7 Reasons Why Market Growth is Forecasted to Rebound for Insulation, Waterproofing, and Weatherization Products in 2025

7 Reasons Why Market Growth is Forecasted to Rebound for Insulation, Waterproofing, and Weatherization Products in 2025

With growth expected over the next few years for weatherization, insulation, and waterproofing products, there are going to be new opportunities for weatherization and insulation manufacturers and distributors to meet changing demand and acquire a larger share of the market.

The market for insulation, waterproofing, and weatherization products has been sluggish to start 2024. However, research indicates this market will rebound in 2025 and the following years.

Awareness around energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resiliency, and sustainability are driving demand for renovations and improvement projects that can address these concerns and challenges. Not only is that expected to help boost the market growth for existing products and technologies, but there is also a growing need for new alternatives and substitutes to address customer usage and preferences.

What is the Size of the Insulation, Weatherization, and Weatherproofing Market?

There is plenty of intersection among weatherization, waterproofing, and insulation products, with a variety of them being used for specific renovations and home improvement activities.

Based on S&P Global’s data provided to the Home Improvement Research Institute’s members in the June 2024 Products Market Forecast, there’s been negative growth in the insulation and weatherization market in 2024. However, the forecast shows both the professional and consumer market for these products bouncing back between 2025 to 2028.

Based on further data from Straits Research, the global insulation market was about $60 billion in 2023, and is projected to grow to nearly $100 billion by 2030. Meanwhile, the market for weatherization products  was estimated to be about $36 million in 2023, reaching almost $53 million by 2033, based on research from Future Market Insights.

Although there is some crossover in the types of products and materials used for thermal insulation versus acoustic insulation, there are also distinctions between these product categories and their respective markets. The global market value for acoustic insulation products is expected to approach approximately $17 billion by 2026.

Why is the Insulation and Weatherization Products Category Expected to Increase in 2025?

With the expectation for a rebound in these product categories, you need to understand what market trends, customer behaviors, and other factors are likely to contribute to this growth over the next few years.

Here are a handful of the reasons why the market for insulation, waterproofing and weatherization products is expected to rebound in 2025:

1. Rising Energy Costs

Currently, inflation is prevalent across industries and markets, which is presenting higher costs to consumers for their daily needs, including energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. residential electricity price rose 6.2% in 2023. Homeowners and tenants are looking for ways to reduce their utility bill amid fluctuating costs, and that includes improving insulation and weatherization. 

2. Desire to Protect Home from Natural Disasters

There have been 387 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2024), according to NOAA.  These large events continue to increase; in the 90s there were an average of 5.7 per year, 6.7 in the 2000s, 13.1 in the 2010s, to averaging 20.4 in the past five years.  In 2023 alone, there were 28 $1B+ natural disasters in the U.S. 

In light of fires, flooding and storm challenges, property owners are likely to turn to products that can help with basement waterproofing, home exterior waterproofing, fire mitigation, protecting roofs from weather damage, and other projects to protect their homes and other structures from natural disasters. 

Additionally, weather resistance  is expected to become an even bigger focus over the next few years—not only in the United States but also abroad. This emphasis on resiliency and sustainability are likely to help drive the weatherization and waterproofing markets and create new opportunities for building product manufacturers in these industries.

3. Government Programs and Incentives

Many property owners are considering smart building technologies to make buildings more eco-friendly and help with energy management, propelled by concerns about energy consumption. 

There are also government regulations, incentives, and programs that come into play. Individuals can receive subsidies, tax credits, rebates, and other financial incentives—as well as green building certifications—by implementing specific weatherization projects and features. In some cases, these initiatives will be necessary because of regulatory requirements that influence energy efficient practices. 

There is also expected to be more funds channeled to research and development for these types of building products and materials. And programs like the Weatherization Assistance Program and Home Energy Assistance Program are aimed to support low-income households with improving energy efficiency.

