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    Suppliers see more screens becoming less visible altogether or retracting out of the way when they’re not needed
    Screens play a crucial role keeping insects out, but few would argue that they enhance the look of windows and doors. Two types of products enhancing that downside of screens are gaining momentum in the market. Emerging recently, but potentially transforming the market quickly, are screens designed to be less visible. “The word’s getting out,” says Alan Gray, VP of sales for... more »
  • Meeting higher standards will be essential to success
    From higher energy performance standards to continued consolidation, to moving past its reputation as the "cheap" window option, Window & Door looks at the 10 trends likely to shape the vinyl industry moving forward. Agree with the 30/30 provisions or not, you have to admit the stimulus bill sure pulled the window and door industry out of its economic coma. Manufacturers,... more »
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    Manufacturers and distributors can find new opportunities with higher-end niche products
    Today’s economic climate has window and door fabricators and suppliers alike searching for new strategies to acquire additional market share in order to survive the financial turmoil. No single approach is likely to enable companies to reach that goal, but one area of the market that appears to be a target opportunity is the growing niche for European-style window and door products. These... more »
  • Looks still matter, but suppliers say window and door manufacturers are focusing more on function
    Window and door manufacturers are asking their hardware to do more. In today’s tight market, there’s a greater need for differentiation. That means increased emphasis on both function and style. Manufacturers are also looking at hardware that enables them to target new niches. Tilt/turn products are one example, and larger, wide-opening doors are attracting significant attention.... more »
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    Looks still matter, but suppliers say window and door manufacturers are focusing more on function
    Window and door manufacturers are asking their hardware to do more. In today’s tight market, there’s a greater need for differentiation. That means increased emphasis on both function and style.Manufacturers are also looking at hardware that enables them to target new niches. Tilt/turn products are one example, and larger, wide-opening doors are attracting significant attention.... more »
  • Focus group session makes clear that energy performance far outweighs other priorities, but other green considerations can't be ignored
    Most architects involved in the green building movement think windows, doors and skylights are “green.” That view was expressed at a recent focus group sponsored by Window & Door and Velux-America, although it was also evident that definitions and priorities are not yet firmly established when it comes to choosing green products. Organized by Market Resource Associates,... more »
  • Companies say hurdles remain, but new prototypes are on the way
    Vacuum glazing as a concept is nothing new. Glass researchers have been investigating the idea for years. Nippon Sheet Glass of Japan started offering a vacuum glazing product in the 1990s. Most window and door manufacturers, however, don't see the available technologies to be commercially viable yet. Now, at least two companies say the long-discussed concept could... more »
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    Boston—While other trade shows may be struggling, the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held here last week was bursting at the seams. With over 25,000 attendees crowding the aisles of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the show, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, provided evidence that demand for green is “real,” as one window manufacturer... more »
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    Suppliers say cellular PVC and urethane products are poised for more growth
    Synthetic millwork and trim may cost more than traditional wood, but companies pushing the product see it continuing to gain market share. While the housing downturn may be slowing that trend, these suppliers see more builders and remodelers making the change in the long run.Cellular PVC millwork and trim products, which started out eight to 10 years ago as a “novelty,” have become... more »
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    Orlando, Fla.—"We just have to get through this,” said one distributor attending the annual exhibition and convention of the Association of Millwork Distributors last week. That attitude was shared by many, expressing quiet determination to hold on for now and get prepared for better times when they do return. No one expects that time coming soon, and that was reflected in... more »