Latest Articles in FEATURE ARTICLE

  • New market report sees tepid growth this year, after weak 2011
    The loss of stimulus tax credits translated into a dip in residential window and door sales last year, suggests a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The study sees the weak economic recovery limiting growth prospects this year, but suggests prospects for sales in both the new construction and remodeling/... more »
  • Window and door specialty retailers look to invest in efficiencies
    The degree to which window and door companies were impacted by the economic downturn may vary significantly, but it’s a safe bet to assume that every single one was affected in some way, shape or form. Today—looking to brighter days ahead—many companies are still trying to do more with less, fighting the necessity to pass price increases on to their customers and trying to take... more »
  • Manufacturers may be ready to invest in new equipment again
    Window and door manufacturers are retooling, with equipment suppliers reporting more activity of late. New machinery purchases are still limited by the wide availability of used equipment—and many companies remain cautious about the market outlook—but investment in production operations appear to be on the rise. Opinions are definitely mixed on how big that increase may be. “We... more »
  • This article accompanies our main equipment market overview in the June/July issue.   Last year, GED Integrated Systems introduced the Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System, an automated line for producing triple-glazed units at a competitive cost. Featuring unique capabilities such as “touchless” handling of the center lite of the triple-lite IG, the line has received positive... more »
  • American Vision Windows sets sights on solar, garage doors and window coverings to thrive during the recession
    American Vision Windows started selling windows, but the business has evolved in recent years, diversifying with the addition of a broad array of product lines. The expansion in product offerings, however, hasn’t changed the company’s focus—American Vision remains a home improvement company, working with owners to increase the energy efficiency and value of their homes.... more »
  • Triple-glazing and R-5 products aren’t for everyone, but some manufacturers see opportunities with these products
    New Energy Star criteria are likely to improve window energy efficiency numbers across the board, but numerous manufacturers offer triple-pane and R-5 type windows exceeding those expected levels already. Most see a growing market for such products too, with much of the demand is driven by dealers.     Manufacturers like Ply Gem report that more dealers are opting for higher-... more »
  • Many companies will need to be more cautious in their energy savings claims
    The Federal Trade Commission fired a warning shot in February, when five replacement window companies were cited for making unsubstantiated energy savings claims to homeowners about their products. Some executives welcomed the FTC actions, but it's clear many manufacturers and dealers are now re-examining of the parameters of acceptable marketing and making adjustments in their advertising... more »
  • VIG, dynamic glazing and BIPVs are coming
    Glass or window and door pundits who have hoped for a Moore’s Law like effect to hit our industry and consistently drive technological advances in a timely manner may finally be in luck. Oh, we may not realize the speed or intensity of change that occurs in the semiconductor or electronics industries. But we certainly are entering an era in which we can expect to see great leaps forward in... more »
  • A growing number of new home builders have found a point of differentiation in the marketplace by offering Energy Star-qualified homes. Studies reveal that homebuyers feel good about being good stewards of the environment—but they feel even better about saving money on energy bills. Consequently, with more people staying in their homes longer, energy-rated homes are becoming an easier sell... more »
  • Biggest challenge for most manufacturers likely to be new U-factor requirements
    The fenestration industry is facing significant changes that will likely increase thermal performance standards by 30 percent to 40 percent within the next few years. Higher performance levels are demanded by the International Energy Conservation Code and the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, and soon the Energy Star Windows, Doors & Skylight program. The Environmental Protection... more »