Increasing Need for Energy Efficiency Spurs Demand for Windows and Doors

Increasing Need for Energy Efficiency Spurs Demand for Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are an integral part of any home or commercial structure. They enable entry and egress, provide access to light and air, and, in many cases, can improve the exterior appearance of a property. Furthermore, they play a key role in improving a structure's energy efficiency.


US ITC Ruling: US Countertop Industry Has Been Injured by Low Cost Imports from China

US ITC Ruling: US Countertop Industry Has Been Injured by Low Cost Imports from China

On May 31, 2018, the US International Trade Commission announced that it had reason to believe the US quartz countertop industry had been materially injured by imported Chinese products being sold at less than fair value.

Following this ruling, a series of tariffs were levied against Chinese quartz slab imports, ranging from 311% to 528%. How is this expected to impact the global countertops market going forward?


Noise Pollution Regulations Spur Global Demand for Acoustic Insulation

Noise Pollution Regulations Spur Global Demand for Acoustic Insulation

Noise pollution is a major public health and worker safety concern, as studies have shown that long-term exposure to loud noises has myriad negative health impacts.


Interest in More Durable Roofs Spurs Demand For Roofing Accessories

Interest in More Durable Roofs Spurs Demand For Roofing Accessories

Most roofing contractors and other construction professionals realize that the use of more durable roofing materials can minimize the effects of severe weather on a building.

However, roofing accessories – the ancillary products used when installing a roof – are perhaps equally important for protecting roofs from moisture, impacts, and high winds.


Italy’s Iris Ceramica Bets Big on Thin, Large-Format Porcelain Tile in the US

Italy’s Iris Ceramica Bets Big on Thin, Large-Format Porcelain Tile in the US

Among decorative tile products, porcelain will remain the fastest growing type in the US through 2023. In particular, technological advancements have allowed large, lighter-weight thin porcelain tile slabs to gain in popularity in recent years, and some major producers are looking to capitalize on this growth.


Brazil Bans Asbestos: Impact on US Imports & Global Roofing Markets

Brazil Bans Asbestos: Impact on US Imports & Global Roofing Markets

Central and South America is one of the biggest consumers of fiber cement roofing – much of which has historically contained asbestos – due to its low cost, durability, and widespread availability in the region.


Grenfell Tower Tragedy Prompts Siding Regulation Changes

Grenfell Tower Tragedy Prompts Siding Regulation Changes

The aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire sparked regulatory changes both within the United Kingdom and worldwide. Find out how these changes may impact key siding products.


Multilayer Flooring, a New Subcategory: Taking the Resilient Market to the Next Level

Multilayer Flooring, a New Subcategory: Taking the Resilient Market to the Next Level

Lately, the resilient flooring market has seen a lot of evolution, in large part due to growth in luxury vinyl tile (LVT). However, this rise in demand is also spurred by advancements in a lesser-known product group: multilayer flooring.


3 Key Opportunities for US Residential Roofing Producers in 2019 & Beyond

3 Key Opportunities for US Residential Roofing Producers in 2019 & Beyond

While weather patterns and housing activity largely govern the US residential roofing market, the devil is in the details when it comes to understanding key growth trends. For example, as builders and homeowners increasingly specify roofing materials of greater durability – and higher cost – demand for some roofing products, such as laminated asphalt shingles, will rise at an above-average rate.

But there’s plenty of opportunity for industry participants to make themselves more valuable. Here are 3 major trends for residential roofing manufacturers to keep an eye on going forward.


With Water Works Funding Secured, What Can Pipe Makers Expect?

With Water Works Funding Secured, What Can Pipe Makers Expect?

That America’s water and wastewater infrastructure is aging past its useful service life is hardly news to major pipe suppliers. The American Water Works Association’s estimate that $1 trillion is required to rehabilitate and expand drinking water infrastructure over the next 25 years points to major opportunities for water pipe companies. And new threats that place pressure on wastewater systems – such as rising sea levels – point to untapped growth prospects for sewer pipe suppliers.