Latest Articles in October/November 2019

  • 2019 Window + Door Award Winners
    Integrated Rolscreen in Architect Series Reserve Double and Single Hungs by Pella Corp. 2019 Window + Door Award Winners  Window + Door appreciates the time all the applicants put into the process and encourages companies to keep sharing their innovations with us. We’d also like to thank our judges for volunteering their time and expertise to weigh in on the numerous entries. Steven... more »
  • Where we are, where we’re going
    Click for larger view of infographic. As technology infiltrates more areas of life, data breaches rise. Nearly 9,000 reported data breaches occurred between January 2005 and April 18, 2018, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. IoT attacks rose by 600 percent in 2017, according to Symantec, and 31 percent of organizations have had cyberattacks on their operational infrastructure,... more »
  • Navigating the variables
    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 most common types of windows with regard to their mounting provisions (mounting flange and block frame). In this second installment, we summarize... more »
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    More Resources Solution-based Manufacturing Video | Joe Erb, Quanex Building Products, talks about the impact of skinny triples on the U.S. market more »
  • Start with a sound strategy
    Once a homeowner upgrades their windows or doors, chances are they won’t need more for a long time, if ever. Since most home improvement projects are a one-time deal, success for window and door contractors depends on having a steady stream of new customers.  Hiring good salespeople is necessary, but that alone is hardly a viable strategy. Sure, a good salesperson can knock on doors,... more »
  • Alpen High Performance develops a process for thin glass IGUs
    Editor’s Note: Window + Door did not receive enough entries into the Most Innovative Manufacturing Process category of the Window + Door Awards (formerly, the Crystal Achievement Awards) to make the category truly competitive. However, we received an entry from a company worth recognizing for its efforts in innovative manufacturing. The following article details how Alpen High Performance... more »
  • Themes and observations from GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo
    Having physically recovered from walking the entire 187,000-net-square-foot exhibit floor at GlassBuild America last month, I’m inspired by all the meaningful and insightful conversations I was able to have with many of the exhibitors and attendees. The vibe, in a word, was solid. Sure, many admitted that the year started out slow; multiple sources who do business outside the U.S. added... more »
  • How Masterminds can help businesses grow
    The great Jim Rohn, one of the grandfathers of modern motivational speaking, made the controversial statement that we are the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. This is our inner circle—one of the most influential forces in our lives. It’s a major component of our success and can be a springboard or a wet blanket.  Our inner circle comprises the people... more »
  • What constitutes a trade secret and best practices to protect them
    A trade secret involves confidential information that provides (or will provide) economic benefit or advantage to a business that would be lost if it were misappropriated or disseminated to the public. State and federal laws include various remedies that provide businesses ways to protect the value of these assets. A basic understanding of trade secret protection should enable a business to make... more »