Study #: 4141 | Published: 07/2021 | Pages: 193 | Individual User License: US$ 5,300

US demand for bricks, blocks, and pavers is expected to increase 2.1% annually through 2025 to $8.1 billion, with most gains stemming from price increases. Unit growth will be restrained by:

  • increased brick siding competition from other materials (such as fiber cement) that can mimic the brick aesthetic at a lower cost
  • declining interest in indoor fireplaces, especially those faced in brick, in newly constructed homes

Additionally, demand was already at a high base in 2020, when the residential market was surprisingly strong. While unit sales of bricks, blocks, and pavers will remain elevated into 2022, they will begin to decline from their peak before 2025, dragging down average growth.

Supporting growth in all markets will be the rising popularity of hardscaping and outdoor living, which benefits installation of paved patios, outdoor fireplaces, and retaining walls.

Interest in Outdoor Living to Fuel Hardscaping Gains

Already a growing trend pre-pandemic, interest in outdoor living increased significantly in 2020 as homeowners sought to improve the functionality of their outdoor spaces in order to provide a safe and aesthetically pleasing area to socialize and entertain. The rising popularity of outdoor living will continue to spur a variety of home renovation projects, many of which will involve the use of bricks, blocks, and pavers. This impact will be strongest in 2021 as homeowners take on projects – including walkways, backyard gardens, patios, installation of fencing, and entertainment areas – they did not complete in 2020.

Brick Demand Supported by Residential Aesthetics & Outdoor Trends

Rising spending on residential buildings, particularly single-family homes, will boost demand for bricks used in a variety of applications. The majority of these gains will occur in hardscaping and siding:

  • While brick continues to face competition from other siding materials, such as fiber cement and synthetic brick, its durability and aesthetic remains popular, particularly in the South where most new homes are being built.
  • The increasing popularity of outdoor living has boosted demand for site-built outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, which are frequently made of brick.

Spending on Commercial Structures Following the Pandemic to Support Concrete Blocks

Commercial building construction declined in 2020 and has remained weak in 2021 due to caution on the part of developers and uncertainty among occupants regarding how much spaces is needed near term. However, spending on these structures is expected to recover beginning in 2022 and expand annually through 2025, driving demand gains for structural concrete blocks, which are used both in foundations and in above-grade structural walls in a variety of commercial buildings. Demand growth will be strongest for institutional buildings such as educational and healthcare structures, where concrete masonry is used intensely. Concrete block demand is also expected to increase in office buildings, retail establishments, and industrial facilities.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. COVID-19 Pandemic

Overview

Impact on the Economy

Impact on the Construction Industry

Impact on the Bricks, Blocks, & Pavers Industry

3. Overview

Study Scope & Standard Measurements

Historical Trends

Demand by Market

Demand by Product

Production & Foreign Trade

Pricing Trends

Sustainability Initiatives

Recycling & Recycled Content

Energy Efficiency

Green Building Design & LEED

Building Codes

4. Blocks

Demand by Type

Structural Concrete Block

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Market

Demand by Application

Demand by Weight

Competitive Products

Key Suppliers

Interlocking Wall Block

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Market

Demand by Application

Competitive Products

Key Suppliers

5. Bricks

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Market

Demand by Application

Product Format

Demand by Format

Building Brick

Paving Brick

Facing Brick

Chemical Resistant Brick

Fire Brick

Other Brick Products

Production Process (Extruded vs. Molded)

Materials

Demand by Material

Clay Bricks

Concrete Bricks

Competitive Products

Key Suppliers

6. Pavers

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Market

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Demand by Type (Standard or Permeable)

Competitive Products

Key Suppliers

7. Residential Markets

Market Scope

Demand by Product

Demand by Application

Demand by Region

Market Sectors

Demand by Market Sector

New Construction

Renovation

Housing Types

Demand by Housing Type

Single-Family Homes

Multifamily Buildings

Manufactured Housing

8. Commercial Markets

Market Scope

Demand by Product

Demand by Application

Demand by Region

Market Sectors

Demand by Market Sector

New Construction

Renovation

Building Types

Demand by Building Type

Institutional Buildings

Retail & Lodging Buildings

Office Buildings

Industrial & Other Commercial Buildings

9. Nonbuilding Markets

Market Scope

Demand by Product

Demand by Application

Demand by Region

10. Applications

Demand by Application

Structural

Hardscaping

Paving

Retaining Walls

Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

Other Hardscaping

Siding

Indoor Fireplaces & Chimneys

Other Applications

11. Regions

Demand by Region

Northeast

Demand by Subregion & Market

New England

Middle Atlantic

Midwest

Demand by Subregion & Market

East North Central

West North Central

South

Demand by Subregion & Market

South Atlantic

East South Central

West South Central

West

Demand by Subregion & Market

Mountain

Pacific

12. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Industry Composition

Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

List of Industry Participants

13. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Building Construction

Residential Building Construction

Residential Improvement & Repair

Commercial Building Construction

Commercial Improvement & Repair

Nonbuilding Construction

New Housing Units

Housing Stock


List of Tables

2. COVID-19 Pandemic

Table 2-1 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2019 - 2022 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 2-2 | Construction Expenditures, 2019 - 2022 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 2-3 | Annual Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Product, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 2-4 | Annual Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand, 2010 - 2020 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Brick, Block, & Paver Supply & Demand, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Pricing for Select Brick, Block, & Paver Products, 2010 - 2030 (dollars per unit)

