The Talk

  • February 15, 2012
    THE TALK...

    Interested in Pinterest?

    I’m a Facebook junkie—I’ll admit it. I even work a bit of Tweeting into my routine for work and some organizations in which I’m involved. But I’m far from a cutting-edge social networker. I see the value that social networking has brought to many companies, and it certainly has changed the way we communicate and interact as a society.There are always new networks ... more »
  • February 8, 2012
    THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style

    Are Doors and Windows Taking on a New Contemporary Style?

      A contemporary styel door and window in the Kolbe booth.A walk through the aisles of the International Builders' Show yesterday before it opened suggests when new construction does comeback, it's likely to be feature more contemporary styling. From an industry perspective, it is most evident in doors.Traditional six-panel designs had migrated to more Craftsman styles and now ... more »
  • February 6, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Speakers Announced for WDMA Legislative Conference

    The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has set the agenda for its 2012 spring meeting and legislative conference, scheduled for March 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers at the event will be Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.).The conference begins Monday, March 5, with WDMA's annual membership meeting, as well as committee sessions. The first day ... more »
  • January 31, 2012
    THE TALK... | Sales & Marketing

    Are Home Shows Worth the Investment?

    With consumer confidence slowly but surely seeping back into the economy, some industry companies are banking on a decent home improvement season in the coming months. And this uptick in confidence also coincides with “spring home show” season, a dynamic that could prove to be a useful catalyst in the window and door industry.Let’s talk about home shows. Love ‘em or ... more »
  • January 23, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Are You Feeling Better about 2012?

    This week we heard from two sources that business could be improving.  The National Association of Home Builders reported that builder confidence is up for the fourth straight month.  “Builders are seeing greater interest among potential buyers as employment and consumer confidence slowly improve in a growing number of markets," says David Crowe, NAHB chief ... more »
  • January 18, 2012
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    Do You Follow Your Gut or Data?

    In working on the 2012 forecast piece for the January/February issue, I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of folks in the window and door industry about what they expect for the coming year. We covered a lot of topics, as I’m sure you can imagine, ranging from the significant challenges our industry continues to face, to the overlooked opportunities that some companies are pursuing in ... more »
  • January 9, 2012
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Will Smart Home Technology Encompass Windows and Doors?

    The concept of the smart home has been with us for many years. Progress in the market, however, has been limited. Last week's announcement from Lowe's about the launch of the Iris system indicates things are changing. And the residential window and door industry is paying attention.Therma-Tru Doors, for example, is going to offer doors that allow homeowners to monitor activity with the Lowe's ... more »
  • December 14, 2011
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    What is the Biggest Story of 2011?

    This time of year, we start looking back to summarize some of the most notable happenings of the past 12 months. In the mainstream media, some of the top stories being bantered about include politicians’ extramarital activities, royal weddings, and the continued economic woes.In the window and door industry, we’ve had an interesting year as well. We started out with a significant ... more »
  • December 6, 2011
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    A Boost in Confidence?

    Single-family home sales were up 1.3 percent for the month of October. Builder confidence, as measured by NAHB, has increased slightly each of the past two months. Challenges persist in the housing market, says David Crowe, NAHB's chief economist, but he also predicts "modest, gradual" improvements heading into 2012.Are positive numbers trickling into your business yet?  ... more »
  • November 30, 2011
    THE TALK...

    Was Your Black Friday Record Breaking?

    Black Friday 2011 was an impressive (or appalling, depending on your perspective) display of retail consumption. I know a lot of folks get all bent out of shape over Black Friday, but I have shared with Window & Door readers that my family and I get into the light-hearted spirit of it. We don’t shove. We don’t trample. We don’t freak out over a missed deal. We think ... more »