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  • Fenestration requires a broad perspective on when, what and how to warn
    Best practices Consider warnings that are applicable to the components that make up the products.  Purchasing conditions and supplier warranty-commitments that address both the provision of applicable warnings and offer remedies for the failure to supply those warnings are crucial.  These warning-commitments should extend beyond the performance of the product as integrated, and into... more »
  • Take advantage of all this free online tool has to offer
    How to Create a Post for a Google My Business Page Go to google.com/business to access your GMB page. Click on Posts in the left side menu. Choose a new type of post to create. Google has templates for post types such as What’s New, Events, Offers and Products.  Choose an image to accompany the post, which makes it more likely to catch the eye of someone scanning the search results... more »
  • Standards development made simple
    Some 70 years ago, there were essentially only two window framing materials to choose from for residential buildings: wood or mill-finish aluminum, typically with single-pane glass. In 1947, what was then called the Aluminum Window Manufacturers Association issued the first industry standard for aluminum alloys, and for the structural strength of double-hung aluminum windows.  Thereafter,... more »
  • Record keeping, training and continuing education are key to complying with the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
    What to Do if the EPA Walks Through the Door Seaway provides the following tips to its dealer base to help them manage potential run-ins with the EPA. Maintain and be able to produce current, correct and complete documentation. Do not engage in small talk; keep the visit strictly business since the EPA’s primary goal in visiting is to find prosecutable violations. Contact the company... more »
  • Creating a plan for Industry 4.0
    Common Language How to eliminate islands The simple answer to eliminating islands of information is to write code to obtain all the machinery data and write additional code to integrate it with an in-house software solution. However, most window and door fabricators do not have the resources to take on a large custom Industry 4.0 software initiative. The cost to do this independently would be... more »
  • Survey says: yes
    WDDA at Work Here’s what your Window & Door Dealers Alliance was busy with in Q1.  Window and Door Market Research Study The first of its kind in the industry, the Benchmarking Report studied attitude and usage research among window and door dealers and retailers. Conducted by The Farnsworth Group, findings were initially presented at Window & Door Dealer Day 2018 and... more »
  • What changes are coming and how to address them
    Tip When creating content and building an online presence, use natural language that reflects how customers talk about your product in real life. Content that matches buyers’ search terms will rank higher in the search engines. Buyer habits are changing more quickly than ever. There are some shifts beginning to take shape over the course of this year that will play an even bigger role in... more »
  • More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a... more »
  • Welcome to the annual Top 100 Manufacturers report, one of our most anticipated features of the year. As the report on page 30 references, this year’s list further solidified what we’ve been seeing for several years now: the industry is healthy and continues to grow. Manufacturers are reporting measurable growth; some so much as to climb the ranks into higher sales categories on the... more »
  • Side-hinged entry doors are special beasts in the fenestration menagerie in terms of both the functionality and the makeup of the final installed product.  In terms of functionality, side-hinged doors pose distinct functional differences and application realities, stemming primarily from accessibility requirements, water penetration and hardware durability, based largely on operating... more »