February 27, 2013
Continued need for differentiation also driving manufacturer choices
Window hardware is evolving, with codes and market trends demanding higher performance. Window manufacturers are demanding more too, including components and systems that offer the flexibility to differentiate products in terms of performance, functionality and aesthetics.
Window sash are getting bigger and heavier, increasing demand for products like this heavy-duty hinge from Truth...
January 26, 2013
Welcome to Window & Door's coontinuing coverage of the 2013 International Builders' Show. This section of our site provides an in-depth look at some of the windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 22-24, 2013.
Additional coverage includes:
A report overviewing the event
January 15, 2013
As the supply chain consolidates and customer loyalty wavers, manufacturers and dealers must adjust their business models
Four key trends are affecting building material distribution: consolidation, market saturation, shifting customer priorities and communication. Together, these drivers create competitive pressures that continue to intensify for manufacturers and dealers alike.
The Farnsworth Group, a market research firm specializing in the home improvement, construction and building supply...
January 1, 2013
Opportunities exist for those that have prepared for upturn
The slow, but steady, easing of the economic vise that has gripped the country for more than six years is likely to create some opportunities for window and door companies this year—but only for those who are prepared to act and willing to work hard for growth, industry executives say.
“I think it’s going to be a rollercoaster year,” says Lee Shaw, vice president of sales...
October 24, 2012
Provisions in the law will be impacting both large and small employers moving forward
After more than a year of negotiations and debate, President Obama signed the hotly-contested Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Finding someone in the United States who has never heard of the act or does not have an opinion about it would be difficult. At this point, however, only portions of the PPACA have taken effect.
Other are still to come, with most coming into...
August 15, 2012
Tablet technology expected to accelerate usage
Door and window makers and their dealer customers are increasingly embracing the philosophy that showing is better than telling. Visualization tools, including online systems that show various options on standard homes and more sophisticated software that enables product photos to be shown on photos of individual customer homes, are gaining momentum.
Entry door makers, with their many style,...
August 1, 2012
Window and door companies at all levels are harnessing social networking tools
Love it or hate it, believe in it or not, social media sites have changed the way we communicate, maintain relationships and conduct business. What might have once been viewed as a passing fad or an interest only among the younger generations is now solidly a part of the collective lifestyle of users of all ages and backgrounds, leaving company leaders to figure out how to harness the power of...
July 31, 2012
More manufacturers and pre-hangers are turning to 3PLs to get product to the jobsite
The word “outsourcing” strikes an emotional cord whenever it is mentioned. There is typically quite a bit of debate in the media about the pros and cons of outsourcing, which usually carries the connotation of American jobs being shipped overseas. That process is, in fact, more accurately referred to as “off shoring.”
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July 30, 2012
Asymmetric triple-pane construction and advanced gas filling techniques provide new alternatives to improve performance numbers
Conventional wisdom says R-5 windows are too costly to manufacture. This assumption is largely based on experience employing older technologies for fabricating high-performing triple IG units.
Several recent developments challenge the assumption that R-5 cannot be reached affordably. One is the addition of 4th surface low-E glass coatings in dual lite units. Another is the introduction of...
July 17, 2012
Fiberglass is only part of the story at Therma-Tru
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Therma-Tru Corp. is probably known first and foremost for pioneering the fiberglass door. Fiberglass is only part of the story, however, according to Dave Randich.
“Right from the start, Therma-Tru was blessed with creative thinkers who were not afraid to develop and invest in new products,” says the current president of the Maumee, Ohio-...