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  • A collection of the latest technologies and advancements in door components for the manufacture of residential doors
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  • Browse the latest styles in entry doors the custom options for each. Plus, manufacturers provide the key selling points dealers can convey in their pitches.
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  • Capture business wealth and pass the baton to the next generation
    Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles on exit planning and succession that will run in the remainder of our 2017 issues. If you have an exit/succession story to share, please email Emily Thompson, editor in chief, at ethompson@glass.org. (This series originally ran in Glass Magazine, Window & Door's sister publication.) In running your window and door business there is only... more »
  • Driving door sales margins by offering personalization
    As one of the home’s most important curb appeal features, personalized front entry doors are growing in popularity. (Images courtesy of Simpson Door Co.) “You can have any color, as long as it’s black,” Henry Ford is quoted as saying about his revolutionary Model T automobile. Although his narrow product focus brought affordable cars to the masses a century ago,... more »
  • A multi-generational call for a personal brand
    The front door, which is the hallmark piece of a home, represents a homeowner’s individual brand. Today, that brand can take on many different looks. Homeowners can add a pop of color to their door or incorporate door glass. Dealers must put on the ‘designer’ hat and help customers create one-of-a-kind, personalized entryways. (Images courtesy of ODL Inc.) We tend to... more »
  • Check out the latest technology for the manufacture of residential windows and doors
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  • Maximize Labor and Gain a Competitive Edge with Automation
    The residential window and door market is poised for real growth throughout 2017. As the housing market continues to regain health, and the Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark interest rate for the second time in 10 years, mortgage rates are on the rise. Market watchers also anticipate that the new presidential administration will be conducive to additional growth. For residential window... more »
  • Strength through Uncertainty
    As tradition has it, we enter a New Year by taking stock of what 2016 had to offer in order to assess what’s to come. This year’s annual Industry Pulse report is a bit of an anomaly, however, considering the recent election. Note that the survey ran just after Election Day through the end of November, when emotions were still running very high. Those reactions will have some bearing... more »
  • Did 2016 live up to expectations? Here is a quick look at how 2016 projections from last year’s Industry Pulse survey actually played out.
    Sales* While the numbers for 2016 still indicate overall industry health, they are slightly off from the success seen in 2015. *Data reflects all respondents, including suppliers, manufacturers and dealers from the 2015 Industry Pulse survey and the 2016 Industry Pulse survey. Products* Manufacturers launched more products than they anticipated in 2016, while dealers’ projections were... more »
  • Labor and hiring continues to be a huge topic for the fenestration industry as much as the construction industry at large. As the market improves, each segment struggles to keep up with increased volume on a tight staff. According to a recent Houzz report, nearly four in five remodelers and design-build firms report moderate to severe labor shortages of skilled trades and general laborers. Half... more »