The Talk

  • Navigating Installation Variables, Part 2

    Navigating the variables
    This is the second article in a mini-series on installation. The first describes the two most common wall types with respect to the configuration of their water resistive barrier—surface barrier and membrane/drainage systems—and introduced the two most common types of windows with regard to their mounting provisions (mounting flange and block frame). In this second installment, we ... more »
  • November 19, 2019
    THE TALK... | Materials & Components

    No Compromising on Form, Fit and Function for Screens

    No matter how technology has evolved over the years, the essential functionality and intent of windows and doors has remained fairly simple when you think about it. No matter how big, or what color, or what they’re made of, fenestration products grant interior environments access and views into the outdoor world around us, where and when occupants want it. I’ve written about the ... more »
  • Trade Secrets

    What constitutes a trade secret and best practices to protect them
    A trade secret involves confidential information that provides (or will provide) economic benefit or advantage to a business that would be lost if it were misappropriated or disseminated to the public. State and federal laws include various remedies that provide businesses ways to protect the value of these assets. A basic understanding of trade secret protection should enable a business to ... more »
  • November 5, 2019
    THE TALK... | Sales & Marketing

    Five Steps Considerations for a Social Media Strategy

    It’s safe to assume that the majority of consumers have used social media to communicate with a business. And, a 2018 study by GlobalWebIndex found that more than half of social browsers use social media to research new products and services. Thus, social media marketing is a must to compete online today, but window and door companies without a comprehensive strategy may find they aren't ... more »
  • 7 Considerations for Drafting a Noncompete Agreement

    While not new, noncompete agreements remain a source of dispute because both the workforce and terms within the agreement are continuously evolving. Covenant not to compete are most often designed to restrict an employee’s ability to work for a competing business in a relevant geographical area for a period of time after employment ends. Although state law varies, a noncompete ... more »
  • October 22, 2019
    THE TALK... | Design & Performance

    Making Smart Investments in the Future of Glass

     While they’re ubiquitous today, it wasn’t all that long ago that flat-screen TVs were an emerging technology. Compared to tube TVs, flat-screens offered crisp, widescreen pictures that were attractive to consumers everywhere—even if they weren’t so affordable for everyone.Cut to today, and flat-screens are in most living rooms in America. Cost came down once ... more »
  • October 15, 2019
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Take the Industry Pulse

    Share your experiences from the past year and plans for the future year in Window + Door’s annual Industry Pulse survey
    To keep an accurate pulse on the fenestration industry, Window + Door needs to hear from those on its front lines. What products are most popular in your part of the market? How is Industry 4.0 and automation changing your operations? What are your sales and production goals in 2020? How are you navigating the changing market? Weigh in on these questions, and more, in the Industry Pulse ... more »
  • October 8, 2019
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    WDDA Joins Collective Voice to Address Labor Crisis

    As part of strategic alliance, industry leaders engage American Workforce Policy Advisory Board
    Last year, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance announced its involvement with Design & Construction Week as a supporting organization. WDDA is proud to continue this arrangement for DCW 2020, taking place Jan. 21-23 in Las Vegas.Many know about the event—a co-location of NAHB International Builders’ Show and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show that anticipates ... more »
  • September 25, 2019
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    The Conversation Happened There

    Themes and observations from GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo
    Having physically recovered from walking the entire 187,000-net-square-foot exhibit floor at GlassBuild America last week, I’m inspired by all the meaningful and insightful conversations I was able to have with many of the exhibitors and attendees. The vibe, in a word, was solid.Sure, many admitted that the year started out slow; multiple sources who do business outside the U.S. added ... more »
  • September 17, 2019
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Highlights from Day 1 of GlassBuild America

    GlassBuild America kicked off yesterday, Sept. 17, in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. With more than 180,000 square feet of displays, there is plenty to see on the show floor for the already nearly 8,000 show registrants and counting. The editors of Window + Door spent the day attending education sessions and meeting with exhibitors to learn about the newest solutions to ... more »