Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • Older buildings, especially those located in our historic cities, provide significant opportunities for dealers, especially for companies that have seen dramatic decreases in their residential business. Considering the scale of the opportunity and the slow pace of the housing recovery, many dealers may be considering entering this niche. If you do, be careful. Commercial sales can represent a big... more »
  • "The National Association of Home Builders appreciates the hard work by the White House and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to craft a bipartisan compromise to resolve the debt ceiling crisis,” said Bob Nielsen, a Nevada home builder and NAHB chairman, in a statement this week. “It will help to put our nation's fiscal house in order and provide greater certainty... more »
  • Manufacturers see continued growth opportunities for high-end products, particularly wide-opening doors
    Spectacular homes often feature spectacular views. It’s no surprise that architects and owners want to maximize these views with walls of glass. Over the last few decades, door and window makers catering to this market have gone a step further, enabling owners to not only fully enjoy their views but bridge interior and exterior spaces with wide-opening door systems that can almost... more »
  • Though the overall economy has been officially out of recession for two years, it grew at an anemic 1.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter, down from 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010; and all segments are not recovering equally. The stars are aligned for a housing recovery, but economic clouds are hindering navigation. Yet, it remains a question of when, not if. “The spring... more »
  • Evaluating window lines at the retail level
    Window and door manufacturers are introducing an increasing array of decorative options and performance upgrades to meet consumers’ increasing demands and differentiate their product lines. In this competitive market, however, dealers are taking the time to look beyond the hype of a new product to evaluate its value on a number of fronts. With new lines promising increased U-values, new... more »
  • Potential opportunity, but the industry and individual companies need to be aware of movement
    Should window dealers become home performance companies? While the home performance industry is still in its infancy, indications in the marketplace and in regulatory arena point to sharp growth in this field in the near future, according to many window and door industry professionals. “The green movement is the next frontier. If you’re not a business owner willing to change, you... more »
  • "At the heart of the growing trend toward 'modern traditional' residential design is the desire to blend the ordinary with the extraordinary," says a recent press release from CMI, announcing th company's new hollow core CraftMaster Conmore molded flat panel interior door. "Today, homeowners are seeking the familiar comforts of traditional design in more contemporary, fresh styles... more »
  • New report sees modest increases in 2011 and stronger growth ahead
    Residential window sales are expected to inch up once again this year, following a modest recovery in 2010, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Offering projections through 2014, the study foresees remodeling/replacement sales rebounding over the next few years. The new construction market is... more »
  • There is a reason why business networking site, Linkedin, was able to go public and grow in a down economy. Its growth is a result of the majority of its members being out-of-work, mid- to senior-level executives searching for any opportunity to network in their fields of expertise to obtain a job. If they are not out of work, they are running scared that the bleak outlook for the economy will... more »
  • Homebuyers and homeowners demanding increased energy efficiency, enhanced security and upgraded style
    Although entry door sales have suffered in recent years, the industry is well positioned for growth. Markets are improving, manufacturers and suppliers agree, and both homebuyers and homeowners are looking for increased energy efficiency, enhanced security and upgraded style in their entryways. The outlook is positive, says Larry Jones, senior product manager at Therma Tru Doors. Not only is the... more »