March 1, 2007
Trend is toward more integrated systems in the OEM market
Retractable or self-storing screens have been around for many years, but these screens have seen accelerated growth recently. They have caught on as a popular option in particular for patio, French and entry doors.
The latest trend is for manufacturers to provide integrated retractable screens in their windows. With consumers clearly seeing the benefits in doors, more manufacturers see a...
November 1, 2006
Targeting the replacement market, California company has developed unique processes and strategy
Plenty of companies specialize in replacement windows. Few, however, specialize in replacing interior doors—a fact that suggested a big opportunity to the founders of Interior Door Replacement Co.
“Homeowners have had to hire general contractors or a large home improvement store, which generally make a mess of a home, are in the customer’s home for days, sometimes weeks, and...
October 15, 2005
Solar panels help defray energy costs by harnessing sun’s power
When it comes to today’s fenestration products, homeowners expect windows and doors to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There may come a day in the future, however, when homeowners can actually put their fenestration products to work. Window systems incorporating solar panels, for example, can support a home’s energy needs by producing power rather than...
April 15, 2005
The commercialization of smart glass technologies is beginning, with suppliers targeting high-end buyers
Glass is developing a “coolness factor.” Like cutting-edge electronics, smart glass products that switch from clear to tinted states or heat up to chase cool drafts away are beginning to attract the attention of consumers willing to pay a premium for the best technology for their homes. These types of glass technologies, which have been confined thus far to research and development...