Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • Most economists–and many industry executives–see new construction increasing, with additional growth expected next year. Remodeling and replacement activity is also on the upswing, with even bigger gains expected for 2013. I've been on the cautious side regarding our current recovery, but I am becoming increasingly confident that things are really getting better for the window and... more »
  • The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for July, released just this week, saw a pretty significant jump—the largest jump in builder confidence in nearly a decade. Up six points, builder confidence for the newly-built, single-family housing market reached 35 points in July—the highest point since March of 2007. While this is a step in the right... more »
  • This week, we highlight numbers from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association's annual market report prepared by Ducker Worldwide that indicate that there are, indeed, better days ahead for the window and door industry. In fact, the days we’re in right now really aren’t so bad either. The AAMA/WDMA 2011-2012 U.S. Industry... more »
  • New market report sees tepid growth this year, after weak 2011
    The loss of stimulus tax credits translated into a dip in residential window and door sales last year, suggests a new report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The study sees the weak economic recovery limiting growth prospects this year, but suggests prospects for sales in both the new construction and remodeling/... more »
  • Since Facebook's IPO about 10 days ago, its share prices have fallen. I'm no expert, but one of the reasons cited is a concern it will not be able to effectively monetize its offerings–sell advertising–in a world that is quickly moving to mobile devices. The fear is most Facebook users won't be using the service on their PCs, maybe not even on their tablets. In the future, users may... more »
  • Many window and door manufacturers, as well as suppliers of glass and other components, will be in Washington, D.C., this week exhibiting at the AIA 2012 Expo. It promises to be an interesting showcase of new products and technologies targeted at the commercial, institutional and high-end residential markets. It is these segments of the window and door business where architects typically play an... more »
  • Triple-glazing and R-5 products aren’t for everyone, but some manufacturers see opportunities with these products
    New Energy Star criteria are likely to improve window energy efficiency numbers across the board, but numerous manufacturers offer triple-pane and R-5 type windows exceeding those expected levels already. Most see a growing market for such products too, with much of the demand is driven by dealers.     Manufacturers like Ply Gem report that more dealers are opting for higher-... more »
  • A growing number of new home builders have found a point of differentiation in the marketplace by offering Energy Star-qualified homes. Studies reveal that homebuyers feel good about being good stewards of the environment—but they feel even better about saving money on energy bills. Consequently, with more people staying in their homes longer, energy-rated homes are becoming an easier sell... more »
  • It a little less than a week, the 2012 deadline for filing your income taxes will be upon us. Always a fun day to look forward to, isn’t it? I read an article that says more than half of Americans plan to use this year’s refund to pay bills. Some people will take vacations, participate in leisure activities or buy gifts with their refunds, the survey says, but a majority of... more »
  • This week's news announcement from James Hardie and Teel Plastics doesn't say too much about windows and doors, but the story suggests we could have huge new player in the window and door industry.  A $1.25 billion building products company like James Hardie could have an especially big impact on the fiberglass segment of the industry. Fiberglass accounted for about 3.5 percent of the 2011... more »