The seasonally unadjusted prices for materials used in glass and glazing manufacturing were positive in July and in year-over-year price changes, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In July, the monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category was up 0.6% and 7.3% from July 2020. According to the BLS, the commodity classification “organizes products and services by similarity or material composition, regardless of the industry classification of the producing establishment.”

The July index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification rose 0.2% from June 2021 and 12.3% on a year-over-year basis.

The industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

Prices for fabricated structural metal products were up from last month’s PPI report. That index, in the commodity grouping, is up 28.8% from a year ago and up 2.9% from June. The index for ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, shot upwards, increasing 1.6% from June to July 2021 and 28.5% from June 2020.

The PPI for metal windows increased 0.94% and climbed 11.8% compared to the July 2020 report. The price for metal doors and frames is also up, 1.2% from June and 15.0% for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, including glass and glazing, also increased from the June 2021 report with a 0.3% increase and rising 10.0% over July 2020.

Monthly and Yearly Change in Glass and Glazing Material Prices

CategoryJune 2021 to July 2021July 2020 to July 2021
Flat Glass0.6%7.3%
Flat Glass Manufacturing0.2 %12.3%
Fabricated Structural Metal Products2.9%28.8%
Ornamental and Architectural Metal Work Manufacturing1.6%28.5%
Metal Windows0.9%11.8%
Metal Doors and Frames1.2%15.0%
Builders’ Hardware0.3%10.0%

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