February 11, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 6
W&D Weekly, Delivering the Fenestration Industry to Your Desktop

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The Latest...

Window & Door Unveils 2009 Top 100
Our annual look at North America’s largest manufacturers serving the residential market is out now. ... read more

National Green Building Standard
Gains Momentum
The National Green Building Standard, developed by the International Code Council and the National Association of Home Builders, has been approved by the American National Standards Institute. ... read more

New Simonton Program Promises Faster Delivery
Improving on its previous seven-day delivery commitment to the industry, Simonton Windows has introduced SimontonTime–a new service offering that promises delivery on the vast majority of the window and door manufacturer's products to the company’s distribution customers in only four to five business days. ... read more

AquaSurTech Acquires Coatings Company
AquaSurTech OEM has acquired Toronto-based coatings company Shurecoat Inc. ... read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Wide-opening door systems will be:
Limited to ultra-high end custom homes.
Limited to upscale homes.
Common on even mid-range homes.
Adapted and made affordable for most homes.


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John Swanson,
editor/
associate publisher
of Window & Door
The past two weeks, I’ve been talking to hardware suppliers. One trend we’ve talked about is the apparent explosion in wide-opening sliding and folding door systems. More manufacturers are offering these products—I think I counted at least 30 at the recent Builders’ Show—so presumably demand is growing.

There’s no denying the appeal of a large expanse connecting the interior of a home to the back yard and the great outdoors. The question I keep asking—and no one seems to know the answer to this is—how far down market can this trend go in the residential market?

That’s our poll question of the week. And I’d like to hear your thoughts on these products too. I’d especially like to hear from those dealers or manufacturers out there that don’t focus on beachfront homes in Florida or ski lodges in Aspen. Do see a future for these products in your neck of the woods?  Do you want to add these doors to your line?  Email me and let me know.

The Talk..., Page 2

"When do you expect to see sales growth at your company?"

I set out to balance the bad news last week with some good news and I heard from a couple of people with good stories to tell. Read Page 2 of The Talk...

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