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  • We've been hitting on a lot of heavy, industry-related topics lately, so I thought I'd offer up a lighter poll this week. Hey, it's summer. We've earned a more fun-lovin' Talk Topic. So here goes: What are you doing for a summer vacation this year? C'mon, email me. I really want to know. This AP report notes that most of America is scaling back—taking longer car rides and... more »
  • Manufacturers and suppliers see new opportunities for tilt/turn and other imported styles
    They tilt and turn, they lift and slide, and they represent a growing market opportunity for North American window and door companies, according to many. After finding only limited acceptance for decades, European-style window and door systems have seen growing demand in the past several years. That growth, in turn, is encouraging more companies to focus their efforts on these products. Wood... more »
  • There's already been much speculation out there about what the next round of Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights might look like, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that EPA has officially started work on the next set of performance requirements tentatively planned to take effect in 2013. With energy efficiency now elevated to a national priority, the next set of... more »
  • Despite unified industry pleas to delay implementation based on training bottlenecks and the poor timing of adding yet another speed bump to an ailing industry’s road to recovery, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to go live with its new Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on April 22, 2010. The new measure (40 CFR § 745.85) requires renovation work that disturbs more... more »
  • Boy, we sure do live in interesting times. We're not only wrestling this stubborn economy, but we are peddling fast to keep up with regulatory changes that are causing significant waves in the way window and doors are sold and installed. So much has changed since just a few short years ago—everything from the sales process to lead-safe installation practices to the legal implications... more »
  • Selling windows and doors in today’s economy is hard. The replacement window business has remained comparatively strong, but selling directly to consumers is stil a challenge. Not only is it difficult to sell products in an economy where housing prices have plummeted and homeowners are spending more conservatively, but consumers are more skeptical and always looking for a “deal.... more »
  • When PGT Industries went public in 2006, window and door sales were already starting to decline, but no one was predicting a freefall. The overall market, including PGT's opportunities to expand both its impact product sales and regionally, provided reasonable growth prospects for potential investors. Now four years and one economic meltdown later, Ply Gem is testing the waters with investors.... more »
  • Automation adds "coolness factor" to sliding doors
    Windows and doors certainly serve a functional role in a home, offering comfort and protection. They also add an element of style to many homes, as colors and finish options have exploded in recent years to keep up with homeowners’ varied tastes. But in an era of flat-screen TVs, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, it’s a bit of a stretch to think of windows and doors... more »
  • One of our Outside View links this week is a USA Today blog on a campaign against replacing windows in historic buildings. Some preservationists argue that old buildings simply should not have new windows. They advocate window repair or using storm windows rather than window replacement. I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Sure I can see why preservationists might not want to touch... more »
  • When I first started covering this industry, European profile extruders were still in the midst of their first push into the North American market. Vinyl had a relatively small market share, limited largely to a few replacement products, and the European suppliers saw huge opportunities. Those opportunities weren’t realized quickly, however. One of the main reasons was the tilt/turn product... more »