The North America deck design software market size was valued at USD 86.8 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.0% from 2021 to 2028. Digital disruption in the field of deck-building and architectural services has enabled the real estate industry to provide more time-efficient and better quality services. Such disruption has paved the way for the larger use of communication and design sharing tools among deck suppliers and designers. Realizing the potential benefits of digital tools, many architects and designers continue to use deck-building tools to reduce time, congestion, and costs related to the design process. Furthermore, the integration of technologies such as AI and machine learning, along with the addition of creative design layouts, is expected to improve the efficiency of these solutions in the near future, which could, in turn, drive the market over the forecast period.
The U.S. deck design software market has witnessed stable growth since 2017, thanks to the presence of several vendors and the continued introduction of advanced deck design tools that can help architects and designers select materials and designs as per their projects. For instance, AZEK Company Inc., an outdoor living products provider, offers the Azek Deck Designer software, which has more than 140 products and a list of deck design templates. The software also offers customizations in pre-built templates and allows users to develop their designs in 3D. Several other design tools in the market offer feature that homeowners and experts can use for their remodeling and home improvement activities.
Deck designing is a complex process and needs the consideration of several rules and the latest technological requirements. The implementation of decks manually requires extensive efforts in complying with all the requirements and the process is prone to errors with a high risk of failure. Manual design efforts also require extensive time and dedicated efforts. The need to accommodate such a complicated process has led to the demand for deck design software with in-built design templates from architects and homeowners.
Over the years, decks have become an integral part of real estate and home renovation projects due to the changing consumer preference for aesthetic materials that enhance the appearance of the house. In addition to aesthetics, several residential and commercial users continue to build decks as part of outdoor extensions such as outdoor kitchens and shade arbors to host events. The growing popularity of DIY home décor or renovation projects, along with the steady growth of the real estate sector, has been instrumental in driving the market in the region.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to work remotely, thereby changing the way they communicate. The scenario has encouraged innovation to support digital transformation and online communication across several sectors. The need for a larger reliance on digital tools has impacted the deck design industry positively. The industry witnessed an increased demand for deck design software as COVID-19 restrictions rendered it necessary to share designs and layouts remotely. In addition, the increased demand for wood-alternative products, like composite decking and railing products, in the U.S. provided an impetus to the demand for deck design software in 2020. For instance, Trex Company, Inc., engaged in manufacturing wood-alternative composites in the U.S., reported a 19.2% growth in its business in 2020. Several other companies also reported a growth in revenue for composite products in the construction sector, suggesting promising opportunities for deck design vendors.
The on-premise segment captured the largest share of more than 55.0% in 2020. On-premise deck design software is a standalone application that requires dedicated system requirements and often consists of several modules and pre-loaded templates to allow users to install the software across several endpoints. Standalone applications also carry the benefit of not requiring a cloud-based deployment interface to store and share data among users. Such benefits allow individual users and engineers to explore features without having to invest in complex internet infrastructural elements, such as servers, and can easily generate the bill of materials and design layouts, thereby driving the demand for on-premise solutions. Furthermore, growing concerns about cyber threats and data privacy when sharing designs across web or cloud servers drive the adoption of on-premise solutions.
The popularity of cloud-based deck design software is increasing rapidly. Advancements in cloud security infrastructure and the promise of added security to share, deploy, and integrate design plans easily are favoring the segment growth. Additionally, the introduction of several stringent data protection policies to safeguard critical consumer data over the cloud and remote devices is expected to drive the segment over the forecast period. Moreover, the growing use of the internet to procure and communicate information about raw materials across enterprises is another key factor driving the cloud segment.
The architects and builders segment held the largest share of over 50.0% in 2020. Architects and builders were the major end-users of deck design software in 2020. Deck design solutions help architects identify and evaluate structural issues while determining project costs and effortlessly handle large-scale real estate projects. In addition to cost, deck design software eases the process of visualizing design specifications, subsequently contributing to their increased demand.
