Residential window shipments increased 5.7% in 2016, amounting to more than 43.2 million units shipped across the nation. Looking forward, national growth is expected to increase another 5.6% in 2017 before trailing off somewhat in 2019 to 4.6% growth, according to a new Window & Door Manufacturers Association study.
In 2016, shipments of side-hinged entry doors increased by 6.1% to 9.7 million units on the national level, alleviating any concerns over the decrease in units shipped between 2014 and 2015. Based on the analysis of the data gathers, annual growth is forecasted to climb to 5.9% in 2017 before declining to a modest 5.2% growth in 2019.
Architectural interior flush doors recovered from a decline the previous year by growing 4.5% in 2016 with nearly 2.9 million units shipped, while stile and rail doors continued its upward trend with a 6.6% increase with nearly 0.44 million units shipped. Annual growth of flush doors is forecast to be 4% in 2017 before declining to 1% in 2019. Stile and rail doors are also predicted to grow 4% in 2017 and decline to 1% by 2019.