Residential window shipments in the U.S. increased just 0.2 percent in 2015 with 57.36 million units shipped, according to the WDMA 2016 Window and Patio Door U.S. Market Study, which was released this week.

National growth is expected to increase through 2017 to 4.8 percent before trailing off in 2018 to 1.9 percent.

In 2015, shipments of sliding patio doors grew 8 percent over 2014. Annual growth on the national level is expected to moderate to 0.5 percent in 2016 and 0.4 percent in 2017 before falling 2.2 percent in 2018. Hinged patio door shipments saw flat annual growth of 0.9 percent in 2015.

The forecast calls for steady declines through 2018, with annual decreases expected across the board in every division. Nationally, annual decreases of 9 percent are expected in both 2016 and 2017, and an 11 percent decrease is expected in 2018.

The vision area of commercial windows increased 9 percent to 106.62 million square feet in 2015. Growth nationally is expected to strengthen in 2016 by 14 percent, followed by a 17-percent increase in 2017. The forecast for 2018 calls for still positive growth, but at a slightly slower rate of 13 percent.

The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2015 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company.

The WDMA 2016 Window and Patio Door U.S. Market Study is available to purchase online in the WDMA bookstore at The WDMA 2016 Entry Door U.S. Market Study will be released by the end of August, and the WDMA 2016 Architectural Door U.S. Market Study will be released in September.

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