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  • In the age of takeoff apps and software, has the industry completely gone digital? When we ultimately place our fenestration order online, we are forced into a digital format, entering numerous details prompted by the manufacturer. Yet the field takeoff may be done with an electronic tablet or a pad of paper. Is digital now easier than analog and does it better assist in accuracy? Or, is it true... more »
  • This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend my 35th high school reunion. Since graduating in 1981, my 75 classmates and I have managed to come together every five years—truly a testament to the bonds of our friendship.  During the evening, we learned whose parents have passed on, whose children have married and had babies of their own, whose jobs have changed, and who has retired... more »
  • Unlocking the secrets of Yelp
    Superman and Kryptonite. Harry Potter and Voldemort. Your cat and the vacuum cleaner. They’re all natural enemies, just like business owners and Yelp. That’s the common rationale, anyway, and it’s understandable. While not all business owners necessarily hate Yelp, many—including plenty of window and door professionals—would be perfectly happy if America’s... more »
  • Tips on how to train and motivate unskilled laborers
    I’ve hired my share of workers and have learned some hard lessons about what influences quality employees—whether they have experience or not. As a crew leader in the field, I learned some effective tips on how to successfully train, instruct and motivate new employees, which I’ll share here. tip #1 SET THE STAGE Don’t just “start working.” Instead, begin by... more »
  • Do the work right in the beginning; benefit your company in the end
    Due diligence seems most often associated with mergers and acquisitions, where the acquiring entity looks deep into the target company—they want to know what they will get when they pay. But there are also certain situations that arise in the process of designing and fabricating windows and doors that call for due diligence, as well. If you want to have confidence in what you will get out... more »
  • The potential impact of latest bills
    In a recent Eye on Housing blog, Robert Dietz, chief economist and senior vice president for Economics and Housing Policy for the National Association of Home Builders noted that “housing demand is promising… but while home building continues to grow, the industry is currently in a cautious stance given regulatory burdens and supply chain issues.” Builder confidence indeed... more »
  • Approved IECC proposals focus on alternate compliance paths
    The ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings took place in Louisville, Kentucky, April 17 to 27, 2016. These Hearings are the first step toward the development of the 2018 edition of the International Residential Code, the International Energy Conservation Code and the structural provisions of the 2018 International Building Code. Anyone can challenge the committee action by submitting a Public... more »
  • How dynamic glass is changing fenestration
    There is a lot of talk about dynamic glass these days, but there are still many misperceptions about what it exactly is. Dynamic glass is glass that changes visible light transmission and solar heat gain properties with the application of voltage, light or heat. There are four different ways to achieve this: Liquid Crystal Display/ Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal/Suspended Particle Display for... more »
  • Announcing the 2016 Crystal Achievement Award Honorees
    As one of its staple programs, Window & Door's annual Crystal Achievement Awards recognize residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers for their contributions to the industry. The seven recipients were selected by a panel of judges from a cross-section of the industry. The winners are... FOLDFLAT BY NANAWALL SYSTEMS Most Innovative Multi-Panel Door New in 2016, this... more »
  • Window & Door is now accepting nominations for the Dealer of the Year Awards through Friday, August 19. Why should you care? This awards program, sponsored by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, offers residential window and door retails the opportunity to be recognized in front of a national audience of their colleagues for overall leadership and efforts toward excellence in the areas of... more »