Volume 42, Issue 7 - July 2007

Industry Outlook

Sunset View
Shopping for a Plate Glass Window

This month USGlass called shops in Louisiana, Florida and Texas for comparative prices in purchasing a plate glass window that is 71 5⁄6-inches by 47 5⁄8-inches. The window is Ύ-inch thick throughout. 

The shops we called were very thorough and had more questions for us than we had for them. Is the plate glass for a residence? Does it have muntin bars? Where is the window being placed? How far from the ground does the window sit? Is it near a door? Many shops also suggested they send an employee to measure and install it for us.

“Many people try to measure the window themselves, and then they find out it’s the wrong size … if we measure it for you, it is guaranteed,” said one shop assistant in Louisiana. Other glass shop dealers in Florida and Texas were concerned whether our glass was required to be tempered. The shops estimated we would spend an additional $120 to $150 for tempered glass. 

Baton Rouge, LA.
Shop Plate Glass Window
Shop #1 $366.98 
Shop #2 $375.00  
Shop #3 $461.00
Shop #4 $600.00
Shop #5 $425.00
Mean $445.59
Median $425.00

This median and mean is skewed because two of these prices does not include the installation.

Tallahassee, FLA.

Shop  Plate Glass Window
Shop #1 $527.56
Shop #2 $330.00
Shop #3 $325.00
Shop #4 $392.00
Shop #5 $420.90
Mean $398.91
Median $392.00
Houston
Shop  Plate Glass Window
Shop #1 $450.00
Shop #2 $448.90
Shop #3 $454.00
Shop #4 $429.00
Shop #5 $380.00
Mean $432.38
Median $448.90

The mean is an intermediate figure between two extremes, and the median represents the middle number in a series arranged in order of size.

 

Residential Report Card
Privately Owned Housing Units Started
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, Thousands of Units
MONTH '05 TOTAL '06 TOTAL '07 TOTAL
January 2,144 2,292 1,403
February 2,207 2,125 1,487
March 1,864 1,965 1,491
April 2,061 1,821 1,528
May 2,025 1,944 1,506
June 2,068 1,819 —
July 2,054 1,746 —
August 2,095 1,646 —
September 2,151 1,721 —
October 2,065 1,470 —
November 2,147 1,565 —
December 1,994 1,629 —
Average relative standard error three percent • (p=preliminary)
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
Construction Report Card
Monthly Construction Contract Value
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, In Millions
  March ’07 April ’07 % Change
Nonresidential building $197,324 $191,846 -3
Residential building $276,904 $273,369 -1
Nonbuilding construction $123,540 $99,860 -19
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION $597,768 $565,075 -5

YEAR-To-DATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT VALUE
Unadjusted Totals, In Millions

  4 MOS ’07 4 MOS ’06 % Change
Nonresidential building $63,606 $61,496 -3
Residential building $123,297 $87,907 -29
 Nonbuilding construction $35,868 $35,217 -2
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION $222,771 $184,620 -17

 

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