Latest Articles in Materials & Components

  • Looks still matter, but suppliers say window and door manufacturers are focusing more on function
    Window and door manufacturers are asking their hardware to do more. In today’s tight market, there’s a greater need for differentiation. That means increased emphasis on both function and style. Manufacturers are also looking at hardware that enables them to target new niches. Tilt/turn products are one example, and larger, wide-opening doors are attracting significant attention.... more »
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    Looks still matter, but suppliers say window and door manufacturers are focusing more on function
    Window and door manufacturers are asking their hardware to do more. In today’s tight market, there’s a greater need for differentiation. That means increased emphasis on both function and style.Manufacturers are also looking at hardware that enables them to target new niches. Tilt/turn products are one example, and larger, wide-opening doors are attracting significant attention.... more »
  • Focus group session makes clear that energy performance far outweighs other priorities, but other green considerations can't be ignored
    Most architects involved in the green building movement think windows, doors and skylights are “green.” That view was expressed at a recent focus group sponsored by Window & Door and Velux-America, although it was also evident that definitions and priorities are not yet firmly established when it comes to choosing green products. Organized by Market Resource Associates,... more »
  • Companies say hurdles remain, but new prototypes are on the way
    Vacuum glazing as a concept is nothing new. Glass researchers have been investigating the idea for years. Nippon Sheet Glass of Japan started offering a vacuum glazing product in the 1990s. Most window and door manufacturers, however, don't see the available technologies to be commercially viable yet. Now, at least two companies say the long-discussed concept could... more »
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    Boston—While other trade shows may be struggling, the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held here last week was bursting at the seams. With over 25,000 attendees crowding the aisles of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the show, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, provided evidence that demand for green is “real,” as one window manufacturer... more »
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    Suppliers say cellular PVC and urethane products are poised for more growth
    Synthetic millwork and trim may cost more than traditional wood, but companies pushing the product see it continuing to gain market share. While the housing downturn may be slowing that trend, these suppliers see more builders and remodelers making the change in the long run.Cellular PVC millwork and trim products, which started out eight to 10 years ago as a “novelty,” have become... more »
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    Orlando, Fla.—"We just have to get through this,” said one distributor attending the annual exhibition and convention of the Association of Millwork Distributors last week. That attitude was shared by many, expressing quiet determination to hold on for now and get prepared for better times when they do return. No one expects that time coming soon, and that was reflected in... more »
  • Most window and door manufacturers are interested in components that will give their products a higher end look, but most have to balance cost concerns as well. That's still true but hardware and extrusion suppliers at GlassBuild last week indicated more manufacturers are showing a real interest in adding components or developing complete new lines that offer an enhanced appearance... more »
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    Attendance holds up well in weak economic environment
    Las Vegas—As the stock market tumbled, GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, enjoyed a surprise success last week, as more than 8,000 attendees came to the convention center here. "All the exhibitors at the show were concerned about turnout this year given the down economy,” said Mike Hovan, president of Edgetech IG, one of the event’s largest exhibitors.... more »
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    Las Vegas—Despite challenging market conditions, window and door makers are coming to GlassBuild America, which finishes up today. Many attendees are here to find out what they need to do to get ready for new, more stringent Energy Star requirements, but many suppliers also note particularly strong interest in new products. Given the troubling economic news, there was definitely... more »