AAMA Study Predicts Growth for Nonresidential Fenestration Market through 2017
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association reported that the nonresidential fenestration market increased 9 percent in 2013 and is expected to continue to increase throughout 2017, according to the AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. The report provides details for geographic regions and commercial market segments, framing materials, glass usage and configuration types. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2014.
According to the study, after several years of decline, the nonresidential window market is forecast to rebound at a relatively slow rate. Projected/awning configurations remain the most common for this architecturally rated shop-fabricated window product type, utilized most frequently in education and healthcare applications. Storefront leads for new construction and total nonresidential buildings. Thermally broken aluminum frames continue to grow in popularity across all nonresidential window product types following the trend of increasing energy-efficiency standards.
In 2014, demand for commercial entry doors is predicted to increase at an accelerated pace and sustain growth through 2016, according to AAMA. Similarly, an overall increase of approximately 9 percent is expected in the volume of residential entry doors. Steel entry doors represent the largest share of both residential and commercial applications, followed by fiberglass for residential and aluminum for nonresidential.