John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
“Given expected growth in world industrial demand over the next
several years, particularly China, building materials prices will tend
to rise faster than general inflation,” predicts Bernard Markstein, a
senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders. He
made those comments in an article in Nation's Building News looking at
recent price hikes in lumber, attributed in part to some improvement in
the new housing market.
That made me wonder about window and door
prices for the year ahead. With demand expected to increase, will they
rise? That's our poll question of the week.
And I'd like to
hear your thoughts on the topic too. Last time I heard someone discuss
pricing, it was a complaint that all the "new construction guys" coming
into the replacement and remodeling business were driving down prices
in that segment. Is that still happening? What about the added costs
to meet .30/.30, the new Energy Star, etc.? Are those being passed
on? Email me and share your thoughts.
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