WASHINGTON, DC - Window demand in 2012 will increase as the housing recovery gains momentum, says a new study by a window and door maker's group. Remodeling and replacement windows fell by nearly 12 percent last year versus 2010, as the total residential window market decreased by 9 percent.

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association study foresees significant volume returning to the entry and interior door market as new construction rebounds. Nonresidential construction declined slightly in 2011, tempering growth in the nonresidential entry and interior door categories.

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association jointly released the "2011/2012 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights."

Skylights are seeing more success, rising 2 percent from 2010 to 2011, driven heavily by the continued strength of remodeling and replacement activity, which now represents more than 80 percent of the residential skylight market, which will grow 6 percent next year.

Prime windows continued to remain slow in 2011, following housing activity in general, after falling from peak volumes in 2006. The demand for windows in new housing decreased by 2 percent in 2011 though remains slightly ahead of 2009 levels.

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