Blogs

Sliding Screen, French Door, Kitchen

What is the best insect screen for doors?

Sliding screen doors work well and can stack over each other when not in use.
If the sliding doors are pocketed, where the panels retire into a hidden pocket in the wall when opened , the sliding screen panels can do the same. Unfortunately, the screen door stack is always visible through even the closed glass panel where they reside when no

Read More »
Lockbox, Lockrail, Terrace Door, Window, Drawing

What is a lockbox?

How It Happens and How You Can Avoid It
Innovators are the ultimate optimists. They seek to make things more functional, productive, and resilient. Many of these innovators are entrepreneurs. By nature, entrepreneurs are individuals or small groups often with limited resources. An

Read More »
Owner, CEO, Engineer, Ed Page

Don’t Innovate Yourself Out of Business

How It Happens and How You Can Avoid It
Innovators are the ultimate optimists. They seek to make things more functional, productive, and resilient. Many of these innovators are entrepreneurs. By nature, entrepreneurs are individuals or small groups often with limited resources. An

Read More »

IS THERMAL INSULATION NECESSARY FOR STEEL WINDOWS?

The steel window and door industry has long been resistant to adding thermal insulation to their products. We need a little history here to help explain the reasons behind the reluctance. Steel was the metal window profile material of choice until the 1960s, when aluminum came onto the scene. Aluminum extrusions were a lot less expensive

Read More »
Muntins,Grids,Mullions,2Fold®,Difference,View

Which folding door is best for me and how do I choose?

95% of a doors life will be spent closed and so the view should be a primary concern. A great view can be made or broken when it comes to outfitting the perfect home. The large opening that looks out onto the deck or patio is the space in question. Before you begin, you need to identify your goal. Most of the time, this

Read More »
Manufacturing, Four Panel Door, Bi-Fold, Production

My 5 Step Design Process for Delivering on Quality Custom Jobs

Custom manufacturing is in my blood. And challenges in meeting unique client driven solutions are what I live for. Over the years I have been asked to create many new window and door designs. I’ve never built a standard product that could be mass produced. But, there have been times when I’ve given in to overly optimistic engineering and manufacturing practices.

Read More »
Weak Link, Chain, Paper clip, Supply

A Kink in the Supply Chain: How Lean Distribution is Changing the Game

Custom manufacturing is in my blood. And challenges in meeting unique client driven solutions are what I live for. Over the years I have been asked to create many new window and door designs. I’ve never built a standard product that could be mass produced. But, there have been times when I’ve given in to overly optimistic engineering and manufacturing practices.

Read More »
Cogs, Gears, Wheels, Virtual Maufacturing

Virtual Manufacturing of Windows and Doors

Custom manufacturing is in my blood. And challenges in meeting unique client driven solutions are what I live for. Over the years I have been asked to create many new window and door designs. I’ve never built a standard product that could be mass produced. But, there have been times when I’ve given in to overly optimistic engineering and manufacturing practices.

Read More »
Chalk Board, Writing, Sustainability, Environment

Why Is Environmental Responsibility Important?

Custom manufacturing is in my blood. And challenges in meeting unique client driven solutions are what I live for. Over the years I have been asked to create many new window and door designs. I’ve never built a standard product that could be mass produced. But, there have been times when I’ve given in to overly optimistic engineering and manufacturing practices.

Read More »
Field Glazing,Fixed Unit, Window,Door,2Fold®,Glass

Why are Steel Windows & Doors SO Hard to Install?

The most common installer of windows and doors is a carpenter. As a generalization, these individuals are well versed in handling a multitude of wood products and materials. They think like carpenters. They think in terms relative to lumber and a certain amount of

Read More »
Muntins,Grids,Mullions,2Fold®,Difference,View

How do I select the best folding door for me?

To make the best decision about anything, you need to identify your goal before you begin.  Most of the time this means that you have a single vision or concept about what your life will be like when this goal is attained and some idea about what it will look like. 

Read More »
Competitors Logo, Folding Doors, Steel Doors

Can Window and Door Competitors Be Friends?

