Latest Articles in FEATURE ARTICLE

  • Evaluating window lines at the retail level
    Window and door manufacturers are introducing an increasing array of decorative options and performance upgrades to meet consumers’ increasing demands and differentiate their product lines. In this competitive market, however, dealers are taking the time to look beyond the hype of a new product to evaluate its value on a number of fronts. With new lines promising increased U-values, new... more »
  • Kolbe & Kolbe keeps focus on continuous improvement and product development
    Producing high quality windows with employees dedicated to excellence. That was the vision of Herb Kolbe, one of the founding brothers of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc., and it enabled the company to establish itself as one of the leaders in the high-end window and door market.     Kolbe sees its employees as craftspeople building one window or door at a time.  ... more »
  • Potential opportunity, but the industry and individual companies need to be aware of movement
    Should window dealers become home performance companies? While the home performance industry is still in its infancy, indications in the marketplace and in regulatory arena point to sharp growth in this field in the near future, according to many window and door industry professionals. “The green movement is the next frontier. If you’re not a business owner willing to change, you... more »
  • New report sees modest increases in 2011 and stronger growth ahead
    Residential window sales are expected to inch up once again this year, following a modest recovery in 2010, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Offering projections through 2014, the study foresees remodeling/replacement sales rebounding over the next few years. The new construction market is... more »
  • Homebuyers and homeowners demanding increased energy efficiency, enhanced security and upgraded style
    Although entry door sales have suffered in recent years, the industry is well positioned for growth. Markets are improving, manufacturers and suppliers agree, and both homebuyers and homeowners are looking for increased energy efficiency, enhanced security and upgraded style in their entryways. The outlook is positive, says Larry Jones, senior product manager at Therma Tru Doors. Not only is the... more »
  • With Energy Star almost a given, manufacturers put more focus on the look of their windows
    The number of products carrying an Energy Star label and the number of companies that signed up for the government’s R-5 program provide ample evidence of that energy efficiency is a high priority for window manufacturers. But more manufacturers are also saying good performance numbers are not enough in today’s market. “When people buy windows today, they expect them to be... more »
  • Manufacturers and dealers gearing up to take advantage of rapid developments in tablets and mobile technologies
    About a week after Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, Geoff Roise at Lindsay Windows in Minnesota bought one for one of the company’s production supervisors to try out. “It’s impact immediately became apparent,” he states. “I would send him an email with a question and I would get an instant response.”     Line leaders at Lindsay Windows now... more »
  • Suppliers see some improvement, but agree that manufacturers are cautious
    Window and door manufacturers have not been buying a lot of new equipment lately. Suppliers aren’t predicting any dramatic upturn soon, but they do predict some movement as window and door sales begin to increase slowly. “We believe the market has been getting stable,” says Sanjay Parikh, general manager for Joseph Machine Co. “There is still definitely more supply than... more »
  • Commercial products are being added
    The U.S. Department of Energy High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program begins Phase II in May. After a year’s experience, the program is being expanded to include commercial windows. Also noteworthy will be changes to the program Web site to provide more pricing information to potential buyers. The purpose of the program, initially known as the R-5 Window Program, has been to bring... more »
  • Facing a weakening market, the Miami-based manufacturer implemented changes to expand
    Rising from the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, CGI Windows & Doors Inc. got its start by focusing on products that could meet the stringent impact-resistant building codes that emerged in the storm’s aftermath. Faced with a devastating economic environment 15 years later, the company has stayed true to its core, but reinvented itself in many ways too.     CGI... more »