Growth in residential doors market set to slow

Growth in residential doors market set to slow

The UK residential doors market is relatively mature, and therefore dependent on the performance of the housebuilding, RMI and home improvement sectors. As such, the market saw significant growth over the period 2013-18, with demand driven by continued large-scale increases in housing completions and RMI, as home improvements were boosted by growth in consumer spending.

However, the rate of growth is forecast to reduce in 2018/19 with Brexit uncertainties affecting both investment in the housebuilding sector and consumer spending, something which may have a negative impact on the residential doors market going forward, according to AMA Research.

The residential doors market continues to be uplifted and regenerated by new product development and engineered techniques and composite and bi-fold doors. In addition, a wide choice of colours for doors, textured composites and PVCu doors, and cassette glazing options are also helping to drive market growth. In terms of product mix, internal doors dominate the sector in 2018 with an estimated value share of around 60%, followed by entrance doors and with patio doors making up the remainder of the market.

All sectors of the residential door market are likely to benefit from the continuation of the current trend for maximising daylight which promotes the increased use of glazed products specified for all three product categories. The supply structure for residential doors has evolved along ‘material’ lines, and there have been changes to product mixes in recent years reflecting an increase in composite entrance doors and bi-fold patio doors. Many companies that originally focused on single materials – such as aluminium, PVCu or timber – have extended product ranges to include alternative products, in order to widen their channel exposure.

In addition, the vast majority of door suppliers also provide windows and other glazing products, and there are only a limited number of companies supplying only residential doors. The main exceptions to this occur in the composites sector, where a number of relatively new companies have been set up or have entered the UK market specifically to focus on this key sector.

Going forward, composites will continue to gain share of the entrance door market, mainly at the expense of PVCu although not at the same rate of growth in previous years, while bi-folds will continue to become more prominent in the patio door sector. The internal doors market is likely to continue to benefit from the trend for value added products such as factory applied finishes, engineered doors with hardwood veneers and complete doorsets.

Current market forecasts indicate relatively steady growth into the medium-term, at a rate of around 3% per year. Factors likely to have a positive impact on volume and value growth include continued expansion in housing completions, with the build to rent sector expected to be a key area within new housebuilding. The house moving market is also likely to stimulate volume and value growth with property transactions likely to build.

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