Latest Articles in October/November 2013

  • Remodeling Show exhibitors introduce new programs, services in Chicago
    Chicago―Market conditions continue to slowly improve, and dealers are optimistic about the year ahead, according to window and door manufacturers at the Remodeling Show in the Windy City, October 16-18. This year’s event saw the return of companies like Peachtree Doors & Windows and Simonton Windows, new dealer-centric programs and tools, as well as new product introductions from... more »
  •   As 2012 drew to a close, we were waiting for the sequestration shoe to drop. This year, we are in a similar but much less publicized situation with regard to the fate of quantitative easing. Quantitative easing, or QE, is a federal monetary policy that the government occasionally resorts to when standard monetary policy becomes ineffective, to pump more money into the economy... more »
  • If you sell your window or door products in one of the growing number of states with a “Notice and Opportunity to Cure” or “Right of Repair” statute, you need a plan in the event you receive a defect notice relating to your product. These statutes require that homeowners and builders—as well as subcontractors and suppliers—have the opportunity to resolve any... more »
  • New windows and doors, components and fabrication equipment to debut in Toronto
    Win-Door North America returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Center, November 12-14, where more than 120 exhibitors will display the latest in windows and doors, components, software and fabrication equipment. Sponsored by Fenestration Canada, the annual event will also feature a variety of educational seminars addressing issues related to building codes, energy codes, the Energy Star program,... more »
  • In my last column I asked, “Will the replacement industry, as it is today, work for tomorrow?” I wasn’t referring to energy and performance standards; clearly, those will continue to advance. Instead, I was referring to the actual replacement process itself. Replacement, as we know it, consists of either installing a replacement product or exchanging a full frame. Both of these... more »
  •   My daughter, Maria, taught our family about evolution. She explained to us that when living organisms—whether plants or animals—develop characteristics that uniquely suit their survival under specific conditions, those organisms become dominant over time. Over more time, the organisms that fail to adapt cease to exist. Some refer to this as “survival of the fittest... more »
  •   Window & Door is pleased to announce its 2013 Dealers of the Year. Honored for Overall Excellence this year are Window Pro from Michigan and Henley Supply from Tennessee. The magazine has also recognized five "Focused Excellence" category winners: window and door retailers and distributors that stand out in the areas of marketing, innovative thinking, customer service... more »
  •      Overall Excellence LEADERSHIP IN THE HOMEOWNER MARKET   Window Pro Wixom, Mich. Despite having been in business for more than eight decades, Window Pro operates a bit like a start-up, constantly on the lookout for growth opportunities, ways to build its reputation among key audiences and talented leadership to control the reins. Jake Zahnow, president of... more »
  •          Overall Excellence LEADERSHIP IN THE PROFESSIONAL MARKET   Henley Supply Decherd, Tenn.        Sam Henley draws on generations’ worth of family experience to offer Henley Supply a customer service experience optimized for today’s marketplace. If a company has been around long enough, it... more »
  •        Giving Back EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE   Long Life Windows and Doors Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Kris Alexander, owner and general manager of Long Life Windows and Doors, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, knows that it’s human nature to be much more vocal about a bad experience than a good one. “I’... more »