June 18, 2012
“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 »
June 13, 2012
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 »
June 8, 2012
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 »
March 28, 2012
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.
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October 24, 2011
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 »
October 14, 2011
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 »
August 3, 2011
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 »
July 11, 2011
Consumers are playing a greater role in choosing window brands, with energy efficiency remaining a top priority, according to the J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study, released last week. A second, separate survey of conducted by the market research firm found that builders and remodelers see products improving, but are less satisfied with the ordering... more »
May 9, 2011
Green window and door gains will not be as strong, but demand for green building materials is projected to expand 13 percent annually to reach $71.1 billion in 2015, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. While increased market penetration of green materials will support gains, the most important driver for green product demand will be the expected rebound in construction markets... more »
March 7, 2011
A return to growth in building and construction activity may come with some unexpected changes in building products sales channels, according to a new report from L.E.K. Consulting. Based on a survey of more than 500 residential contractors across the United States, the report looks at the steps they took to weather the economic downturn and their strategies for the future.
The survey found... more »