Roofing Underlayment

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Roofing

This study analyzes the US market for roofing underlayment, defined as the membranes installed on top of a roof deck prior to the installation of roofing to provide additional protection against leaks.

Roofing underlayment is offered in two product types – asphaltic and synthetic. Asphaltic underlayment – also known as roofing felt or tar paper – includes those with fiberglass, organic, or plastic backings, while synthetic underlayment comprises those products made from polypropylene, polyethylene, and other plastics.

Other roofing accessories, such as flashings, tapes, and coatings, are excluded from the scope of this study, as are such items as roof decks, insulated boards, and roofing boards.

Historical data (2010, 2015, and 2020) and forecasts for the years 2025 and 2030 are provided for roofing underlayment demand in millions of squares (one square equals 100 square feet) by:

  • product
  • barrier property (water-resistant and waterproof)
  • installation method (self-adhesive and mechanically attached)
  • residential and commercial building markets
  • application (the new and reroofing segments in residential and commercial building construction)
  • US geographic region and subregion

Forecasts are also provided for roofing underlayment demand in dollars (including inflation). The term “demand” – used interchangeably with “market”, “sales”, and “consumption” – is defined as all shipments from US plants, plus imports, minus exports. Some of the components in the tables may not add to the totals because of rounding.

Roofing

Historical Trends

Demand for roofing underlayment is entirely dependent on overall demand for roofing, as underlayment is only installed on a structure during roof construction, repair, or reroofing:

  • Roofing underlayment demand tends to most closely track residential building construction, as the vast majority of residences have steep-slope roofs and are required by building codes to have roofing underlayment.
  • Some nonresidential structures have underlayment to provide improved protection against leaks and tears, which supports underlayment demand in commercial construction applications.

Other factors that impact demand for roofing underlayment include:

  • trends in home values and financing requirements, which impact the ability of homeowners to take out home equity loans used for home improvement projects such as reroofing
  • levels of storm activity, including hurricanes and tornados, which cause higher than normal levels of damage and spikes in reroofing activity
  • levels of office and retail building construction, as these structures resemble residences and are often feature steep-slope roofs
  • trends in building sizes, as larger structures have greater roofing area
  • trends in raw material costs, which impact levels and growth in market value
  • the enactment of more stringent building codes, such as those requiring the installation of ice and water barriers along roof edges – in addition to the underlayment applied before the installation of the roofing

Installation Methods

Overview

Roofing underlayment has traditionally been attached to roof decks by mechanical techniques, primarily by skilled work crews using hand tools and such fasteners as roofing nails or staples. Even after the introduction of self-adhesive roofing membranes with peel-and-stick backings in 2003, the vast majority of underlayment was still installed using mechanical methods.

Over the past decade, however, use of self-adhesive products has risen sharply, mainly because so many experienced roofers left the industry during the Great Recession and few workers have entered the trade. As it was more important for contractors to concentrate on training employees to install roofing properly, these companies increased their use of self-adhesive underlayment to save time.

Pricing Patterns

Pricing for roofing underlayment products is impacted by a variety of factors, including:

  • raw material costs, especially the prices of crude oil and natural gas, which are used to make asphalt and plastic resins
  • labor shortages at manufacturing plants, which affect production schedules, leading to product shortages that drive up prices
  • transportation costs

Shifts in product mix toward more or less expensive products also have an impact on overall pricing levels and trends:

  • Most synthetic underlayment is costlier than asphaltic types, so the average product price goes up as the market shifts toward those products.
  • Increasing use of thicker membranes with enhanced durability will boost overall price levels, as these underlayments are sold at higher price points than standard products. For example, in the synthetic underlayment segment, price increases will come as manufacturers offer more durable products, such as those with self-sealing properties or tear-resistant backings.
  • Waterproof and self-adhesive products – which are seeing gains in market share – are usually more expensive than water-resistant and mechanically attached underlayment.

