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  • As we roll into the new year, here’s a question I’ve pondered recently: what kind of window and door market will we see emerge after some significant consolidation throughout 2018? Just a year ago, following a flurry of 2017 mergers and acquisitions, Window & Door forecasted 2018 to be an “open door” for some increased activity. “Consolidation in the fragmented... more »
  • Our industry is responsible for delivering the technology that help meet tomorrow’s standards
    I really enjoyed the recent blog written by American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s Rich Rinka. In it, he retraces some of the most important evolutions of the window industry over the past few decades, from when significant heat loss in American homes was just “accepted as the nature of things,” to California’s goal of all new residential buildings becoming... more »
  • Many manufacturers, distributors and window and door retailers face an ongoing challenge: disposing of surplus inventory. Many practice discounting, liquidating and auctioning unwanted merchandise, but this labor-intensive work can yield little profit.  Another idea is to donate products to charity, also known as product philanthropy or gifts-in-kind donations. This practice has financial... more »
  • Would you want to work for you?
    If you had the opportunity to work for yourself, would you? This question has been popping up in conversations with several clients lately. It’s come up during a board strategy session. It’s been discussed during coaching calls. And, it’s come up while discussing the challenges of working in a multi-generational workplace.  It’s so easy to point out the mistakes of... more »
  • To keep on beat with the pulse of the industry, we need to hear from those that comprise it. What products are most popular in your corner of the market? Are you planning for an increase in sales and production in 2019? How do you find the people to keep it all in motion? Weigh in on the Industry Pulse survey, open now through Thursday, October 25. The purpose of this important study—... more »
  • Each year, the Home Improvement Research Institute puts on its Insights Conference that brings together professionals in research and sales, as well as manufacturers and retailers of building products and other building professionals. This year’s event, held last week in Oakbrook, Ill., also featured talks by building and home improvement experts including Lawrence Yun, chief economist from... more »
  • Hurricane Florence has dominated headlines this week and last, as the powerful storm brought a major surge and heavy rains to the Carolinas and beyond. With significant flooding affecting the areas, recovery crews have their work cut out for them. While the weather activity along the coast is serious, it still doesn’t compare to the Atlantic hurricane season of 2017. Remember last year?... more »
  • What happens in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas, at least this week—GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo opens today, and Window & Door will be spilling all of the activity on our social channels and on windowanddoor.com. While we hope you’re here for all the action in person, we’ll be tweeting live insights from Express Learning in booth #913. These TED... more »
  • The editorial staff at Window & Door is excited to head to Las Vegas next week for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, where the who’s who of fenestration professionals will gather for the biggest event for the industry. In addition to tips on how to navigate the show floor and get the most out of the event, we also asked longtime exhibitors and attendees about what... more »
  • With an emphasis on net zero, where does fenestration go from here?
    About 50 years ago, there were essentially only two window framing materials to choose from for residential buildings: wood and mill-finish aluminum, typically with single-pane glass. My childhood home near Milwaukee was like a lot of other homes that were built following World War II. Despite my father’s best attempts to add “storm windows” (read: putty glazed, ¼-inch... more »