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0 Comments | Jun 18, 2010

AAMA & WDMA Announce Window Industry Growth

Over the past few years, the amount of units sold in the window industry has been on a steady decline. However, Ducker Research Co. based in Troy, MI has recently shown in a report that the demand for replacement windows is projected to increase by 10.5 percent by the end of this year, to a total of 43 million units. This rise is suspected to increase into 2013. New construction window demand is also predicted to healthily increase 17.5 percent to 13.4 million units.

These findings were announced by the AAMA (Architectural Manufacturers Association) and the WDMA (Wind & Door Manufacturers Association) on June 4th. This information was made available in the organizations’ annual US Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. Concerning 2009 window demand and sales, the AAMA said, “The drastically declining new construction market coupled with the drop in remodeling expenditures continues to take a significant toll on nearly all the segments and regions of the residential window market…In total, the residential window market declined by 37 percent from 2008 to 2009, while remodeling and replacement applications dropped by 9 percent.”

Also to be noted in the report is the shifting market share of various window types: wood, vinyl, wood-clad, fiberglass, and aluminum windows. Wood windows’ share in the new construction market has declined by almost 10 percent to 20 percent of the total new construction market share. Vinyl windows now comprise over 55 percent of total windows sold. The same trend has occurred in the replacement window market: wood’s share has slipped in the face of rising vinyl demand. Aluminum windows in the new construction market has fallen from 19 percent to around 16 percent of the market share of all new construction windows. In the replacement window market, aluminum windows now barely even count for 4 percent of total sales.