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  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance is excited to head to Vegas next week as a supporting organization of 2019 Design & Construction Week. WDDA members have access to discounted registration for the event, and WDDA leaders will participate in the Design & Construction Week Executive Roundtable to discuss issues and trends in the North American housing market and exchange ideas... more »
  • As the housing market crashed in 2008, I was in the early days of my career in construction-related publishing. Despite entering the workforce—and the construction-related workforce at that—at arguably one of the most tumultuous times possible, I somehow weathered the Great Recession with my job intact.   I spent the first five years of my career writing for various Hanley Wood-... more »
  • The WinDoor trade show moved into Quebec City in 2018, bringing together fenestration professionals from both the residential and commercial sectors of the industry. Window & Door was on hand to cover the event, flooding all our fans’ Twitter and Instagram feeds with live updates from Quebec City. For those who missed the online action, here’s a highlight of the products that... more »
  • Design & Construction Week features the co-location of the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, held Feb. 19-21 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. This mega-event will bring together more than 80,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers,... more »
  • Latest market study highlights bright outlook
     The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s annual fenestration market study has been a fixture of its service to the industry over many years, but its scope and rigor have increased over time. Manufacturers and suppliers are interviewed with a participation rate in excess of 50 percent and data from multiple secondary sources is triangulated to support the overall analysis... more »
  • In midst of expansion, economists scour for signs of a possible recession
    Weighing In | The factors that play into the forecast One of the challenges of forecasting the economy’s path, and that of the housing market, is the host of factors that could knock it off its expected route.  Labor Paul Bishop, vice president of research for NAR, says one of the ongoing factors to watch in the economy, particularly in housing construction, is the scarcity of labor... more »
  • How did your staff levels change in 2018? More than half of the total respondents to the survey added staff in 2018. Employers used online job boards as their major recruiting method in 2018. Most used major sites like Monster and Indeed, with a negligible percentage opting for trade job boards. Word of mouth was the next most successful method of finding labor, trailed by internal referral... more »
  • Which products were most in demand in 2018? Vinyl windows remained the most in-demand product, according to both manufacturers and dealers. By segment, dealers reported high demand for aluminum windows and wood windows, while manufacturers reported modest demand for traditional patio doors. (Represents manufacturer and dealer respondents only.)   Total Manufacturers Dealers  1... more »
  • 2018 Sales Realities Industry segments reported healthy growth in 2018, with 41 percent of respondents posting that sales were as projected, while 38 percent said that sales were higher than anticipated. Half of the respondents reporting increased sales attributed the increase to a healthier economy, with over a third of manufacturer respondents also citing new business practices such as new... more »
  • This last year saw major changes to trade policy, especially the metal tariffs placed on aluminum and steel. In light of these new market factors, industry respondents seem evenly split across segments, with exactly half reporting negative effects to business due to these changes, and 38 percent reporting that the policies had no effect. A majority of respondents—60 percent—said they... more »