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  • “The Replacements” is the name of a not-so-famous, but pretty funny film released in 2000 starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. I thought of it when I started this column, my first actually focusing on the replacement window industry. By that, I mean those manufacturers and dealers who have traditionally sold replacement windows as their core business.  Selling to homeowners,... more »
  • Las Vegas—The International Builders’ Show, which concluded here last week, set the stage for a better year in 2010. As noted last week, a more upbeat mood prevailed as the event opened, with window and door industry exhibitors expressing more optimism for the year ahead, particularly on the remodeling and replacement side of the business. David Crowe, chief economist for the National... more »
  • Along with the many products on display last week in Las Vegas, I couldn't help but notice the number of signs in various displays exhorting attendees to "Follow us on Twitter."  One manufacturer noted to me they were celebrating their first anniversary of "tweets."  There was no shortage of Facebook mentions too.   It's clear social media is being used by more... more »
  • Companies P-S   Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies G-K Companies L-O  Companies T-Z Pella Pella Corp. highlighted at IBS the fact that it has earned Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems, which... more »
  • A look at windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories featured at the January event
    Companies A-F   Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies G-K Companies L-O Companies P-S  Companies T-Z   Attention IBS Exhibitors: If you’d like to be included in WindowandDoor.com’s coverage, contact Jenni Chase at jchase@glass.org.   Andersen The A-Series... more »
  • Companies T-Z   Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies. Companies A-F Companies G-K Companies L-O  Companies P-S   Velux Introduced as part of a totally redesigned product line, the Velux deck-mounted product family has been designated The No Leak Skylight. The deck mounted skylights... more »
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    Las Vegas—The International Builders’ Show opened here yesterday, more compact than last year, but with attendees and exhibitors alike expressing much more optimism for an improved market in the coming year. An uptick in new product introductions from window and door manufacturers exhibiting at the show reinforced that optimistic spirit, suggesting more companies see the time is right... more »
  • "We're looking for 20 percent growth this year." That's what one window manufacturer told me yesterday as I made the rounds at the International Builders' Show.  It was a refreshing change from the conversations I heard a year ago when a mood of doom and gloom was more prevalent. Now I've heard numerous reports, most specifically from those focused on the replacement window market... more »
  • There's still a transitional phase to go through, but with the new year, new criteria for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights quietly went into effect last week. A lot of companies, no doubt, have invested a lot of time and money into making sure their products could carry the new label.  There's probably still work being done, too. For our poll question this week, I thought I'd see... more »
  • Expectations for a better year boost expectations for Las Vegas event
    With the housing market expected to begin a tepid recovery in 2010, exhibitors and attendees alike will be looking for signs of life when they gather for the International Builders’ Show. The National Association of Home Builders' annual show runs January 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendance itself will serve as a barometer. Last year’s event drew about 60,000 people,... more »