4. Failing Infrastructure and Rapid Industrialization

Another factor influencing the insulation and weatherization market is the aging of infrastructure and buildings that’s happening internationally. The median age of a home in the U.S. is over 40 years according to the NAHB. They are in need of upgrades to improve energy efficiency and insulation, such as tighter envelopes, air sealing, and conditioned crawlspaces, as well as roof repairs and other retrofitting activities. Governments are investing in infrastructure, to make projects cost-competitive for homeowners and commercial property owners. 

Take, for instance, the Inflation Reduction Act, which included rebates for weatherizing buildings, alongside electrification. There’s a growing understanding of how upgrading old infrastructure and retrofitting aging buildings with newer technology can reduce utility bills, the strain on the electric grid, and climate pollution while improving the health of residents and tenants.

 With investments being made to meet the demands of rapid industrialization and improving infrastructure, there is a growing need for construction materials—particularly in the insulation, weatherization, and waterproofing market—that can contribute to energy efficiency, resiliency, and creating a safe, healthy environment, whether a building is used for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes.

5. Demand for Alternative Materials

Last year, the mineral wool segment held the most significant share among building insulation materials[K4] , thanks to its superior thermal and acoustic insulation properties and the increasing consumer demand for high-quality construction products and materials

Manufacturers are also developing synthetic materials that have waterproofing properties and mimic looks of slate, wood, metal, but are made from more sustainable, lighter, easier to install, and more affordable composites. Homeowners that want to achieve a wood look on the exterior of their home no longer need to invest in the high cost of cedar shake and shingles for example.  Instead, they can select from a range of wood-look siding shapes and sizes. This trend is also happening in the roofing category with the increased share of metal roofs that tend to be more environmentally friendly and durable.

6. Increasing Push for Healthy Homes 

Exposure to the toxic chemicals used in building insulation materials can lead to various human health and safety risks, and there is a growing awareness around this issue. Industry stakeholders and customers are on the lookout for new insulation alternatives that are safer and more sustainable. 

Not only that, but the concept of healthy homes has been more top-of-mind since the COVID-19 pandemic, and proper weatherization of residential and commercial buildings can improve certain aspects of indoor air quality (IAQ) and the overall comfort of an indoor space. 

These attributes are increasingly meaningful to homeowners, particularly younger generations and those with children in the household. They are also increasingly important to price-sensitive and health-conscious renters, who desire updated ventilation control systems; general air sealing and insulation; and high-efficiency HVAC components.

However, these growing concerns about the health and safety risks posed by certain materials—like mineral wool and fiberglass—will influence the market for these products in the coming years and continue to drive the desire for safer alternatives.

7. Emergence of Innovations 

For several of the reasons mentioned above, there’s been the emergence of new innovations within the insulation and weatherization industries—and there continues to be new opportunities for building product manufacturers to meet the demand for improved insulation materials and better waterproofing technology

A few examples of emerging alternatives and innovations within these industries include vacuum insulation panels, smart insulation, green waterproofing products (i.e. low-VOC,polymer-based, and recyclable), better-performing housewraps, and integrating renewable energy into the weatherization process. In some cases, it’s not about introducing new products and materials, but finding ways to make them more accessible and cost-competitive to residential customers. 

A couple of examples are the use of carbon fiber in basement crack repair and spray-on air and vapor barriers. Along with better quality, there’s also an emphasis on better craftsmanship and ensuring that these products and materials are installed correctly to optimize their benefits, from mitigating the risk of building damage to enhancing efficiency and improving comfort for occupants.

Staying Up to Date with the Insulation, Weatherization and Waterproofing Markets

With growth expected over the next few years for weatherization, insulation, and waterproofing products, there are going to be new opportunities for weatherization and insulation manufacturers and distributors to meet changing demand and acquire a larger share of the market. 

Whether it’s a homeowner looking to upgrade for energy efficiency or an architect looking to utilize new materials in a creative fashion, you must understand what customers want so you can better meet their needs.

Our industry research experts at The Farnsworth Group have been studying the building products space exclusively for nearly four decades, and understand the nuances of our current  environment. We are here to help your product, channel, brand, and marketing teams  understand customer behavior, market sizing, and product preferences that are most relevant to making strategic business decisions.