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    A new vinyl window manufacturing system seeks to create "true one-piece flow."
    Most companies making vinyl windows follow the same basic manufacturing steps as 35 years ago. Lineals are optimized and cut into lengths. When the welding station operator is ready to assemble a particular unit, all four pieces are located and loaded one piece at a time into a welder. Sash and frames are then welded, cleaned and sent to glazing. There have been improvements to the process over... more »
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    Manufacturers are working to compete in remodeling and commercial markets
    When one door closes, another door is bound to open—literally. When circumstances change, the key is to adapt. Interestingly, that's exactly what some fiberglass door manufacturers are doing. After establishing significant market share, as well as providing a level of innovation, quality and value that is unprecedented within the door manufacturing industry, fiberglass manufacturers are... more »
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    Eventual market recovery, demand for triple glazing and continued efforts to reduce labor will spur more investments, suppliers predict
    Back in 2005 and 2006, window and door manufacturers were investing in new equipment and plants to expand capacity as the housing market boomed. With the housing bust of 2007 and 2008, things changed. Suppliers report that investments in new equipment are now down dramatically, but they also point out that spending has not come to a halt. Manufacturers continue to replace machines and upgrade... more »
  • Residential product demand should see some recovery in 2009, but growth will be slow
    With both new home construction and residential remodeling expenditures down, window sales will fall another 11.8 percent this year, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Although cautious regarding the high inventory of unsold homes, the study sees the residential market beginning to regain some... more »
  • It may not be "the next big thing" some predicted, but it is establishing a foothold in market
    Window manufacturers see the low-maintenance and self-cleaning glasses on the market today as good products that really work. And while they failed to capture the consumer attention some expected, these glasses are starting to gain traction and may eventually become the standard. "I don't believe many people know it exists," says Wayne Gorell, president and CEO of Gorell Windows and... more »
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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 »
  • What LEED for Homes and NAHB's Green Building Standard say about windows and doors
    What makes a window or door green? An Energy Star label? Certified wood components? Recycled content? Its orientation? Good installation practices? There is no one answer, but all these elements can help a product score points for builders of green homes. With the green building movement gaining momentum, numerous home rating programs have been started around the country, designed to help... more »
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    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 »
  • An aggressive commitment to constant improvement in systems and procedures enables some manufacturers to thrive, even in tough times
    The decline in new home construction, combined with an anemic remodeling market, has created serious setbacks for many companies and the people who work-or worked-for them. Yet some window and door makers not only made money in 2007, they grew. Some expect no worse than flat sales for 2008. What separates these companies from those that are struggling, or already out of business? To get some... more »
  • What LEED for Homes and NAHB's Green Building Standard say about windows and doors
    What makes a window or door green? An Energy Star label? Certified wood components? Recycled content? Its orientation? Good installation practices? There is no one answer, but all these elements can help a product score points for builders of green homes.   With the green building movement gaining momentum, numerous home rating programs have been started around the country, designed to... more »