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  • At the end of 2013, I visited the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. After wandering the grounds awhile, I walked inside and the first thing I saw was an exhibit called, At the Window: The Photographer's View. My first thought was, “I have to tell John about this.” The photographs were evocative, funny, pensive, thoughtful and a little startling. Art is supposed to make you... more »
  •        John Swanson, editor and associate publisher of Window & Door, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Manhattan. The funeral service is Saturday, February 1, at 11 a.m. at Grace Church, 802 Broadway at 10th St., New York, NY. A reception will follow at the church, and all are welcome. As we mourn John's passing, please feel welcome to use this memorial... more »
  • Fenestration product performance is dependent on proper installation. This we all know, and continually preach to all of our clients, no matter what our role in this industry. We are taught this early on, and through the years, this point is reinforced through experiences―both good and bad.  Should a performance issue arise with the installation, the installers are the ones called in to... more »
  • Work on Window & Door's 2014 Top 100 Manufacturer rankings is underway, and if your company should be included, we want to hear from you. Our annual rankings present North America’s 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows, doors and/or skylights, based on sales volume. In addition, the Top 100 Manufacturers provides basic information about each company, with updates on... more »
  • Sprinkled throughout nearly every 2014 housing forecast seems to be one word: “but.”   As in, “Housing starts have rebounded nicely, BUT rising mortgage costs and diminishing investor value will stall the pace of growth [in 2014].” ―Jeff Dietrich, senior analyst, ITR Economics   Or, “Residential starts continue to be positive, BUT are still well below... more »
  • International Builders’ Show returns to Las Vegas as part of new Design & Construction Week
    Building on a successful 2013 event, the International Builders’ Show returns to Las Vegas this year, but this time with a new twist. The 2014 event will co-locate with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show as part of the first annual Design & Construction Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the Kitchen & Bath Association, Design & Construction Week... more »
  • As you potentially look to expand your staff in response to improving market conditions, it’s time for some quick reminders about the risks associated with hiring and training new employees, and using independent contractors. Skilled Employees Proper fenestration installation requires employees who are the right fit for your company. When it’s time to bring someone on board, don... more »
  • Some companies are intimidated by social media, especially when it comes to opening up to public comments. But the reality is that even if you aren’t using social media—be it LinkedIn or Facebook—you are. There are conversations—good and bad—already taking place about your company on the web. At the very least, you need to be aware of these conversations so you can... more »
  • Fenestration performance complaints in new home construction can be frustrating, costly and time-consuming to fix. Should a performance issue arise with the installation, the installers are the ones called in to address the problem. A reliable installer will own up to the issue and resolve it. That being said, I need to pose this question: Is the fenestration installer solely responsible for the... more »
  • Nowhere to go but up? Execs weigh in on the year ahead.
    Despite apprehension regarding the fragile economy, window and door industry executives anticipate increased sales in the coming year, backed by moderate economic growth, according to the 2014 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey. More than 50 percent of dealers and manufacturers surveyed said they expect to see moderate economic growth in the coming year, defined as... more »