May 12, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 19
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House Passes Home Star Bill
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Novatech Adds Patio Door Specialist

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AAMA Encouraging One-Year Delay on Lead Paint Rule

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and its members are voicing support for new legislation that would delay more

Velux Sees Bright Future

With a response to the launch of its new No Leak Skylight that is "exceeding expectations," Velux America Inc. more

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The Talk...

Have You Noticed Effect of Lead Rule Yet?
Yes, we've gained sales as result.
Yes, we've lost sales as a result.
Yes, we've seen shifts in sales to certain customers.
No, we haven't seen effect on sales.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

No doubt it's too soon to tell what kind of impact EPA's lead paint rule will have on the remodeling business in general and the replacement window business specifically.  It's been less than two weeks since it became the law of the land.

But I couldn't help but wonder, has the new lead paint rule had an effect yet?  No doubt, it's having an impact on installation crews.  I'd love to hear from you how they're handling the change. I hope you'll email me and let me know.

I'm also interested if there's been any impact on sales yet.  That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear more details on that topic too.  If you sell to homeowners, have you stopped selling to pre-1978 homes or are you EPA certified and ready to go, and gaining such sales as a result?  Have you seen cases where the added costs of lead safe work practices have scared potential customers away? 

If you don't sell to homeowners, what do you see?  Are lead-certified dealer and/or contractor customers picking up business? Are those that are not certified losing it?  Have you noticed anything?  Again, I hope you contact me to share any thoughts and observations.


The Talk..., Page 2

"Are You Seeing Positive Momentum?"

The positive feedback isn't overwhelming, but the majority of readers seem to see signs of more

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