Is it Time to Consider Next-Generation Replacement Products and Processes?

Jim Snyder
October 22, 2013

In my two most recent From the Field columns―"Fenestration Evolution Brings New Challenges to Replacement" and "The Future of Window Replacement"―I wrote as much about speculation as I did about fact. My main focus was, “How will current new construction products and processes affect replacement products and processes in the future?”

My replacement installation background forces me to consider this when I observe new homes under construction in my area and think, “One day, that window will quite likely need to be replaced. How will that be done, and with what?”

This challenge will affect replacement installers, yes, but it will also impact many other branches of our industry, including window manufacturers and their supporting component suppliers. Current replacement products might be rendered obsolete. New replacement products might be required. Is it possible to identify these shifts now to avoid waste and capitalize on innovation? How can we foresee these changes?

Have you considered how this might affect your facet of the industry? I would love to hear from you. Browse the articles and tell me if you agree with my speculations, or post a comment and share your thoughts.

Survey Results for 10/23/2013 :

Is it time to consider next-generation replacement products and processes?

Yes. Our company is already working on this.





No. It's too early.





Yes. Our company needs to be working on this.





No. Current new construction products won't need replacement.






Jim Snyder is an AAMA-certified FenestrationMaster and InstallationMaster who shares his years of installation field experience as an industry writer, speaker, trainer and project/product consultant for dealers and manufacturers. A member of various industry organizations, Snyder also is involved in instructional document creation and revision. Contact him at

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I have 25 year old vinyl replacement windows in my 80 year old house. I have been replacing sashes and balances with newer more efficient IG packages and lower maintenance balances. I have found on hung windows there are basically 3 sash thicknesses that the industry uses. I beleive that future vinyl window replacement will be sash and hardware updates with the vinyl frames remaining in the openings.

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