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  • I thought I would return to GlassBuild one more time for this week's Talk. This week, I'd like to note that looking at the booths of vinyl window extruders in Atlanta, you would almost think no one sold white windows anymore. Nearly everything had a coating or laminate on it. Of course, that's not true in the real world, or at least the U.S. market as a whole. White still counts for the large... more »
  • Walking the aisle of GlassBuild last year, one of the most common terms I heard and saw was "R-5." It hasn't disappeared completely at this year's show, but I am definitely hearing it much less. It's also not as evident in the displays of suppliers. Companies are still talking about energy performance, certainly. Gas-filling, triples, triple silver coatings. They're all... more »
  • I found a cool survey this week from our friends north of the border. Canadian business owners indicate that they’d sacrifice the profits of their businesses in order to protect their employees or customers from price increases. This got me thinking about how these questions would have been answered 12 months ago, or six months ago, or perhaps even six months from now. So this week for the... more »
  • Visiting Cape Cod this past weekend, I got a first-hand look at a hurricane and also saw the effects of the storm. They were not catastrophic around me by any means, but trees went down and there were widespread power outages. This week's Talk comes from a friend's house as a result of power being down at my own. Anyway, the storm is on my mind, and I was curious how window and door... more »
  • A recent blog from the Wall Street Journal hit close to home for me. The writer is asking readers whether they too suffer from what she calls her “home improvement inertia.” I think many of us fall into this category depending on how busy life seems to be at the moment. I will admit that it recently took a home alarm company three visits to my house to catch me at a good time (a... more »
  • I still have a week of vacation to look forward to, but I feel like summer is slipping away fast. September is coming and it will be back to school for the kids. For me, September also means hitting the road, as I’ll be making my way to GlassBuild America, the first of several industry trade shows this fall. What about you? There’s GlassBuild, the Remodeling Show, the Association of... more »
  • This week, we share with you news that a group of window restoration specialists is working to raise the profile of their unique niche within the window and door industry. They are developing standards for restoring and preserving historic fenestration products, older wood and steel windows in particular. These specialists, who enjoy the support historic preservation groups and others, also hope... more »
  • "The National Association of Home Builders appreciates the hard work by the White House and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to craft a bipartisan compromise to resolve the debt ceiling crisis,” said Bob Nielsen, a Nevada home builder and NAHB chairman, in a statement this week. “It will help to put our nation's fiscal house in order and provide greater certainty... more »
  • Not too long ago, I talked to a window and door manufacturer that said his company was doing fairly well this year. He attributed his company's success primarily to growth in multifamily jobs. That jibes with a lot of what's been written about the housing market of late. Much of the improvement there has been in housing starts this year has come on the multifamily side. On the retrofit side... more »
  • Window and door dealers are probably throwing parties as a result of EPA’s decision last week not to add lead clearance testing to LRRP rules. I don’t blame them—it’s been well documented that adding post-project clearance testing for lead dust would have added significant cost and burden to remodeling projects in pre-1978 homes. No doubt, the decision announced this week... more »