Remodeling Show Returns to Chicago

Floor to feature areas dedicated to home performance and RRP compliance

Looking to build on growth at last year's event, the Remodeling Show returns to Chicago this week, once again combined with DeckExpo. The annual event, scheduled to run tomorrow though Saturday at the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place, brings together the trade show with an educational conference focusing this year on core business practices.  

Last year in Baltimore, the Remodeling Show enjoyed a small rebound with more than 300 exhibitors and more than 6,000 attendees, both figures up from the 2009 event in Indianapolis. “The shows represent what is taking place in the remodeling and deck building industries," states Amy Allen, director of the Remodeling Show, DeckExpo and JLC LIVE. "Contractors and manufacturers who demonstrate resiliency and innovation are seeing measured growth in a quickly-evolving marketplace.” 

 The show floor will feature a variety of educational clinics and demonstrations, including sessions hosted by Andersen and Therma-Tru. 

Along with an increase in attendance, there was also a shift in attendee demographics evident at last year's show. “I have attended every show since 1991,” reports Bob Hanbury from House of Hanbury Builders in Connecticut. “I noticed a younger crowd that had more questions and showed interest in understanding the issues. The show is definitely evolving.”

From a window and door industry perspective, the show has evolved significantly.  Once attracting many vinyl replacement window manufacturers, the show is now dominated by the big brand name producers, including Andersen, Marvin, Pella and Therma-Tru. The number of window and door manufacturers does appear to be increasing, based on the list of industry exhibitors shown below. With companies such as Paragon, ProVia, Signamark and Simpson Door scheduled to exhibit, this year's event will definitely see an increase in doors on display.

As usual, the trade exhibition will be accompanied by a full educational conference. Beginning Wednesday, October 12, the conference program features two full-day intensive training sessions in core business practices, as well as numerous breakout classes designed to help contractors fill the gaps in particular areas. Classes are being designed to be more interactive and provide the attendees more opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, organizers note. 

Specialty areas
This year's show will also offer learning opportunities on the show floor. The Building Performance Zone will host 18 sessions that combine information on better building practices, how-to tips and techniques, building code updates, and business-generating ideas related to home performance, green building, moisture management and weatherization. 

Also on the floor will be Containment Central, a hands-on area of the show designed to be a destination point for the best and most up-to-date information on Lead RRP. In addition to housing a detailed, proper containment set-up, it will feature building experts, industry representatives, related products and tools.  Finally, a number of exhibitors will be offering clinics and demonstrations on the show floor, including Andersen and Therma Tru.

The Remodeling Show is organized by Hanley Wood Exhibitions and sponsored by NAHB Remodelers and Remodeling Magazine. A complete schedule, as well as an updated list of exhibitors and more information about the event, is available at

Exhibitors of windows, doors and related products scheduled to be in Chicago

(as of October 3, 2011)
  • ABC Supply Co.
  • Amerimax Building Products
  • Andersen Corp.
  • Azek Building Products Inc.
  • Dap
  • Ecovue Windows
  • EnviroView Windows
  • Fomo Products
  • Gossen Corp.
  • Henkel Professional & Consumer Adhesives
  • Hurd Windows & Doors
  • Hy-Lite, a  U.S. Block Windows
  • Kachina Lead Paint Solutions
  • Lincoln Windows
  • Lindsay Windows
  • Market$harp Software & Services
  • Marvin Windows & Doors
  • MasterGrain
  • Nana Wall Systems
  • ODL Inc.
  • Owens Corning
  • Paragon Door Designs
  • Pella Windows & Doors
  • Ply Gem
  • ProVia
  • Royal Mouldings Ltd.
  • Screeneze
  • Signamark
  • Simpson Door Co.
  • Sunspace Modular Enclosures
  • Tapco Group
  • Temo
  • Therma-Tru Doors
  • THV Compozit Windows & Doors
  • Veka
  • Window & Door Dealer Alliance
  • Window & Door