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According to The Market for Domestic Entrance Doors, composite doors now account for 54% of the market, the share rising to 56% by installed value with the inclusion of PVC/ABS faced doors.
contributed to 7.9% increase in installed value for the total entrance door market, the move to composites from PVC-U panels inflating installed prices.
included a 25% decline in volume to 228,000 doors – the continuation of a 20-year downward trend.
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 A new report from Palmer Market Research suggests the composite door sector will see significant growth through to 2021.
Taken in its entirety, the market for entrance doors remained relatively flat last year at 1.4million door sets, with growth of just 0.9%. This compares to the 2.2% seen last year.
Steel faced door sets fell 12% in 2016 to 40,000 doors – supplied almost exclusively into new build.
This follows an above market forecast, 9% increase in volume last year to 758,000 doors. This
“The longer-term trends in the market have been more muted than those for windows. For instance the market is now only 5% above the low point in 2012 but 20% below the peak year of 2007”, writes the author of the 2017 Palmer entrance door report.
Aluminium, again supplied primarily into new build by contrast, as in other areas of the window and door industry recorded growth. “Despite significant demand for new homes, a general slowing of the housing market, is having a corresponding impact on new build completions. Consumer confidence has also weakened – something that is very difficult to disconnect from the continuing uncertainty that has accompanied Brexit.
   Trends in composite entrance doors 2000 to 2016 (000s door sets)
Despite the growth of composites, PVC-U panels remained the second biggest material, accounting for 25% of the market in volume terms and 24% in installed value. This included modest growth in volume last year of 0.7% to 351,000 door sets.
“We expect the coming two years to be fairly tough but as in previous years and other areas of the window and door industry, some products will fare far better than others, with innovation and the shift to higher value installations, key drivers of growth.”
Timber accounted for 16% in volume and 15% in installed value. This
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The development of timber windows in the FIT Show line-up has been further strengthened with the news that traditional sash manufacturer Cardinal Windows has signed up to the 2019 event.
The company, whose key staff boast over 150 combined years of experience, offers bespoke windows to specifiers and installers who seek traditionally styled, timber sliding box sash windows but which come with the latest standards of high performance. Having seen demand grow for real wood windows, the firm now sees the FIT Show as the best shop window to reach its trade target markets, as Marketing Manager Jamie Hackett explained: “We want to talk to a range of potential customers including window installers and specifiers together with architects, developers and small building companies and we know we will meet many of them at the FIT Show. Our customers include designers and builders of new homes right through to those responsible for
the most renovations,” he said.
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Cardinal’s heart may be in the tradition of timber but its route to market is right up to date, with online ordering and a window-builder facility complete with instant quote function, all designed to make choosing – and pricing – a timber window as easy and cost-effective as PVC or aluminium. With pine, sapele or oak products based on German engineering backed by full UK customer support, Cardinal Windows have a U value of 1.5 W/m2K and are available in any RAL colour and with a range of bespoke and hardware options.
 “The event has proven itself to be the focal point for all of the UK window industry, so that is where we want to be, especially now that so many others in the timber window sector are thinking the same thing.”

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