PPI: Door and Window Material Prices Edge Up in March

May 11th, 2017 by Editor

Prices for materials used in residential door and window manufacturing were up slightly in March, according to DWM analysis of Producer Price Index (PPI) data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category increased a slight 0.1 percent in March to 132.8 after going unchanged in February at 132.8. Those prices were up 1.8 percent from a year ago. According to the BLS, the commodity classification “organizes products and services by similarity or material composition, regardless of the industry classification of the producing establishment.”

The index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification stands at 104.1, indicating a 0.4-percent price increase for the month and a 3.3-percent increase from March 2016. The BLS notes that the industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

The cost of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials has risen 4.8 percent since February, while prices for thermosetting resins and plastic materials fell 1.2 percent. Fiberglass plastic products fell 0.9 percent.

Prices for wood window units increased 0.1 percent since February. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications rose 2.2 percent during the same time. Metal windows rose 3 percent, and metal doors and frames climbed 1 percent.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, increased 0.1 percent  from February.

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