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  • 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 »
  • With Fourth of July coming up, we're at the halfway point for 2010.  While unbridled optimism is hard to find, most people in the industry I talk to say things are getting better.  I thought it would be a good time to see where we're at.  So this week's poll question asks how you expect your 2010 will compare with 2009.  Of course I'd like to hear from you.  What do you... more »
  • Manufacturers and suppliers see new opportunities for tilt/turn and other imported styles
    They tilt and turn, they lift and slide, and they represent a growing market opportunity for North American window and door companies, according to many. After finding only limited acceptance for decades, European-style window and door systems have seen growing demand in the past several years. That growth, in turn, is encouraging more companies to focus their efforts on these products. Wood... more »
  • When I first started covering this industry, European profile extruders were still in the midst of their first push into the North American market. Vinyl had a relatively small market share, limited largely to a few replacement products, and the European suppliers saw huge opportunities. Those opportunities weren’t realized quickly, however. One of the main reasons was the tilt/turn product... more »
  • Marvin is certainly not the first window and door company to get involved in siding. There are plenty of building product distributors and dealers, and plenty of exterior contractors that handle both lines. There a number of companies that manufacture both too. It's still news, however, when a 100-year-old company like Marvin says it wants to look beyond windows and doors. They aren't the only... more »
  • No doubt it's too soon to tell what kind of impact EPA's lead paint rule will have on the remodeling business in general and the replacement window business specifically.  It's been less than two weeks since it became the law of the land. But I couldn't help but wonder, has the new lead paint rule had an effect yet?  No doubt, it's having an impact on installation crews.  I'd love... more »
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    Event also reflects global trend toward larger openings
    Roto highlighted the global trend toward larger openings showing this window fitted with its hardware. Nuremberg, Germany—European windows and doors may be very different than North American products, but the two markets share common trends, including energy efficiency requirements that are being ratcheted upward and growing popularity for large door openings. Those two trends were... more »
  • Continued struggles and signs of optimism evident in this year’s rankings of North America’s largest residential window and door manufacturers
    Times were still tough in 2009, but signs of life emerged within the industry last year. A look through Window & Door’s 2010 Top 100 Manufacturers provides ample evidence that companies continue to struggle in this economic environment. This year’s rankings, however, also feature some nuggets of good news that reinforce the view of many that the worst may be over. Armaclad... more »
  • Coming to you from Germany this week, I’m walking the aisles of Fensterbau looking for new technologies that could make their way to North America. Of course one thing I’m seeing a lot of is tilt-and-turn windows. The standard in Germany and popular in many other countries around the world, tilt-and-turns remain a niche product in North America. When I first started covering this... more »
  • “Given expected growth in world industrial demand over the next several years, particularly China, building materials prices will tend to rise faster than general inflation,” predicts Bernard Markstein, a senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders.  He made those comments in an article in Nation's Building News looking at recent price hikes in lumber,... more »