Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • With slowly improving market conditions, NAHB is optimistic for annual event
    Window and door manufacturers may not be convinced, but organizers see positive signs for this year's International Builders' Show, scheduled for February 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. With the housing market showing signs of modest improvement, the National Association of Home Builders reports pre-registrations are 25 percent ahead of last year's pace and exhibit space sales have remained strong for the... more »
  • The concept of the smart home has been with us for many years. Progress in the market, however, has been limited. Last week's announcement from Lowe's about the launch of the Iris system indicates things are changing. And the residential window and door industry is paying attention. Therma-Tru Doors, for example, is going to offer doors that allow homeowners to monitor activity with the Lowe's... more »
  • With more realistic expectations for the coming year, window and door companies focus on opportunities that exist
    If 2011 was the year for window and door companies to adjust to the new norm of the marketplace, 2012 will be the year of truly accepting market conditions—no more waiting for a recovery—and focusing on areas in which businesses can thrive, industry executives say. “We are hopeful that the recovery will come sooner than later,” says Todd Woods, director of marketing and... more »
  • Survey reveals dealers, distributors and manufacturers are extremely cautious about business outlook
    The window and door industry is looking at the coming year with extreme caution, according to the 2012 Industry Pulse, Window & Door’s exclusive annual survey of industry executives. North American window and door manufacturers and dealers remain guarded in their expectations for the economy as a whole and window and door demand in general.  This year's study indicates less... more »
  • When we set out two years ago to establish the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, we never envisioned the kind of impact we would have in such a short period of time. Some of our many highlights from 2011 include turning back the lead clearance testing rule proposed by Environmental Protection Agency, securing language in the HomeScore Energy program criteria favorable to window and door dealers... more »
  • In last August's edition of this column, I noted that many potential homebuyers, leery about the economy and unable to sell their undervalued homes, are turning to remodeling and staying put. Statistics confirm that a growing number of Americans are spending more on home renovations, at the rate of an estimated $115.9 billion in the year ended June 2011, according to the Joint Center for Housing... more »
  • Single-family home sales were up 1.3 percent for the month of October. Builder confidence, as measured by NAHB, has increased slightly each of the past two months. Challenges persist in the housing market, says David Crowe, NAHB's chief economist, but he also predicts "modest, gradual" improvements heading into 2012. Are positive numbers trickling into your business yet?  Are... more »
  • Arriving in Toronto for Win-Door North America, the industry is getting a chilly reception–at least from the Canadian Broadasting Corp.  This week's headlines from CBC News offer dire predictions of widespread window failures on the many recently-built glass-walled condos here.   The window walls of the many high-rise buildings constructed in Toronto in recent years... more »
  • Annual event once again provides focal point for Canadian industry
    Canadian window and door manufacturers are grappling with new codes and regulations, and the need to stay up-to-date on changes is expected to help drive attendance at this year's Win-Door North America. With more than 150 exhibitors signed up, the annual trade show returns once again to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 15-17.      Win-Door will once again... more »
  • The presidential campaign has been going strong for some time on the Republican side. We've had debates, straw polls, withdrawals from the race, and a mix of front runners, including some who weren't officially candidates.  But given the fact that it's the first week of November and we're now a year away from the real election, I thought it was time for WDweekly's first poll of the 2012... more »