Warehouse Construction Increases Significantly While Entry Doors Decline

If your company is involved in the building of manufacturing/warehouses, you know that category experienced major growth in 2021—38% in fact, according to the FGIA 2021/2022 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. The 2021 market for non-residential entry doors in the U.S. showed significant decline, with 2021 volume down 11% over 2020 and down 20% since 2019. The report was released this week by the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), and the bi-annual report provides information on non-residential and residential market trends and product relationships for both product segments.

According to the report, contract awards reflect activity related to new construction and major additions to existing structures. Actual fenestration shipments for non-residential building activity typically lags contract awards by up to one year or more. This cycle can shorten or lengthen tremendously depending on the complexity or size of a building and when the specific building product is installed during the construction cycle, according to the FGIA.

The 2021 contract award total saw a 5% increase from 2020. While manufacturing/warehouse showed the most growth, it was no surprise that office/hotel/institutional decreased by 6% and store/mercantile remained flat. Contract awards are expected to increase by about 8% in 2022, and to continue growing in 2023.

Storefront windows represent the largest market segment by vision area with 27.1% of the overall non-residential glazing in 2021, followed closely by site-fabricated windows representing 26.5%.

The study estimates that the total U.S. market for commercial unit skylights in 2021 represents a 1% increase from 2019. Unit sizes commonly average in the range of 22 to 25 square feet but can vary dramatically. Nearly all commercial unit skylights are aluminum framed, and most use some form of plastic glazing. Acrylic is most common. In 2021, new construction applications represented approximately 33% of the total, down from 35% in 2019 due to a lack of non-residential construction activity.

The market for residential-type skylights grew in 2021, representing a 6% increase in overall unit shipments compared to 2020 and a 10% increase compared to 2019. The increase in 2021 was driven primarily by double-digit growth seen in new construction activity, the organization reports, with remodel and replacement growing in the single digits.

The various Market Study reports are all available for purchase from the FGIA Online Store.

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