Latest Articles in FEATURE ARTICLE

  • There are pitfalls in business combinations, but when executed properly, integration can add substantially to the bottom line
    Economic and industry-specific issues continue to weigh heavy on building materials companies, and many builders are asking for price reductions. To maintain prices and generate profits during a prolonged market slow-down, anxious suppliers, manufacturers and distributors are considering business integration. Integration, as a business strategy, is nothing new. Many antitrust laws,... more »
  • Adding laminated glass can significantly enhance a window’s acoustic performance
    For anyone exposed to the hustle and bustle of congested urban or suburban life—from traffic to construction to airport noise to all manner of human activity—the need to keep loud noises outside of one’s living or working area is understood. More window manufacturers today are recognizing this need and looking at how their products can address it. The following is a... 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 »
  • New study sees growth slowing to 3.3 percent per year
    Window and door demand in the United States will increase 3.3 percent annually through 2010 to $36.5 billion, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group Inc. The annual growth rate represents a deceleration from the 2000-2005 period, attributed largely to a sharp drop in single-family housing construction from the strong pace of recent years. “We’re not quite at the bottom yet... more »
  • Suppliers expect recent upgrades in casement hardware to spread to other product offerings as well
    It seems the tide is turning a bit when it comes to product development in the casement hardware arena. The focus used to be on performance and durability, but today the trend is toward enhanced aesthetics and developing hardware with style. That’s not to say performance isn’t important—just that window manufacturers are looking for product that looks good while it’s... more »
  • New machines reduce labor costs and increase output and quality
    Today many window and door fabricators manufacture their own screens, while others prefer to buy them from an outside source. Larger, more vertically integrated companies typically make their own screens, with many taking advantage of new automated screen manufacturing equipment. Recent advances in these low cost, flexible screen machines are also attracting the attention of those manufacturers... more »
  • Benefits seen in patio door market are translating into growing demand for entry doors
    Society continues to demand better and better security, both at home and work. Homeowners and businesses alike want to ensure they are protected against the opportunist thief. Additionally, insurance companies have been quick to demand that every practical step is taken to minimize the risk of theft. The reporting of crime suggests this problem is not going away, and none of us wants to... 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 »
  • Focus group suggests quality, reliability and simplicity are highest priorities
    Quality, reliability, “nothing that will lead to callbacks.” That’s what replacement dealers want from a window supplier, according to a recent focus group sponsored by Window & Door and Mikron Industries. While energy efficiency is important, “it’s sort of a given,” noted one participant. “If it doesn’t have an Energy Star label, nobody’s... more »
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    Overcoming the barrier of consumer awareness to sell
    Fiberglass entry doors have been on the market since the early ’80s. Particularly in recent years, the category has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to dealers, builders and remodelers who promote the performance benefits of fiberglass to their customers. But while the presence of fiberglass continues to grow faster than traditional materials, consumer awareness of fiberglass remains... more »