4. Blocks

Table 4-1 | Block Demand by Type, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-2 | Structural Concrete Block Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Structural Block Demand by Weight, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-4 | Interlocking Wall Block Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

5. Bricks

Table 5-1 | Brick Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Brick Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 5-3 | Brick Demand by Format, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 5-4 | Brick Demand by Production Process, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-5 | Brick Demand by Material, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-6 | Clay Brick Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-7 | Concrete Brick Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

6. Pavers

Table 6-1 | Paver Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Paver Demand by Material, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-3 | Paver Demand by Type, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

7. Residential Markets

Table 7-1 | Residential Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 7-2 | Residential Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market Sector, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 7-3 | New Residential Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 7-4 | Residential Renovation Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 7-5 | Residential Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Housing Type, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 7-6 | Single-Family Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market Sector, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 7-7 | Multifamily Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market Sector, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 7-8 | Manufactured Housing Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market Sector, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

8. Commercial Markets

Table 8-1 | Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 8-2 | Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market Sector, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 8-3 | New Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 8-4 | Commercial Renovation Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 8-5 | Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Building Type, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

9. Nonbuilding Markets

Table 9-1 | Nonbuilding Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

10. Applications

Table 10-1 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 10-2 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand in Structural Applications, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 10-3 | Hardscaping Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 10-4 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand in Siding Applications, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 10-5 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand in Indoor Fireplace Applications, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars & million units)

Table 10-6 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand in Other Applications, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

11. Regions

Table 11-1 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 11-2 | Northeast: Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Subregion & Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 11-3 | Midwest: Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Subregion & Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 11-4 | South: Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Subregion & Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Table 11-5 | West: Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Subregion & Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

12. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Table 12-1 | Brick, Block, & Paver Sales by Company, 2020 (million dollars)

Table 12-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

Table 12-3 | Selected Industry Participants

13. Appendix

Table 13-1 | Study Scope: US Geographic Regions & Subregions

Table 13-2 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 13-3 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 13-4 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 13-5 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2010 - 2030 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 13-6 | Population & Households, 2010 - 2030 (million persons)

Table 13-7 | Building Construction Expenditures, 2010 - 2030 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 13-8 | Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2010 - 2030 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 13-9 | Residential Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2010 - 2030 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 13-10 | Commercial Building Construction Expenditures, 2010 - 2030 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 13-11 | Commercial Building Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2010 - 2030 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 13-12 | Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures, 2010 - 2030 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 13-13 | New Housing Indicators, 2010 - 2030 (thousand units)

Table 13-14 | Housing Stock by Type, 2010 - 2030 (million units)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | US Brick, Block, & Paver Market

2. COVID-19 Pandemic

Figure 2-1 | Real GDP by Economic Sector, 2019 - 2022 (% annual change)

Figure 2-2 | Annual Brick, Block, & Paver Demand Growth, 2018 - 2024 (% annual change)

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Study Scope: Product Examples & Applications

Figure 3-2 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand, 2000 - 2020 (million dollars)

Figure 3-3 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 3-4 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 3-5 | Brick, Block, & Paver Trade, 2010 - 2020 (million dollars)

4. Blocks

Figure 4-1 | Structural Concrete Blocks: Product Examples

Figure 4-2 | Structural Concrete Block Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 4-3 | Structural Concrete Block Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Blocks: Comparative Growth with Competitive Products, 2020 - 2025 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-5 | Interlocking Wall Blocks: Product Examples

Figure 4-6 | Hardscape Interlocking Wall Block Demand, 2000 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 4-7 | Interlocking Wall Blocks: Comparative Growth with Competitive Products, 2020 - 2025 (% CAGR)

5. Bricks

Figure 5-1 | Bricks: Product Examples

Figure 5-2 | Brick Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 5-3 | Brick Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

6. Pavers

Figure 6-1 | Pavers: Product Examples

Figure 6-2 | Paver Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 6-3 | Paver Demand, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 6-4 | Paver Demand by Material, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 6-5 | Pavers: Comparative Growth with Competitive Products, 2020 - 2025 (% CAGR)

7. Residential Markets

Figure 7-1 | Residential Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 7-2 | Residential Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 7-3 | Residential Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Region 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

8. Commercial Markets

Figure 8-1 | Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 8-2 | Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 8-3 | Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 8-4 | Institutional Brick, Block, & Paver Demand, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 8-5 | Retail & Lodging Brick, Block, & Paver Demand, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 8-6 | Office Brick, Block, & Paver Demand, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 8-7 | Industrial & Other Commercial Brick, Block, & Paver Demand, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

9. Nonbuilding Markets

Figure 9-1 | Nonbuilding Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 9-2 | Nonbuilding Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 9-3 | Nonbuilding Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

10. Applications

Figure 10-1 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Application, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

11. Regions

Figure 11-1 | Brick, Block, & Paver Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030 (million dollars)

12. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Figure 12-1 | Brick, Block, & Paver Market Share by Company, 2020 (billion dollars)

Figure 12-2 | Brick, Block, & Paver Market, 2020: Leading Supplier

Figure 12-3 | Brick, Block, & Paver Market, 2020: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 12-4 | Brick, Block, & Paver Market, 2020: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 12-5 | Brick, Block, & Paver Market, 2020: Fourth Leading Supplier

13. Appendix

Figure 13-1 | Housing Stock: Share by Year of Construction, 2020 (million units)


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