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  • What is more expensive, a dollar now or twenty dollars three years from now? The timing of that question can influence the response, but in the end a company’s viewpoint must always be to the future. And, if future growth is the goal then the dollar now seems like a bargain. It is this precise issue that underlies quality control in any product manufacturing industry. Upfront expenses... more »
  • Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door Ok, so if you’re not a huge fan of Ben Stein, just ignore the picture and focus instead on the message. In this blog, he shares a personal experience about some disappointing customer service and makes a valid point about willingness to work. Sure, we’re in an economic downturn, but... more »
  • John Swanson, editor/ associate publisher of Window & Door Speaking at the Home Improvement Research Institute’s spring conference last week, Kermit Baker, director of the remodeling futures program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, suggested that remodelers can do better in these difficult economic times by... more »
  • Next week, April 20-26, is National Window Safety Week—a great time for all window and door companies to reach out to the public with a message that can save lives. Many manufacturers have joined the campaign to educate people about the dangers of children playing around open windows with screens, as well as the important role windows play as a means of egress in a fire. What are some of... more »
  • What LEED for Homes and NAHB's Green Building Standard say about windows and doors
    What makes a window or door green? An Energy Star label? Certified wood components? Recycled content? Its orientation? Good installation practices? There is no one answer, but all these elements can help a product score points for builders of green homes. With the green building movement gaining momentum, numerous home rating programs have been started around the country, designed to help... more »
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    Velux launches solar water heating system
    The recent International Builders’ Show in February saw the first move of a major fenestration industry company in North America into the solar market. Velux America introduced a solar water heating system at the show that its parent company based in Denmark has been selling in Europe for years. “Solar water heating is another opportunity for individual homeowners to support the green... more »
  • You have had an aneurysm break in the back of your brain, between your brain and your skull. We are going to send you to the University of Colorado Hospital, where they will treat you." I stared at the Denver airport paramedic who had said this to me, trying to absorb it. My first thought, of course, was, "I can't go to the hospital; I am going to miss my flight." They did send me... more »
  • These are the top ten ways to guarantee your new employee will start off on the wrong foot - possibly forever. Make sure a work area has not been created or assigned. (Let him sit in a hall or share a cube.) Schedule the new employee to start work while her supervisor is on vacation. Leave the new employee standing in the company reception area for a half hour while reception staff try to... more »
  • Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door Do you buy products for their warranties? I have to admit that, with the exception of my cars, I really don’t (my dad would be so disappointed if he knew!). In fact, I tend to be leery of warranties because I figure there’s probably enough legalese in them to eliminate some or most of my... more »
  • Sell aesthetics. Show homeowners how the choices they make–such as grids on windows–help enhance the look of the entire home, add curb appeal to their house and increase resale value. This week's tip contributed by Simonton Windows. Contact Kathy Ziprik, 304/428-1856 or   more »