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    New materials, fabrication technologies and sustainable design are reinvigorating the product category
    The value of interior doors as a design element has slowly diminished in recent years. The more attention-grabbing "wall furniture" of earlier eras disappeared. Unlike their contemporary hardwood kin in floors and cabinetry, wood doors were becoming largely commoditized. For many, a door was just a door. That is now changing for a rapidly growing number of astute practitioners in the... more »
  • Velux launches solar water heating system
    The recent International Builders’ Show in February saw the first move of a major fenestration industry company in North America into the solar market. Velux America introduced a solar water heating system at the show that its parent company based in Denmark has been selling in Europe for years. “Solar water heating is another opportunity for individual homeowners to support the green... more »
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    Attendance Down with Slumping Market, But Certainly Not Out
    Orlando, Fla.—Green building may not be mainstream yet, but all the evidence at this year’s International Builders’ Show suggested it will be soon. Window and door manufacturers at the February event appeared to be ready to join the movement by pointing not only to energy efficiency, but also to such issues as environmental stewardship and sustainability in their displays. Tough... more »
  • Demand for larger additions and more four season rooms increasing opportunities
    Selling and installing one sunroom could equate to the profit of replacing 150 to 200 windows. Got your attention? Many homeowners are staying put in their current dwellings, perhaps in part due to current market conditions. Three- and four-season sunrooms add additional living space to their homes at a fraction of the price and time as a traditional stick-built addition. As a result, sunrooms... more »
  • While nonresidential market sees gains, declines in new housing and weakness in remodeling and replacement hit residential product sales
    With new home construction down and residential remodeling expenditures flat last year, window sales tumbled 5.3 percent in 2006, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. Weak market conditions are expected to produce a further 9.4 percent decline this year, before sales pick up again in 2008. Prepared... more »
  • Window manufacturers and retailers adding entry doors to round out product offering and increase sales
    Entry doors, unfortunately, may have a bad reputation among “window” people. They may be perceived as difficult to order, tricky to install and perhaps too costly a product to roll into a window order. But, traditional window retailers and even manufacturers are taking a second look at entry doors as a potential profit center. Not offering a “whole house” package,... more »
  • Annual event sees window and door manufacturers continuing to expand lines and provide more “classic” looks
    Orlando, FL—Window and door manufacturers rolled out more options, filled out product lines and launched new branding initiatives at the 2007 International Builders’ Show held in February. With no “big” new products, the most noteworthy element of the show may have been the positive attitudes expressed by exhibitors and attendees alike. Despite a down housing market... more »
  • 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... more »
  • 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... more »
  • 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... more »