Demand is expected to reach $3-5 billion by 2007, the Cleveland-based Freedonia Group concludes in its recent study, "Roofing." This growth, says the study, "will be aided by the continuing trend toward higher-value laminated shingles
at the expense of the three-tab shingles." In short, asphalt roofing is getting better.
made their mark in the '90s," says Mike Loughery, communications manager for CertainTeed Corp., "and now represent about 50% of installed roofing shingles." According to Loughery, laminated shingles
are quickly replacing three-tab shingles in popularity.
Value gains for asphalt shingles will be aided by the continuing trend toward higher-value laminated shingles
at the expense of the traditional three-tab shingles.
Sales reflected a decline in both laminated asphalt shingle shipments and external shipments of nonwoven fiberglass roofing mat to other roofing manufacturers, According to the company, construction of Elk's new $75 million premium laminated asphalt shingle plant and related facilities in Myerstown, PA, is nearly complete, with initial start-up activities underway and limited production of laminated shingles
scheduled to begin in December.
You can buy special ridge cap shingles for laminated shingles
like we show here, or cut your own ridge cap from three-tab shingles (the shingle packaging will have directions).
The laminated shingles
come from the slitter as a continuous length of material at a speed of 650 fpm, DiRe explained.
Asphalt construction products will continue to account for the largest portion of demand for glass fibers in other reinforced uses and will benefit from above-average expected growth for laminated shingles
. GLASS FIBERS DEMAND (million pounds) % Annual Growth Item 1995 2000 2005 00/95 05/00 Glass Fiber Demand 5093 6178 6770 3.9 1.8 Glass World 3088 3764 4010 4.0 1.3 Textile Glass 2005 2414 2760 3.8 2.7 Reinforced Plastics 876 1065 1248 4.0 3.2 Other Reinforced Uses 907 1095 1226 3.8 2.3 Nonreinforced 222 254 286 2.7 2.4 [C] 2001 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.
"Also, there is a trend toward laminated shingles
, which use 30% more glass than standard three-tab shingles," he added.
Knoop of Owens Corning, who described the outlook for the roofing industry as very encouraging due to the normal growth of the market, as well as the trend to use laminated shingles
that use more mats.
, which offer a dimensional, higher-profile appearance than traditional three-tab shingles, have been increasing their share of asphalt shingle shipments throughout the 1990s and will continue that trend through 2003.