Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • How companies can prepare for the Internet of Things
      The Internet of things, or IoT, represents a game-changing advancement in technology for window and door manufacturers. By incorporating digital connectivity on the production floor, manufacturers will have significant advantages in their market. These include insights to create better processes and new revenue opportunities, better worker productivity and safety, and predictive... more »
  • You don’t have to wander far to hear positive sentiments about the immediate future of our industry. For instance, Window & Door’s 2018 Industry Pulse notes that the majority of manufacturers, suppliers and dealers expect sales to increase throughout the year. Meanwhile, the Pulse reported that 83 percent of the industry plans to hire this year, despite our ongoing struggles with... more »
  • Product highlights from WinDoor and the International Builders’ Show
    Since the last issue of Window & Door published, there were a handful of fall and winter industry tradeshows that took place. Readers that follow Window & Door on Twitter and Instagram saw our live coverage of both WinDoor North America and the International Builders’ Show. For those that missed it, following is a recap of the products on display at each. Don’t miss live... more »
  • A look at recent mergers and acquisitions in the window and door market
    Current market conditions are providing a favorable backdrop for increased acquisition activity in the fenestration market. The capital markets environment remains robust, as evidenced by rising public equity valuations, plentiful debt and equity capital, and valuation multiple expansion. Fenestration companies are exhibiting strong performance with positive secular trends in the construction... more »
  • An industry poised for expansion
    Source: ConstructConnect historical and forecast housing start data. Click image for larger view. Each year, Window & Door surveys readers to gain insight about how the last year played out and what readers anticipate for the coming year. In many regards, the industry trends from the past several years continue on the same trajectory of trending upward. Sales figures continue to grow,... more »
  • The Industry looks toward disaster recovery
    Even before the December wildfires ravaged the hills of California, 2017 was well on its way to being one of the costliest years for natural disasters. News source The Hill cited estimates by Moody’s investor services that Hurricane Maria caused $40 billion worth of destruction, Irma caused $56.5 billion, and Harvey, $73 billion. If you add in economic loss, the totals rise to $70... more »
  • As labor crunch continues, companies find new hiring strategies
    Employees are the heart of any organization, and finding qualified staff and workers in today’s labor market is a challenge for almost every respondent to the Industry Pulse survey. Healthy sales figures necessitate that companies hire, so a tight labor market adds to the logistical challenge of delivering on those sales. Scott Gates, president and CEO of Western Window Systems, reports... more »
  • Vinyl and multi-panel products still dominate; color and commercial-looking trends on deck
    Above: Manufacturer respondents reported that the number of units shipped in 2017 widely increased over 2016. This trend looks to continue into 2018, where 86 percent of manufacturers anticipate an increase in units shipped over 2017. (*Represents manufacturer respondents only.) Click image for larger view. Product Trends Vinyl products are still dominating the window market, as indicated by... more »
  • Positive market conditions tempered by labor issues
     Industry insiders—manufacturers, dealers and suppliers alike—are optimistic about the future. Sales were up for 2017 and this trend is expected to continue into the new year with a variety of economic indicators pointing to a positive 2018 for the single-family residential industry. (Editor’s note: see page 40 for more on the overall construction outlook.) Window &... more »
  • Window & Door welcomes in the new year with its annual Industry Pulse report, taking stock of 2017 and looking to what 2018 has in store.  The past two years of the survey have taken a marked turn from those earlier in the industry’s recovery process from the Great Recession. Themes have morphed from a skeptical optimism regarding the general construction and remodeling outlook of... more »