PPI: Prices Were Mixed in February

March 13th, 2020 by Emmariah Holcomb

Prices for materials used in door and window manufacturing mostly remained the same from January 2020 to February 2020 and seem to have mostly increased on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In January, the monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category rose by 0.4% from the previous month and improved by 0.8%, compared to the previous year. According to 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 remained the same from January 2020 and went down by 0.4% on a year-over-year basis. The industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

The PPI for metal windows stayed the same from the January 2020 level and grew 2.1% from the February 2019 report. Prices for metal doors and frames remained the same in January, while growing 1.3% year over year. Prices for wood window units were unchanged for another month in January, but rose 6% on a year-over-year basis. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications were up from January 2020 by 0.1% while also increasing by 0.8% compared to last year’s February 2019.

The price for thermoplastic resins and plastic materials remained the same from January 2020, but went down by 6.9% compared to February 2019. Prices for fiberglass plastic products went down by 0.1% since January and by 0.7% year over year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, was down by 0.4% from January to February, meanwhile the price rose by 1.9% year over year.

Monthly and Yearly Change in Door and Window Material Prices

CategoryJanuary to February 2020February 2019 to February 2020
Flat Glass 0.4% 0.8%
Flat Glass Manufacturing 0% -0.4%
Metal Windows 0% 2.1%
Metal Doors and Frames 0% 1.3%
Wood Window Units 0% 6%
Wood Doors 0.1% 0.8%
Thermoplastic Resins and Plastic Materials 0% -6.9%
Fiberglass Plastic Products -0.1% -0.7%
Builders’ Hardware -0.4% 1.9%

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