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  • Renewed consumer confidence driving demand for higher-priced, custom options
    There is excitement again among entry door manufacturers, thanks to strong sales in the new construction and replacement markets, and expectations of continued double-digit growth over the next three to five years. Adding to suppliers’ optimism is the reemergence of confidentconsumers willing to look at higher-priced options to customize their homes.     There has been a... more »
  • Suppliers report demand for equipment and software is on the rise as the window and door market continues to improve
    Spurred by an increase in window and door sales, manufacturers are showing increased willingness to invest in production operations. Orders for new equipment and systems are up, and suppliers expect greater demand going forward. “There is pent-up demand in nearly every area of the country and most every segment of the market,” says Morgan Donohue of Erdman Automation Corp., the... more »
  • New report sees demand building through 2015
    A rebound in new home construction has helped residential window and door sales get back on the road to recovery, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Prepared by Ducker Worldwide, the AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast now sees even bigger gains for residential... more »
  • More product options propel systems beyond the warm-weather, million-dollar home market
    Multi-panel sliding and folding doors that open up virtually the entire wall of a room to the outside are going more mainstream after years of being a product geared largely toward million-dollar homes. The drivers: more homeowner interest, an expansion of sales beyond warm-weather climates, and the entry into the market of large door and window manufacturers.     LaCantina Doors... more »
  • Product development underway despite concerns about program requirements and implementation date
    While window and door manufacturers move forward in their efforts to meet the Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 criteria, significant concerns still surround the program’s proposed product requirements and an early 2014 implementation date. Topping the list is the concern that the proposed U-factor for the Northern zone would drive the cost of Energy Star... more »
  • Canada’s Durabuilt Windows & Doors marks 25th anniversary while positioning itself for the future
    Durabuilt Windows & Doors is celebrating. This year marks the Edmonton, Alberta-based manufacturer’s 25th anniversary; the launch of a new logo and brand image; and a place on Canada’s Best Managed Companies list. The reasons for that honor are many, but Joe Sunner, president, says Durabuilt’s success is rooted in “hard work, around-the-clock dedication and... more »
  • 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... more »
  • 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 A... more »
  • 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... more »
  • 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... more »