Latest Articles in September 2019

  • The next and final edition of this three-part series will highlight more about the installation of the differing mounting configurations.  Last month, we began this column mini-series on installation by describing the two most common wall types with respect to the configuration of their water resistive barrier—surface barrier and membrane/drainage systems—and introduced the two... more »
  • A Note from the Window & Door Dealers Alliance WDDA is pleased to recognize this year’s honorees as among the best in the industry. We are excited to extend existing memberships to some of the winners and welcome the others as new faces of the Alliance. They join a growing membership of professionals dedicated to strengthening their businesses and elevating the industry.  Dealers... more »
  • Hardware is a sector constantly evolving to meet demands for functionality, aesthetics and technological advancements
    Inox’s CeraMax Rainbeaux ceramic-coated, hand-finished door hardware is designed to resist deterioration from salt spray, oxidation, humidity and UV light. Hardware manufacturers today are tasked with making products that not only appeal to myriad aesthetic styles, but also that function for the plethora of window and door products saturating the market. They play the dual role of workhorse... more »
  • Low labor participation rate requires employers to get creative
      Since Window + Door began covering the post-Recession labor shortage in 2014, a similar theme has been clear throughout: the process of recruiting and retaining employees is constant and ever-changing. Every aspect of the process—from recruitment tactics to branding to labor pools to internal procedures—must adapt to new types of hires and new challenges.  Resources... more »
  • Online-only content
    Links to further reading & resources   Trendhunter: Hardware Window and door hardware products Fenestration Installation Navigating Installation Variables, Part 2 Insights on Hiring The full Workforce Development series Downloadable resources for hiring, improving culture and retaining employees The full-length AAMA webinar more »
  • Navigating the variables
    No matter how stringent the building code or the underlying performance standard, proper installation is the ultimate key to performance quality of fenestration products. This can be more complicated than it may seem at first glance, owing to the variety of product configurations and the types of exterior walls into which they are to be installed. Despite its importance, installation does not... more »
  • Take advantage of all the GlassBuild America Expo has to offer
    GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and Window & Door Dealer Day are finally upon us, with the latter event beginning on the 16th of this month in Atlanta. Most of the industry has spent months prepping for this biggest event of the year. Now that we’re here, we can finally be in the moment to experience the show. We had a number of “influencers”—that... more »
  • Should industry standards be available to the public free of charge?
    Many current building codes incorporate AAMA or ASTM standards into the code sections relating to windows and doors. For example, the 2009 IRC Section R612.3 states that windows with fall prevention devices and window guards “shall comply with the requirements of ASTM F 2090.” But the ASTM standard is only referenced, not quoted. To figure out just what are requirements of ASTM F... more »
  • Do customers keep browsing after they visit your website?
    Many industry websites are like shoe stores at the mall. Trust me; it’s not as much of a stretch as one may think. Consider the following scenario: You want to buy a new pair of running shoes. The mall is a good place for shoe shopping because they have several competing shoe stores, so you’ll be able to look around and find exactly the right shoe at the best possible price. ... more »