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  • 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 »
  • Window & Door welcomes in the new year with its annual Industry Pulse report, taking stock of 2018 and looking to what 2019 may have in store. But charting the trends and keeping tabs on the overall health of the market isn’t just a new years tradition. It serves as a record for our space within the building products industry. While the highly respected economists who share their... more »
  • The U.S. window and door industry experienced strong merger and acquisition activity in 2018. This activity reflects the continuation of a long-term trend in consolidation activity for manufacturers, distributors and upstream suppliers.  There have been 16 announced or completed transactions in the first 11 months of 2018, as compared to 14 transactions in all of 2017. One of the larger... more »
  • The WinDoor North America trade show opened on Dec. 3 in Quebec City. Window & Door was on hand to cover the event live via Twitter. Below are our highlights from day one. See more coverage of the event on Twitter by following @WindowDoorMag and following #WinDoor2018.     more »
  • Our industry is responsible for delivering the technology that help meet tomorrow’s standards
    I really enjoyed the recent blog written by American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s Rich Rinka. In it, he retraces some of the most important evolutions of the window industry over the past few decades, from when significant heat loss in American homes was just “accepted as the nature of things,” to California’s goal of all new residential buildings becoming... more »
  • Big opportunities ahead for replacement products
    Each year, the Home Improvement Research Institute puts on its Insights Conference that brings together professionals in research and sales, as well as manufacturers and retailers of building products and other building professionals. This year’s event, held in September in Oakbrook, Ill., also featured talks by building and home improvement experts including Lawrence Yun, chief... more »