By all accounts, 2002 has been a struggle for the roofing
industry. And it's anyone's guess how 2003 will end up.
In this issue, you'll find our annual industry forecast in which
roofing contractors explain how they regard the state of the
industry (see "Tough
times," page 18). Similarly, I asked some roofing material
manufacturers what they think about the industry and economy and
their outlooks for next year.
Bill Collins, president and chief operating officer of GAF
Materials Corp., Wayne, N.J., and Nick McClintock, vice president
of exterior systems business for Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning,
believe laminate shingles are gaining market share in the
residential (steep-slope) arena.
"Consumer demand for aesthetically pleasing products that
perform is the key driver in material use," McClintock says. "In
fact, dimensional or laminate shingles have become the standard in
new construction, as well as...
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