Increasing Prominence of Energy Efficient Building Products and Materials to Drive Demand for Vinyl Windows

Global shipments of Vinyl Windows are projected to exceed 200 million units by 2022, driven by the increasing prominence of energy efficient building products and materials, and positive trend in the world construction activity.

Vinyl Doors and Windows as frames contain at least 50% or more of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material. These windows are generally manufactured from lineals of PVC that make up the framing of windows and doors and are later glazed with conventional materials. The ability of vinyl doors and windows to achieve performances matching that of aluminum products, coupled with the high energy-efficiency offered by the material, have contributed to the steady evolution of the market over the years. Vinyl windows are growing in popularity in new construction and replacement markets worldwide spurred on by benefits such as efficient thermal and acoustic insulation capacity, durability, strength, fire and water resistance, worry-free maintenance, good quality control and testing features, and lower cost, among others. Vinyl windows are generally priced about a third less when compared to wood or clad wood windows.

Healthy growth is projected for vinyl windows in both developed and developing countries, driven by favorable government regulations that recommend energy efficient building products, and growing demand for vinyl windows in various colors, patterns and textures from flexible, rigid, and customized applications. Other important growth drivers include positive outlook for the global construction industry; growing investments in infrastructure projects worldwide; rising demand for vinyl patio doors, favorable demographic trends, and huge opportunities in the retrofit segment driven by the global 'green' standards for infrastructure and other statutory requirements. Vinyl replacement windows are best rated as they are more energy efficient than aluminum windows and are durable and require low maintenance in comparison to wood and aluminum windows and do not require on-site finishing, that include priming, painting or staining costs, which in turn save lot of time and money. Additionally in industrialized countries, increased energy prices and aging urban areas would further contribute to sales gains for vinyl replacement windows in the long run.

Asia-Pacific represents the largest market worldwide. Trailing at a projected CAGR of 7.0% over the analysis period, Asia-Pacific also ranks as the fastest growing market. Broad economic factors poised to drive growth in Asia as a whole include rapid urbanization, strong industrialization, expanding manufacturing/industrial base, growing middle class population, and government focus on infrastructure development, among others. Steady proliferation of energy-efficient vinyl windows in China and India would be instrumental in future growth of the vinyl doors and windows market in Asia-Pacific.

Key players in the market include Andersen Corporation, Anglian Group Plc, Atrium Companies Inc., Chelsea Building Products Inc., Compozit Home Systems, Croft LLC, Crystal Window & Door Systems Ltd., Deceuninck N.V., ENERGI Fenestration Solutions, Groupe Lapeyre, Harvey Building Products, International Window Corporation, Internorm Fenster International GmbH, Intus Windows, Jeld-Wen Inc., Kaycan Ltd., Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc., Masco Corp., MI Windows and Doors LLC, Okna Windows Inc., OmniMax International Inc., Pella Corporation, PGT Industries Inc., Ply Gem Industries Inc., Soft-Lite LLC, Southern Shade Window & Door Inc., Vinyltek Windows, Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc., and Weru AG among others.

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