Market Overview

Low-Slope Roofing in the US by Product, Market and Subregion - Forecast to 2021 -


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This industry study presents historical sales and demand data (2006,
2011, and 2016) and forecasts (2021) by product (bituminous, plastic,
rubber, and metal and other), market (new commercial, commercial
reroofing, and residential), and US subregion.

Increases in Commercial Building Construction Expenditures to
Boost Advances

Growth will be supported by the expected increase in commercial building
construction spending. Rising construction of office complexes, retail
sites, and lodging facilities will boost low-slope roofing demand, as
many of these buildings have large roof expanses. The institutional
segment will also promote demand for low-slope roofing, as the nation's
aging population will encourage builders to construct hospitals, medical
facilities, and senior living complexes to meet the needs of this
expanding population segment.

Plastic Roofing to See Fastest Growth

Demand for plastic roofing has risen sharply over the past decade,
spurred by rising consumer interest in self-adhesive TPO membranes that
reduce the time and cost of roof installation jobs. Through 2021,
plastic roofing demand will advance at the most rapid pace of all
low-slope roofing types, supported by continuing consumer interest in
plastic roofing because of its favorable performance properties and ease
of installation. Additionally, rising interest in improving energy
efficiency will encourage building owners and managers to install cool
roofing materials -such as white or light colored TPO or PVC
that deflect sunlight and minimize the heat transfer
from the roof to a building's interior.

Reroofing Activity Will Generate Significant Demand

Commercial reroofing activity was at a high level in the US in 2016 due
to the outbreak of a number of severe storms throughout the nation.
Low-slope roofs that were damaged by hail, prolonged exposure to
moisture, heavy snowfall, and freeze/thaw cracking had to be repaired,
or, in some cases, replaced entirely. Through 2021, reroofing activity
will continue to account for the large majority of low-slope roofing
demand in the US. Many structures in the US feature roofs at or near the
end of their expected product lifespans. Newer materials that are more
durable, easier to install, or provide superior performance properties
will often be specified to replace them.

Broad Product Range Key to Market Leadership Among Suppliers

In 2016, four manufacturers -Firestone Building Products, Carlisle
Construction Materials, Johns Manville, and GAF Materials-
accounted for about one-third of US low-slope roofing demand. These
companies will remain the leading low-slope roofing suppliers in the US
through 2021, using their broad product range to attract customers at
multiple price points. Indeed, by offering multiple product categories,
firms can position themselves as offering roofing solutions catered to
local markets while leveraging their national networks of manufacturing
plants and distribution facilities to provide efficiency and cost
savings to consumers.

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