The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) recently released the FGIA 2019/2020 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This bi-annual report delivers information on residential market trends and product relationships for fenestration products. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of May 2020.

Total housing starts continued their growth curve in 2019 but with more modest gains in the single-family segment of 1%, according to the report. The overall new housing market is expected to continue to contract in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, with a total decline of 16% currently forecasted for 2020.

The report also showed the demand for prime windows fell by 1.1% in 2019. Meanwhile, the demand for windows in new housing decreased by just under 2% in 2019, with a decrease of 10% forecasted for 2020 before a recovery with growth of 8% and 6% over the following two years. Remodeling and replacement window demand fell in 2019 by 0.5% and is expected to decline in 2020 by 5%, before a recovery with growth of 2% and 4% in 2021 and 2022, according to the report.

New construction demand for entry doors grew by 2.3% in 2019 in the residential market. Meanwhile, entry door remodeling and replacement demand declined at 4.3%. The total market shrank by 2% versus 2018 and is expected to have a steep drop off in 2020 followed by strong growth in 2021 and 2022.

In 2019, the market for residential-type skylights grew 4% in overall unit shipments compared to 2018 and saw an 8% increase compared to 2017. According to the report, strong replacement and remodeling activity with new construction were factors in 2019’s increase.

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