As part of our State of the Industry Survey, we asked roofing contractors about sales volumes across product categories.

As part of our State of the Industry Survey, we asked roofing contractors about sales volumes across product categories.

On average, nearly one-third of the roofing contractors’ total sales volume is derived from steep-slope asphalt products. Further, one-fourth of total sales involve single-ply roofing products. Roughly two-thirds of contractors surveyed sell steep-slope asphalt and single-ply roofing products.

In 2008, more roofing contractors have seen significant increases as opposed to decreases in their single-ply and metal roofing sales. Almost 40 percent of contractors sold more single ply over the past year, while 25 percent sold less. Thirty-five percent of respondents had increased sales from metal roofing, while 20 percent saw a decrease. Dramatic declines were seen in the sales of slate, concrete tile, and low-slope asphalt products in 2008.

More roofing contractors expect to see increases rather than decreases in their 2009 overall sales, with 43 percent expecting an increase, 30 percent expecting a decrease, and 27 percent expecting sales to remain the same. They also expect sales for single-ply roofing, metal roofing and steep-slope asphalt products to increase. Declining sales are expected to continue into 2009 for slate, concrete tile, and low-slope asphalt products.

For more on the survey results, see the February issue of Roofing Contractor or visit our Web site, www.arwmag.com/CDA/Articles/Article_Rotation/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000524135.