Every year, NRCA conducts a market survey to compile and examine important data from roofing contractors throughout the United States. The market survey allows contractors to compare their material usage with those in other regions, which can affect future business decisions. Whether contractors want to evaluate their businesses and current services or consider large capital investments, the survey allows them to see what similar businesses are doing. By analyzing the survey, contractors will be able to notice trends in the industry. For example, the survey can show which roof systems are being installed more frequently.
NRCA's market survey also provides manufacturers and distributors with data to analyze, such as roofing material, equipment and vehicle expenditures. These figures can be compared with those of previous years and future projections.
Although The National Roofing Contractors Association 2001-2002 Annual Market Survey shows a $3.66 billion decline (10.8 percent) in overall sales from 2000 to 2001, roofing contractors still seem to think 2001 was a pretty good year.
And the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and overall economic changes in the latter part of 2001 didn't decrease roofing contractors' optimism—they have hopes for a stable roofing industry and project an estimated growth of 4.1 percent for 2002.