Residential Window Volumes to Continue to Grow at Double-Digit Pace

Window & Door
May 2, 2014

Driven by the new construction market, total residential window volumes are expected to continue to increase at double-digit rates to 48.4 million units in 2014 and 54.6 million units in 2015, according to the AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. The report, compiled by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, provides details for geographic regions and commercial market segments, as well as framing materials, glass usage and configuration types. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2014.

According to the study, residential window shipments for single and multi-family housing increased 15.8 percent in 2013. The market share for wood windows fell 2.8 percent from 20.8 percent in 2011 to 18 percent in 2013, as vinyl continued to make gains as a wood substitute. Remodeling and replacement window usage appears to have stabilized with single-digit increases anticipated for the next two years. 
After a decrease in 2011, the U.S. market for residential patio doors witnessed a 15 percent increase last year, according to the study. The market is projected to grow until 2016. The most common patio doors are two-panel, sliding units that use vinyl framing.
Residential skylight units experienced a 3.6 percent increase in overall unit shipments compared to 2012. The forecast shows growth in both residential new construction and replacement/remodeling applications through 2016. 
Additional information on the residential and commercial fenestration markets is contained in AAMA's 2013/2014 AAMA U.S. Market Studies, which include the following reports, as well as 2013/2014 AAMA Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights:
  • AAMA U.S. National Industry Statistical Review and Forecast, which summarizes residential, nonresidential and remodeling trends from government and industry sources.
  • AAMA Distribution of Residential and Nonresidential Windows and Doors in the 2013/2014 U.S. Market Report, which profiles the residential and nonresidential market for windows and doors as it flows through the identified distribution channels.