Door & Window Business
Jul. 23, 2014

Insulated glass windows: The key to battling summer heat
PRWeb via BusByway
As the temperature continues to rise, along with the cost to keep homes cool, consumers are searching for ways to save money while staying comfortable. Forty percent of utility bills are spent on heating and cooling, and the Department of Energy estimates that as much as $35 billion in energy costs are lost annually through inefficient windows. So, how can you avoid watching money go out the window? Insulated glass units are a great option to maintain the temperature in the home and keep costs down.More

They aren't kidding: EPA fines over 35 companies for violations of the RRP Rule
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken enforcement actions that will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to protect communities by minimizing harmful lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Standards. These actions are in addition to the fines levied against Lowes Stores. They aren’t kidding. The rules are in place to protect families, children and workers. More

Upgrade home's exterior for National Curb Appeal Month
The Spectrum
Curb appeal is important in setting a welcoming tone. And if your home is for sale, an attractive exterior becomes crucial. "Realtors tell us that potential home buyers make a 'street decision' in less than 12 seconds on whether or not to view a home," says Niki Decker of Fypon. August marks the first National Curb Appeal Month, a great time to focus on ways to add value and design appeal to your home’s exterior, whether or not you have plans to sell. More

Attendees at AIA vote LaCantina Door Best in Show
For Residential Pros
LaCantina Doors was awarded Best in Show for its innovative booth design at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Expo in Chicago. With over 800 exhibitors, LaCantina captured the attention and recognition of the 17,000 attendees in its first time exhibiting at AIA.More

Sliding glass panels create indoor-outdoor house
The Wichita Eagle via The Toronto Star
The clouds were gathering on the late-summer morning, and raindrops started to patter around Bill and Pamela Jones’ house in the Tallgrass neighborhood of Wichita, Kansas. The front yard of the house already stood out from its neighbors, lushly landscaped with sleek fountains and evergreens. But it’s not until you walk into the house that it lifts up to a whole new level. Bill Jones started to reveal the surprise in the vaulted family room by pulling back retractable glass walls that separate the family room from a large living and dining room that the Joneses refer to as the lanai.More

Why customer engagement matters so much now
Gallup Business Journal
Gallup's daily tracking of the U.S. economy points to significant, albeit slow, progress in the years since the financial crash of 2008 and the ensuing Great Recession. Consumers today have more confidence in the economy than they've had in the past six years, and they're also more relaxed with their money, inching closer to pre-recession spending levels. Yet they remain cautious, carrying with them many of the hard-learned lessons from the recession as they decide how to spend — or not spend — their paychecks. More