The global cool roof market size was estimated at USD 18.4 billion in 2018 and is projected to ascend at a CAGR of 5.7% over the forecast period. Rapid growth in the global construction industry and increasing emphasis on green building projects are anticipated to drive the demand for cool roofs and, in turn, propel the market growth over the forecast period.
Growth in the construction industry on account of rapid urbanization, removal of trade barriers for foreign investments, and increasing spending by the global construction companies in potential markets are various factors that are expected to drive the demand for new roofing systems such as cool roofing products across the globe over the forecast period. Recent growth in the infrastructure sector in countries, such as Australia, India, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Canada, is anticipated to augment the product demand. Furthermore, the global refugee crisis and requirement for infrastructure expansion in developing countries are expected to propel the demand for the product globally over the forecast period.
The market in the U.S. is expected to witness growth owing to growing interest of businesses and homeowners to install cool roofs made from durable roofing materials, which are resistant to damages caused by hailstorms, uplifts due to high winds, and exposure to solar radiations. Cool roofs help avert future occurrences of heat island effects. Cool roofing is an emergent technology that is used to control the temperature of buildings. It prevents the absorption of heat by reflecting sun rays and emitting the UV radiations back to the atmosphere, thereby maintaining the indoor ambient temperature.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a popular green building certification program worldwide. It evaluates construction projects based on design, construction, operations, and maintenance, which contributes to the sustainable development of buildings. Rising importance of energy conservation and strict environmental regulations are, therefore, anticipated to be the major driving factors triggering the growth of cool roof market over the forecast period.
Cool roofs are categorized into two major types, namely steep sloped and low sloped. Steep slope type comprises an inclined roofline and is majorly used in residential buildings, whereas low sloped is mostly installed in commercial and industrial buildings. Depending on the design of a building and structural components, various techniques are used for steep-sloped and low-sloped roofs.
Materials used in the construction of steep-sloped roofs include tiles, metal roofing, and asphalt shingles. Furthermore, the roofs contribute to over 40% of the exterior appearance of the building, and, therefore, the type of material used in the construction of these roofs such as tiles and shingles demands higher aesthetic value.
Roofing materials such as coated, foam, built-up roofing systems, modified bitumen, and single-ply membranes are used in the construction of low-sloped systems. Low-sloped segment accounts for a significant market share on account of its ability to reflect more solar energy into the atmosphere as compared to steep-sloped roofs
The installation cost of steep-sloped systems is high as compared to low sloped on account of the complexity of the process associated with the former. However, inclined roofs prevent the accumulation of dirt as water easily washes the dirt and debris from the surface, therefore, it requires less maintenance, which, in turn, is likely to boost the demand for steep-sloped systems over the forecast period.
Single-ply membranes or coatings are installed directly on top of the existing roofing assembly, which reduces the installation cost of the product. Moreover, repair and maintenance cost of low-sloped systems is low as they are installed on a flat surface, which offers negligible or minimal resistance, thereby driving the product demand over the forecast period.
Single-ply membranes accounted for 23.4% of the total revenue share of the market in 2018 on account of their waterproof, flexible, and durable characteristics. Single-ply Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is widely used in the roofs of commercial buildings owing to high flexibility offered by the product under diverse climatic conditions.
Solar reflectance of asphalt shingles is low on account of the presence of a limited quantity of pigment in granule coating coupled with the rough texture of the product, which results in multiple scattering of the sunlight, thus resulting in less reflection. Therefore, the application of asphalt shingles as cool roofs is limited to residential buildings and a few commercial buildings.
The availability of metal systems in a variety of substrates, textures, and colors provides customization options to customers, which is likely to drive their popularity and boost their demand over the forecast period. Furthermore, low life-cycle cost, low weight, and fire-resistance ability of metal roofs are likely to have a positive impact on the market growth over the forecast period.
White-coated roofs are more efficient as they reflect over 70% to 80% of the sunrays, whereas pigmented coated ones that are available in darker shades, such as blue, green, and red, are less efficient and reflect less than 20% of the sunrays. The demand for pigmented coated variant in residential buildings is witnessing significant growth rate on account of their ability to impart additional aesthetic value to the structures.
Based on application, the market has been segmented into residential, commercial, and industrial. Cool roofs provide comfort to the occupants of a building by keeping the building cooler during hot summer months on account of properties such as high thermal emittance (TE) and solar reflectance (SR). In addition, longer lifespan compared to standard roofs is expected to drive their demand over the forecast period.
Growing awareness of consumers about the benefits offered by cool roofs such as increased energy efficiency by reducing heat gain due to the reflection of sun rays back into the atmosphere, which reduces the usage of air conditioners is expected to drive the demand for cool roofing products in residential applications over the forecast period.
The use of cool roofs in commercial buildings is anticipated to reduce heat flow from outside into building interiors, thereby, reducing electricity requirements for space cooling or air-conditioning. In addition, since the cost of electricity for commercial spaces is relatively high, the installation of cool roofs aids in cost saving owing to low-energy requirement. The product helps decrease the strain on electrical grid, thereby reducing the risk of power outages, enabling continuous workflow, and increasing the efficiency of industrial buildings. In addition, regulations on the construction of green buildings and rising awareness regarding green buildings are anticipated to drive their demand in industrial building applications over the forecast period.
The product is installed based on suitability of cool roofing systems in a particular region. Some regions require less insulation, whereas in some regions, local codes can allow a fluctuation in insulation when a cool roof is installed. The maximum benefits of energy-saving can be obtained through a combination of reflective and insulation system in different regions.
High product penetration in the U.S. can be attributed to increasing number of large-scale infrastructure investment projects including hotels and hospitals in New York, Missouri, and Los Angeles. Rising demand for the expansion of floor space in various industries has led to a growth in new construction and renovation projects, thereby, driving the product demand.
Emerging economies of Asia Pacific are witnessing a high growth in construction spending and increasing consumer disposable income owing to rapid urbanization. In addition, infrastructure renewal projects and ongoing efforts to build megacities are likely to drive the demand for advanced systems such as cool roofing products.
North America is expected to account for a revenue share of 42.0% in 2018 on account of the growing construction industry and renovation activities in the U.S. In addition, increasing adoption of the products to maintain indoor temperatures in North American countries is likely to drive the demand over the forecast period.
The market is marked by the presence of large-scale and small-scale manufacturers across the globe, thereby resulting in a moderate level of concentration. Competition in the market is intense and categorized by the need for reliable and innovative cool roofing solutions. Majority of manufacturers strive to use innovative and suitable technologies to offer durable products.
Major players in the market compete based on product application techniques and product innovation. Owens Corning; GAF; CertainTeed Corporation; Tamko Building Products, Inc.; IKO Industries Ltd.; ATAS International Inc.; and Henry Company are some of the key players engaged in the production and supply of roofing solutions to several end-use industries.
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2014 - 2017
2019 - 2025
Volume in million square feet, revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East, Africa
U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Russia, Spain, Italy, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, United Arab Emirates
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global cool roof market report on the basis of roof type, product, application, and region:
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Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
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