The Talk

  • May 30, 2007
    THE TALK...

    In the current housing market, charging customers more for product is...

    It certainly isn’t getting any cheaper to make windows and doors, but is the market just too tight right now to even consider increasing your prices? Reading Masonite’s quarterly report, we learned the sweeping implications of the company’s 2006 price hike. The door manufacturer’s biggest customer, Home Depot, dropped it for a competitor, leaving Masonite to deal with ... more »
  • May 23, 2007
    THE TALK...

    John, your gripe with window air conditioners is...

    Air conditioners started humming last week in my neck of the woods, so it seemed like a good time to share a pet peeve of mind—window air conditioner units. My neck of the woods—New York City—has some stately old brownstones, adorned frequently with beautiful old windows. These windows obviously don’t get the respect they deserve in many cases, because the homeowner is ... more »
  • May 14, 2008
    THE TALK... | Channels

    How would you describe the relationships between manufacturers and dealers, recently?

    I visited with Four Seasons Sunrooms last week. The company reported recent success in picking up new dealers because of its “more complete” product line. Their new dealers like that they can buy from one source, and get more support as a result, yet satisfy more customers with different needs and different budgets. I can see why that would be appealing to many dealers. But I also ... more »