Looking for a PiC? (Pre-installation Checklist)

I’ve had quite a few requests for this Pre-installation Checklist and I wanted to make it easy for you to find. So… here it is!

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Communication Issues

Good communication with your installers is important, but good communication between you, the installer, and your customer is even more so. That’s Not What I Meant, my latest column, discusses a costly communication lesson I learned the hard way. It wasn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last but ultimately, the experience…

That’s Not What I Meant

“…and a few moments after the Countess had broken the traditional bottle of champagne on the bows of the noble ship, she slid slowly and gracefully down the slipway, entering the water with scarcely a splash.” Ambiguity can add humor to communication (see above), but in the workplace, when we’re dealing with thousands of dollars…

Windows, Doors and… ?

Fenestration is the backbone of many businesses that are supplemented by other, usually exterior-related, products. In networking with many dealers in the Window and Door Dealers Alliance at GlassBuild America each fall, a common question that comes up is, what else do you sell. Click to read entire The Talk post with survey at WDweekly….

Energy Star V6.0 Traction

The road to implementing Energy Star v6.0 was bumpy, ever changing and lengthy. We discussed energy performance criteria, feasibility for manufacturers, implementation dates, payback period, and installation requirement, just to name a few. There was a lot to write about and we did just that. These were all issues that would affect our industry’s future…

Count Down to Window & Door Dealer Days

As a window and door dealer, do you ever find yourself wondering any of the following: Could some processes be easier? Why do certain issues continue to be a problem? Am I the only one facing them? What adjustments could make my business more profitable? Click to read the entire From the Field article at…

W-2 Versus 1099

The construction industry as a whole largely contracts and subcontracts, especially where many trades are required to deliver a project. But what about dealers: is it best to contract or employ installers? On smaller scale projects, such as window replacement, and when the primary job skill is the same, employing your installers can become a…

Critical Interface

The vertical separation between our living space and the elements is made up of three primary sectors: the common wall area, fenestration and the installation perimeter of the fenestration. All three share similar demands as part of the building envelope—to keep weather out and climate control in. Even though a window (or door) is an…

Let’s Pick a Name

One window design trend in recent years is a movement toward a “narrow, flat, pre-punched appendage around the entire perimeter through which we drive nails to anchor the fenestration to the wall structure.” You may be wondering why I’m being so abstract in terming this component. I choose to because there is no one term…

The Fin Flange Flip-Flop

Humor yourself for a moment and read this out loud really fast: nail fin; flush fin; mounting flange; frontal flange; face flange; frontal fin; non-frontal flange; mounting fin; exterior flush fin; surface flange. So far, our industry has come up with these 10 terms (and a few others) to describe a grand total of two…