Domestic Glazing Market Grows by 5 percent

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16 Oct 2014

Domestic glazing market grows 5% to £3.78bn
The latest report on the domestic glazing market from Palmer Research reveals that the market is worth £3.78 billion. Against a backdrop of growing consumer confidence, a burgeoning housing market and a low interest rate, the market has dramatically switched to growth in the second half of 2013. The 5% growth is the start of things to come, as Palmer expects a sustained period of growth running through to 2018. Overall, the home improvement sector is expected to grow by nearly a fifth between 2013 and 2018.

Aluminium started to make a come back in 2013 with its share growing from 5% to 8%. Disappointingly, bifold doors failed to maintain the growth it saw in previous years; rather than increasing, the market actually fell by 7%. Although Palmer’s forecast has been downgraded since last year, the market for bifolds is still seen as growing in the long term not least because they are an aspirational part of the growing trend to brick-built extensions.

In the window market, vertical sliding sash and tilt & turn styles saw growth of a fifth in 2013, while in the entrance door market, composites increased their dominance to reach 40% share. The conservatory market continues to disappoint with a 2% fall in 2013. But that masks a near 40% growth in replacements and a 10% decline in first time installations. Triple glazing is still in its infancy in this market. In 2013, incidence in windows was between 1.5 and 2.5% according to sector, but more than double that in entrance doors: “Triple glazing is bound to grow strongly in the coming years as it becomes an irresistible marketing challenge for suppliers,” says Palmer.

Inofrmation taken from Windows Active 17th October 2014