PPI: Door and Window Material Prices Increase Across the Board in September

October 11th, 2018 by Editor

Prices for many materials used in door, window and glass manufacturing increased in September, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category is up 0.2 percent from the previous month, and is up 2.9 percent from September 2017.

The index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification rose 0.4 percent from August 2018. It is up 7.3 percent from September 2017. The industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

Prices for fabricated structural metal products grew 0.5 percent from the previous month, and are up 8.3 percent from August 2017. Ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, rose 1.5 percent from August, and is up 10.6 percent from this time last year.

The PPI for metal door and window manufacturing rose 1 percent from August, and is up 8.3 percent from September 2017’s report.

Prices for wood window units remained the same for the second month in a row, and are up 3.9 percent since September 2017. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications also again remained the same. They’re up 9.0 percent since last year.

The price of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials rose 0.1 percent in September and is up 4.1 percent from last year. Fiberglass plastic product prices are up 0.4 percent since last month and are 4.3 percent higher for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, rose 2 percent from the previous month. That price is 3.6 percent higher than in August 2017.

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