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to meet a project architect from a firm I have worked with for many, many years on a job site. We showed some samples and discussed her project’s design intent and special needs. It was a lot of fun for me because

Read More »
Shop, Manufacturing, 2Fold®, Brewster New York,

Another Steel Window & Door Company Moves to New York

New York State is the home to more steel window and door companies and builds more of them than any other state in this country.  So you might want to ask why a company that had been based in Arizona wanted to move to this crowded market.  Well, the reason is that . . . well, it’s complicated

Read More »
Exterior view of a partially opened three panel 2Fold® door

The Best Alternative to NanaWall Folding Doors.

In every segment of every product category, there is an 800-pound gorilla. In the folding or bi-folding door market that product would be NanaWall. I can’t tell you how many times I talk to savvy architects and contractors that tell me about their “NanaWall” only to find out that what they are

Read More »
Famous, Failures, Popular

Is Failure Such a Bad Thing?

Failure almost always ends in pain and injury (either physical or psychological), but seldom ends in death. When faced with a calamity of any proportion, my first response is always, “well, nobody died.”

Read More »
Exterior view Sliding glass door from outside patio

Why Do People Like and Hate Sliding Doors?

While sliding doors predate World War II, they exploded onto the building scene in the 1950’s and 60’s. They became the staple of the ranch-style tract house and a regular component of apartments and hotel/motel chains, and of course, we can’t forget about mobile homes.

Read More »
Drive Works, Seminar, Ed Page,

Who are my heroes?

I’m spending my week in Atlanta at DriveWorks World 2017. DriveWorks is an amazing, infinite customization configuration that sits on top of SolidWorks 3D software. Before you get turned off by this blog because

Read More »
In-Swing Door, Window Wall, Muntin Grids, Lock Box

Muntin vs. Mullion! What’s the Difference?

I would venture to say that most people don’t even know the words muntin and mullion, much less know what the difference is. In fact, as I am typing this, the automatic spelling checker in Microsoft Word has identified “muntins”

Read More »
Insect screen, sliding screen, patio folding door, backdoor, backyard

Do You Really Need insect Screens?

I’ve spent most of my 45-year career designing and selling beautiful windows and doors. Most of them have been mostly glass with relatively thin frames. Architects usually specified them because they fit into the modern, delicate aesthetic of their design.

Read More »
home, front of house, multi story building

How Can I Make My House Bigger?

A home in need of a 2fold product. Open spaces and connectivity leave exposure points that 2fold products can fill.
Bigger isn’t always better, although don’t try to tell most guys that. Despite that, I’m going to look at making your house bigger in obvious ways and less obvious ways. Let’s start with the obvious

Read More »
Competition, Windows And Doors, Logos,

What are the Differences in these folding Doors?

Folding glass walls or folding exterior glass doors are used to create large openings in a building that can be fully opened to physically join the outside with the inside. This is why people are attracted to them in increasing numbers. Imagine having

Read More »
Window wall, out-swing door, lake view, sun room, muntin grids, steel windows and doors

Steel vs. Aluminum for windows and doors?

Windows and doors were never made from aluminum until the mid 20th century. Steel was the metal that dominated the market before then dating back to the 19th Century. Cast iron storefronts can still be found in building of the late 1800’s, however

Read More »
an oil painting of a blue door, a window with green shutters and a flower box with yellow flowers plants in a pot next and a whit table with red folding chairs to the door

What is a Door and Why Should I Care?

I have probably hit a new low in being pedantic and speaking down to you, but there is no depth to which I will not travel. Almost all of you if asked what is a door will create the mental image of the entrance door of your home or the door leading to

Read More »
Stock Photo, Model Home,

Making Your Model Home Memorable

There is no such thing as bad publicity is something that you always hear, but we use the word memorable here as a positive description. Nobody wants to be the example that their competitor uses to explain

Read More »
Before, Renovation, Single hinged Out-Swing Door,

Tucson Project Before

Since the beginning of the year, we have been building and arranging for the installation of a wonderful project in Tucson. The house is in a country club community and was

Read More »
Patent Office, Building, Stone

Patent and Trademark

The building that received the applications for patent and trademark protection for the revolutionary 2Fold® Folding door system was quite a bit newer than this one. After 18 months of design, testing and software development . . .

Read More »
window, manufacturing, testing, glass

Testing

National Certified Testing Laboratories in York, PA conducted a full round of Air, Water and Structural testing on a 2Fold® Folding door. Additionally,

Read More »