The Talk

  • September 7, 2011
    THE TALK...

    Cut Profits or Increase Prices?

    I found a cool survey this week from our friends north of the border. Canadian business owners indicate that they’d sacrifice the profits of their businesses in order to protect their employees or customers from price increases. This got me thinking about how these questions would have been answered 12 months ago, or six months ago, or perhaps even six months from now.So this week for ... more »
  • August 30, 2011
    THE TALK... | Management

    Do You Have Plans in Place for Disasters?

    Visiting Cape Cod this past weekend, I got a first-hand look at a hurricane and also saw the effects of the storm. They were not catastrophic around me by any means, but trees went down and there were widespread power outages. This week's Talk comes from a friend's house as a result of power being down at my own.Anyway, the storm is on my mind, and I was curious how window and door ... more »
  • August 22, 2011
    THE TALK...

    Are Your Customers Too Busy?

    A recent blog from the Wall Street Journal hit close to home for me. The writer is asking readers whether they too suffer from what she calls her “home improvement inertia.” I think many of us fall into this category depending on how busy life seems to be at the moment. I will admit that it recently took a home alarm company three visits to my house to catch me at a good time (a ... more »
  • August 16, 2011
    THE TALK... | Channels

    Are You Hitting the Road this Fall?

    I still have a week of vacation to look forward to, but I feel like summer is slipping away fast. September is coming and it will be back to school for the kids. For me, September also means hitting the road, as I’ll be making my way to GlassBuild America, the first of several industry trade shows this fall.What about you? There’s GlassBuild, the Remodeling Show, the Association of ... more »
  • Do You Restore or Repair?

    This week, we share with you news that a group of window restoration specialists is working to raise the profile of their unique niche within the window and door industry. They are developing standards for restoring and preserving historic fenestration products, older wood and steel windows in particular.These specialists, who enjoy the support historic preservation groups and others, also ... more »
  • August 2, 2011
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Is Debt Ceiling Deal Good for Business?

    "The National Association of Home Builders appreciates the hard work by the White House and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to craft a bipartisan compromise to resolve the debt ceiling crisis,” said Bob Nielsen, a Nevada home builder and NAHB chairman, in a statement this week. “It will help to put our nation's fiscal house in order and provide greater ... more »
  • July 26, 2011
    THE TALK...

    Are You Looking at Multi-Family?

    Not too long ago, I talked to a window and door manufacturer that said his company was doing fairly well this year. He attributed his company's success primarily to growth in multifamily jobs. That jibes with a lot of what's been written about the housing market of late.Much of the improvement there has been in housing starts this year has come on the multifamily side. On the retrofit ... more »
  • July 20, 2011
    THE TALK... | Management

    What Will We Fight for Next?

    Window and door dealers are probably throwing parties as a result of EPA’s decision last week not to add lead clearance testing to LRRP rules. I don’t blame them—it’s been well documented that adding post-project clearance testing for lead dust would have added significant cost and burden to remodeling projects in pre-1978 homes.No doubt, the decision announced this ... more »
  • July 12, 2011
    THE TALK... | Operations

    How Would You Like to Read WDweekly?

    You probably noticed that today's WDweekly looks a little different. And if you look closely at the top, you'll see there's a link to view a new mobile version of WDweekly. We know many of you were already looking at WDweekly on your smartphones and we suspect many more will going forward, so we're pleased to introduce this new option today.And we will continue to involve. But we'd like your ... more »
  • June 28, 2011
    THE TALK...

    Up or Down for 2011?

    Most window and door folks I've talked to recently sound more than a bit disappointed about 2011 to date. Sales are off at many companies and flat at others. It's not what people expected.   According to our Industry Pulse study featured in the January/February issue this year, 55 percent of our readers predicted sales would increase slightly in 2010 over 2011.  About ... more »