July 14, 2010
Price has become an increasingly important consideration for consumers when selecting or rejecting a window or patio door brand, according to the J.D. Power & Associates 2010 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study. Simonton Windows scored highest in the report, released today.
Among consumers who purchase windows and patio doors, the most-frequently cited reason for selecting a particular... more »
April 27, 2010
With the new federal lead paint laws going into effect, many window and door dealers are stepping up efforts to educate the public about the dangers of lead paint dust, the requirements of the law, and their readiness to comply. Two such companies, Window World Inc. and Feldco Factory Direct, sent out press releases last week, highlighting the fact that they lead-certified and that... more »
February 2, 2010
A free download, including slides and audio, of Jordan, Knauff & Co.'s Fall/Winter 2009 Window & Door Industry Update webinar, is available from the firm's Web site.
Topics covered in the presentation include an analysis of transactions and expansions, and the slowing rate of plant closings and bankruptcies. Also included was a discussion of current industry trends, the state of the... more »
January 25, 2010
"Project ReEnergize," a weatherization program organized by the Builders Association of Minnesota and supported by Andersen Corp., was highlighted as a model for programs in other states at a press conference at last week's International Builders' Show.
As part of its economic stimulus package, the Obama Administration made money available to state agencies for the purpose of... more »
January 23, 2010
New home buyers and existing homeowners who are planning improvements in the next few months say their top priorities include price, energy-efficiency, organization and comfort, according to a survey sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens, released at the International Builders' Show.
“Not surprisingly, we continue to see a ‘cents and sensibility’ approach when it comes to... more »
January 23, 2010
In its annual color forecast, paint and coating producer Sherwin-Williams sees 2010 colors taking cues from the hues of the past. “In uncertain times, we find comfort in the memories and traditions that provide us with a sense of solid ground,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “... more »
December 15, 2009
A new study from Pella Corp. suggests plenty of items in homes across the country are calling for urgent attention. According to a November survey conducted for Pella by Kelton Research, about two-thirds of homeowners in the U.S. have a major item in their home that needs some type of maintenance and the average person reports five major items that need to be repaired or... more »
November 13, 2009
New York–"The bigger the rise, the bigger the drop; and the bigger the drop, the bigger the rebound," said Peter Linneman, a consultant and professor the at Wharton School of Business, speaking of the housing market's historical performance, at the 2009 Building and Infrastructure Conference hosted by Lincoln International and L.E.K. Consulting. Evidence that the economy is... more »
November 6, 2009
A new national survey suggests Americans may once again prefer aesthetics over energy efficiency when it comes to home improvements. The fifth annual Energy Pulse survey conducted by Shelton Group found that consumers are reverting to their old priorities as the recession wanes–perhaps at the expense of the environment.
“Energy efficiency is back to playing second fiddle, competing... more »
October 30, 2009
A recent hands-on comparison field study suggests its more cost effective to install urethane products on a home than wood. The study, conducted by Market Resource Associates and sponsored by Fypon Ltd., looked at trade contractors installing entry door surrounds.
A small group of contractor teams were each asked to build two door surrounds–one from built-up wood pieces and the other from a... more »