Sector: Roofing

Market Overview: New construction starts in residential and commercial sectors, as well as increased investment into improving existing properties, have created steady economic growth in the roofing industry over the past several years.  In 2015, residential building grew by 18 percent and is projected to grow another 16 percent in 2016. 

However, the majority of growth in the residential sector has been due to replacement roofing with steep-slope asphalt being the primary product used as it is inexpensive, easy to install and durable.  

Although small in comparison to asphalt and clay- or concrete-based tiles, the use of metal roofing with cooling coatings as a more environmentally friendly, long-lasting and energy efficient option is growing in residential settings. It has a higher initial cost than asphalt but homeowners are starting to make the investment.  The same is true with insulated metal roof panels, which offer additional energy saving benefits. 

Synthetic or polymer based roofing is still a niche market, but may gain popularity to replace natural shake and slate roofing that can be high maintenance. These products create little waste in the installation process compared to natural alternatives, last much longer and can contain recycled content. 

In the commercial sector, demand for built-up (or tar and gravel) roofing is shrinking as single-ply is growing. Single-ply refers to the class of roofing membranes used on low slope roofs that are made from compounded sheets of synthetic materials, which includes modified bitumen, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and PVC.  TPO has the highest growth rate, but PVC is growing quickly.

Roofing products are mostly manufactured and used domestically. The database profiles 200 unique roofing companies who operate some 500 manufacturing locations in theU.S., with California, Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Texas boasting the highest number of roofing product manufacturing locations in the country. 

Tile roofs are manufactured regionally in the markets where they are most used:  California, Florida and the Southwest.  Tiles, shingles and metal panels are predominantly made in the United States with most manufacturers operating multiple U.S. production facilities.  Roofing products made overseas include reflective coatings, adhesives and paints, but the U.S. market is still dominated by domestically manufactured products.

Policy changes have impacted roofing product selection recently as states are passing more regulations related to low VOC (volatile organic compounds, or toxins that get into the air) sealants and mandating the use of cold-applied adhesives and self-adhering roofing. 

Additionally, the current workforce of experienced roofers is aging and the industry is having a hard time attracting younger workers.  Manufacturers are trying to be part of the solution by offering prefabricated products that ease installation and allow crews to get more accomplished with less material in less time.  

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Company Location
Soprema Inc. Gulfport, Mississippi
Soprema Inc. Wadsworth, Ohio
Southwest Metal Systems Mineola, Texas
SR Products Youngstown, Ohio
Standard Structures Inc. Odessa, Texas
SteelROCK Roof Products Placentia, California
Steelscape Inc. Kalama, Washington
Steelscape Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, California
TAMCO Tampa, Florida
TAMKO Building Products Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TAMKO Building Products Joplin, Missouri
TAMKO Building Products Phillipsburg, Kansas
TAMKO Building Products Dallas, Texas
TAMKO Building Products Frederick, Maryland
TAMKO Building Products Ennis, Texas
TAMKO Building Products Joplin, Missouri
Thermo Manufacturing Company LP Lindale, Texas
Tibbetts Newport Corporation Santa Ana, California
Tremco Inc. Vernon, California
Tremco Inc. Beachwood, Ohio
Tremco Inc. Cleveland, Ohio
U.S. Ply Inc. Bridgeport, Texas
U.S. Ply Inc. Fort Worth, Texas
Union Corrugating Company Ocala, Florida
Union Corrugating Company Spencer, North Carolina
Union Corrugating Company Anderson, South Carolina
Union Corrugating Company Tifton, Georgia
Union Corrugating Company Tipp City, Ohio
Union Corrugating Company Orange, Virginia
Union Corrugating Company Vicksburg, Mississippi
Union Corrugating Company Yukon, Oklahoma
Union Corrugating Company Fayetteville, North Carolina
Union Corrugating Company Olyphant, Pennsylvania
United States Steel Corporation Granite City, Illinois
United States Steel Corporation Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States Steel Corporation Fairfield, Alabama
Valspar Corporation Minneapolis, Minnesota
Valspar Corporation Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Valspar Corporation Kankakee, Illinois
Valspar Corporation Garland, Texas
Valspar Corporation Bowling Green, Kentucky
Versico LLC Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Watson Metals LLC Manchester, Tennessee
WeatherBond Plainfield, Pennsylvania
Wheeling-Nippon Steel Inc. Follansbee, West Virginia
Whirlwind Building Systems Lithia Springs, Georgia
Whirlwind Building Systems Freeport, Minnesota
Whirlwind Building Systems Claremore, Oklahoma
Whirlwind Building Systems Houston, Texas
WV Metal Wholesalers Inc. Summersville, West Virginia