Demand for metal commercial windows and doors is forecast to increase 3.7 percent per year, in line with the overall average, but slower than plastic. Builders and building owners continue to favor metal windows and doors for their strength, durability and minimal maintenance. Products with the best growth outlooks include those that are easy to operate, offer improved energy efficiency and have good aesthetics. Steel will remain the most commonly used metal to manufacture commercial doors, while aluminum will lead in the windows segment. These and other trends are presented in Commercial Windows & Doors Market in the US, 2nd Edition, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Sales for the overall market for commercial windows and doors are also forecast to increase 3.7 percent per year through 2022. Suppliers are expected to benefit from a number of key trends, including:

  • Healthy increases in construction spending for office, retail, lodging and institutional buildings – the most intensive users of windows and doors;
  • A pickup in general commercial improvement and repair activity; and
  • Spending to expand and/or update properties with contemporary designs, increase daylighting and upgrade to more secure and efficient window and door systems that meet stricter green building codes.

While metal products continue to lead total sales, vinyl and fiberglass windows and doors are expected to see the fastest sales gains as builders and property owners increasingly recognize their aesthetic, performance and cost benefits. In particular, fiberglass windows and doors are seeing strong sales increases, as these products can exhibit strength and durability on par with metal types.

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