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  • Marvin is certainly not the first window and door company to get involved in siding. There are plenty of building product distributors and dealers, and plenty of exterior contractors that handle both lines. There a number of companies that manufacture both too. It's still news, however, when a 100-year-old company like Marvin says it wants to look beyond windows and doors. They aren't the only... more »
  • The first several months of 2010 represented somewhat of an industry first. As the Environmental Protection Agency’s new lead renovation, repair and painting rule was set to go in effect, window and door manufacturers and dealers—along with others from the building products and construction industry—went to Washington, D.C., en masse to make their case. Instead of its typical... more »
  • Costs are miniscule compared to potential litigation and damage to reputation
    In general, a product manufacturer or importer has the duty to design and manufacture or represent a product that is reasonably safe and effective for its intended purposes. The company can be held liable for damages to persons or property incurred when the product is used according to the expectations of a typical consumer. This is the basis for the principle of “implied warranty”... more »
  • With efforts like the R-5 program, government continues to push the energy efficiency envelope
    Windows and doors stand at a crossroads when it comes to energy performance. Manufacturers worked hard last year to enhance the performance of their products to meet both tax credit and new 2010 Energy Star criteria. Now, they are preparing for what’s next and, in many cases, trying to get a head start. For some 50 companies, that head start may be “highly insulating” R-5... more »
  • Manufacturers and extruders are exploring new framing alternatives
    WPC profile extruders continue to expand their capabilities as far as shapes and finish options. Today, many manufacturers see an opportunity to break out from the pack through the use of newhigh-performance framing materials. Wood plastic composites, or WPCs, are an alternative ready for another look. There are many different wood plastic composites, but most existing WPC formulations... more »
  • Good deals can be found at auctions, but some homework and on-site inspection are key
    Is it more economical to refurbish an existing piece of equipment, buy something used or purchase a new machine with the specific features needed? That question comes up frequently these days—often spurred by an upcoming auction. Unfortunately, equipment auctions have been all too common with the closing of many window and door operations over the past few years. On the surface, low-... more »
  • As some of you are probably aware, the International Code Council final action hearings on its Group A+ (non-energy) related proposals took place in May 2010 in Dallas.  What you may not have been aware of is that the final action on some of these proposals had already been determined well before the Dallas hearings began. Although the result was not finalized until the vote was taken on... more »
  • No doubt it's too soon to tell what kind of impact EPA's lead paint rule will have on the remodeling business in general and the replacement window business specifically.  It's been less than two weeks since it became the law of the land. But I couldn't help but wonder, has the new lead paint rule had an effect yet?  No doubt, it's having an impact on installation crews.  I'd love... more »
  • This week, I feel some positive vibes in the air. This is probably the most upbeat WDweekly we've published in a couple of years—newly-reorganized companies, new programs at existing companies, a new facility, and some pretty upbeat economic reports coming across the wire. Who are you and what have you done with my economic crisis?? Perhaps it's seasonal, or a bit of a coincidence, but I'd... more »
  • In a recent article in Window & Door Magazine, Lawrence Industries alleged concern about levels of lead in zinc die castings—a material commonly used in the manufacture of window hardware. Included in this claim was the possibility of potentially unsafe concentrations of lead at surface levels of these products. In order to clear up any misconceptions that may have stemmed from these... more »