The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) put out its 2015 Window and Entry Door U.S. Market Study, and it contains positive news for the industry at large.

The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2014 and was prepared by Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, and the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (CHR).

Some highlights:

Shipments of residential windows increased 13 percent in 2014 with more than 50 million units shipped across the country. The rate of growth surpassed the 10 percent growth observed in 2013. Growth in 2014 was led by the Midwest, which saw an increase of 18 percent to 11.83 million residential window shipments.

Shipments of side-hinged entry doors increased by 13 percent in 2014—twice the 2013 growth rate of 6 percent. The South saw the largest volume of side-hinged entry doors in 2014 with 4.26 million units, but that represented only 1 percent growth from 2013.

Nationally, the estimated vision area of commercial windows saw a 3 percent increase in 2014 to 97.5 million square feet. The South showed the largest increase—33 percent, to 33.35 million square feet.

The WDMA report is based on historic data for 2012 and 2013, and forecast data for 2015 through 2017. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of May 2014.

The WDMA 2015 Window and Entry Door U.S. Market Study will be released in early June and is available to purchase online in the WDMA bookstore at www.wdma.com.

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