Demand for doors and windows in the US is projected to advance 6.9 percent per year through 2018 to $31.9 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry market research firm.

A rebound in housing completions and building construction expenditures will drive gains as demand recovers from the steep declines of the 2008-2013 period. “Growing consumer preferences for higher end products such as triple-glazed windows and insulated entry doors will also boost demand,” says analyst Mariel Behnke.

Among material types, plastic doors and windows will see the strongest growth through 2018, with demand increasing 8.2 percent annually. Following the trend that began in the early 2000s, plastic doors and windows will continue to increase market share at the expense of wood and metal. Plastic products, already popular in the residential market, are expected to see increasing use in light commercial and institutional applications. Efforts by manufacturers to improve the variety of colors and woodgrain textures available on plastic doors and windows or to expand into markets such as specialty windows and impact resistant products will also support increased demand for plastic products.

Metal doors and windows accounted for more than two-fifths of total demand in 2013, the largest share of any material, and will continue to lead the market through the forecast period. However, metal products will face competition from plastic, due to the latter’s advantageous cost and energy efficiency. Strong growth in nonresidential construction, particularly in the institutional and office and commercial segments, which use doors and windows intensively, will also boost demand, according to the report.

Wood door and window demand is forecast to reach $10.1 billion in 2018 on 6.2 percent annual growth. Consumer perception of wood as an aesthetically pleasing material that adds value to a home will support demand, particularly in higher-end residential applications. Additionally, the dominance of wood in the interior door market will boost demand as building construction expenditures rise. However, like metal, wood will face strong competition from plastic.  Consumer preference for plastic doors and windows over those made from wood will continue to increase because plastic products are generally more durable and require less maintenance.

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