot which can spread to the rafters and roofing materials. Cap:  Although not always necessary, the fascia board can be capped to protect it from the battering of wind, rain, snow, heat and humidity. Soffit:  The underside of the roof overhang or porch ceiling that covers the rafter bottoms. This horizontal surface usually has vents to allow air into the attic. Hanger:  A flat strap installed under the roofing material that holds up the horizontal section of the gutter. Spike and Ferrule:  Another method to attach gutters to a home using a metal tube that is placed inside the gutter to strengthen it and keep it from bending. The spike is driven through the face of the gutter at the top, through the ferrule and into the wood fascia board. Spike and ferrule hangers tend to pull out of the wood over time which can cause the gutters to sag. Pitch:  The angle at which a horizontal section of gutter is tilted in order to force water to flow toward a downspout. Run:  Length of a horizontal section of gutter. Splash guard:  A plastic or concrete surface put under a downspout to direct water away from the house.

  • Qualified Remodeler 2010 Top 500 List

    8/30/2010 12:00 AM

    Thompson Creek Window Company, one of the region’s largest remodeling companies, broke into the Top 20 in Qualified Remodeler magazine’s annual Top 500 list.  Since debuting on the list in 2005 at #133, Thompson Creek has advanced up the rankings year after year and is currently ranked #16 on the 2010 list. The Top 500 is the longest ongoing recognition program in the remodeling industry.  Each year the Top 500 recognizes remodelers for significant and sustained success in terms of installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards and community service. “On behalf of the entire Qualified Remodeler team, I extend our congratulations.  In an industry consisting of more than 100,000 firms with payroll, this is truly a distinction that sets Thompson Creek Window Company apart from the crowd.  In your local market there are very few companies that can claim this achievement.” - Patrick O’Toole, Publisher, Qualified Remodeler magazine. Rick Wuest, President of Thompson Creek, said, “I am very pleased to be recognized as one of the top 500 remodelers in the country.  These are challenging economic times and growing a business in this climate requires a total commitment to 100% customer satisfaction.  Our growth is a result of the business we generate from our satisfied customers and the great feedback they are giving to their friends and neighbors about our company.  Our inclusion in this list is validation that we are succeeding in our mission.”  About Thompson Creek: The Thompson Creek Window Company is a privately owned and family operated manufacturer and installer of energy efficient home improvement replacement products.  Founded in 1980, their roots were planted as a manufacturer of energy efficient, maintenance free vinyl windows.  Since that time, they have evolved into one of the leading specialty home improvement contracting companies in the nation.  Their product mix includes replacement windows and doors, vinyl siding and a clog-free gutter system.  Thompson Creek operates their administrative offices and 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Landover, Maryland, where they employ a staff of over 250 people.

  • Thompson Creek Earns Green Building Certification

    8/29/2010 12:00 AM

    Confused about what green products to select to earn points toward National Green Building Certification?  Thompson Creek Window Company has made it a little easier – our vinyl replacement windows have been Green Approved by the NAHB Research Center. This means you can be assured that Thompson Creek replacement windows comply with specific green practice criteria in the National Green Building Standard. See our product listing on www.GreenApprovedProducts.com for more information.

  • Making sense of replacement window “technical terms”

    8/17/2010 12:00 AM

    When researching replacement windows for your home, you’ll soon come to realize there’s a lot of science that goes into manufacturing and installing quality windows.  You can tell almost everything you need to know about a window's performance by looking at its NFRC ratings. Adopted by the National Fenestration Rating Council in 1998, window manufacturers who are concerned about energy efficiency voluntarily go through NFRC testing to obtain the performance ratings. If a window does not have NFRC data, chances are you're not dealing with a reputable manufacturer. Here are a few key technical terms you should know: U-Factor:  The inverse of R-Value (which measures insulating value), the U-Factor measures how easily heat flows through the product. The lower the number, the better it keeps heat where you want it. In cold climates, look for a U-Factor of 0.35 or lower.  Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The SHGC tells you how much heat radiation from sunlight a window lets in. If heating your home is your main concern, a higher SHGC can help offset some of the heating costs. In warmer climates, where air-conditioning costs are a bigger factor, look for a lower number. Visible Transmittance (VT):  The Visible Transmittance number indicates the amount of light that passes through the glass (refers to brightness, as opposed to heat). A higher number means a brighter room. Air Leakage (AL):  The Air Leakage rating refers to the amount of air that can infiltrate cracks in the window assembly. The lower the number, the less infiltration. Look for windows with an AL rating of 0.30 or less. Res/Non-Res:  The NFRC label contains data for Residential and Non-Residential (industrial) windows. When shopping for windows for your home, be sure to compare the Res numbers.

