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W&D Weekly
October 23, 2013
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Manufacturers Target Dealer Needs as Market Improves

Business conditions continue to slowly improve, and dealers are optimistic about the year ahead, according to window and door manufacturers at the Remodeling Show in the Windy City, October more

The Future of Window Replacement
Replacement, as we know it, consists of either installing a replacement product or exchanging a full frame. Both of these options will face new challenges as fenestration products evolve…read more
Remodeling Market Growth to Slow Mid-2014
While the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity continues to project annual improvement spending increasing at a double-digit pace in the near term, a slowdown of this growth can be expected by the middle of 2014…read more
More News
Andersen Names Wittman VP of Sales
ATI Adds P1 Chamber Capacity
IGMA Announces 2014 Annual Conference Dates
ICC Adopts Specification for Sunrooms
The Talk

By Jim Snyder
In my two most recent From the Field columns―"Fenestration Evolution Brings New Challenges to Replacement" and "The Future of Window Replacement"―I wrote as much about speculation as I did about fact. My main focus was, “How will current new construction products and processes affect replacement products and processes in the future?”

My replacement installation background forces me to consider this when I observe new homes under construction in my area and think, “One day, that window will quite likely need to be replaced. How will that be done, and with what?”

This challenge will affect replacement installers, yes, but it will also impact many other branches of our industry, including window manufacturers and their supporting component suppliers. Current replacement products might be rendered obsolete. New replacement products might be required. Is it possible to identify these shifts now to avoid waste and capitalize on innovation? How can we foresee these changes?

Have you considered how this might affect your facet of the industry? I would love to hear from you. Browse the articles and tell me if you agree with my speculations, or post a comment and share your thoughts.
Is it time to consider next-generation replacement products and processes?
Yes. Our company is already working on this.
Yes. Our company needs to be working on this.
No. It's too early.
No. Current new construction products won't need replacement.

The Remodeling Show
Close to half of poll respondents don't see the Remodeling Show as a necessity for our industry…read more


The Road to GlassBuild
As we continue to wrap up the 2013 edition of GlassBuild America, we take one more look back at the technology that dominated the floor and spotlight some very interesting takeaways from the Innovative Products Pavilion.

The Outside View
Builder Confidence Down in October
From NAHB Eye on the Economy
Hidden Door House
From Matt Risinger, Risinger Homes
Artists Quit Jobs to Build Glass House for $500
From Yahoo!


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