August 16, 2011
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...
August 1, 2011
Evaluating window lines at the retail level
Window and door manufacturers are introducing an increasing array of decorative options and performance upgrades to meet consumers’ increasing demands and differentiate their product lines. In this competitive market, however, dealers are taking the time to look beyond the hype of a new product to evaluate its value on a number of fronts.
With new lines promising increased U-values, new...
June 16, 2011
Potential opportunity, but the industry and individual companies need to be aware of movement
Should window dealers become home performance companies? While the home performance industry is still in its infancy, indications in the marketplace and in regulatory arena point to sharp growth in this field in the near future, according to many window and door industry professionals.
“The green movement is the next frontier. If you’re not a business owner willing to change, you...
May 10, 2011
I love this phrase: “channel blurring.”
Thank you Home Channel News for a very interesting article on the mix-and-match happening in retail channels. This “channel blurring” can be seen in Home Depots selling household cleaning supplies, the article points out, or traditional hardware stores selling pet supplies.
The strategy behind such efforts is that when shoppers are...
March 15, 2011
This year's rankings suggest more optimism for growth ahead
For some window and door manufacturers, 2010 was a pretty good year. Tax credits for energy efficient products created a boon for those focused on the replacement market. Other manufacturers, especially those traditionally serving the new construction market, continued to struggle. That underlying dynamic is evident in Window & Door’s 2011 Top 100 Manufacturers. The good news in this...
February 13, 2011
Welcome to Window & Door's ongoing coverage of the 2012 International Builders' Show. This section of our site provides an in-depth look at windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., February 8-11, 2012
Click here to read our main show report providing an...
January 15, 2011
Welcome to Window & Door's new product coverage of the 2011 International Builders' Show. This section of our site features an extensive look at windows, doors and skylights, as well as components and accessories showcased by industry exhibitors at this year's event.
For our overview report on this year's show, held January 12-15, click...
December 1, 2010
Products are presented by exhibitor, alphabetically. Follow the following links to see information from other companies.
The Classic-Craft Canvas Collection of premium, smooth fiberglass doors provides all the beauty and performance of the Classic-...
October 20, 2010
Family business makes all decisions with the customer in mind
Going the Extra Mile
Excellence in Customer Service
American Windows & Doors
The entire Driver family has dedicated itself to taking customer service to a new level and leaving a lasting impression with American Windows & Doors' customers.
The leadership at American Windows & Doors figures that the key to...
October 20, 2010
Dealer sought out a plug-and-play retrofit window that would reduce installation inconsistencies
Plumb, Level & Square
Excellence in Installation
Custom Remodelers Inc.
Lino Lakes, Minn.
Custom Remodelers saw inconsistencies with the products it was installing, and made attempts to work with manufacturers to find solutions to the problems.
Craig Carpenter, founder and president of Custom Remodelers Inc., contends that the replacement windows that make up most of...