Remodeling Show Set for Indy
Meetings & Events
After years out West and back East, the Remodeling Show returns to the Midwest this year. The annual exhibition and conference, targeted at remodelers, replacement contractors and dealers, opens next week at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Of note this year, the event, organized Hanley-Wood Exhibitions, is co-locating with Deck Expo for the first time. While that change likely to increase representation from the deck, dock and railing industry, the outlook for a strong window and door industry presence is less certain.
The downturn in the remodeling and replacement market had an impact on both the number of attendees and industry exhibitors at last year's show in Baltimore. Perhaps most notable was the lack of vinyl replacement window manufacturers. These companies that specialized in this market were once the mainstays at this event.
Their presence looks to be weak again this year. THV Compozit Window is one of the few replacement window specialists exhibiting in Indianapolis. Indiana-based Home Guard Windows & Doors will also be on hand, showing its vinyl replacement windows, as well as its entry and security doors. Other window and door manufacturers scheduled to be at the show include Andersen, Lincoln, Marvin, Pella, Nana Wall and Therma Tru. Makers of sunrooms and patio enclosures have also been major exhibitors at past events. This year, that list includes Crown Sunrooms, Patio Enclosures Inc. and Sunspace Sunrooms.
The National Glass Association, publisher of Window & Door, will be exhibiting at this year's show. In addition to promoting the magazine, NGA will be introducing attendees to MyWindowClass.com, its online training platform for the residential window and door industry. It will also be highlighting the recently launched Window & Door Dealers Alliance.
Vytex was part of a small contingent of replacement window manufacturers
that exhibited at last year's event in Baltimore.
What product trends emerge this year is difficult to say, but the past two Remodeling Shows have seen an upsurge in fiberglass products. On the door side, companies such as Plastpro and Therma Tru had been taking larger exhibits at this event as they looked to expand business in the remodeling and replacement market.
One of the more noteworthy window products shown in Baltimore last year was a prototype fiberglass casement in the booth of Armaclad Windows & Doors. Serious Materials also displayed a new fiberglass window, as well as a composite product in making its Remodeling Show debut last year. Two years ago in Las Vegas, both Milgard and Pella were showcasing fiberglass windows.
As usual, the Remodeling Show will provide a variety of educational opportunities for attendees. In addition to sessions devoted to enhancing sales, marketing, HR, and other aspects of a remodeling business, this year's program features a variety of green themed courses. Other sessions are devoted to such topics as building envelope upgrades and effective weatherization. Also on the program is a full-day course that will enable attendees to become EPA-recognized “Certified Renovators." Beginning in April of next year, Federal law will require contractors–including companies doing window replacements–to have such a person available for renovation projects on pre-1978 homes that may have used lead paint.
A number of exhibitors will be offering clinics and demonstrations on the show floor. Azek Building Products is presenting a session on trimming windows and doors. Andersen and Therma Tru are both offering installation clinics also.
The Remodeling Show offers a wide variety of educational opportunities, including installation
clinics hosted by manufacturers on the show floor.
Overall, the education program includes more than 50 sessions. The conference begins next Wednesday, October 27. The trade show runs from Thursday, October 28, to Saturday, October 30. A complete schedule, as well as an updated list of exhibitors and more information about the event, is available at www.theremodelingshow.com.