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  1. Roofing Underlayment

    $4,900.00

    1. 1 Executive Summary

      $86.00

      1. Figure 1-1 | US Roofing Underlayment Market Overview

    2. 2 COVID-19 Pandemic

      $631.00

      1. 2.1 Overview

        $82.00

      2. 2.2 Impact on the Economy

        $258.00

        1. Table | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2019 - 2022

        2. Figure 2-1 | Real GDP by Economic Sector, 2019 - 2022

      3. 2.3 Impact on the Construction Industry

        $146.00

        1. Table | Construction Expenditures, 2019 - 2022

      4. 2.4 Impact on the Roofing Underlayment Industry

        $204.00

        1. Table | Annual Roofing Underlayment Demand by Market, 2019 - 2022

        2. Figure 2-2 | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Market, 2018 - 2023

    3. 3 Overview

      $1,249.00

      1. 3.1 Study Scope

        $82.00

        1. Figure 3-1 | Roofing Underlayment: Product Examples

      2. 3.2 Historical Trends

        $153.00

        1. Table | Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2020

        2. Figure 3-2 | Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2000 - 2020

      3. 3.3 Products Overview

        $168.00

        1. Table | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 3-3 | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

      4. 3.4 Markets Overview

        $139.00

        1. Table | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 3-4 | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030

      5. 3.5 Installation Methods

        $371.00

        1. 3.5.1 Overview

          $82.00

          1. Table | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Installation Method, 2010 - 2030

        2. 3.5.2 Self-Adhesive

          $141.00

          1. Table | Self-Adhesive Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

        3. 3.5.3 Mechanically Attached

          $150.00

          1. Table | Mechanically Attached Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

      6. 3.6 Barrier Properties (Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant)

        $207.00

        1. Table | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Barrier Property, 2010 - 2030

      7. 3.7 Pricing Patterns

        $113.00

        1. Table | Roofing Underlayment Average Prices, 2010 - 2030

      8. 3.8 Production & Trade

        $82.00

    4. 4 Factors Impacting Underlayment Demand

      $393.00

      1. 4.1 Building Construction Activity

        $177.00

        1. Table | Building Construction Expenditures, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 4-1 | Building Construction Expenditures, 2018 - 2025

      2. 4.2 Product Innovation

        $82.00

      3. 4.3 Shortage of Trained Installers

        $82.00

      4. 4.4 Building Codes

        $99.00

        1. 4.4.1 All Buildings

          $82.00

        2. 4.4.2 Residential Building Codes

          $82.00

        3. 4.4.3 Commercial Building Codes

          $82.00

        4. 4.4.4 ASTM Standards

          $82.00

      5. 4.5 Sustainability Initiatives

        $82.00

    5. 5 Asphaltic Underlayment

      $2,303.00

      1. 5.1 Scope & Product Description

        $136.00

        1. Table | Asphaltic Underlayment: Advantages & Disadvantages

      2. 5.2 Materials Trends

        $501.00

        1. 5.2.1 Demand by Material Type

          $172.00

          1. Table | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Material, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 5-1 | Characteristics of Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment by Material Type

        2. 5.2.2 Fiberglass-Backed

          $111.00

          1. Table | Fiberglass-Backed Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

        3. 5.2.3 Organic-Backed

          $89.00

          1. Table | Organic-Backed Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

        4. 5.2.4 Plastic-Backed

          $126.00

          1. Table | Plastic-Backed Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

      3. 5.3 Product Types

        $744.00

        1. 5.3.1 Demand by Product

          $104.00

          1. Table | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 5-2 | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

        2. 5.3.2 #30 Roofing Underlayment

          $207.00

          1. Table | #30 Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

          2. Table | #30 Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment: Advantages & Disadvantages

        3. 5.3.3 #15 Roofing Underlayment

          $209.00

          1. Table | #15 Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

          2. Table | #15 Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment: Advantages & Disadvantages

        4. 5.3.4 #40 & Other Roofing Underlayment

          $223.00

          1. Table | #40 & Other Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

          2. Table | #40 & Other Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment: Advantages & Disadvantages

      4. 5.4 Markets

        $303.00

        1. 5.4.1 Demand by Market

          $82.00

          1. Table | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030

        2. 5.4.2 Residential Buildings

          $103.00

          1. Table | Residential Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 5-3 | Residential Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

        3. 5.4.3 Commercial Buildings

          $122.00

          1. Table | Commercial Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 5-4 | Commercial Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

      5. 5.5 Demand by Barrier Property

        $156.00

        1. Table | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Barrier Property, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 5-5 | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Barrier Property, 2010 - 2030

      6. 5.6 Demand by Installation Method

        $158.00

        1. Table | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Installation Method, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 5-6 | Self-Adhesive Underlayment Demand Share by Installation Method, 2010 – 2030

