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  • Adding clearance testing to EPA lead paint regulations
    As if 2010 wasn’t challenging enough dealing with a stagnant economy, window and door dealers and remodeling contractors also had to comply with new government-mandated lead-based paint regulations. Many of us took classes, learned the proper techniques for working around lead-based paint, cleaning procedures and disposing of the debris. On some jobs it wasn’t too bad. Others were... more »
  • Monday's announcement that Quanex was acquiring Edgetech was a bit of a surprise on its own, but it also comes on the heels of four other industry acquisitions announced during the first month of 2011.  For those of you not keeping track, Hurd has also acquired Superseal, a local investor group bought Fen-Tech, a French company acquired Lapco in Quebec and a private equity firm acquired... more »
  • Every once in a while, we step outside of the realm of window and door-related topics to explore something that gives us a feel for our readers. Given that I'm not much of a football fan, I thought that would make me the best one (for impartiality's sake) to ask the question of the hour—Packers or Steelers? Now I will admit that I'll be cheering for the Packers by default. My... more »
  • Window and door manufacturers touted R-5 efficiency, HVHZ impact resistance and a host of other performance attributes at last week's International Builders' Show. Walking the floor and talking to exhibitors, however, I sensed an increasing emphasis on design issues. In talking to exhibitors, styles and colors seemed to trump Energy Star. I think I heard more people say things like "... more »
  • In the wake of the worst downturn in recent history, the U.S. home improvement industry is poised for growth, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5 percent average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from... more »
  • Sponsored by:     Welcome to Window & Door's new product coverage of the 2011 International Builders' Show. This section of our site features an extensive look at windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at this year's event. For our overview report on this year's show, held January 12-15, click... more »
  • It's official. We're in the new year and the $1,500 tax credit is over. As we've reported in recent weeks, many manufacturers and dealers saw quite a rush in the last few weeks of the year as homeowners scrambled to get their window and door upgrade projects done in time to claim the incentive on their taxes. As 2010 wrapped up, we also heard rumblings from window and door companies that the... more »
  • Weak market still likely to weigh on NAHB event
    Coming off two years in Las Vegas, perhaps a change of scenery will do some good for the International Builders' Show.  The annual trade show hosted by the National Association of Home Builders returns this year to Florida, where it's set to run next week at the Orange County Convention Center. Last year’s IBS was more compact, but also seemed busier and more upbeat than the 2009... more »
  • Builder Magazine recently ran an article looking at 10 design trends for 2011.  It suggests we can expect more homes that are simpler and smaller. Green remains strong, and is expected to become even more important when it comes to interior finishes (note Kolbe's new offering in Recent Introductions this week). One material that's predicted to see gains is glass–not in windows and... more »
  • Mathews Brothers bringing on new product lines and tackling new markets
    Not many window and door plants still have people putty-glazing single lites of glass into wood sash. But not many window and door companies are more than 150 years old, like Mathews Brothers Co. in Belfast, Maine. Proud of its long history, the company is also focused on the future, preparing now to bring one of the newest technologies in vinyl windows to market. The long history of... more »