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  • New Construction and Remodeling Among industry trends that had a positive impact on business for dealers in 2014, increased remodeling and replacement activity played the largest role. A substantial number of window and door dealers also cited the overall improvement in the new construction market as having a positive impact. (See Figure 2A) Manufacturers, too, cite these same trends as positive... more »
  • At last week’s International Builders Show in Las Vegas, many conversations about marketing and new trends in windows and doors took an inevitable turn toward the latest challenge for the industry: millennials. Specifically, how to market to them, what trends they’re attracted to, and how to get them to participate in the housing market were among the topics of choice. As it’s... more »
  • Forecasts are a tricky business—just ask your friendly local weather person about what the public expects from him or her. But forecasting isn’t necessarily about making a wrong or right assumption. It’s about setting reasonable expectations for the future based on qualified research of past trends and potential indicators. It’s about analyzing the clues around us and... more »
  • Did 2015 Live Up to its Expectations? Dealers and manufacturers weigh in
    Editor’s Note Every year, Window & Door asks dealers and manufacturers for their thoughts and projections for the New Year. As a follow up, we asked last year’s contributors to our Industry Pulse survey to revisit their projections. Did 2014 live up to its expectations? Read on for the full story.____________________________________________________________________________ “... more »
  • Note: While the content of this installation of Code Arena may seem of more interest to the commercial side of the industry, the information is pertinent to those supplying the residential market in that the requirement is for an Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening in shelters that are only required to have one door. Typically, this would be provided by a residential window manufacturer that... more »
  • “Mobile” is a word everyone knows, but it has a specific meaning regarding online marketing. But what exactly does mobile mean in this context and how can you optimize your website for mobile devices? Responsive DesignMobile refers to the way potential customers are receiving information online via mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Not only did sales for this category... more »
  • Accepting Product Info for Hardware Product Focus
    We're planning to publish a special product focus on hardware in the March/April issue of Window & Door. Submit your products for consideration.    Fill out my online form. var q1fykct809dvbp0;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'windowanddoor', 'formHash':'q1fykct809dvbp0', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1116', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.com', '... more »
  • A few years ago, I was contracted by a dealer to perform the take-off of full-frame replacement windows for a very old home. This was my only role for this job. A general contractor would hire out the installation to a crew with window replacement skill-level unknown to me. Most of the existing windows were double-hung wood, old-generation weight and pulley, with very robust exterior casing and... more »
  • I vividly remember a specific encounter years ago when I stepped into a fenestration dealer’s sales office to order some full-frame window units for a replacement job. The units were round-top mulled combinations, so they required more attention than normal for proper sizing. The salesperson and I were only acquaintances. However, I was purchasing from him because he had referred this... more »
  • In a recent Talk from last month, we started a discussion on the labor issue—that is, the lack of qualified candidates for work in this industry. More than 70 percent of poll participants reported that they cannot find skilled laborers to hire. We received some more insight on the subject, and it seems that the topic has yet to be exhausted, so we’ll finish it here. We received a good... more »