Gutter trends for contractors always change but lately, they all seem to be bringing really good news to the industry. A market study done by the Freedonia Groups expects the gutter and downspout industry to grow to $6 billion by 2022.
This positive movement is thanks to the expanded gutter product offerings, increased availability of gutter maintenance accessories, and the rising number of new construction and re-roofing projects.
4 Latest Gutter Trends for Contractors to Consider
Here are some of the latest trends that are worth looking into for gutter contractors.
1. Increasing Prices
The steadily rising overhead and price competition is something that has always challenged the guttering industry, making it difficult for contractors to come up with a price attractive enough to win a bid and also yield good profit. Aside from that, material costs are also rising due to new tariffs on aluminum and steel, pressuring contractors even more to offer competitive pricing.
There’s a silver lining though—downspouts and gutters are generally included in bigger roofing projects, so these increasing costs won’t likely have a negative effect on project demand. They do, however, affect the choices contractors have to make when picking the type of downspout and gutter for a project.
Historically speaking, steel has always been the number 1 choice for gutters, but it seems like aluminum is coming to take over the top spot. Lakefront Supply, and other Chicago roofing companies, have noticed that orders for aluminum gutter products have increased recently, with cost seen as the main trigger.
Aside from being relatively cheaper, aluminum is also easy to install, lightweight, and available in different colors—all the more reason for roofing and gutter contractors to switch from steel to aluminum.
This doesn’t mean though that steel is going away. Although more expensive, many still go for steel gutters for their warranty and durability, and contractors working on upmarket jobs often select copper for its high-class appearance. As a result, steel, copper, and vinyl will still own a huge chunk of the market by 2022.
Compared to roofing or siding contractors, gutter contractors handle a much smaller scale and scope of work. To add more value and earn better profits, many gutter contractors offer additional products.
Accessories such as gutter guards and screens make easy add-on products. This is because most homeowners aren’t really into gutter cleaning and maintenance, so any item that can help them cut down on that is sure to be welcome.
4. Value-Added Services from Suppliers
Roofing suppliers are always looking for ways to help contractors keep up with today’s fast-paced gutter market. This means providing value-added services that can help make a contractor’s job easier, such as product customization options, training opportunities, and recycling services.
Lakefront Supply, for example, offers onsite delivery which saves contractors time and effort as they don’t need to pick up their orders themselves. They can just go straight to where the job is and expect their ordered supplies to be delivered there when they expect it.
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