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  • Dealers and manufacturers predict this year will see an uptick in purchases in general, with homeowners investing more in upscale or higher-end items. According to a recent Window & Door study, most industry professionals anticipate an increase in sales for all products—budget and luxury (see Figures 4A and 4B)—but foresee a bigger increase on the high-end scale. It should be... more »
  • The home remodeling industry is expected to continue its path of moderate growth through 2015, according to a recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.  This looks to have positive implications for dealers, as 78 percent of those who participated in Window & Door’s... more »
  • According to a recent Window & Door study, 60 percent of manufacturers plan to modernize and increase efficiency in 2015. Second on the priority list in terms of where they will invest is expanding production capacity. In terms of what types of products manufacturers plan to add to their lines, 33 percent of surveyed manufacturers will introduce windows that meet the new v6.0 Energy Star... more »
  • There looks to be some positive change on the horizon for manufacturers in the New Year, according to results from the annual Window & Door Industry Pulse survey. Sixty percent of surveyed manufacturers report that they plan to modernize and increase efficiency in 2015. Second on the priority list in terms of where they will invest is in expanding production capacity. This aligns with other... more »
  • Employment trends took a positive turn among window and door manufacturers and dealers this year, according to the Window & Door Industry Pulse. Fifty three percent of survey respondents increased their workforce in 2014, while 40 percent maintained their current staff. Only 7 percent of survey participants decreased their staff over the past 12 months. Despite the challenges associated with... more »
  • At trade shows, exhibitors put their best foot forward, displaying the most glamorous options and premium products they have in their lines. Turns out, this isn’t just a wow factor or a foot-in-the-door tactic to lure attendees into their booths. These higher-end products are reportedly seeing an increase in demand, according to exhibitors at the recent AMD Annual Convention and The... more »
  • In preparation for the release of its exclusive Industry Pulse report—designed to provide window and door dealers and manufacturers insight into the market conditions and expectations of their fellow peers—Window & Door is conducting its annual industry survey. Results of the survey will appear in the January/February 2015 issue of Window & Door. To ensure your survey... more »
  • Here at Window & Door and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, we are immersed in planning for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas. Having attended the big event for many years, I know it’s a great place to explore the new products and technology available in the window and door market. And according to last week’s poll, new products... more »
  • Plastpro Inc., the supplier of fiberglass entry doors and building products, announced the official launch of the #Doorability Sweepstakes, an eight-week-long contest in which two California homeowners will win a custom-made and installed front door entry system of their choice. The contest kicks off July 1, 2014, and runs through Aug 25, 2014. California homeowners are encouraged to enter by... more »
  • Multi-panel door systems offer sales and installation opportunities
      LaCantina LaCantina Doors connects the indoors to the outdoors by eliminating walls and creating large open living spaces with its folding doors. As a single-source manufacturer, LaCantina Doors offers an innovative and comprehensive range of materials, including wood and aluminum, and performance options, including thermal control, to meet the needs of residential... more »