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February 19, 2014
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Window Manufacturers Tweak Product Lines as Market Begins to Gain Ground

In response to improving business conditions, window manufacturers promoted existing product lines alongside new ones at IBS 2014 to meet the needs of both the new construction and replacement markets. …read more

 
Jeld-Wen Announces New CEO

Kirk Hachigian will succeed Philip Orsino as president and CEO, effective this March. Orsino has led the company since Onex Corp. invested in Jeld-Wen in October 2011. …read more

 
Crystal Windows Clarifies News of Expansion

Crystal Windows & Doors' COO Steve Chen clarifies the company’s future plans following a news report in the New York Post that he says “misrepresents the future plans and activities” of the manufacturer. …read more

 
Life Cycle Leads Discussion at AAMA Annual Conference

A joint-association glass industry task group is months away from completing the Product Category Rules for Life Cycle Assessment, according to officials at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Annual Conference, running Feb. 16-19 in Orlando. …read more

 

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The Talk

By Jenni Chase, editorial director

In the May 2013 issue of Window & Door, we explored the growing “indoor outdoor living” trend, a trend that was increasingly visible at the International Builders’ Show this year. Folding, sliding, swinging―you name it―large, multi-panel door systems that connect homeowners with the natural environment were on display in full force.

First-time IBS exhibitor LaCantina Doors introduced a new class of multi-slide doors to complement its existing folding door line. Western Window Systems, which recently added its Series 9500 bi-fold door to its volume program, showcased its doors in the Fire Island House. Royal Building Products introduced the Slide and Stack Patio Door System. And the list goes on, including exhibitors like Panda Windows & Doors, NanaWall Systems, Panoramic Doors and others.

While increasingly popular in high-end homes, these large door systems are making their way into more mid-priced homes as well, and not just in warm-climate applications, manufacturers say. My question is: how do you perceive the potential for these products?

What about your builder and consumer customers? Do they still view multi-panel door systems as a luxury item, or is that changing already? And how are you interacting with manufacturers to understand the scope of what's available? Please post a comment and share your thoughts.

What is your customersí take on multi-panel door systems?
They are a luxury feature for high-end homes
They are a value-add option for mid-priced homes
They are both
Customers are interested in them and requesting more information
Customers donít know enough about them yet
 

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Series 9500 Bi-Fold Door from Western Window Systems
 
 
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