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  • Manufacturers and suppliers see new opportunities for tilt/turn and other imported styles
    They tilt and turn, they lift and slide, and they represent a growing market opportunity for North American window and door companies, according to many. After finding only limited acceptance for decades, European-style window and door systems have seen growing demand in the past several years. That growth, in turn, is encouraging more companies to focus their efforts on these products. Wood... more »
  • Automation adds "coolness factor" to sliding doors
    Windows and doors certainly serve a functional role in a home, offering comfort and protection. They also add an element of style to many homes, as colors and finish options have exploded in recent years to keep up with homeowners’ varied tastes. But in an era of flat-screen TVs, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, it’s a bit of a stretch to think of windows and doors... more »
  • Costs are miniscule compared to potential litigation and damage to reputation
    In general, a product manufacturer or importer has the duty to design and manufacture or represent a product that is reasonably safe and effective for its intended purposes. The company can be held liable for damages to persons or property incurred when the product is used according to the expectations of a typical consumer. This is the basis for the principle of “implied warranty”... more »
  • With efforts like the R-5 program, government continues to push the energy efficiency envelope
    Windows and doors stand at a crossroads when it comes to energy performance. Manufacturers worked hard last year to enhance the performance of their products to meet both tax credit and new 2010 Energy Star criteria. Now, they are preparing for what’s next and, in many cases, trying to get a head start. For some 50 companies, that head start may be “highly insulating” R-5... more »
  • Manufacturers and extruders are exploring new framing alternatives
    WPC profile extruders continue to expand their capabilities as far as shapes and finish options. Today, many manufacturers see an opportunity to break out from the pack through the use of newhigh-performance framing materials. Wood plastic composites, or WPCs, are an alternative ready for another look. There are many different wood plastic composites, but most existing WPC formulations... more »
  • Good deals can be found at auctions, but some homework and on-site inspection are key
    Is it more economical to refurbish an existing piece of equipment, buy something used or purchase a new machine with the specific features needed? That question comes up frequently these days—often spurred by an upcoming auction. Unfortunately, equipment auctions have been all too common with the closing of many window and door operations over the past few years. On the surface, low-... more »
  • In a recent article in Window & Door Magazine, Lawrence Industries alleged concern about levels of lead in zinc die castings—a material commonly used in the manufacture of window hardware. Included in this claim was the possibility of potentially unsafe concentrations of lead at surface levels of these products. In order to clear up any misconceptions that may have stemmed from these... more »
  • More competitive pricing and focus on ROI also enables more buyers to justify purchase of pultruded products
    Fiberglass framing materials are enjoying more significant market recognition as of late. Although it is not a new technology, the heightened global emphasis on green building and sustainable building practices is highlighting the properties of fiberglass and increasing demand for such products. The strength of fiberglass enable windows and doors to be produced with narrow framing.... more »
  • New codes expected to spur more development and options
    Over the past several decades, safety advocates, building code officials and the window and door industry have looked for ways to prevent children falling through windows. In recent years, those efforts led to the concept of the window opening control device or WOCD, a new type of hardware that many window and door manufacturers are now studying and some have even integrated into... more »
  • Most suppliers don't see an issue, but one producer is raising questions
    Concerns about lead have suddenly appeared on the radar of the window and door industry. Most of the attention has focused on new Environmental Protection Agency rules covering renovation work in pre-1978 homes that may have lead-based paint. Lead content, however, has also emerged as a topic of discussion in the window and door hardware arena. One reason for the discussion involves work within... more »