In May, prices for many materials used in door and window manufacturing climbed again, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category fell 0.4 percent  from the previous month, and it’s up 2.6 percent from May 2017. 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 fell 1.2 percent, but those prices are still up 7.2 percent since May 2017. 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 up 2.4 percent, but that index, in the commodity grouping, is up 7.8 percent for the year. Ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, saw price increases of 1.4 percent for the month and 9.3 percent since 2017.

The PPI for metal windows rose 0.6 percent from its April level, and is 6.9 percent above 2017’s report. Metal doors and frames increased 0.6 percent for the month and are up 5.6 percent for the year.

Prices for wood window units were unchanged in May and are up 3.8 percent since May 2017. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications were also unchanged during the past month. They’re up 2.5 percent since last year.

The price of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials fell 0.1 percent in May and is up 1.6 percent from last year.

Prices for thermosetting resins and plastic materials fell 01 percent and are up 5.2 percent since May 2017. Fiberglass plastic product prices rose 0.2 percent since last month and are up 2.8 percent for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, fell 0.7 percent in May. Those prices are 1 percent higher than in 2017.

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  1. This should come as no surprise with how the metal industry is currently operating. There’s just no certainty in the metal markets right now. This is causing headaches for anyone specifying aluminum — suppliers aren’t offering a quote that’s good beyond a few days, much less a month with all of the fluctuations.

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