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Increase in fenestration demand detailed in AAMA report

According to AAMA’s study, shop-fabricated commercial windows represent 23 percent of the 2017 market. Photo courtesy AAMA
According to AAMA’s study, shop-fabricated commercial windows represent 23 percent of the 2017 market.
Photo courtesy AAMA

Demand growth for both fenestration and doors in the nonresidential sector is forecast by the AAMA 2017/2018 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors, and Skylights. This biannual report from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) looks at market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls, and storefronts.

AAMA’s study shows the 2017 contract award total was up four percent from 2016, with growth expected to increase an additional four percent in 2018 before flattening in 2019. Contract awards reflect activity related to new construction and major additions to existing structures. Actual fenestration demand (i.e. shipments) for nonresidential building activity typically lags contract awards by up to one year or more, with the cycle shortening or lengthening depending on the complexity, size of a building, and when the building product is installed during the construction cycle.

Meanwhile, storefront applications and site-fabricated commercial windows combine to account for 54 percent of the nonresidential market. Shop-fabricated commercial windows, which include residential-type and light commercial windows, as well as architectural windows, represent 23 percent of the market, while curtain wall makes up the remaining 23 percent of nonresidential vision area. All categories were up from 2015.

The market for nonresidential entry doors also experienced growth, with 2017 volume increasing six percent when compared to 2016—up 12 percent since 2016. The study also estimates the total U.S. market for commercial unit skylights in 2017 represents a six percent increase from 2015.

Additional information detailed in the study includes:

  • AAMA U.S. Industry Channel Distribution Report, which profiles the residential/nonresidential market for windows and doors as it flows through the identified distribution channels;
  • AAMA U.S. Industry Market Size Report, which quantifies residential/nonresidential market volumes, both historic and projected; and
  • AAMA U.S. Industry Regional Statistical Review and Forecasts, which details information on trends and product relationships.

Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2018. A webinar about the study and how it is conducted will be held July 17.

To purchase the study, click here.

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