Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • Strength through Uncertainty
    As tradition has it, we enter a New Year by taking stock of what 2016 had to offer in order to assess what’s to come. This year’s annual Industry Pulse report is a bit of an anomaly, however, considering the recent election. Note that the survey ran just after Election Day through the end of November, when emotions were still running very high. Those reactions will have some bearing... more »
  • Did 2016 live up to expectations? Here is a quick look at how 2016 projections from last year’s Industry Pulse survey actually played out.
    Sales* While the numbers for 2016 still indicate overall industry health, they are slightly off from the success seen in 2015. *Data reflects all respondents, including suppliers, manufacturers and dealers from the 2015 Industry Pulse survey and the 2016 Industry Pulse survey. Products* Manufacturers launched more products than they anticipated in 2016, while dealers’ projections were... more »
  • Labor and hiring continues to be a huge topic for the fenestration industry as much as the construction industry at large. As the market improves, each segment struggles to keep up with increased volume on a tight staff. According to a recent Houzz report, nearly four in five remodelers and design-build firms report moderate to severe labor shortages of skilled trades and general laborers. Half... more »
  • Vinyl still leads in windows; wide-open entries steal the conversation
    62% of survey participants said they offered new products in 2016; the same percentage will add new products in 2017 Product innovation is still a big priority across all segments of the industry. As designs turn more toward custom, manufacturers are managing a larger number of SKUs and seeing the new challenges this creates in the supply chain. Equipment and component suppliers have stepped up... more »
  • 2016 sales lag slightly from 2015; manufacturers optimistic about 2017
    According to the Industry Pulse survey, 66 percent of respondents reported that 2016 met or exceeded projections. Though still a strong showing, this figure is down about 15 percent from the same statistics from last year’s survey, where nearly 80 percent reported that sales were at or above expectations. The respondents that reported a decrease in sales attributed the loss to distractions... more »
  • How base configuration technology will change the future of configurable, custom products
    Today’s consumers thirst for instant gratification. From pricing to purchasing to support, any lag time generally results in a value drop for customers. But when it comes to the fenestration industry, where most products are configured, instant gratification isn’t easy. The path to configure the product—including designing, pricing and quoting—is not a simple process that... more »
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  • Window & Door invites all window and door companies exhibiting at the upcoming International Builders' Show in Orlando to submit product information for a special product preview that will run exclusively on windowanddoor.com and in WDweekly. Fill out the information below by Friday, December 23 to be included. Please note: We will only feature one product per company. Only IBS... more »
  • The day is finally here: the day all of the campaign calls, ads, posts and mailers stop. From this day into the foreseeable future, we will instead be inundated with election analysis.  The term “election fatigue” has been used almost as much the adjective “unprecedented” in relation to this historic race. But indeed, the two go hand-in-hand. There is so much to... more »