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W&D Weekly
March 14, 2012
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Window & Door's annual rankings of North America's largest manufacturers of residential windows, doors and skylights, with company updates and product line more

New Document Examines Potential Energy Star Revisions
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NFRC Seeks Input on Verification Program

Under the program, NFRC-rated and Energy Star-qualified fenestration products sold in the market will be tested to more

New Installed Sales Platform Launched

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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor

Maybe it’s the mild weather or the impact of daylight savings on our evening hours, but I’m feeling a swell of optimism and momentum in terms of the economic recovery. After years and years of negative headlines, the media is finally finding more positive things to say about the economy.

In fact, a recent blog posted to U.S. News & World Report shares that the home improvement industry is faring well this spring season, pointing out that homeowners are finally feeling confident enough to tackle the big projects they’ve been putting off for years. Rather than swapping out fixtures themselves or sprucing up the house with a coat of paint, an increasing number of consumers are investing big dollars into the upkeep of their homes.

Given that big home improvement projects have been off the agenda for many homeowners for years, wouldn’t it stand to reason that there’s a lot of pent-up demand? That’s what Mike Hydeck, president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and a Pennsylvania-based remodeling professional, says in his blog.  "People have been putting off doing things to their house and are ready to bust loose so to speak."

Now I’m not asking if you’re seeing it yet, but I would like to know if you believe there’s a significant amount of pent-up demand when it comes to hefty home improvement projects—including window and door replacements and additions that require additional fenestration products. Will homeowners spend the next couple of years catching up on the projects they didn’t do during the Great Recession? Will maintenance issues ignored for the last few years drive demand in our market segment? Send me an email or post a comment to share your thoughts. 

Should the Industry Push Back Against the FTC?

Opinion is clearly mixed on this issue. Our survey responses were fairly evenly divided, as were the more

Do you think we'll see the release of pent-up demand in the home improvement sector?
Yes, I think we'll start to see this year.
The demand's there, but I don't think we'll see it until 2013 or beyond.
I don't think there's that much pent-up demand in the market.
The Outside View
Americans More Confident in Housing Recovery
First Existing Homes Home Performance Standard Adopted by ANSI
From Residential Energy Saving Network
Details of Gorell Sale Emerge
From Indiana Gazette
PA Governor Likes View of Window Manufacturer
From The Reading Eagle
Home Builder Offers a Room in which to Flee from a Snoring Spouse
From The Los Angeles Times

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