The Talk

  • September 8, 2009
    THE TALK... | Channels, Markets & Trends

    Are Builders Looking at Windows and Doors to Increase Perceived Value?

    According to the NAHB Research Center, two major trends have emerged in today's weak new construction market. Builders continue to strive to (1) reduce new home production costs and (2) increase value to homebuyers. Pointing to its 2009 Annual Builder Practices Survey, conducted early this year, the organization suggests that builders see bathrooms as one of the key areas to increase perceived ... more »
  • September 2, 2009
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    Will You Be a CAA Winner Next Year?

    Economy or not, this year's Crystal Achievement Award winners brought some serious technology, production and marketing upgrades to the table. Call me an optimist, because most people do, but I subscribe to the notion that pouring additional dollars into R&D and marketing during down economies pays off in spades when the cycle swings upwards.We've asked similar questions throughout this ... more »
  • August 26, 2009
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    Would You Go to a Trade Show Targeted at Window and Door Dealers and Distributors?

    As a regular attendee of the AMD convention and exhibition–and the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association before that–I am happy to hear the news that the organization is opening the doors to its annual event.  Attendance there has long been fairly limited to association members, and while that may have its benefits, it always struck me as unfortunate for the industry as ... more »
  • August 19, 2009
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    Do-It-Yourselfers on the Rise?

    The quarterly report coming from Lowes was not too encouraging. Second-quarter profit was down 19 percent as consumers continued to take a pass on making big-ticket purchases. The retailer also slowed its plans for expansion.Still, some analysts are wondering if there are signs of life in smaller improvements, especially DIY projects. Lowes CEO Robert Niblock said, according to a MarketWatch ... more »
  • August 11, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Will We See Fewer Windows Per Home?

    I recently came across 5 Ways to Build Affordable, Energy Star-Rated Houses, an article on BuilderOnline that highlights strategies used by a South Carolina builder.  "The company upgraded its windows to low-E high-performance units, but it reduced the number of windows it uses, which reduces costs," the report notes.Over the past several months, I've also heard a couple window ... more »
  • August 4, 2009
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Are Energy Tax Credits Working?

    The Cash for Clunkers program is in the headlines this week, as it's proven to be so successful among the consumers, the government has run our of money for it. Tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors haven't drawn the same attention, but we see in this week's Simonton headline that the $1,500 credit available to homeowners has had a positive impact on that company and its ... more »
  • Who Will Buy?

    Several times in the past year or two I've come across quite a bit of fodder on the generations in this country. The Baby Boomers are welcoming Generation X and Y, and even the Millennial generation (those born from the late 1970s to the early 1990s) into the workplace and the homebuyer market. And homeownership among immigrants has been increasingly rising ever since I started covering this ... more »
  • July 21, 2009
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    Will You Be Adding to Your Workforce?

    The Federal Reserve came out with a new report that suggested a "jobless recovery," according to a recent article from the Washington Post. The overall economy could begin to start growing again before the end of the year, it was noted, but unemployment levels are likely to continue their rise to about 10 percent by year-end, and may not come down all that quickly.We've seen a mixed ... more »
  • July 15, 2009
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    Where Will You Go this Fall?

    Great news has been coming out of the National Glass Association (publisher of Window & Door and WDweekly) regarding GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo. Exhibitors continue to sign up and a few companies that had previously downsized their booths are reversing course and actually upsizing. Those are positive signs for the industry as a whole.Still, other fall shows that ... more »
  • Will "Cap and Trade" Be Good for Industry?

    The House passed its American Clean Energy and Security Act just prior to its July Fourth recess and the "cap-and-trade" bill, if enacted into law, would produce sweeping changes for the country.  Supporters argue that such a law must be passed to help our country do its share to reduce global warming, as well as make us more energy independent. Opponents refer to the bill ... more »