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  • 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 »
  • ADVERTISEMENT Over 8 months of R&D in 2017-2018 and leveraging advances in the award-winning Lock-Tilt Combo system design, Vision Hardware has developed a new system that allows manufacturers to use the same processing to fabricate 4 different variations of lock tilt functionality on a single line. Learn more more »
  • Last week, I attended Glass Processing Automation Days in San Antonio. Organized by FeneTech and supported by the National Glass Association, the event is focused on the glass side of our world. But there was still a ton of great information about integrating automation that applies directly to our industry. The 20 presentations throughout the two-day-long conference all focused on automation and... more »
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  • Was anyone else’s winter thrown a little off by the later dates of the International Builders’ Show? I felt like I returned to bizzaro world where we completely skipped February. It’s a sign of a longstanding tradition when even a small deviation from the pattern creates this sort of impact—the event marked its 75th year this February. Couple that with the return to the... more »
  • Focus on simple, not easy
    Color technology has advanced significantly, enabling darker color window frames that avoid limitations such as heat buildup. (All images courtesy of the author.) As a fenestration professional, I’ve spent a quarter of a century looking at and evaluating windows, from the lineals and seals to the profiles. I’ve also learned to step back and take a consumer’s view by looking... more »
  • This week is the National Association of Women in Construction’s Women in Construction Week, an annual event the first week of March that aims to promote women as a viable component of the industry. Although women comprise about 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, construction is made up of only 9 percent women, with just 3 percent being in the actual trades, according to NAWIC.... more »
  • Today’s clients demand not only the right look for their home, but also efficiency and durability in the products they select. As such, functionality, aesthetics and efficiency reign supreme in this year’s product showcase of top-selling windows and doors. Check out the following product details not only to discover which systems are making the most for companies’ bottom lines,... more »
  • Growing up, one of my favorite rooms in our house was our back “blue room,” which had one huge picture window with two casement windows on either side. They encompassed nearly the entire wall. We had a perfect view of our backyard and at Christmastime we displayed our tree in front of the window so the few people who traveled down the back alley could see the lights and (mostly... more »
  • The International Builders’ Show celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Window & Door is on the scene in Las Vegas to cover all the action. Follow WD on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.   more »