According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), prices of materials used in the door and window industry went in several directions in May.
The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category edged down 0.2% to 132.9 in May after going unchanged in April. Those prices were up 0.6% from a year ago, signaling that prices continue to level out over the 12-month span.
The index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification stands at 103.9, indicating a 0.1% price increase for the month and a 1.4% increase from May 2016. This also shows a flattening of prices compared to previous year-over-year changes earlier in 2017 and in 2016.
The cost of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials rose 3.1% since April, and are up 11.3% from last year. Prices for thermosetting resins and plastic materials fell 0.4% since April, but are up 4.1% since 2016. Fiberglass plastic product prices fell 0.5% since last month.
Prices for wood window units were unchanged from April and are up 2% since May 2016. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications rose 0.3% during the past month. They’re up 4.5% since last years. Metal windows rose 0.1% from April’s reading, and metal doors and frames were up 0.2%.
The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, increased 1.4% from April, and up 2.7% for the year.
The prices of softwood lumber and OSB increased by 2.2% and 3.3%, respectively, in May.