The Talk

  • January 31, 2012
    THE TALK... | Sales & Marketing

    Are Home Shows Worth the Investment?

    With consumer confidence slowly but surely seeping back into the economy, some industry companies are banking on a decent home improvement season in the coming months. And this uptick in confidence also coincides with “spring home show” season, a dynamic that could prove to be a useful catalyst in the window and door industry.Let’s talk about home shows. Love ‘em or ... more »
  • January 23, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Are You Feeling Better about 2012?

    This week we heard from two sources that business could be improving.  The National Association of Home Builders reported that builder confidence is up for the fourth straight month.  “Builders are seeing greater interest among potential buyers as employment and consumer confidence slowly improve in a growing number of markets," says David Crowe, NAHB chief ... more »
  • January 18, 2012
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    Do You Follow Your Gut or Data?

    In working on the 2012 forecast piece for the January/February issue, I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of folks in the window and door industry about what they expect for the coming year. We covered a lot of topics, as I’m sure you can imagine, ranging from the significant challenges our industry continues to face, to the overlooked opportunities that some companies are pursuing in ... more »
  • January 9, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Will Smart Home Technology Encompass Windows and Doors?

    The concept of the smart home has been with us for many years. Progress in the market, however, has been limited. Last week's announcement from Lowe's about the launch of the Iris system indicates things are changing. And the residential window and door industry is paying attention.Therma-Tru Doors, for example, is going to offer doors that allow homeowners to monitor activity with the Lowe's ... more »
  • December 14, 2011
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    What is the Biggest Story of 2011?

    This time of year, we start looking back to summarize some of the most notable happenings of the past 12 months. In the mainstream media, some of the top stories being bantered about include politicians’ extramarital activities, royal weddings, and the continued economic woes.In the window and door industry, we’ve had an interesting year as well. We started out with a significant ... more »
  • December 6, 2011
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    A Boost in Confidence?

    Single-family home sales were up 1.3 percent for the month of October. Builder confidence, as measured by NAHB, has increased slightly each of the past two months. Challenges persist in the housing market, says David Crowe, NAHB's chief economist, but he also predicts "modest, gradual" improvements heading into 2012.Are positive numbers trickling into your business yet?  ... more »
  • November 30, 2011
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    Was Your Black Friday Record Breaking?

    Black Friday 2011 was an impressive (or appalling, depending on your perspective) display of retail consumption. I know a lot of folks get all bent out of shape over Black Friday, but I have shared with Window & Door readers that my family and I get into the light-hearted spirit of it. We don’t shove. We don’t trample. We don’t freak out over a missed deal. We think ... more »
  • November 14, 2011
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Should the Industry Stand Up for Window Walls?

    Arriving in Toronto for Win-Door North America, the industry is getting a chilly reception–at least from the Canadian Broadasting Corp.  This week's headlines from CBC News offer dire predictions of widespread window failures on the many recently-built glass-walled condos here.  The window walls of the many high-rise buildings constructed in Toronto in recent ... more »
  • November 9, 2011
    THE TALK...

    More Cutbacks by Year End?

    I had noticed through the summer and early part of fall that the number of times I learned on Facebook that another friend had been laid off was  dwindling. In fact, it had been so many weeks without that pit-of-the-stomach feeling on behalf of a friend that I was a little shocked when I recently saw two friends in a matter of days announce that they were now desperately seeking work ... more »
  • October 31, 2011
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Who Would You Vote For?

    The presidential campaign has been going strong for some time on the Republican side. We've had debates, straw polls, withdrawals from the race, and a mix of front runners, including some who weren't officially candidates.  But given the fact that it's the first week of November and we're now a year away from the real election, I thought it was time for WDweekly's first poll of the 2012 ... more »