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  • I just returned from the AAMA industry conference held last week in Fort Lauderdale. I arrived a day early—the same day my home city of Memphis was being pounded by an ice storm and completely shut down for the next two days. The conference, on the other hand, was just cranking up. As I texted images back and forth to my wife (hers of ice, mine of sand), it was almost humorous trying to... more »
  • Dealers and manufacturers predict this year will see an uptick in purchases in general, with homeowners investing more in upscale or higher-end items. According to a recent Window & Door study, most industry professionals anticipate an increase in sales for all products—budget and luxury (see Figures 4A and 4B)—but foresee a bigger increase on the high-end scale. It should be... more »
  • In the opening lines of his keynote address to the attendees of this week’s AAMA conference in Fort Lauderdale, comedian Kenn Kington joked about the endless proliferation of choices and how they complicate even the simplest of activities. We have so many choices,” he observes, “that we are solving problems nobody has.” In a more serious tone, he noted that so many... more »
  • The home remodeling industry is expected to continue its path of moderate growth through 2015, according to a recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.  This looks to have positive implications for dealers, as 78 percent of those who participated in Window & Door’s... more »
  • I received a note last week in response to our recent Energy Star Education article from Nick Bottaro of Bottaro Associates, expressing how pleased he was to read that industry professionals are comfortable with the “bar being raised again with regard to the efficiency of fenestration products.” He writes: “Those of us who were in on the ground floor, back in the mid-1990s,... more »
  • According to a recent Window & Door study, 60 percent of manufacturers plan to modernize and increase efficiency in 2015. Second on the priority list in terms of where they will invest is expanding production capacity. In terms of what types of products manufacturers plan to add to their lines, 33 percent of surveyed manufacturers will introduce windows that meet the new v6.0 Energy Star... more »
  • Improving the page-load time on your website might not sound like the most exciting tool in your window and door marketing game plan. However, a fast-loading site is one of the greatest advantages you can have over your competitors. According to surveys by industry experts Akamai and Gomez.com, almost half of Internet users expect a site to load in two seconds or less, and they’re likely to... more »
  • Editor’s note: This column is the first in a two-part series on the new AAMA 103-14a Procedural Guide for Certification; part two will be published in the March/April issue. At the end of 2014, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association published a new standard for the processes required to establish and support AAMA certification of a window or door product. The Procedural Guide... more »
  • Now that 2014 is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to the many opportunities for success in 2015. For window and door businesses, this is a great time to take advantage of the dynamic nature of online marketing. Things change quickly in this world, and while that can be scary for business owners resistant to change, it’s a great opportunity for those looking to... more »
  • Dealers work to train sales teams, homeowners as new guidelines take effect
    For many dealers across the country, getting up to speed on the Energy Star v6.0 specification will be among their New Year’s resolutions. As of January 1, 2015, manufacturers must use the v6.0 product specification when labeling products for the North-Central, South-Central, and/or Southern Climate Zones. Manufacturers may continue to use the v5.0 product specification for the Northern... more »