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  • In anticipation of the Dream Showroom at Window & Door Dealer Days this fall, we asked dealers what their ideal showroom would look like. Here’s what they said…
    Q: If money were no object, what are the top three things you would incorporate into your showroom? A: Technology Number one on the list for Scott Thurber, Associated Building Supply Inc.: multiple LCD TVs. “As many as five to ten,” he says, “looping project and product specific photography of ABSi projects.” He’d also incorporate an area with LCD screens showing... more »
  • Three keys to successfully adding new equipment
    In order to successfully integrate equipment, it’s critical to think through every piece of the process. It starts even before specifying equipment and soliciting quotes. The first step is to identify the problem the equipment will solve. Improved ergonomics, enhanced craftsmanship and/or increased production output are all good examples of issues machinery can solve. Make sure you have a... more »
  • Key factors to creating an ideal retail space
    This fall, fenestration dealers will gather at Window & Door Dealer Days to see new products, network with peers and participate in educational sessions designed to improve their profitability. The focal point of the new event will be the Dream Showroom, a 4,400-square-foot pavilion on the GlassBuild America tradeshow floor featuring residential windows and doors from the industry’s... more »
  • There are a few specific areas that have a large impact on the integration of new equipment into the production cycle. Rob Macaulay and Mitchell Heckbert, Urban Machinery, have the following tips for each of the critical areas. Machine Acceptance Often referred to as “factory run off,” once the machine build is complete, schedule one to two days to visit your supplier’s... more »
  • 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 »