October 17, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 41
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Fiberglass Front and Center at Remodeling Show
Photo of attendees at Remodeling ShowIf the 2007 Remodeling Show is an indicator, the mood in the remodeling business is becoming more upbeat. A number of manufacturers at the event reported that sales in the remodeling segment have really picked up... read more

AAMA Storms Orlando
Photo of hurricane simulator in actionAs part of AAMA's national fall conference, conducted this week in Orlando, members got an up close look at the U. of Fla.’s hurricane simulation equipment... read more

New Investor at Skyline Windows
Merit Capital has acquired a stake in Skyline Windows, a manufacturer and installer of architectural aluminum replacement windows... read more

Eastern European Window Market
Surpassing West
The window market in Eastern Europe could surpass the West’s in size by 2008, predicts Interconnection Consulting... read more

Washington Millwork Firm Expands Capacity
King Brothers Woodworking is expanding its operations into the space immediately adjacent to its existing plant... read more

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The Talk...

In the future, fiberglass will...
...enjoy top share in both the window and door markets.
...top the door market, but not windows.
...never achieve a top share in doors or windows.

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John Swanson,
associate publisher
of Window & Door

A bit of a surprise at last week’s Remodeling Show was the fact that relatively few vinyl windows were on display. They were there, sure, but not at a level that reflects their number one market share position.

That’s been true for steel entry doors for several years now. Even though they still account for more than half the residential entry door market, manufacturers don’t seem to bring them to shows anymore. All they bring is fiberglass.

And while I wouldn’t say they dominated the window manufacturer booths in Las Vegas, fiberglass windows seemed to be displayed about as frequently as vinyl and wood windows.

Personally, I foresee fiberglass dominance in the entry door market as just a matter of time. I’m not sure where the window market will go, but last week’s show made me wonder. So there’s the inspiration for my question of the week. And of course I’d love for you to write me an email with your comments and predictions for the future.

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