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  • Browse the latest innovations in components for the manufacture and installation of residential windows, plus hardware options from manufacturers. View the Products more »
  • Do you cave at the first sign of pricing pressure?
    Note: See Madeleine MacRae at this year’s Window & Door Dealer Days, held Sept. 12-13 in Atlanta, where she’ll moderate two Solution Sessions and present “Plugging Profit Leaks: How to make more money with the leads you already have.”   Can you say, with full confidence, that your offer is “totally worth it at full price?”   If you cannot—... more »
  • A snapshot of the looming fate of the Energy Star program
    Many manufacturers make energy efficient products but can’t justify the costs associated with labeling. (Image courtesy of Energi Fenestration Solutions, energifenestration.com) For the many residential window and door manufacturers that comprise the fenestration industry, Energy Star has been a way of life since 1992. Now, that program may be substantially changing or going away... more »
  • There are plenty of reasons why vinyl windows have come to dominate market share in new residential and multifamily construction. And there’s one reason I’ve been thinking about lately that’s simpler than you might think. It’s not energy performance. It’s not price. It’s color. In markets throughout the country, the availability of color options in vinyl window... more »
  • IoT and Industry 4.0: The Next Wave The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are terms that capture the notion of an interconnected world, with links and communication between everything from appliances, telephones and vehicles to manufacturing facilities and entire buildings. The ramifications of these connections, dubbed IoT, are widespread, leading to a fourth wave in our civilization, namely,... more »
  • Cutting regulations with a two-edged sword
    As we have been observing over the last few articles, the regulations imposed by various federal agencies has, in large part, been initiated by a blizzard of executive orders. Many feel that these usurp the prerogatives of Congress and that duplicative and unnecessary rules have unjustifiably harmed manufacturers, without demonstrable benefit to the citizenry. To illustrate the point, an Office... more »
  • A collection of the latest technologies and advancements in door components for the manufacture of residential doors
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  • Browse the latest styles in entry doors the custom options for each. Plus, manufacturers provide the key selling points dealers can convey in their pitches.
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  • A multi-generational call for a personal brand
    The front door, which is the hallmark piece of a home, represents a homeowner’s individual brand. Today, that brand can take on many different looks. Homeowners can add a pop of color to their door or incorporate door glass. Dealers must put on the ‘designer’ hat and help customers create one-of-a-kind, personalized entryways. (Images courtesy of ODL Inc.) We tend to... more »
  • Editor’s Note: New from WDweekly is our revamped industry poll question. Each month, we’ll feature a new poll question or series of questions related to what’s going on in the industry, what’s coming up in the magazine or topics you tell us you want to know about. Plus, post your comments on the subject at hand on the monthly poll page and your thoughts may be... more »