PPI For Door and Window Materials Holds Steady

September 19th, 2017 by Editor

Prices for materials used in the door and window industry were largely unchanged in August, 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 was unchanged from July. Prices are just 0.2 percent higher than 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 was unchanged from July, and those prices have increased 0.8 percent since August 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 were also up 0.3 percent in July. That index, in the commodity grouping, represents a 1.8-percent price increase year-over-year.

Ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, was up 0.4 percent for the month and 2.5 percent for the year.

The price of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials fell 1.2 percent since July and is up 4 percent from last year. Prices for thermosetting resins and plastic materials dropped 0.3 percent from July, but are up 3.7 percent since 2016. Fiberglass plastic product prices fell 0.1 percent since last month and are down 0.2 percent for the year.

Prices for wood window units were unchanged from July and are up 2.5 percent since August 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. Metal windows rose 0.4 percent from July’s reading (4.2 percent above 2016’s levels), and metal doors and frames climbed 1.5 percent (up 4.6 percent from last year).

Wood mouldings are up 1.1 percent from last August, but fell 0.2 percent from July.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, was unchanged from July. It’s up 2.2 percent for the year.

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