Latest Articles in Markets & Trends

  • This editor is finally back to a normal schedule after spending some time in Germany. Over cappuccinos, Nuremberg sausages (and, fine, an occasional dunkel), I soaked in the culture of European fenestration and reveled in the overall sense of confidence and optimism for industry.   Fensterbau, the biennial European tradeshow for fenestration, provides the North American market a look at... more »
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  •  A collection of the latest in entry, folding, sliding and patio doors. View the products here. more »
  • Manufacturers and dealers work together to install large-format doors
    Above: An Andersen Architectural Collection large-door install in progress. (Image courtesy of Andersen Architectural Collection.) Below: Mountain View Window & Door prepares to install a door in Colorado. (Image courtesy of Mountain View Window & Door.)   Successful Partnerships What do manufacturers and dealers need from each other?  Understand the importance ... more »
  • 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 »