The Pain of Panes: New Windows in Short Supply

 

 

The Pain of Panes: New Windows in Short Supply

 

Two-thirds of builders cited a glass shortage for windows, shower doors, etc. Why the current supply problem? A lot of it is manufactured in China, Mexico and India. Nearly two-thirds of home builders cited windows as their biggest material shortage, according to a recent survey from John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Rounding out the top four in additional shortages are lumber, engineered wood products and concrete. Window delays could range from four to 15 weeks, though some are stretching up to 45 weeks. Why the shortage of glass? An international logistics backlog led to shortages of glass and other materials, experts say.