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  • Boy, we sure do live in interesting times. We're not only wrestling this stubborn economy, but we are peddling fast to keep up with regulatory changes that are causing significant waves in the way window and doors are sold and installed. So much has changed since just a few short years ago—everything from the sales process to lead-safe installation practices to the legal implications... more »
  • Selling windows and doors in today’s economy is hard. The replacement window business has remained comparatively strong, but selling directly to consumers is stil a challenge. Not only is it difficult to sell products in an economy where housing prices have plummeted and homeowners are spending more conservatively, but consumers are more skeptical and always looking for a “deal.... more »
  • When PGT Industries went public in 2006, window and door sales were already starting to decline, but no one was predicting a freefall. The overall market, including PGT's opportunities to expand both its impact product sales and regionally, provided reasonable growth prospects for potential investors. Now four years and one economic meltdown later, Ply Gem is testing the waters with investors.... more »
  • Automation adds "coolness factor" to sliding doors
    Windows and doors certainly serve a functional role in a home, offering comfort and protection. They also add an element of style to many homes, as colors and finish options have exploded in recent years to keep up with homeowners’ varied tastes. But in an era of flat-screen TVs, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, it’s a bit of a stretch to think of windows and doors... more »
  • One of our Outside View links this week is a USA Today blog on a campaign against replacing windows in historic buildings. Some preservationists argue that old buildings simply should not have new windows. They advocate window repair or using storm windows rather than window replacement. I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Sure I can see why preservationists might not want to touch... more »
  • When I first started covering this industry, European profile extruders were still in the midst of their first push into the North American market. Vinyl had a relatively small market share, limited largely to a few replacement products, and the European suppliers saw huge opportunities. Those opportunities weren’t realized quickly, however. One of the main reasons was the tilt/turn product... more »
  • Marvin is certainly not the first window and door company to get involved in siding. There are plenty of building product distributors and dealers, and plenty of exterior contractors that handle both lines. There a number of companies that manufacture both too. It's still news, however, when a 100-year-old company like Marvin says it wants to look beyond windows and doors. They aren't the only... more »
  • The first several months of 2010 represented somewhat of an industry first. As the Environmental Protection Agency’s new lead renovation, repair and painting rule was set to go in effect, window and door manufacturers and dealers—along with others from the building products and construction industry—went to Washington, D.C., en masse to make their case. Instead of its typical... more »
  • Costs are miniscule compared to potential litigation and damage to reputation
    In general, a product manufacturer or importer has the duty to design and manufacture or represent a product that is reasonably safe and effective for its intended purposes. The company can be held liable for damages to persons or property incurred when the product is used according to the expectations of a typical consumer. This is the basis for the principle of “implied warranty”... more »
  • With efforts like the R-5 program, government continues to push the energy efficiency envelope
    Windows and doors stand at a crossroads when it comes to energy performance. Manufacturers worked hard last year to enhance the performance of their products to meet both tax credit and new 2010 Energy Star criteria. Now, they are preparing for what’s next and, in many cases, trying to get a head start. For some 50 companies, that head start may be “highly insulating” R-5... more »