Windows and doors industry: A look ahead

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Global demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 4.5% per year to $214 billion in 2021, fueled by building construction and a demand for high-value products. According to the Global Windows and Doors study by The Freedonia Group,  China will post one of the fastest rates of market growth.

In the United States, new home construction will help boost sales. Market advances will also be fueled by gains in consumer spending on home improvement projects, and by increased demand for more aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient windows and doors, sold at higher price points.

The research company projects vinyl windows and doors will record faster sales gains than metal or wood products through 2021, although an ongoing preference for wood in higher-end residential applications will help spur growth for the material.

A related Windows and Doors Market Forecast by Freedonia has U.S. demand for windows and doors projected to grow 4.8% annually to $34.3 billion in 2021, with the residential market expected to offer the best growth opportunities.

As with cabinetry and furniture, tariffs are also having an impact on the window and door market, with questions looming over a possible impact on the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 

Click to enlarge the infographic, plus find more market data in the December 2019 FDMC Wood Industry Almanac.

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Residential window and door growth, which slowed slightly in 2018, is projected to hold relatively steady in 2019 and 2020, according to WDMA/Farnsworth Group research. Sliding patio door growth is forecast to decrease in 2019 and taper slightly in 2020/2021. The research also notes hinged patio doors, a lower volume unit compared to others, is expected to drop significantly in 2019 and continue declining through 2021. Commercial shop-built windows are also projected to decline in growth through 2021. On a positive note, shipments for architectural interior flush doors and stile and rail panels are forecast to show growth through 2021.

A Freedonia Group study on the $28 billion U.S. window and door market identifies smart glass – which can electronically darken or lighten –as an opportunity for manufacturers to increase the value and functionality of their products. Smart windows can be designed with “intelligent” sensors that respond to changes in temperature, angle of the sun, and cloud cover, among other factors such as security breaches, as well as to architectural features such as overhangs.

Market Data Sources: The Freedonia Group, Window & Door Manufacturers Assn., The Farnsworth Group research, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S.-International Trade Administration, Statistics Canada (StatCan), Government of Canada, Statista, Traqline/Stevenson Co.

Category: Includes wood/metal/vinyl clad windows, architectural, interior & exterior doors, related components.


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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]