Door & Window Business
Jul. 2, 2014

Barn doors come inside
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Once related to the outside, rolling barn-style doors have been making their way indoors for the last few years in newly constructed homes and as updates in older homes not only in Atlanta but worldwide, according to Scott Rees at the Real Carriage Door Co. near Seattle.More

2 new ASTM standards will aid lead abatement techniques
Door & Window Magazine
ASTM International has put forth two new standards that focus on composite wipe sample preparation for analysis following lead abatement activities in buildings. Permanently removing all traces of lead-based paint hazards is considered a crucial element in the rehabilitation of older buildings, particularly those built prior to 1970.More

Window film helps you stay safe this summer
With an estimated 83 percent of Americans planning at least one summer road trip, according to a survey, vacationers may have more peace of mind knowing that window film installed on a car's passenger windows can protect occupants from the sun's harmful UV rays and may also discourage break-ins into their car and home. The International Window Film Association points out that windows around a home's entryway offer an inviting target for thieves to smash their way inside. FBI reports state illegal entry is often made through a door or window and also that the months of July and August see an increase in break-ins. More

Business netiquette: The right way to use social media
By Scott Steinberg
Modern social networks provide endless opportunities for associations and working professionals to connect with colleagues, peers and potential partners in new and novel ways. But as widespread as services like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn have become, basic rules of etiquette and business conduct still apply. Keep in mind that not all businesses or individuals utilize or perceive interactions on social networks in the same way. Likewise, communications sent via these channels may also lose some of the subtle nuances conveyed through personal interactions.More

New windows with Lexan sheets for Spiral Full View doors from Rytec
Rytec Corporation has introduced new windows with Lexan sheets for its Spiral® FV® doors. Trusted for high-performance applications ranging from motorsports windshields to space helmets, Lexan sheets set a new standard of excellence in performance in the high-speed door industry. More

Merck buys Peer+ for smart window glass-LCD tech combo
GreenTech Media
Electrochromic glass — glass that can tint, dim or reflect light based on sunlight level or electronic control — have been the energy-saving window material of the future for years now. So far, however, the technology has only had small-scale uptake, with factors such as cost, complexity of installation, and uncertain measures of return on investment rendering it a hard sell. Merck announced it was taking complete ownership of Peer+, a Dutch startup it’s been working with for some time on the electrochromic glass front. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

Millennials the key to a stronger housing recovery
The U.S. housing recovery should regain its footing, but also faces a number of challenges, concluded The State of the Nation’s Housing report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Tight credit, still elevated unemployment and mounting student loan debt among young Americans are moderating growth and keeping millennials and other first-time homebuyers out of the market.More