Energy Savings Help Drive Plastpro's Growth
Woodgrain Collection Is Best Selling & Most Popular Brand
LIVINGSTON, NJ – Despite a dramatic downturn within the housing market, Plastpro Inc. a leading manufacturer of fiberglass doors, said that its sales rose almost 8 percent in 2006, even as sales of traditional wooden doors were mostly down.
Made with the company's exclusive Hydroshield Technology™, Plastpro's recent growth may in part be driven by a movement toward energy efficient and eco-friendly materials. In other words, products those do a better job at helping to reduce energy usage (compared to more conventional materials) or are manufactured in a way that has less impact on the environment.
"As the price of oil continues to increase, consumers are once again becoming serious about better managing and reducing their heating and cooling costs," commented Franco An, president at Plastpro, Inc. "Our fiberglass doors are a unique solution because, unlike wooden or even steel doors, they're extremely effective at keeping in more heat and air conditioning."
An also said that the company's exclusive Hydroshield Technology™, which gives Plastpro's doors their ability to resist rusting and rotting, and the fact that the doors are virtually maintenance-free and built to withstand nearly any climate, has contributed to their growing popularity.
Home Improvement & Best Selling Doors
According to Plastpro, the home improvement market also contributed to the company's growth and will continue to do so in the future. Indeed, the latest report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University stated that consumer spending on home improvement is expected to increase 44% between 2005 and 2015.
Additionally, Plastpro found that in terms of replacing doors the best selling and most popular brand was the company's Woodgrain Collection, followed by the Flush-Glazed doors which are available in Smooth Skin, Mahogany, Woodgrain and True White Oak™ with UV-Protected Skin. When viewed regionally, in the Southwest and California the Rustic Collection was especially popular, while in the Northwest the Craftsman style door was preferred.
"The most important difference between the various regions is the size of the door being sold," said An. "In the Southwest and California the taller doors (3'6" wide x 8'0" tall) have sold extremely well, while the preference in the Midwest continues to be the standard 3'0" x 6'8" door."
He added that regardless of style, the key attraction of fiberglass doors is that they combine the warmth and texture of real wood with the durability of metal, but don't have the inherent problems that are often associated with both of those materials. "They can keep your house warm in winter and cool in summer, and are a great investment for the energy-conscious consumer."
About Plastpro, Inc.
Headquartered in Livingston, New Jersey, Plastpro, Inc. is a leading supplier of fiberglass door products in the United States. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.plastproinc.com.