AAMA and WDMA Release Window, Door and
Skylight Market Studies
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Window
and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly released the updated
2011/2012 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. According
to the groups, this report delivers accurate and timely information about
window, door, skylight, and curtainwall market trends and product relationships
for both residential an d commercial construction. Historic data for 2006
through 2011 and forecast data for 2012 through 2015 are also included
as are forecasts based on projections of construction activity as of March
to the study’s data, the demand for prime windows continued to remain
slow in 2011, following housing activity in general, after falling from
peak volumes in 2006. The demand forwindows in new housing decreased by
2 percent in 2011 though remains slightly ahead of 2009 levels. Demand
in 2012 is expected to increase as the housing recovery begins to gain
momentum. Meanwhile, windows used in remodeling and replacement fell by
nearly 12 percent versus 2010. In total, the residential window market
decreased by 9 percent.
Residential skylights experienced an increase of 2 percent from 2010 to
2011. The increase was driven by the continued strength of remodeling
and replacement activity, which now represents more than 80 percent of
the residential skylight market, according to the report. For 2012, the
market is expected to grow 6 percent overall. Forecasts indicate continued
growth through 2015.
Little change in the segmentation for interior door material types is
expected over the next few years. However, significant volume is expected
to return to the entry and interior door market as new construction rebounds.
Further, nonresidential construction declined slightly in 2011, tempering
growth in the nonresidential entry and interior door categories.
100 Housing Markets on Improving List in May
The list of housing markets showing measurable and sustained improvement
held virtually unchanged in May at 100, down from 101 in April, according
to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Improving
Markets Index (IMI). The number of states represented on the list also
held firm from the previous month, at 35 (including the District of Columbia).
The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from
their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices
for at least six consecutive months. While 83 metros held onto their previous
places on the IMI and 17 new ones were added to the list in May, 18 metros
dropped from the list, for a net loss of one. The top three areas were
Little Rock, Ark., Phoenix, and Boulder, Colo., while the bottom three
were Burlington, Vt., Huntington, W.Va., and Casper, Wyo. Metros newly
added to the list in May include such geographically diverse places as
Phoenix; Bowling Green, Ky.; Bend, Ore.; and Lubbock, Texas.
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