Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • 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 »
  • This week, I received an announcement from American Vision Solar about a new program for homeowners.  It caught my eye because the Southern California company is also a window dealer. Another reason it caught my eye is that it followed on the heels of a news report last week about Lowe's Home Improvement entering the solar business. Obviously solar has been capturing more attention in the... more »
  • Given the state of the economy in general and the housing construction industry in particular, the high-ticket preferences that transformed living spaces during the housing boom appear to be giving way to more practical, dollar-conscious ones. The 2015 HomeResults of the National Association of Home Builders’s “The New Home 2015” survey of builders, published in December 2010,... more »
  • I love this phrase: “channel blurring.” Thank you Home Channel News for a very interesting article on the mix-and-match happening in retail channels. This “channel blurring” can be seen in Home Depots selling household cleaning supplies, the article points out, or traditional hardware stores selling pet supplies. The strategy behind such efforts is that when shoppers are... more »
  • Sure, there were concerns about a tax credit hangover in the replacement and remodeling market as the year began, but most industry folks I talked to were talking positively about 2011. It might not be a gangbuster year, but I got the sense that most window and door manufacturers and dealers in this segment were looking for growth. Unfortunately, we've been getting mixed signals of late. On the... more »
  • It may not be for the best of reasons, but the storm clouds over the housing market may have a silver lining in the form of a brighter outlook for home remodeling and window replacement. Researchers surmise that, in the context of the depressed number of new housing starts, a significant increase in remodeling activity is reflecting a shift toward reinvesting in existing homes over building new... more »
  • Some interesting news this week from HUD and DOE. In the Obama Administration's continuing efforts to encourage energy efficient upgrades to the nation’s residential housing stock, the PowerSaver lending program is now open for business. In a nutshell, homeowners with decent credit and some equity in their homes are eligible to seek low-interest loans for up to $25,000 to complete... more »
  • The Pennsylvania legislature may be pushing back against the rising energy efficiency tide. According to a recent article, a bill is moving forward there that will make it extremely difficult to tighten the state energy code, because, environmentalists say, builders will have virtual veto power. Through the years, there has always been resistance to higher energy efficiency standards.... more »
  • This year's rankings suggest more optimism for growth ahead
    For some window and door manufacturers, 2010 was a pretty good year. Tax credits for energy efficient products created a boon for those focused on the replacement market. Other manufacturers, especially those traditionally serving the new construction market, continued to struggle. That underlying dynamic is evident in Window & Door’s 2011 Top 100 Manufacturers. The good news in this... more »