Latest Articles in Materials & Components

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    The need for differentiation and higher profit opportunities for window manufacturers are driving demand
    Every year, more and more window manufacturers incorporate automatic sash locks into their designs. In fact, what was once thought of as an upgrade exclusive to high-end windows is quickly becoming an industry standard on a large variety of North American windows. Today, innovative designs and progressive window manufacturers have transformed the one-time specialty product into an industry... more »
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    Niche products are gaining mainstream appeal
    We don’t have to get up off the couch to change channels anymore, very few of us actually slide a key in the lock to open a car door and maps rest neatly in the glove box thanks to the GPS on the dash. This push-of-a-button mentality is making its way into window and door hardware, too, as suppliers introduce high-tech products aimed to make life simpler. These products aren’t just... more »
  • Glass coatings blocking UV rays offer new way to differentiate window lines
    Homes are developing their own personalities. From exotic hardwood floors to intensely-colored walls and luxurious fabrics and furnishings, today’s dwelling is a reflection of its owner’s style and taste. As such, a home’s interior has taken on greater significance. More than shelter, a house serves as family center, entertainment destination and cozy, creative cocoon. A... more »
  • Suppliers expect recent upgrades in casement hardware to spread to other product offerings as well
    It seems the tide is turning a bit when it comes to product development in the casement hardware arena. The focus used to be on performance and durability, but today the trend is toward enhanced aesthetics and developing hardware with style. That’s not to say performance isn’t important—just that window manufacturers are looking for product that looks good while it’s... more »
  • Benefits seen in patio door market are translating into growing demand for entry doors
    Society continues to demand better and better security, both at home and work. Homeowners and businesses alike want to ensure they are protected against the opportunist thief. Additionally, insurance companies have been quick to demand that every practical step is taken to minimize the risk of theft. The reporting of crime suggests this problem is not going away, and none of us wants to... more »
  • Trend is toward more integrated systems in the OEM market
    Retractable or self-storing screens have been around for many years, but these screens have seen accelerated growth recently. They have caught on as a popular option in particular for patio, French and entry doors. The latest trend is for manufacturers to provide integrated retractable screens in their windows. With consumers clearly seeing the benefits in doors, more manufacturers see a... more »
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    Overcoming the barrier of consumer awareness to sell
    Fiberglass entry doors have been on the market since the early ’80s. Particularly in recent years, the category has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to dealers, builders and remodelers who promote the performance benefits of fiberglass to their customers. But while the presence of fiberglass continues to grow faster than traditional materials, consumer awareness of fiberglass remains... more »
  • Solar panels help defray energy costs by harnessing sun’s power
    When it comes to today’s fenestration products, homeowners expect windows and doors to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There may come a day in the future, however, when homeowners can actually put their fenestration products to work. Window systems incorporating solar panels, for example, can support a home’s energy needs by producing power rather than... more »
  • The commercialization of smart glass technologies is beginning, with suppliers targeting high-end buyers
    Glass is developing a “coolness factor.” Like cutting-edge electronics, smart glass products that switch from clear to tinted states or heat up to chase cool drafts away are beginning to attract the attention of consumers willing to pay a premium for the best technology for their homes. These types of glass technologies, which have been confined thus far to research and development... more »
  • Report says no reason to penalize use of vinyl in LEED programs
    For years, elements of the environmentalist community have targeted vinyl as an inappropriate material for use in “green” projects. As a result, the U.S. Green Building Council has been under pressure to create a special credit in its LEED rating system against the use of vinyl. Keith Christman of the Vinyl Institute reports that the task group formed to look at the issue has... more »