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June 14, 2017
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Demystifying the Budget Conversation

When you mention the word budget, some homeowners tend to freeze. The earlier you can demystify the budget and position it to the homeowner as a necessary element in the process of getting the perfect product that solves all of their needs and desires, the more likely you will be to close the saleRead More

Final Chance to Submit Nominations for the Crystal Achievement Awards

Friday, June 16 is the final day to submit nominations for the 2017 Crystal Achievement Awards. The awards recognize residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers for their contributions to the industry. Read More

More News
Connecticut General Assembly Passes Window Warranty Bill
Window and Door Industry Continues Growth
GED to Build New Headquarters
2017 FeneVision User Conference Sees Record Number of Attendees
Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting Offers Industry Insights
Product Spotlight
LaCantina Doors Offers the Perfect Match

LaCantina understands the importance of balance & symmetry when designing open space products. The trend towards indoor outdoor living and the products that create larger openings have become a focal point in home design. Typically different openings require different product types and these varying product types often fall side by side, unfavorably accentuating their differences and making it difficult to provide balance and symmetry from one opening to the next---until now. By utilizing the same signature narrow door panels across their Folding, Sliding and Swing systems, LaCantina is able to achieve consistent sightlines and daylight openings for the complete and perfectly matching door package.

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The Talk

By Eric Thompson, Quanex

There are plenty of reasons why vinyl windows have come to dominate market share in new residential and multifamily construction. And there’s one reason I’ve been thinking about lately that’s simpler than you might think.

It’s not energy performance. It’s not price. It’s color. In markets throughout the country, the availability of color options in vinyl window systems as technology has matured has opened new opportunity for residential window fabricators.

The trend isn’t new but, in my estimation, it’s one that has come to full blossom in recent years. Back in 2007, Window & Door reported that vinyl color options were one avenue window manufacturers were taking to differentiate themselves in a down housing market. “Technologies for adding interior and exterior color have evolved to the point virtually any color or design can appear on vinyl,” the article noted. “Many in the industry agree that decorated vinyl—be it painted, laminated or co-extruded—is emerging beyond a small niche and finally catching momentum in the window and door world.”

Ten years later, I’ve found this to have become true. Read More

Monthly Reader Poll

IoT and Industry 4.0: The Next Wave

The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are terms that capture the notion of an interconnected world, with links and communication between everything from appliances, telephones and vehicles to manufacturing facilities and entire buildings. The ramifications of these connections, dubbed IoT, are widespread, leading to a fourth wave in our civilization, namely, Industry 4.0.

The September issue of Window & Door magazine will explore this topic and how it relates to the fenestration industry. As part of that coverage, we want to hear from you. Do you utilize any elements of the Internet of Things in your work in the window and door industry? Weigh in on this month’s poll, post a comment and/or send an email with your thoughts.

Do you utilize any elements of the Internet of Things in your work in the window and door industry? If so, please post a comment with details about how your organization is utilizing IoT.

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