Drywall and Wallboard Demand Meter Forecast

Current Market Share and Reliable Forecasts through 2026

We partnered with Home Innovation Research Labs to produce what we believe is the best and most current data and forecast to help US building products companies size their market and track their growth rates relative to the addressable market.

Home Innovation Research Labs has been surveying home builders and households for decades. Their most recent detailed survey included responses from ~1,300 home builders who build ~32,000 homes per year, and ~75,000 households, more than half of whom had done a repair or remodel project in the last year.

The Building Products Demand Meter Forecasts measure installed residential market volumes across 18 major building product categories—from dimensional lumber and siding to HVAC and interior paint—through 2026.

Updated January 2024

Drywall and Wallboard

US residential drywall and wallboard demand is projected to increase from 12.02 billion sq. ft. in 2023 to 12.40 billion sq. ft. in 2024, an increase of +3.1% by volume. 

Drywall and Wallboard: 2024 Projected Residential End Market Shares

New Construction

86%

Repair and Remodel

14%

Sources: John Burns Research and Consulting, Home Innovation Research Labs

Building Products Demand Meter Forecast: Drywall and Wallboard uses JBREC’s proprietary market research to help you understand both market changes and total installed volume on an annual and quarterly basis. Clients can access data on drywall and wallboard repair and remodels, additions, and replacements to existing homes, as well as drywall and wallboard demand for new residential construction (includes both single-family and multifamily).

Segment

Quarterly Unit Installed Volumes are available for New Construction and Repair and Remodel end market exposures. Please talk to our building products consulting team for custom regional and material breakouts.

Materials Covered

Includes all interior wall and ceiling surface materials: paneling, gypsum wallboard/drywall, backerboard, acoustical tiles, other materials, and interior paint/wallpaper

Updated January 2024

Current Conditions

  • We expect annualized 1Q24 installed volumes to be 12.35 billion sq. ft. (+6.0% YOY). This includes all interior wall and ceiling surface materials (paneling, gypsum wallboard/drywall, backerboard, acoustical tiles).
  • Year-over-year installed volume increases from stronger housing starts in late 2023 into 2024

Demand Outlook

  • 12.40 billion sq. ft. installed in 2024 (+3.1% YOY)
  • We expect 2024 single-family housing starts to increase, driving demand for wallboard. Offsetting this is a significant contraction in multifamily new construction. We expect multifamily new construction to contract by double digits in 2024 due to completed multifamily units outpacing demand and a higher cost of capital to fund multifamily projects.
  • Rate buydowns and quick-move-in homes supported 2023 new home sales, according to our monthly Builder Survey. The subsequent push to find replacement communities has primed production builders for growth.
  • We expect smaller home sizes to decrease overall installed volumes in new construction.
  • Our 4Q23 US Remodeling Index, in partnership with Qualified Remodeler, revealed that 35% of Design-Build firms that specialize in large remodeling projects have higher backlogs than in 2022.
Forecasts through 2026 are available exclusively to building products research members. Click here to learn more.

About our partner

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Home Innovation Research Labs

Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center) is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home-building products.

Reach out to our partners at Home Innovation

Ed Hudson

Director, Market Research Division at Home Innovation Research Labs

Mike Luzier

President & CEO at Home Innovation Research Labs

Building Products Demand Meter

This industry-first data product tracks current and historical US residential installed product volumes (final demand) for major building product categories.

Members can access market sizes for 18 building product categories.

Track US residential installed product volume for 18 unique building product categories: lumber, concrete, drywall, paint, bathroom fixtures, lighting, and more.

Three-year forecast of levels and growth rates are available annually and quarterly.

History of changes in product volume back to 2000 for each building product category

Also available in standardized format, enabling easy comparisons of product installation volumes relative to each category’s historical range

Based on JBREC proprietary forecasts and extensive, industry-leading survey data from Home Innovation Research Labs

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Custom Building Products Consulting Services

Building Products Consulting

Structural Building Materials, Interior Fixtures, Prefab Construction, Commercial Construction

Our team is comprised of industry experts with diverse sector and functional experience. We partner across organizations to provide custom consulting reports to aid organic and inorganic investment decisions, strategic planning, and marketing.

Capabilities

Through our custom consulting you can receive accurate answers to questions like these for drywall and wallboard:

What is the market share of natural gypsum vs. synthetic gypsum drywall?

How are drywall manufacturers solving noise control in homes?

How are smaller home sizes impacting overall drywall usage in new construction?

Building Products Demand Meter Categories

We measure installed residential market volumes across 18 major building product categories.

Forecasts through 2026 are available to clients. Click on each product category to peek at our 2024 forecasts.

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