Global demand for doors and windows is projected to rise 5.9 percent annually through 2019 to $233 billion. That’s according to World Windows & Doors, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Lower construction spending in the Asia/Pacific region, the largest regional market for doors and windows, will be offset by growing demand in higher-income areas such as the U.S. and countries in Western Europe that are undergoing a rebound in housing.

Despite a slowdown, demand in the Asia/Pacific region is forecast to expand 6.8 percent per year through 2019, a faster pace than any other region.

“Rising personal income levels in the developing countries of the region will allow consumers to purchase more modern windows and doors,” says analyst Allison Blackburn in a statement.

China was the largest national market for fenestration products in the world in 2014, and its share of global demand will rise from 36 percent in 2014 to 39 percent in 2019.  China should see demand gains of 7.6 percent per year through 2019, slower than the double-digit annual gains of the 2009-2014 period but still among the fastest in the world.

North America will enjoy the second-fastest demand growth of any region through 2019, boosted by gains in the U.S. and Mexico.  The large U.S. market for doors and windows is expected to advance 7.3 percent per year through 2019 as housing construction rebounds from 2006-2011 downturn.

The Africa/Mideast region is also expected to post rapid door and window demand gains through 2019.  Growth will be above the global average because of strong increases in building construction spending as well as rising personal income levels that will allow adoption of more advanced building practices, including modern fenestration products. Western Europe, which posted gains of less than one percent annually between 2009 and 2014, and Japan are also projected to see demand accelerate through 2019, though growth will still remain below the global average.

With regard to specific products, plastic windows should see the fastest demand gains through 2019, according to the report.

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