The Talk

  • March 14, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Will We See the Release of Pent-Up Demand?

    Maybe it’s the mild weather or the impact of daylight savings on our evening hours, but I’m feeling a swell of optimism and momentum in terms of the economic recovery. After years and years of negative headlines, the media is finally finding more positive things to say about the economy.In fact, a recent blog posted to U.S. News & World Report shares that the home improvement ... more »
  • Should the Industry Push Back Against the FTC?

    This week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is in Washington, D.C., with members making the industry's priorities known to legislators and regulators. The hot topics continue to be the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint rules and tax credits for energy efficient products.In contrast, the recent FTC action against five window companies has been greeted ... more »
  • February 28, 2012
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    Are You Confident in Your Claims?

    Last week's announcement from the FTC that it has reached a settlement with several window companies regarding their claims about the energy efficiency savings provided by their products does not come as a complete shock.  Ever since the Washington State attorney general's crackdown on window dealers, industry lawyers have been warning other window and door companies to take a close ... more »
  • February 15, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Can a Window be an iPad?

    About a year ago, we highlighted a Corning video entitled "A Day Made of Glass" and asked the question, Will You Sell Touchscreen Windows and Door?  It turned out to be one of the most viewed pages of our website last year.So when someone told me about another video, a demonstration of Samsung's Transparent Smart Window from the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, I decided I had to ... more »
  • February 15, 2012
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    Interested in Pinterest?

    I’m a Facebook junkie—I’ll admit it. I even work a bit of Tweeting into my routine for work and some organizations in which I’m involved. But I’m far from a cutting-edge social networker. I see the value that social networking has brought to many companies, and it certainly has changed the way we communicate and interact as a society.There are always new networks ... more »
  • February 8, 2012
    THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style

    Are Doors and Windows Taking on a New Contemporary Style?

      A contemporary styel door and window in the Kolbe booth.A walk through the aisles of the International Builders' Show yesterday before it opened suggests when new construction does comeback, it's likely to be feature more contemporary styling. From an industry perspective, it is most evident in doors.Traditional six-panel designs had migrated to more Craftsman styles and now ... more »
  • February 6, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Speakers Announced for WDMA Legislative Conference

    The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has set the agenda for its 2012 spring meeting and legislative conference, scheduled for March 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers at the event will be Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.).The conference begins Monday, March 5, with WDMA's annual membership meeting, as well as committee sessions. The first day ... more »
  • 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 »