February 8, 2011
New features can provide more appeal to the North American market
Multipoint locking systems have long been a staple of the European fenestration market. Driven by the desire for greater security, the North American market has been attempting to adopt this style for many years now. But for many reasons, pure European designs have not resonated well with consumers here.
Multipoint systems are evolving to be simpler for North Americans to...
January 18, 2011
In the wake of the worst downturn in recent history, the U.S. home improvement industry is poised for growth, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5 percent average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from...
January 1, 2011
Mathews Brothers bringing on new product lines and tackling new markets
Not many window and door plants still have people putty-glazing single lites of glass into wood sash. But not many window and door companies are more than 150 years old, like Mathews Brothers Co. in Belfast, Maine. Proud of its long history, the company is also focused on the future, preparing now to bring one of the newest technologies in vinyl windows to market.
The long history of...
December 8, 2010
Window and door companies foresee continued challenges, but opportunities too, in the coming year
Many window and door companies view 2011 as the year to fully embrace the “new norm” of today’s marketplace. At this point in the extended economic downturn, no one is expecting a speedy recovery or a return to the unsustainable highs of the building craze.
So instead, manufacturers and dealers have settled into a new way of doing business—they are positioning themselves...
December 7, 2010
Demand for windows and doors in the U.S. will rise 6.6 percent per year to $31.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group Inc. The increase represents a rebound from the 2004-2009 period, when demand fell 4.3 percent annually, as a result of the collapse of the housing market between 2007 and 2009.
The Cleveland-based market research firm notes that although housing...
December 1, 2010
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The Classic-Craft Canvas Collection of premium, smooth fiberglass doors provides all the beauty and performance of the Classic-...
September 9, 2010
Manufacturers need to examine numerous production and market considerations for both approaches
It is certainly evident that the North American window industry is on a charted path toward improved energy efficiency. In fact, it appears to be moving toward common standards for both new construction and remodel and replacement markets. These markets are converging near a future recommended R-5 rating–or U-values of 0.22 for operable windows and 0.20 for non-operable windows. This...
September 1, 2010
Started as an innovator, Thermal Industries' looks to stay ahead of the market
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Thermal Industries owes its success to "embracing new ideas, even if sometimes considered counter-culture," says David Rascoe, president. The Pittsburgh-based manufacturer, he states, has consistently launched products before the market even realized there was a need for them and, through its own intuition, became “green before...
August 11, 2010
Colorado company developing windows that heat and insulate, providing new opportunity for increased energy savings
With increased interest in energy efficient windows, Radiant Glass Industries is throwing its hat in the ring with Power*e glass, a radiant-heat window technology that heats and insulates home interiors. The Denver-based company has installed the glass in about a dozen projects.
Offering the appearance of a standard double-pane IG unit, the Radiant glass produces heat, while reducing energy...
August 1, 2010
Manufacturers and extruders suggest some movement toward larger openings too.
Homeowners want energy efficiency. They want designer options. Priorities in the vinyl patio door market are not too different than they are in the vinyl windows, manuafcturers and suppliers agree. There are a few trends unique to vinyl doors, however, including some movement toward larger openings.
“We're seeing that energy efficiency is very high on the list for both windows and doors,...