Residential Windows and Doors (Industrial Report) - UK - February 2014
The report covers the UK market for double and secondary glazing. Triple glazing is also included, although this is a small sector of the market. Double glazing normally involves the removal and replacement of existing windows and frames, while secondary glazing can usually be fitted to existing frames. Because of the nature of supply it is not possible to eliminate installation charges. Sales to the building trade and sales to the commercial, industrial public non-residential sectors are excluded. However, table 5 in this report illustrates the total apparent consumption of windows and doors (conservatories not included) based on UK production (National Statistics), imports and exports (Customs and Excise) which includes windows and doors to the residential, public non-residential, commercial and industrial end use sectors.
There are a variety of materials used in the construction of window and door frames. The traditional timber still dominates the new installation market, while the use of steel window frames is largely out of fashion, though is more common outside of the residential sector. PVCu is widely used in retro-fit double glazing and aluminium has also retained a significant role in this sector. In the latter case, much of the total market is accounted for by commercial applications, especially retail properties.
The report looks at the direct sell and the builders/contract sector. The direct sell sector includes all companies who offer windows and (other products) directly to the public on a sell and install basis, including door-to-door, retailers, garden centres and showrooms. These have traditionally been known as ‘double glazing’ or ‘replacement windows’ companies. The windows and doors are normally for replacement, although some first-time installations are also carried out. The selling tends to be on a local basis, or as the name suggests door-to-door, or through a local showroom.
The builders/contract sector incorporates all windows and doors installed in private and public housing dwellings as part of home improvement schemes other than those installed by direct sell companies, such as the new build market. This also incorporates companies that custom build products for their clients. All prices are quoted at 2013 prices unless otherwise stated, and forecasts are based on 2013 prices, therefore reflecting real growth. Production is quoted at manufacturers' selling prices, imports at CIF and exports at FOB. Market prices are quoted at installation cost and comprise installed, framed and glazed prices.
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