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  • Here are a few of my personal gems: Ordering a 24-inch width when I meant to order a 2/4 width Ordering a one-over-one double-hung when I should have ordered a full view picture window Ordering equal sash when I should have ordered cottage sash Ordering the default hardware color when it should have been a color option. How can mistakes like these occur when I aim to be meticulous with the... more »
  • The lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer are still with us, but in this issue, Window & Door looks ahead to the fall and GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, September 10-12 in Atlanta. It's the first of several fall events where window and door industry executives will gather and get down to business, either finalizing plans for 2014 or preparing for what's next. For... more »
  • I continue to hear how rough it can be for our honorable, hard-working veterans to secure private-sector work after retiring from active duty. How can HR professionals or managers interpret military experience and translate it to, say, the window and door industry?  Columnist Shane Robinson writes that hiring veterans pays off in droves. So many of the attributes veterans bring to the table... more »
  • Version 6.0 of the Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights is nearly finalized.  And some manufacturers are still disappointed with the numbers, particulary for the Northern climate zone.  There, a .27 U-factor requirement for windows could force some companies to go to triple-glazing, which many see as a less than cost-effective option.   "Consumers expect to... more »
  • Trade data suggests more U.S. windows and doors are being exported
    Although the United States is a major worldwide player in the importing and exporting of doors and windows, the actual percentage of product involved in international trade is quite small compared to overall production. A look at trade data shows that of the value of total production, only about 2 percent of doors and windows produced are exported, and about 4 percent of those consumed are... more »
  •     A variety of equipment for fabricating glass, vinyl and aluminum will be at GlassBuild in Atlanta.   Window and door manufacturers, enjoying a rebound in the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets, are expected to make their way to Atlanta this fall for what will be a busy GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. Organizers predict more... more »
  • This week, Soft-Lite Windows announced plans to offer Nest Learning Thermostats through its dealer network.  The idea is to provide homeowners buying replacement windows an additional way to reduce energy costs.  I find this move interesting because there are a growing number of electronic items related to home automation and/or security that seemingly could provide a sales opportunity... more »
  • In a recent Forbes column, Jacob Morgan points out that successful managers of today exhibit five primary characteristics—willingness to enable employees to succeed, a firm grasp of where technology is headed, a desire to lead by example, a commitment to being transparent, and willingness to share company information and market intelligence at all levels of the proverbial food chain. These... more »
  • As more consumers turn to the Web, dealers need to make sure people can find them
    If you own a window and door company of any size, you've likely found out that marketing your business in this digital age can be a confusing process. You could be a certified member of Mensa with an abiding interest in technology and still find yourself behind the eight ball in a hurry. That's because today's tech developments occur with such blinding speed that by the time you understand one... more »
  • A supplier of synthetic trim and moulding products overviews basic styles
    On the “what’s in and what’s out” list for homeowners, naked window exteriors are definitely “out,” according to Fypon, the manufacturer of synthetic millwork and trim products. Easy-to-install decorative accents like mouldings, window crossheads and shutters are now on the “in” list.   Installing crossheads and other window surround... more »