New Windows Shed Light on Contemporary Living Trends

New Windows Shed Light on Contemporary Living Trends

When it comes to windows, homeowners and builders want the whole package: a product that provides a modern, customized appearance while also boosting energy efficiency. To appeal to consumers, window manufacturers are competing on performance as much as style, expanding product lines to feature new energy-efficient, low-maintenance windows with sleek, contemporary designs.


US Ceilings Market Trends Upward

US Ceilings Market Trends Upward

Looking to diversify their living space, residential consumers may choose to forgo traditional drywall ceilings in favor of more decorative offerings.


Homeowners Seek Cover Beneath High-Performance Shingles

Homeowners Seek Cover Beneath High-Performance Shingles

In recent years, demand for standard three-tab asphalt shingles has faded in the face of severe weather outbreaks and tightening regulations. Instead, homeowners are turning to high-performance laminated shingles as a solution.


High-End Countertops Go Mainstream

High-End Countertops Go Mainstream

Until recently, granite and quartz were reserved for the high-end kitchen design, but increasing availability and consumer interest has boosted their market share as these materials become mainstream in markets around the world.


Insulated Vinyl Boosts Siding Distributors' Sales

Insulated Vinyl Boosts Siding Distributors' Sales

Rising consumer interest in insulated vinyl siding, increasingly stringent energy codes, and a changing construction labor market will boost sales of siding from distributors. A Freedonia analyst weighs in on the shifting market.


Roofing Distributors Shield Themselves from Competition through Acquisitions

Roofing Distributors Shield Themselves from Competition through Acquisitions

As the US home construction and remodeling market heats up, roofing distributors -- companies that buy roofing in bulk and re-sell it in more manageable quantities to contractors and other customers -- are poised to capitalize. Several major distributors are working to consolidate the industry and expand their respective footprints.


Increasing Home Improvement Activity to Spur Demand for Building Materials

Increasing Home Improvement Activity to Spur Demand for Building Materials

A Freedonia expert weighs in on trends in the US home remodeling market and what those trends mean for the markets for plumbing fixtures, flooring, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other building products.


Manufactured Housing Industry Continues to Consolidate

Manufactured Housing Industry Continues to Consolidate

The manufactured housing industry makes up about one-tenth of new single-family housing in the US. In recent years, a competitive environment for new units has destabilized many small manufacturers. Consequently, the industry has become increasingly concentrated as small producers close or are acquired by larger manufacturers. A Freedonia analyst weighs in on recent industry restructuring.


Plant Openings Help Flooring Producers Cover New Markets

Plant Openings Help Flooring Producers Cover New Markets

Expansion has always been key to the global floor covering industry. Most flooring products are fairly heavy and expensive to ship, and prompt delivery to project sites is extremely important. As a result, more companies have been expanding in developing areas in recent years, where production costs are typically lower and the less mature markets have greater growth potential.


Synthetic Roofing Underlays Gain Market Share

Synthetic Roofing Underlays Gain Market Share

How have new technologies and product lines in synthetic roof liners impacted the roofing underlay market?