Case Studies

Comfort Line

Sustainability in high-impact window and door manufacturing

For nearly 60 years, Comfort Line has been leading the fiberglass windows, doors and sunrooms industry by offering a vast array of solutions for its customers. With a 250,000-square-foot facility in Toledo, Ohio, Comfort Line manages five divisions while specializing in dealer, commercial and storefront locations. Employing approximately 70 people during its peak season with sales agents positioned all over the country, Comfort Line uses only high-quality, durable, environmentally friendly products that are built for strength, longevity and energy efficiency.

Founded in 1959, Comfort Line has evolved into a company focusing on green building methods. The company began to shift in this direction during the ‘80s when management forecast the industry heading in the direction of sustainable practices. The target market for Comfort Line consists of commercial customers focused on eco-friendly builds. A majority of the company’s business consists of K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and fire and police stations. Residential customers supplement Comfort Line’s revenue.

Comfort Line

Comfort Line proudly supplies FiberFrame products, which meet or exceed performance targets of Energy Star qualifications. All FiberFrame windows and doors offer a limited lifetime warranty with each window and door guaranteed not to corrode, peel, rot, rust, warp, bow, twist or blister.

Applying sustainable solutions

Working in its premier target market, Comfort Line recently completed a project with South Cooper Mountain High School in Beaverton, Oregon. “It was all in keeping with sustainability and green building,” says Scott Davis, national sales manager for Comfort Line. “The U-factor values all had to be below 0.30. The project included nearly $1 million in windows.”

A project similar to South Cooper Mountain High School recently took place at Lynwood Middle School in Lynwood, Washington, just outside of Seattle. The project contained the same type of oversized windows consisting of quarter-inch glass with U-factor values of 0.30 or better. In August, Alma Del Mar Charter School will open in Springfield, Massachusetts, where Comfort Line also provided the windows. In late summer 2016, Comfort Line will extend its reach to Hawaii, where it will be involved in a large-scale job with the University of Hawaii. “All of the products for the Hawaii job need to be impact-rated due to the high risk of hurricanes,” says Davis.

Comfort Line has become well-known throughout the residential construction industry for its custom-designed four-season sunrooms. With FiberFrame fiberglass sunrooms, homeowners don’t experience the heat loss and leaks typically found with other patio enclosures that attach to the back of a house without additional engineering for energy conservation. “Our sunrooms extend the season as well as the home,” Davis explains. “The customer not only has more space, but it’s also brighter. The additional light typically improves the room that they are adding onto as well.”

With Comfort Line sunrooms, light becomes an architectural element in a home. The natural light reflects and brings an ambience that is unmatched through alternative methods. “By selecting a FiberFrame fiberglass sunroom, customers are not only adding value to their home, but also to their life,” notes Davis.

A place at the table

With its commitment and dedication to sustainability and green building, Comfort Line has been a regular attendee at numerous sustainability conventions all over the country, including the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. “Greenbuild is really great exposure for us and what we do,” says Davis. “We’re also attending the Hospitality and Design Expo in Las Vegas. We plan to build a stronger presence in that industry.”

With the Greenbuild conference taking place in Los Angeles this year, Davis hopes to see the event have an impact on the West Coast sustainability industry. “Hopefully they selected L.A. to build some awareness in a state that claims to be the greenest state in the country,” says Davis.

Davis was happy to see the California Building Standards Commission pass Title 24 (also known as the California Building Standards Code). Title 24 is a legislative mandate to reduce California’s energy consumption. The commission regularly updates green building standards to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods.

Comfort Line continues its innovative approach to windows and doors each and every day. No other manufacturer offers the breadth of color choices that Comfort Line does through its partnership with Sherwin Williams. Customers are able to create windows and doors of their choice by choosing from the expansive Sherwin Williams color palette. Comfort Line remains committed to delivering the very best in style, quality and performance to every window and door it builds.

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Spring 2018



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