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  • The September 2012 IHS Global Insight/HIRI Home Improvement Products Market Forecast projects total home improvement product sales for 2012 will reach $274 billion, a 4.9 percent increase over 2011.  The report sees the market improving another 4 percent in 2013. Economic ForecastAs employment growth accelerates and housing markets improve in 2014, stronger growth of home... more »
  • A new survey of U.S. manufacturers and distributors finds that while many business leaders remain concerned about economic uncertainty, health care costs, and hiring, they are experiencing success through controlling costs and increasing sales. Conducted by the accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen during the first quarter of 2012, the study found that six in 10 companies reported an increase in... more »
  • Higher-end homeowners are eager to select durable exterior products for the home that complement their personalities and color is important to them when deciding to replace those exterior features, according to a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive. Sponsored by DaVinci Roofscapes, the study also includes results related to door and window replacement and color selection. Conducted at... more »
  • “While still in the early innings of a housing recovery, rental markets have turned the corner, home sales are strengthening, and a floor is beginning to form under home prices,” says Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The center's 2012 State of the Nation’s Housing report released last week sees signs of... more »
  • Window and patio door customers of brands with high levels of customer satisfaction most frequently cite professional recommendations, quality and their own past experience with purchasing windows as the key drivers in their purchase decision. This is a sharp contrast to brands with lower levels of satisfaction that are primarily selected based on price, according to the new J.D. Power &... more »
  • Based on analysis of its business over the past several years, Stanek Window is seeing a shift to more homeownership by one-person, single female households. The Cleveland-based window manufacturer also points to demographic studies, which suggest that by 2015, more than two out of every five households occupied by Generation Y people–those born between 1981 and 1999–will be women... more »
  • Nearly seven out of 10 home improvement shoppers say they are not brand loyal when it comes to buying big-ticket items, according to The Complex Shopper, a study conducted by The Integer Group and Decision Analyst. The research also found that about 70 percent of window/door shoppers did not have any prior experience with the brand or company they ultimately picked when buying. “... more »
  • Based on independent research studies conducted over the past several years, homeowner demand for decorative glass doorlites in their main entrance doors is on the rise, reports Therma-Tru. According to the door maker, the studies also show that females, who are driving the overall door style selection process, prefer contemporary and simplistic glass designs as compared to center cluster and... more »
  • Significantly exceeding the pace of growth registered between 2005 and 2010, global demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 6.8 percent per year through 2015, according to a new study from the Freedonia Group.  With the gains exaggerated by an extremely weak 2010 base in the developed world–particularly in the United States–demand is expected to reach $192 billion by... more »
  • With the advance of green buildings and a broader shift toward more energy efficient construction, a handful of emerging technologies–including dynamic smart windows and advanced insulation–will build from a negligible commercial market today into an $829 million market in 2020, according to a new report from Lux Research. “Dynamic windows, for instance, will gain footing now... more »