      7. 5.7 Demand by Region

        $225.00

        1. Table | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region & Subregion, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 5-7 | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

      8. 5.8 Product Development Efforts

        $82.00

      9. 5.9 Market Share

        $82.00

        1. Figure 5-8 | Asphaltic Roofing Underlayment Market Share by Company, 2020

    6. 6 Synthetic & Other Underlayment

      $1,534.00

      1. 6.1 Scope & Product Description

        $171.00

        1. Table | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment: Advantages & Disadvantages

      2. 6.2 Materials Trends

        $408.00

        1. 6.2.1 Demand by Material

          $191.00

          1. Table | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand by Material, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 6-1 | Characteristics of Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment by Material Type

        2. 6.2.2 Polypropylene

          $109.00

          1. Table | Polypropylene Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

        3. 6.2.3 Other Plastics

          $105.00

          1. Table | Other Plastic Roofing Underlayment Demand, 2010 - 2030

      3. 6.3 Markets

        $315.00

        1. 6.3.1 Demand by Market

          $82.00

          1. Table | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand by Market, 2010 - 2030

        2. 6.3.2 Residential Buildings

          $126.00

          1. Table | Residential Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 6-2 | Residential Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

        3. 6.3.3 Commercial Buildings

          $126.00

          1. Table | Commercial Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 6-3 | Commercial Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

      4. 6.4 Demand by Barrier Property

        $162.00

        1. Table | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand by Barrier Property, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 6-4 | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand by Barrier Property, 2010 - 2030

      5. 6.5 Demand by Installation Method

        $164.00

        1. Table | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand by Installation Method, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 6-5 | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand Share by Installation Method, 2010 - 2030

      6. 6.6 Demand by Region

        $233.00

        1. Table | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region & Subregion, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 6-6 | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

      7. 6.7 Product Development Efforts

        $82.00

      8. 6.8 Market Share

        $82.00

        1. Figure 6-7 | Synthetic & Other Roofing Underlayment Market Share by Company, 2020

    7. 7 Residential Roofing Underlayment

      $861.00

      1. 7.1 Scope & Market Drivers

        $82.00

      2. 7.2 Residential Market Outlook

        $126.00

        1. Table | Residential Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 7-1 | Residential Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

      3. 7.3 New Construction

        $350.00

        1. 7.3.1 Demand by Product

          $125.00

          1. Table | New Residential Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 7-2 | New Residential Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

        2. 7.3.2 Demand by Region

          $223.00

          1. Table | New Residential Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region & Subregion, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 7-3 | New Residential Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

      4. 7.4 Reroofing

        $354.00

        1. 7.4.1 Demand by Product

          $123.00

          1. Table | Residential Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 7-4 | Residential Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

        2. 7.4.2 Demand by Region

          $230.00

          1. Table | Residential Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Region & Subregion, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 7-5 | Residential Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

    8. 8 Commercial Roofing Underlayment

      $797.00

      1. 8.1 Scope & Market Drivers

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Commercial Market Outlook

        $123.00

        1. Table | Commercial Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 8-1 | Commercial Roofing Underlayment Demand: New vs. Reroofing, 2010 - 2030

      3. 8.3 New Construction

        $324.00

        1. 8.3.1 Demand by Product

          $122.00

          1. Table | New Commercial Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 8-2 | New Commercial Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

        2. 8.3.2 Demand by Region

          $199.00

          1. Table | New Commercial Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region & Subregion, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 8-3 | New Commercial Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

      4. 8.4 Reroofing

        $319.00

        1. 8.4.1 Demand by Product

          $121.00

          1. Table | Commercial Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 8-4 | Commercial Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Product, 2010 - 2030

        2. 8.4.2 Demand by Region

          $196.00

          1. Table | Commercial Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Region & Subregion, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 8-5 | Commercial Reroofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

