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  • Questions about replacing windows where new construction would require Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings are common. While a recent column discussed new provisions for replacement windows in the 2015 International Codes, it did not address all possible scenarios. EEROs are required in all basements and sleeping rooms below the fourth floor of single family homes, townhouses and apartment... more »
  • Picture this scenario: a property owner finds one or more things actually “wrong” with his house. He ultimately sues the developer and general contractor, but expands his list to include the original items, plus a number of smaller things that, “could have been better.” The original defendants turn around and sue every entity who performed labor or supplied product to the... more »
  • Particularly in tough economic times, I’ve seen the brain trust for a window and door business expend an inordinate amount of effort trying to capture new sales and not enough time collecting on the past-due invoices from old ones. For many businesses, even a few late payments on accounts receivable can seriously crimp cash flow. Cash is your company’s lifeblood. Without it, the... more »
  • According to the Smithsonian, in the late 1700s, a large percentage of Europeans feared the tomato (a.k.a. “poison apple”) because people demonstrably got sick and died after eating them. It turns out that, because tomatoes are so high in acidity, when placed on then-common pewter tableware, the fruit would leach lead from the plate. This resulted in many deaths from what was, in... more »
  • In each of our regions, we become accustomed to “typical characteristics” of existing housing that affect our fenestration replacements. These include certain wall construction, exterior cladding materials, recurring window frame material, and physical sizes of the homes. This deceptively large triple located just below a 20-foot ceiling required an interior scaffold. (Images... more »
  • Every year, Window & Door magazine recognizes significant industry innovations and achievements. The Crystal Achievement Awards honor excellence in window and door technology, as well as in the components and machinery used to build those products. Also acknowledging the manufacturing and marketing behind the merchandise, a Crystal Achievement is a celebration and acknowledgement of the... more »
  • If you are getting plenty of visitors to your website, but not getting many conversions, there are some simple steps you can take to turn your visitors into customers. Because, at the end of the day, it is not about number of clicks to your website, but the number of leads that are generated. Implementing these eight simple suggestions can increase your window and door leads without spending any... more »
  • About 10 p.m. the evening of June 22, 2015, I learned I was under a tornado warning via both my local news station and a weather alert on my cell phone. The words “tornado warning” mean a tornado has either been spotted or is eminent. Those words, along with the lightning show going on outside my windows, convinced me to seek shelter. I live in a ranch home over a crawlspace. Not yet being... more »
  • Home ownership has long been the prime imperative for most households, but that may be changing. The number of new rental households has increased by 770,000 annually since 2004, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies—the strongest 10-year stretch of rental growth since the late 1980s. The millennial generation will form more than 20 million new households between 2015 and 2025... more »
  • Every significant business has a multi-layered intersection with the risk inherent in the American legal system—product manufacturers and resellers especially. From the product perspective, lawyers who manage the risk at these layers require a knowledgeable connection between established legal issues and the nuances of the fenestration business. To be sure, there are a few areas you might want to... more »