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W&D Weekly
January 27, 2016
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The Talk

By David Gilbert

Working as a newspaper reporter, I got used to giving myself crash courses in new topics. In a given week I was expected to become an overnight expert in any of a number of topics and be ready to write about them the next day.

When I was offered my new position as assistant editor for Window & Door, I applied those research skills to learning the window and door industry. Words like caming, U-factor and lift-and-slide entered my vocabulary and I was feeling fairly confident in my new knowledge.

That is, until I accompanied our editor to the International Builders’ Show last week. I met with dozens of industry professionals who impressed me with their effortless encyclopedic expertise and taught me the hands-on approach to research.

For one, Panda Windows & Doors’ marketing director Ximena Rojas taught me about the latest manufacturing approaches to energy efficiency. I also saw, in action, why automation is the big story in the industry—opening doors with a cell phone is more than just a cool trick; automation could just tip the sale for a number of homeowners, especially on those high-end multi-panel door systems.

And, while the multi-slide doors were the big stunners at the show with most all the major players showing off their lines—Western Window Systems, PlyGem, LaCantina, Weather Shield, NanaWall, Fleetwood, Kolbe, Royal, Neuma and new player Reveal Windows & Doors by Pacific Architectural Millwork, to name a few—I was also dazzled by the array of contemporary entry doors on the floor. John Plummer, GlassCraft president, took the time to point out the differences between traditional wood and fiberglass doors, which, visually-speaking, weren’t so obvious.

In short, I learned that there are a ton of story lines to chase in windows and doors, and I’m excited for the opportunity to do so. It’s clearly an exhilarating time in fenestration. With the economy humming again and new products in the works from progressive manufacturers, I’m glad to be along for the ride.

I look forward to meeting more industry folks and working to develop engaging content. Drop me a line and tell me what I ought to know about your — make that our — industry.

What do you think is the big story in the window and door industry this year?
The recovering economy
Energy efficiency
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