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The Pain of Panes: New Windows in Short Supply

Two-thirds of builders cited a glass shortage for windows, shower doors, and so on. The source trouble? A great deal of it is manufactured in China, Mexico and India.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Glass joined the checklist of building resources in small source. A range of industries, such as shower doorway companies and window installers, report glass shortages.

Just about two-thirds of house builders cited home windows as their most important product scarcity, according to a current survey from John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Rounding out the leading four in added shortages are lumber, engineered wooden items and concrete.

Window delays could array from four to 15 weeks, though some are stretching up to 45 weeks.

Why glass? An worldwide logistics backlog led to shortages of glass and other components, experts say. Many glass producers have moved functions overseas, and China, Mexico and India historically export the most glass and stone to the U.S.

The problem also impacts other industries. The glass scarcity has particularly influenced the offer of glass jars and bottles, a contributor to the increasing cost of grocery products and solutions recently.

Resource: “Builders Reeling From Painful Window Shortage,” BusinessObserverFl.com (Nov. 10, 2021) and “Why Glass Is So Difficult to Find Suitable Now – and How to Deal With the Scarcity,” Inc.com (Nov. 23, 2021)

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