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  • Questions about replacing windows where new construction would require Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings are common. While a recent column discussed new provisions for replacement windows in the 2015 International Codes, it did not address all possible scenarios. EEROs are required in all basements and sleeping rooms below the fourth floor of single family homes, townhouses and apartment... more »
  • Picture this scenario: a property owner finds one or more things actually “wrong” with his house. He ultimately sues the developer and general contractor, but expands his list to include the original items, plus a number of smaller things that, “could have been better.” The original defendants turn around and sue every entity who performed labor or supplied product to the... more »
  • Particularly in tough economic times, I’ve seen the brain trust for a window and door business expend an inordinate amount of effort trying to capture new sales and not enough time collecting on the past-due invoices from old ones. For many businesses, even a few late payments on accounts receivable can seriously crimp cash flow. Cash is your company’s lifeblood. Without it, the... more »
  • According to the Smithsonian, in the late 1700s, a large percentage of Europeans feared the tomato (a.k.a. “poison apple”) because people demonstrably got sick and died after eating them. It turns out that, because tomatoes are so high in acidity, when placed on then-common pewter tableware, the fruit would leach lead from the plate. This resulted in many deaths from what was, in... more »
  • Sponsored by the Window and Door Dealers Alliance
    Each year, Window & Door’s editorial team sets out to discover window and door retailers and distributors that demonstrate excellence in the areas of marketing, customer service, showroom design and contributions to the community and/or industry. It is not an easy task to narrow down just eight companies to present as our Dealers of the Year, but it is an important one. This awards... more »
  • New classifications could spell liability for window and door companies
    This summer, the National Labor Relations Board significantly expanded risk for companies that subcontract employees to be considered a “joint employer” of its contractors. The risk involves liability for injuries, taxes, contract breaches and other third-party claims. This can affect residential construction constituents who market “installed sales” to the extent that any... more »
  • Win-Door and WMA
    Win-Door North America Win-door North America, held Nov. 3-5, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, features machinery, doors, hardware, wood products and systems, the latest computer software, testing services and more on display for fenestration and door professionals. Click below for a sample of what you’ll see from exhibitors. See the products... On Display at WMA The World... more »
  • The World Millwork Alliance (formerly AMD), will host its 51st annual convention and tradeshow October 31 through November 4, 2015 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre in Atlanta. Get a sneak peek at what the exhibitors will have on display. See the products... more »
  • Win-door North America, held Nov. 3-5, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, features machinery, doors, hardware, wood products and systems, the latest computer software, testing services and more on display for fenestration and door professionals. Click below for a sample of what you’ll see from exhibitors. See the products... more »
  • We’ve all heard content is king, but it’s not just king. It’s the king, the queen, the dukes and duchesses—the whole court, really. Effectively marketing your business online comes down to one thing and one thing only: high-quality content. It’s how you get your website ranked higher than your competitors, and that’s how you convert visitors into customers. The... more »