After the expiration of the $1,500.00 tax credit, Florida Window and Door, along with other fenestration companies, were expecting a rough start to the year. Fortunately, we have seen an uptick in business, thanks in large part to the role the tax credits played in increasing awareness of energy-efficient fenestration products. “Whether you voted for him or not, like him or dislike him, Obama has done a lot for this industry,” says Trisha Bernstein CFO of Florida Window and Door. “His policies have done a lot to raise awareness in our industry.”
And even though the $200 cap for windows and $500 cap for doors isn’t nearly as impressive as the former cap of $1,500, window and door companies will continue to use the tax incentives as a selling point. Florida Window and Door does not dismiss the significance or the impact of the lesser credits. “Anticipating the end of the $1,500 credit and following the consumer research done by our management team we have launched products that not only enhance thermal efficiency, provide better protection in the event of a catastrophic hurricane but also provide aesthetic and functional appeal to the homeowner. The tax credit, whether $1,500 or $500, provides further incentive to complete a project the homeowner wants done and has up until this point neglected” says Scott Berman President of Florida Window and Door.