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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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • No doubt it's too soon to tell what kind of impact EPA's lead paint rule will have on the remodeling business in general and the replacement window business specifically.  It's been less than two weeks since it became the law of the land. But I couldn't help but wonder, has the new lead paint rule had an effect yet?  No doubt, it's having an impact on installation crews.  I'd love... more »
  • This week, I feel some positive vibes in the air. This is probably the most upbeat WDweekly we've published in a couple of years—newly-reorganized companies, new programs at existing companies, a new facility, and some pretty upbeat economic reports coming across the wire. Who are you and what have you done with my economic crisis?? Perhaps it's seasonal, or a bit of a coincidence, but I'd... more »
  • This week's WDweekly suggests our industry is getting more colorful. One of our news items this week focuses on Soft-Lite, which has been promoting color options on its vinyl windows and doors for some time, but also seems to be part of a growing trend. Over the past year or so, a growing number of manufacturers have added new color and finish options or capabilities. Much of the activity is in... more »
  • Tomorrow, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. While there's no doubt we've all become increasingly environmentally conscious as companies and consumers, I think there tends to be a little extra "umph" in the marketing department when Earth Day rolls around.  Some in the window and door industry see Earth Day as a chance to communicate about their efforts to be... more »
  • I work with a guy who went ga-ga over the new Apple iPad. He had one in his hands within a day or two of its release, and I have a feeling he probably does just about everything but shower with it. Sure, he's a cutting-edge IT guy, but he asserts that he can accomplish just about everything he needs to do–busines and personal–on his iPad. So, in a similar vein, I have to give kudos... more »
  • Last week, I asked about the impact of the DOE's R-5 window program.  One possible effect the program could have–which no one mentioned specifically, but which I have wondered about since DOE first announced it–was a possible shift away from the industry's usual use of U-factors to R-values.  U-factors, as long as NFRC has been around, has been the standard way to rate the... more »