The composite door sector will see significant growth through to 2021, according to a new report from Palmer Market Research.

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.

This follows an above-market forecast – 9% increase in volume last year to 758,000 doors.

This contributed to 7.9% increase in installed value for the total entrance door market, the move to composites from PVCU panels inflating installed prices.

Taken in its entirety, the market for entrance doors, however, remained relatively flat last year at 1.4 million door sets, with growth of just 0.9%. This compares to the 2.2% seen last year.

Despite the growth of composites, PVCU 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.

Timber accounted for 16% in volume and 15% in installed value. This included a 25% decline in volume to 228,000 doors – the continuation of a 20-year downward trend.

Steel-faced door sets fell 12% in 2016 to 40,000 doors – supplied almost exclusively into new build.  In contrast aluminium, also primarily supplied into the new build sector, recorded growth.

From Glass Times