The Talk

  • November 17, 2010
    THE TALK...

    Another Crazy Black Friday?

    Those of you who have been around for a few years know I'm a vocal supporter of the Black Friday mania that comes in the wee small hours the day after Thanksgiving. My mom and I have been heading out in a sleep-deprived state for years. We're not the types to get aggressive and lose our minds if we don't get a TV or particular toy, but we do love watching the crowds and we generally have a ... more »
  • November 8, 2010
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    Can We Believe Good News?

    There's an interesting thing happening in our economy. A butting of heads, if you will. On one hand, there are some legitimately solid opportunities out there for some (not all—but some) consumers. Mortgage rates are crazy-low, housing affordability is surprisingly high and there are pockets of the economy that are doing fairly well, all things considered.But here's the ... more »
  • November 1, 2010
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Will End of Tax Credits Mean Lay-Offs?

    Tax credits for homeowners buying energy efficient windows and doors, passed as part of 2009's stimulus package, will expire at the end of this year. As you'll see in our top news story this week, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance is lobbying to get those tax credits renewed for 2011 and beyond.  A number of WDDA representatives met with Senate staffers last week to make the ... more »
  • October 25, 2010
    THE TALK... | Aesthetics & Style

    Are WINKs Impacting Door and Window Demand?

    Looking through ProSales recently, I came across an article discussing WINKs—women with incomes and no kids—an increasingly influential demographic in the new home market. As homebuyers, these women are looking for “safe urbanism.”And one particular trend these women are driving is growing demand for a more secure, better looking door between the garage and the home. ... more »
  • October 20, 2010
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    A New Day for Dealers?

    I'm thrilled that today we finally present our 2010 Dealers of the Year award winners. I personally worked with these companies and was truly impressed by their stories of survival, innovation and values.  I'm glad it's time to share these stories with the industry.The Dealers of the Year issue is always my favorite project of the year and has been since we founded the program in 2004. ... more »
  • October 12, 2010
    THE TALK... | Codes & Standards

    Are Homeowners Aware of Lead Rules?

    The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is hoping to help raise awareness of the dangers of lead exposure by observing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week  October 24-30. In light of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair, Painting Rule, NARI sees this week as a good time to encourage consumers to hire lead certified remodelers when remodeling a home ... more »
  • Is a Tax Credit Extension a Good Idea?

    Tax credits for energy effircient home improvements are scheduled to expire at the end of year. Now, new draft legislation has emerged in the Senate that would extend and even expand those credits.  Yes, I'm sympathetic to the view of many that government should stay out of our business, but I think that's good news. The bad news is that, as written, the initial bill provides ... more »
  • September 29, 2010
    THE TALK... | Sales & Marketing

    Is Your Site Consumer Friendly?

    Last week, Jeld-Wen launched a new version of its Web site. According to a company press release, the company aimed to make it much more consumer friendly, using icons and pictures to make the window and door shopping experience much more appealing and streamlined."Today's online shoppers prefer pictures rather than words to learn about products," says Rob Jellesed, Jeld-Wen's ... more »
  • September 22, 2010
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Did You See an Uptick?

    Some rays of light this week in what has otherwise been a pretty dismal summer. The Commerce Department reported yesterday a seasonally-adjusted jump of more than 10 percent in housing starts in August. This was more of an increase than many economists expected, which doesn't really surprise me. I would imagine one would be hard pressed to find a cheery economist these days.One month worth of ... more »
  • September 15, 2010
    THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

    Is R-5 a New Benchmark?

    R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5 ... more »