Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • Meeting higher standards will be essential to success
    From higher energy performance standards to continued consolidation, to moving past its reputation as the "cheap" window option, Window & Door looks at the 10 trends likely to shape the vinyl industry moving forward. Agree with the 30/30 provisions or not, you have to admit the stimulus bill sure pulled the window and door industry out of its economic coma. Manufacturers,... more »
  • News from Ply Gem this week that it’s consolidating some of its operations serves as a reminder that the road to recovery for this industry is going to be long. While there have been, to use President Barack Obama’s words, “glimmers of hope,” there are still segments of our business that remain weak. Some companies have reported gains already this year, but others no doubt... more »
  • Association Meets in Florida to Talk Green Liability, Changes to Wind Map, Hurricane Simulation Study
    FMA members gathered last week in Cocoa Beach, Fla., for the assoication's annual spring conference. Cocoa Beach, Fla.–In addition to a challenging economy and a depressed new construction market, manufacturers and suppliers in the Southeast region of the country have some additional balls to juggle with changes to the hurricane wind zone map, specialized installation techniques... more »
  • Good news!  I am not one who generally uses exclamation points in my writing, but I am very pleased that WDweekly is able to report that window manufacturers like Simonton and Andersen are bringing back workers. This typically happens in the spring, but this year we couldn't help but wonder when and even if it would happen. These reports follow on the heels of Serious Materials re-... more »
  • Okay, we've been hearing lots from you about the new tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors. Last week, we asked for a straight up-and-down vote from readers on whether they approved of the new 30/30 standards or disapproved and thought they should be changed. This week, I'd like to hear whether or not they're having the stimulative effect desired.  So our poll question... more »
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    Pre-recession trends continue to gain some momentum in pre-hanger channel
    Some of the trends that were emerging or blossoming before the economy began to bottom out continue to define pre-hangers, even in the current economic environment. That’s not to say the economy isn’t having a big impact on this supply channel—it certainly is. But there are plenty of pre-hangers and millwork specialists that have adopted the attitude to keep on keepin’ on... more »
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    Challenging times clearly reflected in annual look at North America's largest residential window and door manufacturers in North America
    See the Top 100 rankings here Starting with a housing downturn that evolved into a “global financial crisis,” the past three years produced tremendous challenges to the window and door industry. Those challenges clearly emerge in the 2009 edition of the Window & Door Top 100, our annual feature presenting North America’s 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows... more »
  • “Coming on the heels of unprecedented growth over the past decade,” the home improvement industry is in the midst of a “severe downturn,” says a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. The study suggests that by the time a recovery begins, “the entire industry is expected to begin a marked transition on both the demand and supply... more »
  • Last week, a reader of WDweekly wrote to say “We’ve stopped reading it because every week is full of gloom and doom.” I certainly understand the perspective. I’ve been tempted to turn off the TV every time the latest news from the economic front comes on. When do you expect to see sales growth at your company? Sales are increasing now. In the next 3... more »
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    Las Vegas—On day three of last week’s International Builders’ Show, the government announced that housing start had hit their lowest level in 50 years ago. Given that environment, the number of builders and other housing industry professionals that made their way to the event here last week was “almost a pleasant surprise,” according to one door manufacturer.... more »