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June 26, 2013
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AIA Features Variety of New Product Launches

Window and door manufacturers and component suppliers joined more than 700 exhibitors at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver last week...read more

 
Manufacturers Beginning to Invest Again

Suppliers report demand for equipment and software is on the rise as the window and door market continues to improve...read more

 
NAHB and NLBMDA Report Building Material Shortages

Home builders and lumber dealers are reporting significant shortages of key home building materials such as lumber and wall board, with a few reporting shortages in windows and doors as well...read more

 
Optimizing Workflow on the Job Site

In this month's From the Field column, Jim Snyder looks at steps to take to make the installation process much more efficient...read more

 
 
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The Talk

By John Swanson

NAHB and NLBMDA issued a recent report pointing to shortages of certain construction materials in the current market.  While windows and doors are not cited as prime examples, the groups' surveys indicate that our industry's products are harder to come by than usual, at least by historic standards.

Nine percent of builders and lumber dealers report seeing some shortages in the market for windows and doors.  Looking at the historic data, that figure hovered around 5 percent during the biggest housing boom years and hasn't been that high since July 2000, when it reached 10 percent. Even when new construction and remodeling were both going great guns, I heard many complaints about too much capacity, so this news can't be all bad for the industry.

I was curious, however, if manufacturers and dealers were seeing evidence of window and door shortages.  That's our poll question of the week.  And  of course I'd like to hear from you.  My guess is that shortages are limited to certain regions or certain types of products.  Email me or post a comment and let me know what you've seen.   

There will be no WDweekly next week.  Happy Fourth of July to all!   

 

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Are You Seeing Window and Door Shortages in Your Market?
No, there's no evidence of any product shortages.
There have been some problems, such as longer lead times, for certain products.
There have been widespread problems, involving many types of windows and doors.
 

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The Outside View
US New Home Sales Hit Fastest Pace in 5 years
From Associated Press
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From Remodeling Magazine
Interview with Jay Lund, President and CEO of Andersen Windows
From Greater MSP Business

 
 
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