Plastic Roofing Demand to Reach 35.6 Million Squares in 2021

Plastic roofing demand is projected to advance to 35.6 million squares in 2021 at the most rapid pace of all low-slope materials. Demand gains for plastic roofing will be driven by such factors as strong consumer interest in the use of TPO membranes due to their favorable performance properties; contractor preference for single-ply membranes instead of multi-ply BUR systems; widespread availability of easy-to-install self-adhesive membranes; and rising use of environmentally friendly white and light colored roofing materials. These and other trends are presented in Low-Slope Roofing Market in the US, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

TPO membranes have seen the most rapid growth over the past decade -- and will continue to see demand gains going forward -- due to their favorable performance properties and low cost. However, each type of plastic roofing has attributes suitable for use in low-slope roofing applications.

US demand for all types of low-slope roofing is forecast to rise modestly through 2021, reaching 111 million squares, valued at $8.9 billion

Gains will be supported by:

  • the need to replace older or worn roofing materials, such as those installed as part of BURs or first-generation rubber and plastic products
  • increasing interest in replacing older roofing with products that can improve energy efficiency
  • strong growth in the construction of structures with low-slope roofs, such as office buildings, retail complexes, and educational facilities

Low-Slope Roofing Market in the US (published 07/2017, 248 pages) is available for $4900 from The Freedonia Group. For further details or to arrange an interview with the analyst, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600 or email

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