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  • A multi-generational call for a personal brand
    The front door, which is the hallmark piece of a home, represents a homeowner’s individual brand. Today, that brand can take on many different looks. Homeowners can add a pop of color to their door or incorporate door glass. Dealers must put on the ‘designer’ hat and help customers create one-of-a-kind, personalized entryways. (Images courtesy of ODL Inc.) We tend to... more »
  • Editor’s Note: New from WDweekly is our revamped industry poll question. Each month, we’ll feature a new poll question or series of questions related to what’s going on in the industry, what’s coming up in the magazine or topics you tell us you want to know about. Plus, post your comments on the subject at hand on the monthly poll page and your thoughts may be... more »
  • The June/July issue will feature all types of residential windows as well as window components
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  • What’s Really Driving Vinyl Market Dominance?
    Some interesting news hit since the time I wrote my last Talk on windowanddoor.com: President Donald Trump released his proposed 2018 federal budget, and among some of the cuts was the proposed elimination of the Energy Star program. Putting politics aside, the budget was, of course, simply a draft, and is subject to much change before it resembles anything close to law. It also isn’t... more »
  • See the new format for our reader polls
    Editor’s Note: New from WDweekly is our revamped industry poll question. Each month, we’ll feature a new poll question or series of questions related to what’s going on in the industry, what’s coming up in the magazine or topics you tell us you want to know about. Plus, post your comments on the subject at hand on the monthly poll page and your thoughts may be included in... more »
  • Submit your information for the May issue
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  • Consolidation Accelerates in Fenestration
    Manufacturers of fenestration products are seeing an open door to an active mergers and acquisitions market, if the last 18 months are a barometer, as the pace of consolidation accelerates. Industry buyers are aggressively competing alongside private equity firms with a number of assets trading hands in recent months. Headwaters announced the acquisition of Krestmark Industries in August.... more »
  • Strength through Uncertainty
    As tradition has it, we enter a New Year by taking stock of what 2016 had to offer in order to assess what’s to come. This year’s annual Industry Pulse report is a bit of an anomaly, however, considering the recent election. Note that the survey ran just after Election Day through the end of November, when emotions were still running very high. Those reactions will have some bearing... more »
  • Did 2016 live up to expectations? Here is a quick look at how 2016 projections from last year’s Industry Pulse survey actually played out.
    Sales* While the numbers for 2016 still indicate overall industry health, they are slightly off from the success seen in 2015. *Data reflects all respondents, including suppliers, manufacturers and dealers from the 2015 Industry Pulse survey and the 2016 Industry Pulse survey. Products* Manufacturers launched more products than they anticipated in 2016, while dealers’ projections were... more »
  • Labor and hiring continues to be a huge topic for the fenestration industry as much as the construction industry at large. As the market improves, each segment struggles to keep up with increased volume on a tight staff. According to a recent Houzz report, nearly four in five remodelers and design-build firms report moderate to severe labor shortages of skilled trades and general laborers. Half... more »