Latest Articles in FEATURE ARTICLE

  • 10 pre-purchase considerations when buying new equipment
    New equipment has the ability to transform a business. Modernizing or investing in essential technology can increase capacity and open doors to new markets. But, adding machinery can also strain workflow and cause other issues if it isn’t successfully integrated into operations. To have a successful integration, it’s important to have a vision for what the equipment will mean for your company as... more »
  • Addressing common problems in door installations
    The door is the only part of a house that’s expected to provide a weather-tight seal while withstanding daily traffic and abuse. Despite its heavy use, the door receives little, if any, maintenance or attention from the homeowner. As such, the importance of a proper door installation cannot be emphasized enough. In the real world, a perfect door installation is next to impossible. Subfloors are... more »
  • How to navigate the multi-panel door market
    ABSi orchestrated the details on this project that uses LaCantina Door’s folding door system to extend the kitchen and living room of this farm house into the veranda. (Photography by Open Homes Photography) The concept of bringing the outside in is nothing new to the industry. But, the trend hasn’t yet permeated all levels of the general public, as traditionally it has... more »
  • Help customers specify the right exterior door for their application
    Some manufacturers offer specialized wood doors without exterior cladding that can be used in homes with no protective overhang, yet still carry up to a 10-year warranty. Just as a home’s front door is crucial for homeowners to create personalized curb appeal, it is equally important for dealers to help lead them to the right door. This is especially true for high-end projects,... more »
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  • How one architect designed a dream home on an energy diet
    Background: Homeowners Jesse and wife Shannon Lizer wanted to build a home that was highly energy efficient. “I didn’t need to hit Passive House standards, but I wanted high insulative values and super low air infiltrations,” Jesse explains. As an architect, he knew that, along with the shell would come requirements for windows and doors that would meet their energy goals... more »
  • Dealers work to train sales teams, homeowners as new guidelines take effect
    For many dealers across the country, getting up to speed on the Energy Star v6.0 specification will be among their New Year’s resolutions. As of January 1, 2015, manufacturers must use the v6.0 product specification when labeling products for the North-Central, South-Central, and/or Southern Climate Zones. Manufacturers may continue to use the v5.0 product specification for the Northern... more »
  • Employment trends took a positive turn among window and door manufacturers and dealers in 2014, according to the results of our Industry Pulse survey. Fifty three percent of survey respondents increased their workforce in 2014, while 40 percent maintained their current staff. Only 7 percent of survey participants decreased their staff last year. (See Figure 7) This confers with—and, perhaps... more »
  • 33 percent of surveyed manufacturers will introduce windows that meet the new v6.0 Energy Star requirements
    In addition to the improved market conditions, dealers and manufacturers predict 2015 will see an uptick in purchases in general, with homeowners investing more in upscale or higher-end items. Results from the Pulse study confirm that most industry professionals anticipate an increase in sales for all products—budget and luxury (see Figures 4A and 4B)—but foresee a bigger increase on... more »
  • New Construction and Remodeling Among industry trends that had a positive impact on business for dealers in 2014, increased remodeling and replacement activity played the largest role. A substantial number of window and door dealers also cited the overall improvement in the new construction market as having a positive impact. (See Figure 2A) Manufacturers, too, cite these same trends as positive... more »