Gains in unit shipments continue on an upward trajectory in forecasts through 2017
prosalesmagazine.com – The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) recently released its 2015 Window and Entry Door U.S. Market Study with encouraging news and a positive outlook for windows and doors through 2017. Based on product shipments in 2014, the report was prepared, researched, and analyzed by Metrostudy (a Hanley Wood company), along with the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (CHR).
Window Show Solid Gains
Shipments of residential windows increased nearly 13% in 2014 with more than 50 million units shipped nationwide. This topped the 10% growth rate reported in 2013. According to the data, the Midwest region saw the largest amount of growth in residential windows last year at 18%, accounting for more than 11.8 million shipments.
Unsurprisingly, vinyl was the material of choice for window purchases in 2014. The study shows vinyl comprised 68% of the market in 2014, followed by wood-clad windows with just 21%. Single-hung windows were selected more than double-hung, accounting for 29% and 23% of the market, respectively. A whopping 97% of windows shipped in 2014 were double-paned, and 89% incorporated low-E glazing.