Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • NAHB and NLBMDA issued a recent report pointing to shortages of certain construction materials in the current market.  While windows and doors are not cited as prime examples, the groups' surveys indicate that our industry's products are harder to come by than usual, at least by historic standards. Nine percent of builders and lumber dealers report seeing some shortages in the market... more »
  • "Finally seeing a nice uptick in business!!!!"  That was the sign-off on an email I received this week from an industry supplier, and it was just the kind of nugget I needed to feel better about the next few months. Despite improving economic data–and construction and remodeling industry data suggesting that window and door sales are on the upswing–I continue to hear... more »
  • New report sees demand building through 2015
    A rebound in new home construction has helped residential window and door sales get back on the road to recovery, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Prepared by Ducker Worldwide, the AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast now sees even bigger gains for residential... more »
  • More product options propel systems beyond the warm-weather, million-dollar home market
    Multi-panel sliding and folding doors that open up virtually the entire wall of a room to the outside are going more mainstream after years of being a product geared largely toward million-dollar homes. The drivers: more homeowner interest, an expansion of sales beyond warm-weather climates, and the entry into the market of large door and window manufacturers.     LaCantina Doors... more »
  • Industry leaders are positioning themselves for growth ahead
    The industry is poised for growth. Last year, most of Window & Door’s 2013 Top 100 Manufacturers enjoyed the beginning stages of a recovery in the new construction and remodeling/replacement markets. Today, they are leaner and still cautious, but ready for more.     With markets recovering, Simonton Windows was one of several Top 100 Manufacturers that expanded its... more »
  • Windows on Wall Street From Lincoln InternationalThe W&D Stock Index got off to a strong start in 2013, with a gain of 5.7% in January as compared to 3.5% for the S&P 500. The index significantly outperformed the market in 2012, with gains of 50.2% versus 14.3% for the S&P 500. Data indicates a recovery in the construction market is well underway, with total housing starts estimated... more »
  • Continued need for differentiation also driving manufacturer choices
    Window hardware is evolving, with codes and market trends demanding higher performance. Window manufacturers are demanding more too, including components and systems that offer the flexibility to differentiate products in terms of performance, functionality and aesthetics. Window sash are getting bigger and heavier, increasing demand for products like this heavy-duty hinge from Truth... more »
  • Welcome to Window & Door's coontinuing coverage of the 2013 International Builders' Show. This section of our site provides an in-depth look at some of the windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 22-24, 2013. Additional coverage includes: A report overviewing the event A... more »
  • As the supply chain consolidates and customer loyalty wavers, manufacturers and dealers must adjust their business models
    Four key trends are affecting building material distribution: consolidation, market saturation, shifting customer priorities and communication. Together, these drivers create competitive pressures that continue to intensify for manufacturers and dealers alike.   The Farnsworth Group, a market research firm specializing in the home improvement, construction and building supply... more »
  • An economic uptick might be on the horizon for the window and door industry, with many economists projecting positive growth for 2013 and beyond, as the 2012 election recedes into history. At least, as Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects, says: “We can’t use the election excuse anymore for delaying decisions.” In general―barring the usual... more »