Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • The first word that comes to mind regarding impact windows and doors is "hurricane." Yes, impact glass windows and doors are mostly used in hurricane-prone states where, in certain places, it is a state law to install hurricane shutters or upgrade to hurricane glass.  However, impact glass is beneficial in many applications beyond category three hurricanes and winds. Once window... more »
  • Addressing common problems in door installations
    The door is the only part of a house that’s expected to provide a weather-tight seal while withstanding daily traffic and abuse. Despite its heavy use, the door receives little, if any, maintenance or attention from the homeowner. As such, the importance of a proper door installation cannot be emphasized enough. In the real world, a perfect door installation is next to impossible. Subfloors are... more »
  • How to navigate the multi-panel door market
    ABSi orchestrated the details on this project that uses LaCantina Door’s folding door system to extend the kitchen and living room of this farm house into the veranda. (Photography by Open Homes Photography) The concept of bringing the outside in is nothing new to the industry. But, the trend hasn’t yet permeated all levels of the general public, as traditionally it has... more »
  • On April 21, Google updated its powerful algorithm in a way that significantly impacts websites that are not mobile-friendly. Google lives and dies by providing relevant search engine results to their visitors. If one cannot easily read a website on their phone or tablet, it is not of much use. Because of this, the latest algorithm update could exclude websites that are not “responsive... more »
  • Despite the challenges associated with hiring new employees—namely, the lack of qualified candidates (see Fingure 8)—the majority of companies surveyed in a recent Window & Door study report that hiring will continue on last year’s upward trend. While budget constraints are also noted as a major detriment to employment goals, according to the study, 77 percent of dealers... more »
  • 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 »