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  • This month, I’m revisiting an important subject: the future of the window replacement industry. My last column on the matter—in the October 2013 issue of Window & Door—addressed the increased difficulty and reduced replacement options we will face in the years ahead. Ironically, this will result from technological advances in new construction fenestration and wall interface... more »
  • As you’ve read from some of my writings, I’ve predicted specific challenges ahead for the future of the replacement industry – even in this month’s From the Field column. I’ve done this in an effort to bring awareness to the industry, not alarm it. I’m simply suggesting that we prepare. As part of my conclusion in this latest article, I suggest we have to keep... more »
  • As part of its Dealers of the Year program, Window & Door recognizes window and door dealers and distributors for excellence in the areas of marketing, customer service, showroom design and more. The deadline for nominations for the 2014 awards program has been extended to this Friday, August 15, and we want to hear from you! I know there are a tremendous number of innovative, successful... more »
  • Here at Power, we believe that recruiting recent college graduates is a great way to bring a fresh perspective to our organization. In May 2014, one of the last classes comprised of Generation Y students  (loosely defined as those born between 1977-1992) entered the workforce with energy, perspective and enthusiasm. At the same time, a new generation — Generation Z — moved one... more »
  • Here at Window & Door and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, we are immersed in planning for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas. Having attended the big event for many years, I know it’s a great place to explore the new products and technology available in the window and door market. And according to last week’s poll, new products... more »
  • When reviewing the news for the upcoming August issue of Window & Door, I was struck by the number of acquisitions that have taken place in our industry over the past 60 days. By my count, there have been at least 11 deals made since late May, among manufacturers and distributors alike. On a national level, there was Sierra Pacific Industries’ purchase of Hurd Windows and Doors. At the... more »
  • Recently, my 18-year-old son decided that the front door must be swollen—often the case in summer—and therefore just needed a good hard shove to open. Alas, the door was bolted shut, and all that gym work must have paid off, because he burst right in, breaking the interior molding in the process. (Strong as he might believe he is, the lock must have been pretty old and worn.) So, now... more »
  • Every business website should include a form visitors can use to provide contact information. For an ecommerce site, converting visitors into qualified leads is of paramount importance, and using a well-designed contact form is a primary aspect of that process. However, this strategy isn't limited to ecommerce sites at all; it's great for window and door businesses as well. The key is not to... more »
  • Plastpro Inc., the supplier of fiberglass entry doors and building products, announced the official launch of the #Doorability Sweepstakes, an eight-week-long contest in which two California homeowners will win a custom-made and installed front door entry system of their choice. The contest kicks off July 1, 2014, and runs through Aug 25, 2014. California homeowners are encouraged to enter by... more »
  • Residential window and door products often operate in a world of hundredths: hundredths of an inch or hundredths of a degree. Products are certified, built and sold based on these measures and representations with respect to them. There might be risk when representations are made that fenestration products as installed provide unwavering compliance with all such finite measurements, and the legal... more »