The Talk

  • February 15, 2019
    THE TALK... | Methods & Techniques

    Is a Modular “Disruption” on the Horizon?

    “Disruption” is something we’ve seen happen to a lot of industries over the past decade or so. Video rental chains got disrupted by Netflix. Taxi companies got disrupted by Uber and Lyft. Newspapers got disrupted by the internet and blogs (like the one you’re reading right now). What’s the next industry ripe for disruption? How about the typical, site-built ... more »
  • February 12, 2019
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    See You at Design & Construction Week

    The Window & Door Dealers Alliance is excited to head to Vegas next week as a supporting organization of 2019 Design & Construction Week. WDDA members have access to discounted registration for the event, and WDDA leaders will participate in the Design & Construction Week Executive Roundtable to discuss issues and trends in the North American housing market and exchange ideas ... more »
  • Treat Customers Like the Individuals They Are

    Walker, a trend-setting customer experience consulting firm, recently did a study that asked professionals: Which changing customer expectation will have the greatest impact on your business in the future? While “speed” would seem to be the biggest customer pleaser in today’s “get it now or else” marketplace, it was edged out by “personalization.”For ... more »
  • Key Fenestration-Related Code Changes and Provisions in 2018

    To keep up with evolving technology and industry concerns, new editions of the 15 different I-codes covered by the International Code Council are published every three years. The 2018 versions, which took effect Jan. 1, are the latest. Of these, the codes of greatest typical interest to fenestration manufacturers are the 2018 International Building Code, International Residential Code and ... more »
  • January 22, 2019
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    The Resiliency of Construction

    As the housing market crashed in 2008, I was in the early days of my career in construction-related publishing. Despite entering the workforce—and the construction-related workforce at that—at arguably one of the most tumultuous times possible, I somehow weathered the Great Recession with my job intact.   I spent the first five years of my career writing for various Hanley ... more »
  • Market Insights

    Latest market study highlights bright outlook
     The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s annual fenestration market study has been a fixture of its service to the industry over many years, but its scope and rigor have increased over time. Manufacturers and suppliers are interviewed with a participation rate in excess of 50 percent and data from multiple secondary sources is triangulated to support the overall ... more »
  • January 8, 2019
    THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style

    Three Design Trends to Watch for in 2019

    Photos courtesy of HouzzAs we enter the new year and homeowners begin to think about the home projects they’ll tackle in 2019, it’s important to plan for the trends that may take hold in the coming months. New materials, styles and features are already emerging among popular photos on Houzz that will impact the fenestration industry. We’ve identified the top three that will ... more »
  • December 18, 2018
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Merger and Acquisition Trends in 2018 and Beyond

    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 ... more »
  • A Legacy of Excellence

    Former Dealers of the Year share insights
     On September 13, the Window and Door Dealers Alliance, along with Window & Door magazine, honored its 2018 Dealer of the Year recipients at a ceremony at Window & Door Dealer Day in Las Vegas. This prestigious program honors excellence in the window and door industry, and this year’s honorees represent new and innovative programs and processes. While these stories ... more »
  • December 4, 2018
    THE TALK... | Sales & Marketing

    What Market Consolidation Could Mean in 2019

    As we roll into the new year, here’s a question I’ve pondered recently: what kind of window and door market will we see emerge after some significant consolidation throughout 2018?Just a year ago, following a flurry of 2017 mergers and acquisitions, Window & Door forecasted 2018 to be an “open door” for some increased activity. “Consolidation in the fragmented ... more »