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September 21, 2011
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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

I thought I would return to GlassBuild one more time for this week's Talk. This week, I'd like to note that looking at the booths of vinyl window extruders in Atlanta, you would almost think no one sold white windows anymore. Nearly everything had a coating or laminate on it.

Of course, that's not true in the real world, or at least the U.S. market as a whole. White still counts for the large majority of the business in the vinyl segment. But colors and woodgrains are on the upswing, most agree. One supplier noted to me that vinyl window manufacturers no longer need to be convinced to add these options. Discussions are now focused on the quality or performance of various options and how many colors and woodgrains need to be offered.

Still I thought I'd go back to basics with this week's poll and ask you what percentage of your vinyl window sales are non-white. Of course I'd like to hear from you too.  Are you selling more colors and woodgrains? Are you adding more options? Why? Are you targeting new markets? Are you looking to differentiate? Is it a necessity to offer them today? Post a comment and share your thoughts. And suppliers, if you have insights to share on, we'd love to hear from you too.  

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What percentage of your vinyl window sales are white?
More than 90%
80% to 90%
70% to 80%
60% to 70%
50% to 60%
25% to 50%
Less than 25%
We don't sell vinyl windows
 
 
 
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