The Talk

  • Momentum Among Builders?

    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for July, released just this week, saw a pretty significant jump—the largest jump in builder confidence in nearly a decade. Up six points, builder confidence for the newly-built, single-family housing market reached 35 points in July—the highest point since March of 2007.While this is a step in the right ... more »
  • July 16, 2012
    THE TALK... | Operations

    2012 Hurricane Season: How to Prepare Your Business

    According to the National Weather Service, conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean will make for a fairly normal 2012 hurricane season, meaning it will likely be a less active season than we’ve experienced in recent years. That’s welcome news for everyone, especially homeowners in coastal towns who struggled with destruction caused by Hurricane Irene last summer. However, the ... more »
  • Is Dynamic Glazing the Future?

    "We think the future is dynamic windows," said Marc LaFrance, the Department of Energy's technology development manager with oversight over the agency's windows and building envelope programs speaking at a recent Windows Technology Roadmapping Workshop. Dynamic glazing was also high on the agenda at the Window & Door Manufacturers Association Technical Conference, which ... more »
  • June 27, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Does Ducker Have it Right?

    This week, we highlight numbers from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association's annual market report prepared by Ducker Worldwide that indicate that there are, indeed, better days ahead for the window and door industry. In fact, the days we’re in right now really aren’t so bad either.The AAMA/WDMA 2011-2012 U.S. ... more »
  • June 18, 2012
    THE TALK... | Operations

    Are You Using a Tablet Yet?

    Microsoft's launch of the Surface this week provides yet more evidence that the world is moving to tablets. More and more of us are walking around with iPads and other tablets. We're checking email, playing games and using them to read books and magazines. We're definitely seeing it. Window & Door's Digital Edition is now averaging 3,000 unique visits and more than 90,000 page views ... more »
  • The Role of Social Media in the Home Remodeling Industry

    How one window dealer uses Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest
    A recent report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 82 percent of all Americans over age 18 access the Internet every day, and perhaps more surprisingly, more than half of American adults over the age of 65 are online as well. With such a huge percentage of the population looking to the Internet for news, information and networking on a daily basis, social media sites ... more »
  • Are You Hiring?

    This week, Starbucks announced an initiative aimed to increase U.S.-based manufacturing—and thus, add more jobs to our economy. In a nutshell, the coffee company launched a line of merchandise for its stores—mugs, coffee, things like that—made exclusively by U.S. workers. The Reuters report points out that Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz is calling on all executives to step up ... more »
  • Is Facebook Working for You?

    I wish I could say Window & Door is always on the cutting edge of technology and business trends, but I have to admit we fall behind every now and then. We were the first publication in the industry with a website featuring the latest news and, more recently, we were the first to offer our publication as an app, but we claim no firsts when it comes to Facebook.  In fact, we ... more »
  • Are You Adapting to Mobile?

    Since Facebook's IPO about 10 days ago, its share prices have fallen. I'm no expert, but one of the reasons cited is a concern it will not be able to effectively monetize its offerings–sell advertising–in a world that is quickly moving to mobile devices. The fear is most Facebook users won't be using the service on their PCs, maybe not even on their tablets. In the future, users ... more »
  • May 23, 2012
    THE TALK...

    Will Your Summer Be Fun?

    Happy almost-long-weekend everyone! We're just a few days away from Memorial Day weekend, three days that many consider the unofficial start to summer. Our community pool is opening up this weekend and my kids are counting down their final days of school. The mild weather also helps with my summery state of mind.Occasionally, we take an opportunity with the Talk to ask a question that ... more »