Prices for materials used in the door and window industry were mostly unchanged in July, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category was down a slight 0.1 percent after staying flat in June. Those prices were up just 0.3 percent from a year ago and continue to level out on year-over-year basis.

According to the BLS, the commodity classification “organizes products and services by similarity or material composition, regardless of the industry classification of the producing establishment.”

The index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification was unchanged from June, and those prices have increased 0.8 percent from July 2016.

The industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

Prices for fabricated structural metal products were also flat in June. That index, in the commodity grouping, represents a 2-percent price increase year-over-year.

Ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, was up 0.3 percent for the month and 2.4 percent for the year.

Construction input prices increased 0.3 percent in July and are up 3 percent year-over-year. Nonresidential construction input prices ticked up 0.3 percent for the month and 2.7 percent for the year.

The cost of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials fell 1.3 percent since June and are up 5.7 percent from last year. Prices for thermosetting resins and plastic materials were unchanged from June, but are up 4.1 percent since 2016. Fiberglass plastic product prices fell 0.1 percent since last month.

Prices for wood window units were down 0.4 percent from June and are up 1.3 percent since June 2016. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications fell 0.1 percent during the past month. They’re up 4.5 percent since last year. Metal windows rose 0.4 percent from June’s reading, and metal doors and frames climbed 0.1 percent.

Wood mouldings are up 1.3 percent from last July and 0.4 percent from June.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, increased 0.1 percent  from June. It’s up 2.1 percent for the year.

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