Latest Articles in September 2018

  • Notable Entries
    The Crystal Achievement Awards honor innovation in the fenestration industry. While there can be just one winner in each category, there are numerous examples of industry excellence in the notable entries on the following pages. View the products. more »
  • A look inside Ply Gem Canada’s manufacturing process
    Right: “To optimize space, we combined two stations into one, with rotating and squaring functionality in the same rack,” Dave Bamford, production supervisor, explains. “[This enables] the operator to install panels on both sides without moving from his present position.” (All images courtesy of Ply Gem.) The story rings true for most all fenestration manufacturers: the... 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 »
  • Setting standards for innovations to come
    It appears that the future of windows and doors will involve the confluence of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration products. Some examples of improved fenestration functionality being conceptually introduced around the industry involve automatic operation of fenestration products, as well as integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for... more »
  • Window & Door presents 2018 Crystal Achievement Awards winners
    Award Winners Easy Connect Joining System for A-Series Windows by Andersen WindowsMost Innovative Window Leggera Magnetic Levitation Glass Wall System by Sunview Patio Doors/ Savio Thesan USAMost Innovative Multi-Panel Door Interactive Video Series by LaCantina DoorsBest Marketing Program Blink Blinds + Glass by ODL Inc.Most Innovative Window Component Replaceable Deck Sill (RDS) by Endura... more »
  • As WDDA’s associate director of industry and member engagement, I have the opportunity to visit window and door dealers across the country and learn about their businesses, their challenges and their needs.  With several states and showrooms behind me, I’ve come across some common challenges and concerns facing retail window and door dealers. I’m also learning what dealers... more »
  • The 10 commandments of home show success
    When we take time to plan for the future, we set ourselves up to get a leg up on our competition. There are a few places in the home retail sales business where future planning can save big bucks. Home shows are one of them. Home shows can be a great source of leads, can help increase local brand awareness with both homeowners and fellow home professionals, and can even be a source of camaraderie... more »
  • Written limited warranties and energy performance
    Written limited warranties are exceptionally good tools for defining the expectations of buyers and sellers regarding a product up-front. However, manufacturers and sellers should be aware that, despite the express terms and limitations of the written warranty, in other words, representations or statements concerning a product which are made outside the confines of the warranty (e.g. product... more »