Latest Articles in January/February 2018

  • Product highlights from WinDoor and the International Builders’ Show
    Since the last issue of Window & Door published, there were a handful of fall and winter industry tradeshows that took place. Readers that follow Window & Door on Twitter and Instagram saw our live coverage of both WinDoor North America and the International Builders’ Show. For those that missed it, following is a recap of the products on display at each. Don’t miss live... more »
  • A look at recent mergers and acquisitions in the window and door market
    Current market conditions are providing a favorable backdrop for increased acquisition activity in the fenestration market. The capital markets environment remains robust, as evidenced by rising public equity valuations, plentiful debt and equity capital, and valuation multiple expansion. Fenestration companies are exhibiting strong performance with positive secular trends in the construction... more »
  • An industry poised for expansion
    Source: ConstructConnect historical and forecast housing start data. Click image for larger view. Each year, Window & Door surveys readers to gain insight about how the last year played out and what readers anticipate for the coming year. In many regards, the industry trends from the past several years continue on the same trajectory of trending upward. Sales figures continue to grow,... more »
  • Editor’s Note: While Window & Door will continue to report on the codes and standards that are relevant to the fenestration community, this is the last installation of Code Arena by Julie Ruth. We thank her for her informative columns over the years and wish her much happiness in her retirement. Enjoy this farewell from the true professional who helped our manufacturers and dealers stay... more »
  • The Industry looks toward disaster recovery
    Even before the December wildfires ravaged the hills of California, 2017 was well on its way to being one of the costliest years for natural disasters. News source The Hill cited estimates by Moody’s investor services that Hurricane Maria caused $40 billion worth of destruction, Irma caused $56.5 billion, and Harvey, $73 billion. If you add in economic loss, the totals rise to $70... more »
  • As labor crunch continues, companies find new hiring strategies
    Employees are the heart of any organization, and finding qualified staff and workers in today’s labor market is a challenge for almost every respondent to the Industry Pulse survey. Healthy sales figures necessitate that companies hire, so a tight labor market adds to the logistical challenge of delivering on those sales. Scott Gates, president and CEO of Western Window Systems, reports... more »
  • Vinyl and multi-panel products still dominate; color and commercial-looking trends on deck
    Above: Manufacturer respondents reported that the number of units shipped in 2017 widely increased over 2016. This trend looks to continue into 2018, where 86 percent of manufacturers anticipate an increase in units shipped over 2017. (*Represents manufacturer respondents only.) Click image for larger view. Product Trends Vinyl products are still dominating the window market, as indicated by... more »
  • Positive market conditions tempered by labor issues
     Industry insiders—manufacturers, dealers and suppliers alike—are optimistic about the future. Sales were up for 2017 and this trend is expected to continue into the new year with a variety of economic indicators pointing to a positive 2018 for the single-family residential industry. (Editor’s note: see page 40 for more on the overall construction outlook.) Window &... more »
  • The WDDA would like to recognize and thank its current Advisory Council member volunteers: Cori Brown Franklin Window and Door Inc. Scott Brown  Franklin Window and Door Inc.  Jana Goodrich Seaway Window and GrandView Home Enhancements Jim Lett Sr. A.B.E. Doors & Windows Rick Locke, Windows, Doors & More Inc. Damon Millar Fenessco Inc. Jim Snyder WindowJim... more »
  • A call to action for manufacturers
    Legal and compliance issues facing the industry continue to evolve and mature. Certification, code-compliance and best-practices improvement remain key opportunities for our clients in this, and every, year. But there are a few items on our radar for 2018 that, maybe, should be on yours as well. Energy Star Right now, it is fair to say that a lot of uncertainty exists about the shape of Energy... more »