Door & Window Business
Feb. 19, 2014

2013 Door and Window Industry Benchmark Survey out now
Door & Window Magazine
Building Industry Advisors and Door & Window Market magazine have announced the launch of the Door & Window Industry Benchmark Survey for year-end 2013. With the recovery of the industry having gained considerable momentum, now is an ideal time for door and window manufacturers to compare their financial and operational performance with that of competitors.More

Home improvement: What's worth it?
Realtor Wade Perry says before you decide which projects to do, you need to figure out how big of a project you can handle. "There are two really big parts of the budget you have to look at. They are the financial and emotional costs. Ask yourself, 'How much of my house am I comfortable having ripped up?' "More

Wisconsin city could end some home improvement fees
La Crosse Tribune
La Crosse, Wis., officials in March will consider rescinding fees added in 2012 for residential roofing, siding and window replacement in the city. Mayor Tim Kabat introduced the measure at the recent Common Council meeting, saying eliminating those permit requirements would free up city inspectors to focus on priorities such as code enforcement.More

10 sweet, often overlooked tax breaks
The goal of every taxpayer is to make sure the Internal Revenue Service gets as little as possible. For that to happen, you need to take every tax deduction, credit or other income adjustment you can. Here are 10 tax breaks, some for itemizers only, others that any filer can claim, that often get overlooked but could save you some tax dollars. More

Choosing a home security system is an important but daunting task
Daily Herald
A burglar damages a door. A thief steals a television in a neighboring house. Often, it's only after an unfortunate event that homeowners decide something must be done. With the wide array of home security options nowadays and more advanced technology than ever, the choices can be overwhelming. More

Fitzgerald vetoes 2 tax breaks as too costly
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With an eye toward holding property taxes steady, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald used a veto recently, his first, to strike down legislation passed recently by county council that gives tax breaks to people who purchase newly constructed homes or make home improvements. If the county gives a small group of county residents a tax break, "then everyone else has to pay for it," he said. Instead, he is working with members of council on legislation that will change the programs and "taper it off." More

Fed to shed light on frozen US economy
The Federal Reserve's stimulus taper and China's slowdown, twin factors behind this year's emerging market sell-off, will come firmly into view in the week ahead with minutes from the former and a leading survey on the latter. After reassuring European growth recently and weak U.S. retail sales, major data will be in short supply.More

Home improvement retailer to hire 405 in Oklahoma City, 80,000 nationally
The Home Depot is now accepting applications to fill 405 associate positions in Oklahoma City and 80,000 nationally to prepare for their spring season. Available positions will vary at each store. The company encourages students, retirees, veterans and reservists to apply.More

Older glass windows are potentially deadly
Lean against or touch certain glass windows and doors and you can actually be putting yourself in danger. "This is a deadly weapon," says glass safety expert Mark Meshulam as he shows a sharp, jagged broken piece of glass from a window. "This is just crazy." The type of glass he is talking about is called annealed glass. It is found in windows in older homes, schools and storefronts exempt from more current rules requiring safer, tempered glass windows. More