The demand for deck design solutions among remodelers has witnessed growth in recent times. With a rise in the number of home improvement or renovation activities, the demand for remodeling software solutions has gained prominence. Remodelers adopt deck design software to visualize existing and new deck models as per the existing infrastructure. With the increasing investments in renovation activities, the segment is expected to grow over the forecast period.
The residential application segment held the largest share of over 55.0% in 2020. Deck design software demand for residential projects witnessed a significant increase in 2020 and this trend is expected to continue over the next few years. An increased demand from remodelers to design gardens/backyards for recreation as well as dining has provided new opportunities for the deployment of deck design software. The industry has witnessed an inclination toward the use of cloud-based and app-based deck design tools, primarily among homeowners, which is expected to create avenues for future growth.
The demand for deck design software for commercial applications is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period. The growing popularity of composite and wood decks in extended office spaces, resorts, hotels, docks, and restaurants to enhance aesthetic appearance is expected to stimulate the growth of the segment over the forecast period. Moreover, ongoing investments in the renovation of aging commercial properties are expected to contribute to the growth of the segment.
In the North American market, the U.S. held the largest revenue share of more than 85.0% in 2020. The notable rise in deck installations across households to host outdoor events is one of the key trends contributing to the growth of the market in the U.S. Moreover, large investments in building renovation and construction projects across the country contribute to market growth. Additionally, the high growth rate of cloud-based technologies and existing infrastructure capabilities, along with favorable government policies to protect consumer data, add to the market growth prospects.
Stable growth has been witnessed in residential decking in Canada over the past years and the trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. Composites and wooden decks are largely preferred on new housing construction and renovation projects. As building materials are exposed to the extreme environmental conditions typically observed in the country, several renovations create avenues for market growth. The growing investments in deck-building and new constructions in the country are expected to drive the market over the forecast period.
The North American market for deck design software is highly competitive owing to the presence of several open-source vendors offering free deck design tools and a limited number of pure-play vendors offering paid design tools. Open-source software is adopted by several homeowners and designers owing to its low price and availability of free decking templates. However, complex projects requiring professional design expertise create avenues for paid design tools that offer 3D design capabilities and other visualization options allowing architects and engineers to plan easily. Product introductions and company acquisitions are among the key organic growth strategies adopted by market participants.
Key companies have adopted strategic partnerships and acquisitions to maintain their dominant positions in the market. Other prominent decking vendors are engaged in developing new solutions to strengthen their market positions. For instance, in October 2020, Fiberon announced the launch of Deck Designer, a new addition to the company’s Discovery Deck Design Tools suite of digital resources for homeowners and trade professionals. Some prominent players in the North America deck design software market include:
AZEK Building Products (TimberTech)
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
Chief Architect, Inc.
Trex Company, Inc.
Market size value in 2021
USD 99.8 million
Revenue forecast in 2028
USD 235.3 million
CAGR of 13.0% from 2021 to 2028
Base year for estimation
2016 - 2019
2021 - 2028
Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Deployment, end use, application, country
Key companies profiled
AZEK Building Products (TimberTech); Trex Company, Inc.; Lowe’s; Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.; MiTek Inc.; Chief Architect, Inc.; Fiberon; Delta Software International LLC (CAD Pro); Luxwood Software Tools; SmartDraw, LLC
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This report forecasts revenue growth at the country level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the North America deck design software market report on the basis of deployment, end use, application, and country:
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End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)
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b. North America deck design software market size was estimated at USD 86.8 million in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 99.8 million in 2021.
b. North America deck design software market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.0% from 2021 to 2028 to reach USD 235.3 million by 2028.
b. The U.S. dominated the North America deck design software market with a share of around 80% in 2020. The notable rise in deck installations across households to host outdoor events is one of the key trends attributed to the growth of the market in the U.S.
b. Some key players operating in the North America deck design software market include Chief Architect, Inc.; Trex Company, Inc.; SmartDraw, LLC; MiTek Inc.; Fiberon.
b. Key factors that are driving the North America deck design software market growth include the continued introduction of advanced deck design tools that can help architects and designers select materials and designs as per their projects and the increasing investments in the renovation of aging commercial properties.
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