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For many, it's makeover time page 2
Remodelers are seeing an uptick in business since the housing bubble burst.

 Malanie Brandt (right) and Neftali Feliciano check out Champion's exhibit at the show.
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Date published: 1/19/2013


Bathroom remodeling jobs are more popular than kitchen redos because bathrooms typically get more wear and tear and are cheaper to renovate than kitchens, she said.

Mike Ridenour, owner of Trinity Renovations in Mechanicsville, said many of his customers are replacing bathtubs with walk-in showers. Glass-enclosed versions like the one he had on display at the show make bathrooms look larger, he said, and people don't have to step over a tub to get into them.

Energy-efficient products such as windows and sunrooms made with high-performance glass also rank high on homeowners' list of priorities, said several salesmen at the show.

The number of people who have had Renewal by Anderson's Low-E4 glass windows has grown significantly in the past year, said sales rep Anthony Precopio. And Champion, a national company with a showroom on State Route 3 near BJ's, saw orders for its Comfort 365 glass windows and other products double in 2012.

"We're already busy for January, which is a slow time for us," said Champion sales rep Matt Lunka. "I think we'll double again."

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407
Email: cjett@freelancestar.com

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