    9. 9 Regions

      $1,693.00

      1. 9.1 Demand by Region

        $135.00

        1. Table | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

        2. Figure 9-1 | Roofing Underlayment Demand by Region, 2010 - 2030

      2. 9.2 Northeast

        $354.00

        1. 9.2.1 Demand by Subregion

          $97.00

          1. Table | Northeast: Roofing Underlayment Demand by Subregion, 2010 - 2030

        2. 9.2.2 New England

          $133.00

          1. Table | New England Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

        3. 9.2.3 Middle Atlantic

          $123.00

          1. Table | Middle Atlantic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

      3. 9.3 Midwest

        $361.00

        1. 9.3.1 Demand by Subregion

          $98.00

          1. Table | Midwest: Roofing Underlayment Demand by Subregion, 2010 - 2030

        2. 9.3.2 East North Central

          $126.00

          1. Table | East North Central Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

        3. 9.3.3 West North Central

          $137.00

          1. Table | West North Central Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

      4. 9.4 South

        $489.00

        1. 9.4.1 Demand by Subregion

          $105.00

          1. Table | South: Roofing Underlayment Demand by Subregion, 2010 - 2030

        2. 9.4.2 South Atlantic

          $123.00

          1. Table | South Atlantic Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

        3. 9.4.3 East South Central

          $136.00

          1. Table | East South Central Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

        4. 9.4.4 West South Central

          $124.00

          1. Table | West South Central Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

      5. 9.5 West

        $352.00

        1. 9.5.1 Demand by Subregion

          $93.00

          1. Table | West: Roofing Underlayment Demand by Subregion, 2010 - 2030

        2. 9.5.2 Mountain

          $119.00

          1. Table | Mountain Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

        3. 9.5.3 Pacific

          $140.00

          1. Table | Pacific Roofing Underlayment Demand by Product & Market, 2010 - 2030

    10. 10 Industry Structure

      $1,157.00

      1. 10.1 Key Findings & Industry Composition

        $198.00

        1. Table | US Roofing Underlayment Sales by Company, 2020

      2. 10.2 Market Share

        $205.00

        1. Figure 10-1 | US Roofing Underlayment Market Share by Company, 2020

        2. Figure 10-2 | US Roofing Underlayment Market: Leading Supplier, 2020

        3. Figure 10-3 | US Roofing Underlayment Market: Second Leading Supplier, 2020

        4. Figure 10-4 | US Roofing Underlayment Market: Third Leading Supplier, 2020

        5. Figure 10-5 | US Roofing Underlayment Market: Fourth Leading Supplier, 2020

      3. 10.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $144.00

        1. Table | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

      4. 10.4 Distribution

        $82.00

      5. 10.5 List of Industry Participants

        $549.00

        1. Table | Selected Industry Participants

    11. 11 Appendix

      $3,031.00

      1. 11.1 Report Details

        $306.00

        1. Table | Study Scope: US Geographic Regions & Subregions

        2. Table | Relevant Industry Codes

        3. Table | Relevant HS/HTS Codes

      2. 11.2 Definitions

        $82.00

      3. 11.3 Freedonia Methodology

        $415.00

      4. 11.4 Study-Specific Methodology

        $82.00

      5. 11.5 Sources

        $82.00

      6. 11.6 Associations & Agencies

        $82.00

      7. 11.7 Related Studies & Reports

        $98.00

      8. 11.8 Macroeconomic Assumptions

        $2,019.00

        1. 11.8.1 Economic Environment

          $173.00

          1. Table | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2010 - 2030

        2. 11.8.2 Demographic Trends

          $169.00

          1. Table | Population & Households, 2010 - 2030

        3. 11.8.3 Consumer Spending

          $180.00

          1. Table | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2010 - 2030

        4. 11.8.4 Consumer Financing

          $132.00

          1. Table | Consumer Financing Environment, 2010 - 2020

        5. 11.8.5 Residential Building Construction

          $150.00

          1. Table | Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2010 - 2030

        6. 11.8.6 Commercial Building Construction

          $134.00

          1. Table | Commercial Building Construction Expenditures, 2010 - 2030

        7. 11.8.7 Residential Improvements & Repairs

          $112.00

          1. Table | Residential Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2010 - 2030

        8. 11.8.8 Commercial Building Improvements & Repairs

          $96.00

          1. Table | Commercial Building Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2010 - 2030

        9. 11.8.9 Housing Starts

          $174.00

          1. Table | New Housing Indicators, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 11-1 | New Housing Square Footage by Housing Type, 2005 - 2020

        10. 11.8.10 Housing Stock

          $696.00

          1. Table | Housing Stock by Type, 2010 - 2030

          2. Figure 11-2 | Housing Stock: Share by Year of Construction, 2020

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