CLEVELAND — 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

More information about the study is available at

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