Pultruded windows: Rising high?

| By jroberts | In News |

Author: Michael R. LeGault
Source: Composites Technology

There’s welcome news for those who pultrude fiberglass window profiles and lineals. A statistical review and forecast produced by the American Architectural Manufacturers Assn. (AAMA) predicts strong growth for these components in the coming years. The report comes on the heels of a decade-long roller coaster ride with unprecedented ups and downs for manufacturers of windows, doors and other architectural elements. In 2005, the total number of all types of window units shipped in the U.S. reached a new high of 70.5 million, but by 2009 that number had declined 45 percent to 38.9 million units (see “Shipments of prime windows” chart, p. 25). The good news is that the window market appears to be on the rebound, with 42.7 million units shipped in 2011 and projected shipments of more than 48 million windows this year. Of the 42.7 million windows shipped last year, vinyl windows accounted for 29.4 million units, or about 69 percent of the market. Wood windows, including vinyl-clad and metal-clad wood (20 percent), and aluminum (6 percent) were the second and third most-shipped windows. Fiberglass window profiles and frames, by comparison, captured a little more than 3 percent of the total market share, at 1.2 million units. However, annual shipments of fiberglass windows are forecast to more than double those recorded in 2009, reaching 2.6 million units per annum during 2014. Read More