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  • The residential remodeling market shows clear signs of recovery, with activity in most regions in 2010 returning to 2007 and early-2008 levels, according to the BuildFax Remodeling Index. The Northeast represented the most notable exception to this trend, researches note, with 2010 marking the fifth straight year of decline in the BFRI. The new index has been created by BuildFax, a provider of... more »
  • U.S. demand for advanced flat glass products is projected to increase 9.1 percent annually from a weak 2009 base to 745 million square feet in 2014, valued at $7 billion, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group Inc . This growth represents a significant improvement over the 2004-2009 period, when advanced flat glass consumption suffered from the combination of a weak economy, crisis... more »
  • "Lead paint could be a good thing for window sales," according to Rick Nevin, a researcher involved with a project that recently received a challenge grant from the National Institute of Health.  Nevin is working with a team from the NYU School of Medicine and National Center for Healthy Housing looking at window replacement in older homes as a means to prevent lead exposure to... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • "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 »
  • 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 »
  • Rooted Treasured Simplified Refreshed 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 »
  • 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 »