International Builders Show Observations and Trends Raise Bar for 2018
There was never a slow moment on the floor of the International Builders Show earlier this month, and it was reported that attendance jumped six percent over 2017’s huge show. Plus, unlike prior shows, the last day was full of attendees and busy exhibitors. Here are some things I noticed on the show floor down in Orlando.
- The European presence at the show overall was more pronounced, featuring tilt turn windows and powder coating products.
- Many more exhibitors were promoting hurricane impact products this year. Here’s AAMA Southeast Region President Dean Ruark at the PGT booth, talking about his recent experience with Hurricane Irma.
- Those on show floor were cautiously optimistic about the prognosis for 2018. Window, door and skylight companies are expecting housing market to recover and remodeling to remain strong. But this optimism must be tempered by labor shortages and the availability of lots.
- The large multi-slide doors continued to lure many attendees to the exhibits. These tall sliding and folding products are offering more colors and directing more emphasis to outdoor living spaces.
AAMA member companies were well represented at the show, including PlyGem, Sierra Pacific Windows, JELD-WEN, Deceuninck, VEKA and others. In fact, Velux made a big splash, introducing their Skylight Automation System. Their Active technology won best of IBS Award in the Window and Door Category. It will be available to the public this fall.
AAMA had a great honor during the International Builders Show as well – our association was given World Vision’s 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award! We were thankful for this recognition of our partnership with the excellent humanitarian organization.