  • 2010 SmartCEO Circle of Excellence - Thompson Creek Receives Award for Customer Service

    7/30/2010 12:00 AM

    Rick Wuest, President of Thompson Creek Window Company, recognized as one of Greater Baltimore's most accomplished and unique business leaders. Landover, MD - July 28, 2010   Thompson Creek announced today its President, Rick Wuest, has received a Baltimore SmartCEO 2010 Circle of Excellence Award, which recognizes 10 Greater Baltimore CEOs who have demonstrated specific leadership attributes that have made them uniquely successful in the business community.   The 10 winners of the Circle of Excellence Award was celebrated at SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Awards event on May 12, 2010 at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel from 6:00-9:00p.m.   Rick Wuest said, “Thank you to SmartCEO for inviting Thompson Creek into the circle of excellence. As CEO I accept this award which rightfully belongs to all of the employees of Thompson Creek. The driving force behind how every Thompson Creek employee performs their job is the goal of total customer satisfaction. Being recognized for outstanding customer service by Smart CEO validates that these efforts have resulted in the desired effect. Only through the dedication and hard work of every one of our employees at Thompson Creek is it possible to realize our vision of total satisfaction for each and every one of our customers.”   The Circle of Excellence categories for which CEOs were nominated and honored are:       Hot Startup     Serial Entrepreneur     Marketing     Young Entrepreneurship     Family Business     Product Innovation     Lifetime Achievement     A Classic     Philanthropy     Customer Service “Circle of Excellence winners are not only selected and honored for their accomplishments, but for demonstrating success in applying a unique leadership attribute that significantly benefits their business and the community,” said Craig Burris, Publisher at SmartCEO Magazine. “We are honored to recognize Rick Wuest as one of Greater Baltimore’s standout leaders.”   Baltimore SmartCEO magazine is a regional “growing company” publication. SmartCEO believes that a “growing company” is really determined by the spirit, drive and dynamics of a company's owners and managers, rather than by the size of its building, the number of its employees, or its sales volume. Each month, a variety of businesses in the greater Baltimore and greater Washington areas turn to its pages for features, case-study advice and trend analysis, all with a uniquely local flavor. SmartCEO is read by more than 31,000 business owners in Baltimore and Washington.   For a complete list of winners or more information regarding the program and event, visit www.smartceo.com.   About Thompson Creek Window Company   The Thompson Creek Window Company is a privately owned and family operated manufacturer and installer of energy efficient home improvement replacement products serving the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Founded in 1980, their roots were planted as a manufacturer of energy efficient, maintenance free vinyl replacement windows. Since that time, they have evolved into one of the leading specialty home improvement contracting companies in the nation. Thompson Creek’s product mix includes replacement windows and doors, vinyl siding, and a clog-free gutter system. They operate their administrative offices and 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Landover, Maryland, where they employ a staff of over 200. For more information visit www.thompsoncreek.com   ###  

  • Causes for Window Failure

    7/27/2010 12:00 AM

    Do you have old windows in your home?  Are they drafty, have warped or rotting frames, or fogged window glass?  There are many reasons why the windows in your home could be failing.   One of the major causes of window failure is weak corner joints in vinyl and wood frame windows.  When corner joints are screwed together, over time they can become misaligned or warped, causing gaps and allowing in drafts.  This can even cause a leak in the seal of the glass in double-pane windows, with the telltale signs of cloudy glass and condensation between the two panes.   When looking at replacement windows, you want to be sure they’re manufactured with vinyl sashes that are welded together rather than screwed together.  Also look for drainage holes and spaces for air circulation to avoid moisture accumulation in window frames and sashes.   Thompson Creek windows are manufactured using the best materials and techniques in order to guarantee you a lifetime of maintenance-free efficiency.

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