Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • Not too long ago, the construction marketplace—and the residential sector, in particular— led the national economy in a race to the bottom. Other sectors fared somewhat better, but only by comparison. Now, the tables might be turning. Consumers are considerably more positive about current business and labor market conditions. According to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan... more »
  •     A variety of equipment for fabricating glass, vinyl and aluminum will be at GlassBuild in Atlanta.   Window and door manufacturers, enjoying a rebound in the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets, are expected to make their way to Atlanta this fall for what will be a busy GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. Organizers predict more... more »
  • This week, Soft-Lite Windows announced plans to offer Nest Learning Thermostats through its dealer network.  The idea is to provide homeowners buying replacement windows an additional way to reduce energy costs.  I find this move interesting because there are a growing number of electronic items related to home automation and/or security that seemingly could provide a sales opportunity... more »
  • Each fall, I make the rounds, attending GlassBuild America, the Remodeling Show, the AMD Convention and Exhibition, and Win-Door North America.  I just started making some travel plans and I couldn't help but wonder whether the strengthening market might translate into busier events this year. Now I know many factors besides the economy go into decisions to attend a show. You might have... more »
  • Renewed consumer confidence driving demand for higher-priced, custom options
    There is excitement again among entry door manufacturers, thanks to strong sales in the new construction and replacement markets, and expectations of continued double-digit growth over the next three to five years. Adding to suppliers’ optimism is the reemergence of confidentconsumers willing to look at higher-priced options to customize their homes.     There has been a... more »
  • Last week, as many of us were enjoying the Fourth of July festivities, the business-minded folks were digesting the news that the government's latest jobs report featured a decent, worthy-of-discussion uptick in June. As we continue to rebound and level out from the extended economic downturn, it's nice to have some additional optimism poured into the system that has affected so many of our... more »
  • NAHB and NLBMDA issued a recent report pointing to shortages of certain construction materials in the current market.  While windows and doors are not cited as prime examples, the groups' surveys indicate that our industry's products are harder to come by than usual, at least by historic standards. Nine percent of builders and lumber dealers report seeing some shortages in the market... more »
  • "Finally seeing a nice uptick in business!!!!"  That was the sign-off on an email I received this week from an industry supplier, and it was just the kind of nugget I needed to feel better about the next few months. Despite improving economic data–and construction and remodeling industry data suggesting that window and door sales are on the upswing–I continue to hear... more »
  • New report sees demand building through 2015
    A rebound in new home construction has helped residential window and door sales get back on the road to recovery, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Prepared by Ducker Worldwide, the AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast now sees even bigger gains for residential... more »
  • More product options propel systems beyond the warm-weather, million-dollar home market
    Multi-panel sliding and folding doors that open up virtually the entire wall of a room to the outside are going more mainstream after years of being a product geared largely toward million-dollar homes. The drivers: more homeowner interest, an expansion of sales beyond warm-weather climates, and the entry into the market of large door and window manufacturers.     LaCantina Doors... more »