Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Since 1992, when Category 5 Hurricane Andrew brought devastation to many of Florida’s southern cities, the state has been fairly aggressive in maintaining a strong building code to prevent similar damage from happening again.   As such, impacted-rated windows have been a necessity in the region for a while, along with other preparedness measures. The Tampa Bay Times noted in a piece... more »
  • Fenestration requires a broad perspective on when, what and how to warn
    Best practices Consider warnings that are applicable to the components that make up the products.  Purchasing conditions and supplier warranty-commitments that address both the provision of applicable warnings and offer remedies for the failure to supply those warnings are crucial.  These warning-commitments should extend beyond the performance of the product as integrated, and into... more »
  • Standards development made simple
    Some 70 years ago, there were essentially only two window framing materials to choose from for residential buildings: wood or mill-finish aluminum, typically with single-pane glass. In 1947, what was then called the Aluminum Window Manufacturers Association issued the first industry standard for aluminum alloys, and for the structural strength of double-hung aluminum windows.  Thereafter,... more »
  • The “indoor generation” is opening its windows and doors to re-introduce daylight into everyday life and enjoy its benefits
    For several years, I worked in an interior office with nothing but a buzzing fluorescent light to illuminate my space. After buckling down on a project for hours, I was always surprised when I emerged, looked out someone else’s window and saw it was snowing. Or storming. Or that it was a rare Chicago picture-perfect day. I’m now fortunate enough to work from a home office in rural... more »
  • More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a... more »
  • Factory tours suggest color, variety and efficiency are leading the industry
    Little did I know when I started at Window & Door that the Pittsburgh area is jam-packed with manufacturers in the fenestration industry. In April, I was welcomed to two local-to-me plants. I visited Thermal Windows & Doors in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, which introduced vinyl windows to the U.S. in the 1960s, Dave Steinberg, director of sales and marketing, told me.  I also attended... more »
  • Side-hinged entry doors are special beasts in the fenestration menagerie in terms of both the functionality and the makeup of the final installed product.  In terms of functionality, side-hinged doors pose distinct functional differences and application realities, stemming primarily from accessibility requirements, water penetration and hardware durability, based largely on operating... more »
  • What does the latest trend in building mean for fenestration?
    There is a general consensus that the U.S. is in the midst of a “housing crisis.” Reports from the Census Bureau, National Association of Home Builders and research-based entities such as the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, report that multiple factors are at play. In its 2018 State of the Nation’s Housing report, JCHS concluded that homeownership rates... more »
  • If you think back to the formative years of vinyl windows in the U.S., we had our share of performance challenges to overcome. Particularly in hot climates like Florida or Arizona, weathering and yellowing due to high temperatures and UV exposure were major issues that caused some significant degradation and product deformation. These issues put a stain on the industry, especially considering... more »
  • WDMA conference brings trade policy to light
    Last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association brought together industry stakeholders and members of Congress, agency leaders and political strategists for its signature policymaking event. The lineup of speakers included representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Politico, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Manufacturers, and a Republican... more »