by Corinne Gangloff
August 16, 2021
The popularity of outdoor living will remain a key driver of brick, block, and paver demand gains, especially as the trend’s influence grows in the commercial market in the wake of the pandemic.
Already fast-growing pre-pandemic, interest in outdoor living surged in 2020 as:
The rising popularity of outdoor living will continue to spur a variety of renovation projects in both commercial and residential applications – particularly paved patios, outdoor fireplaces, and retaining walls – 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. Nevertheless, rebounding commercial construction activity in the wake of the pandemic will hold longer term growth opportunities for suppliers.
A new Freedonia Group analysis forecasts US demand for bricks, blocks, and pavers to rise 2.1% annually through 2025, with most gains stemming from price increases. Unit growth will be restrained by:
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.
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