PPI: Door and Window Material Prices Climb in November

December 14th, 2017 by Editor

Prices for materials used in the door and window industry increased in November, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category increased 0.1 percent in November from the previous month, and it’s up 0.8 percent from November 2016. 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 jumped 0.6 percent, and those prices have increased 3.3 percent since November 2016. 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 have risen 0.3 percent in November, and that index, in the commodity grouping, is up 3 percent for the year.

Ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, saw price increases of 0.3 percent for the month and 3.3 percent since 2016.

The PPI for metal windows jumped 1.4 percent from its November level, and is 3.6 percent above 2016’s levels. Metal doors and frames increased 0.5 percent for the month and are up  3.7 percent for the year.

Prices for wood window units were unchanged from October and are up 2.5 percent since November 2016. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications were also unchanged during the past month. They’re up 4.4 percent since last year.

The price of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials rose 1.6 percent from October and is up 8.3 percent from last year. That jump could be due to damage to petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Harvey in September.

Prices for thermosetting resins and plastic materials rose 0.1 percent from October, and are up 1 percent since 2016. Fiberglass plastic product prices rose 0.6 percent since last month and are up 0.8 percent for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, increased 0.1 percent in November. Those prices are 1.9-percent higher than in 2016.

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