Are You Seeing Window and Door Shortages?

John G. Swanson
June 25, 2013
THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

NAHB and NLBMDA issued a recent report pointing to shortages of certain construction materials in the current market.  While windows and doors are not cited as prime examples, the groups' surveys indicate that our industry's products are harder to come by than usual, ´╗┐at least by historic standards.

Nine percent of builders and lumber dealers report seeing some shortages in the market for windows and doors.  Looking at the historic data, that figure hovered around 5 percent during the biggest housing boom years and hasn't been that high since July 2000, when it reached 10 percent. Even when new construction and remodeling were both going great guns, I heard many complaints about too much capacity, so this news can't be all bad  for the industry.

I was curious, however, if manufacturers and dealers were seeing evidence of window and door shortages.  That's our poll question of the week.  And of course I'd like to hear from you.  My guess is that shortages are limited to certain regions or certain types of products.  Email me or post a comment and let me know what you've seen.   

Survey Results as of 07/8/2013:

Are You Seeing Window and Door Shortages in Your Market?

No, there's no evidence of any product shortages.





There have been some problems, such as longer lead times, for certain products.





There have been widespread problems, involving many types of windows and doors.





It seems there's still plenty of capacity in the industry, with more than two-thirds of our respondents reporting that they have seen no evidence of product shortages in the market.

The poll results do reinforce the NAHB and NLBMDA findings, however, suggesting there are regions where demand may be strong enough to be creating some strains–at least for some types of products.  About a quarter of respondents report some problems in the market, and 6 percent said such problems were widespread.  


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