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  • New study sees growth slowing to 3.3 percent per year
    Window and door demand in the United States will increase 3.3 percent annually through 2010 to $36.5 billion, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group Inc. The annual growth rate represents a deceleration from the 2000-2005 period, attributed largely to a sharp drop in single-family housing construction from the strong pace of recent years. “We’re not quite at the bottom yet... more »
  • Annual event sees window and door manufacturers continuing to expand lines and provide more “classic” looks
    Orlando, FL—Window and door manufacturers rolled out more options, filled out product lines and launched new branding initiatives at the 2007 International Builders’ Show held in February. With no “big” new products, the most noteworthy element of the show may have been the positive attitudes expressed by exhibitors and attendees alike. Despite a down housing market... more »
  • Trend is toward more integrated systems in the OEM market
    Retractable or self-storing screens have been around for many years, but these screens have seen accelerated growth recently. They have caught on as a popular option in particular for patio, French and entry doors. The latest trend is for manufacturers to provide integrated retractable screens in their windows. With consumers clearly seeing the benefits in doors, more manufacturers see a... more »
  • Focus group suggests quality, reliability and simplicity are highest priorities
    Quality, reliability, “nothing that will lead to callbacks.” That’s what replacement dealers want from a window supplier, according to a recent focus group sponsored by Window & Door and Mikron Industries. While energy efficiency is important, “it’s sort of a given,” noted one participant. “If it doesn’t have an Energy Star label, nobody’s... more »
  • The first car I remember riding around in was a Vista Cruiser. My dad was an Oldsmobile guy, and over the years as I grew up, we had a Delta 88 and a Cutlass. At some point, the family added a second small car—a used Fiat. That was followed up by a Datsun, and my parents have been driving Japanese ever since. I think they’re on their fourth Camry now—and if my dad yearns for... more »
  • Targeting the replacement market, California company has developed unique processes and strategy
    Plenty of companies specialize in replacement windows. Few, however, specialize in replacing interior doors—a fact that suggested a big opportunity to the founders of Interior Door Replacement Co. “Homeowners have had to hire general contractors or a large home improvement store, which generally make a mess of a home, are in the customer’s home for days, sometimes weeks, and... more »
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    New study sees growth through 2007 with metal products remaining dominant
    After struggling through several years of economic downturn, the Latin American window market is rebounding. A new study from Interconnection Consulting sees sales recovering from a low of 23.8 million units in 2003 to reach 29.9 million by 2007.The Vienna-based market research firm sees gains through most of the region. Some countries, including Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay will see... more »
  • Solar panels help defray energy costs by harnessing sun’s power
    When it comes to today’s fenestration products, homeowners expect windows and doors to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There may come a day in the future, however, when homeowners can actually put their fenestration products to work. Window systems incorporating solar panels, for example, can support a home’s energy needs by producing power rather than... more »
  • Price and energy efficiency might not be a factor in the high-end window and door market,
    When money is no object, product demands can be unusual, sometimes extreme. Forget price and energy efficiency; builders and homeowners in the luxury market are more interested in differentiating their multimillion-dollar homes with unusual window shapes, one-of-a-kind hardware and “bigger and better” doors and windows. For those in the high-end custom window and door business, these... more »
  • The commercialization of smart glass technologies is beginning, with suppliers targeting high-end buyers
    Glass is developing a “coolness factor.” Like cutting-edge electronics, smart glass products that switch from clear to tinted states or heat up to chase cool drafts away are beginning to attract the attention of consumers willing to pay a premium for the best technology for their homes. These types of glass technologies, which have been confined thus far to research and development... more »