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  • R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5... more »
  • Although I tried to keep my mind off work while on vacation last week, I was reminded of the busy fall ahead several times by ads in the newspaper and on TV urging homeowners to get their windows replaced before energy efficiency tax credits expire at the end of the year. "Don't miss out! Windows need to be installed by December 31!" Ever since the tax credit passed, industry people... more »
  • Honoring the industry's innovators in technology, manufacturing and marketing
    Window & Door has announced its 2010 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in window and door technology, manufacturing, and marketing. "Ours is a resilient industry. Our 2010 Crystal Achievement Award winners make that abundantly clear," says John... more »
  • Many of us in the window and door business would consider ourselves part of the home improvement industry. But what about the “home performance” industry? My guess is that a lot of us have probably never even heard that term. Home performance deserves our attention, however. Home performance contractors are energy efficient retrofitters. They don’t just sell siding or HVAC... more »
  • Home Star took another step forward last week. I can’t say I’ve heard a lot of enthusiastic endorsements of the program from our industry, but there seems to be general support. Given the current state of our market, it’s hard to argue against a program that could stimulate more window and door sales. Home Star comes with some baggage, however. It’s not clear what criteria... more »
  • Manufacturers and extruders suggest some movement toward larger openings too.
    Homeowners want energy efficiency. They want designer options. Priorities in the vinyl patio door market are not too different than they are in the vinyl windows, manuafcturers and suppliers agree. There are a few trends unique to vinyl doors, however, including some movement toward larger openings. “We're seeing that energy efficiency is very high on the list for both windows and doors,... more »
  • I think most people who know me well would categorize me as a pretty upbeat person. I'm quite optimistic and I look for the upside and growth opportunities in not-so-fun situations, including the rocky economic road we've traveled the last couple of years. Chipper attitude and all, I will admit that even I was pleasantly surprised when I digested the Ducker statistical report, sponsored by... more »
  • New study sees residential product sales increasing steadily through 2013, with vinyl products enjoying biggest gains
    After four years of declines, residential window sales should begin to recover this year, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The report foresees gains through 2013, when industry sales will near pre-housing crisis levels.   Prepared by Ducker Worldwide, the AAMA/WDMA 2009/2010 U.S.... more »
  • Although admittedly viewed through a rather hazy crystal ball, the national economy and the future of our industry can be projected with cautious optimism, so long as we are prepared to accept a “two steps forward, one step back” type of progress. At the midpoint of 2010, a look at the dashboard is encouraging: After shrinking 2.4 percent in 2009 (the most since 1946), gross domestic... more »
  • Although admittedly viewed through a rather hazy crystal ball, the national economy and the future of our industry can be projected with cautious optimism, so long as we are prepared to accept a “two steps forward, one step back” type of progress. At the midpoint of 2010, a look at the dashboard is encouraging: After shrinking 2.4 percent in 2009 (the most since 1946), gross domestic... more »