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  • Window and door manufacturer Soft-Lite shares lessons learned
    In February 2012, Gorell Windows & Doors in Indiana, Pa., went into receivership. In March, Soft-Lite, the window and door manufacturer located in Streetsboro, Ohio, purchased several of its machines and product lines, including the Armor Max Plus and Armor Impact Plus hurricane windows. By Memorial Day, “only three months after we’d met with the receiver, we’d moved the... more »
  • When the prominent members of the U.S. Colonies had concerns about the taxes being imposed upon them by Great Britain, they gathered together in person to discuss the issue. Although not all the delegates sent to Philadelphia from the various colonies were originally in favor of succession from Great Britain, by early July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. It is somewhat... more »
  • Whether natural or man-made, wood entry doors continue to gain market share
    When it comes to entry doors, insulated steel is still king. Yet wood, whether in its natural form or fiberglass replicate, continues to make headway. There is an “emphasis on natural materials…and the influence of nature” that’s driving homeowner purchases, says Keith Juhola, vice president, sales and marketing, ODL Inc. What’s also trending in entry doors? To hear... more »
  • AAMA, WDMA and the CSA recently released the user guide to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 NAFS 2011. There, I just got through one of the longer acronym-laden titles ever known to the fenestration business. The NAFS 101 standards and guides represent the backbone of the window and door business in North America. The user guide must have taken a lot of effort to create, and you should become... more »
  • Given the enormous amount of U.S. energy consumption attributed to buildings, the 2013 State of the Union address announced a new goal of reducing energy losses in buildings by 50 percent over the next 20 years. The latest Department of Energy Research & Development report, “Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development Roadmap,” provides guidance to help make this happen... more »
  • GlassBuild America to promote new products, strategies for post-recession window and door industry
    The window and door industry is introducing new products at a rapid pace in response to more stringent energy efficiency standards and an increasingly discerning customer base. And while new equipment and software allow for the more efficient manufacture of these products, new business strategies are helping dealers close the sale. These advancements—both in terms of products and business... more »
  • Door manufacturers offer a variety of tools to help dealers and distributors make the sale
    With so many options for customization at nearly every price point, choosing an entry door can be overwhelming. And since getting doors into the hands of consumers is the ultimate goal, manufacturers have developed an arsenal of tools to make it easier for dealers and distributors to spread the word—and make the sale. All the door manufacturers interviewed for this article have a website,... more »
  • Shipments to increase through 2015
    A presentation by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Driven by a strengthening new construction market, total residential window volumes will continue to increase at double-digit rates to 48.4 million units in 2014 and 54.6 million units in 2015, according to the AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This builds on an increase of 15.8 percent... more »
  • This month, I’m revisiting an important subject: the future of the window replacement industry. My last column on the matter—in the October 2013 issue of Window & Door—addressed the increased difficulty and reduced replacement options we will face in the years ahead. Ironically, this will result from technological advances in new construction fenestration and wall interface... more »
  • As you’ve read from some of my writings, I’ve predicted specific challenges ahead for the future of the replacement industry – even in this month’s From the Field column. I’ve done this in an effort to bring awareness to the industry, not alarm it. I’m simply suggesting that we prepare. As part of my conclusion in this latest article, I suggest we have to keep... more »