Latest Articles in September 2013

  • Annual trade show will once again focus on doors
    Doors and related components will be most prominent at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, where the Association of Millwork Distributors will gather for its 49th annual convention and trade show, November 4-6. The event has evolved in recent years, with the exhibit hall now open for only two days, and a growing number of educational opportunities added to the agenda.     Doors... more »
  • Opening in about two weeks, the Remodeling Show moves back to Chicago this year with a new, more compact schedule designed to provide greater efficiency for exhibitors and attendees. The event is set for October 16-18 at McCormick Place. With the schedule change, the exhibit hall will be open for two days rather than three, and the education program will run three days instead of four.... more »
  • Honoring the industry's innovators in technology, manufacturing and marketing
    Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2013 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing. “Once again, our Crystal Achievement Award winners reflect the tremendous level of ingenuity, creativity and... more »
  • Not too long ago, the construction marketplace—and the residential sector, in particular— led the national economy in a race to the bottom. Other sectors fared somewhat better, but only by comparison. Now, the tables might be turning. Consumers are considerably more positive about current business and labor market conditions. According to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan... more »
  • A dealer must begin with a clear brand message and an understanding of these customers
    The high-end segment has experienced a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the past several years, with changes in customer profiles and behavior leaving many window and door companies revamping past marketing approaches. Having managed and consulted for a wide range of window and door brands and retailers, I’m speaking from extensive experience when I say that the industry’s execution... more »
  • “What role should the government play in our daily lives?” This question has been debated for centuries, with no clear answer. The question takes an interesting twist when we consider it from a building code perspective. Code enforcement is, by its very nature, a branch of government that reaches into where we live, work and play. From the moment we wake in the morning—and even... more »
  • Fenestration technology has advanced dramatically in recent years―mostly to the consumer’s benefit―in the form of thermal, structural and sound-deadening performance, and aesthetic improvements. Revised new construction installation practices have been developed and adopted as well. All of these are welcome advances, but this fenestration evolution also presents challenges to the... more »