U.S. Window & Door Demand

(millions dollars) 

 Material 2004 20092014  Change 2004-2009 Change 2009-2014
 Metal 10,990 10,470 12.950 -4.3% +4.3%
 Wood 11,610 7,700 10.900 -1.9% +7/2%
 Plastic 5,630 4,530 7,350 -4.3% +10.2%
 Total 26,230 22,700 31,200 -4.3% +6.6%

Source: The Freedonia Group Inc. 

U.S. demand for windows and doors is project to increase 6.6% per year to $31.2 billion in 2014, according to the Freedonia Group, an industry research firm.

This would represent a rebound from the 2004-2009 period when demand fell 4.3% annually, reflecting the collapse of the housing market between 2007 and 2009, Freedonia said. 

Plastic windows and doors are expected to see the most rapid growth through 2014, advancing more than 10%  per year to $7.4 billion. Freedonia said these gains will be spurred by rising demand for fiberglass entry doors, which will take market share from wood and steel entry doors.

Demand for wood windows and doors is forecast to rise 7.2% per year to $10.9 billion in 2014. The rebound in residential building construction activity will drive gains, especially in the high-end housing market. Wood windows and doors are seen as aesthetically pleasing products that add value to a home. However, strong plastic window and door demand, which is taking share from wood, will prevent wood products from supplanting metal products as the market leader.

Learn more about The Freedonia Group Inc.'s study: Windows & Doors (published 11/2010, 456 pages), available for $5,100.

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