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Breathable Membranes Market - By Type (Polyethylene, Polypropylene), By Application (Pitched Roofs, and Walls) & By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, APAC, MEA) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Investment & Forecast Report | 2022 to 2027

Published: January, 2022
ID: 8632
Pages: 175

Breathable Membranes Market Size, Share & Trends (2022-2027):

Breathable Membranes Market is predicted to expand at a CAGR of 11.3% from USD 1,600 million in 2022 to USD 3,343.7 million by 2027 during the forecast period.

Breathable membranes are semi-porous sheets or films that allow the exchange of water vapor and prevent liquid water from entering. These membranes prevent water from seeping into the roof structure, while providing cool and warm ventilation. Breathable membranes are mainly used in the construction industry; they are used as the basis for various types of roofs, such as slanted slate roofs and tiled roofs. A large amount of water vapor can be produced in a building. This damage can be avoided by ventilating the roof structure with breathable membranes. High humidity inside a building can cause serious problems such as mold growth, moisture stains, corrosion (for metals), rot (for wood components) and poor insulation. Breathable membranes are made of a variety of materials, ranging from polytetrafluoroethylene (commonly referred to as Teflon) to polyurethane and microporous polypropylene.

The breathable membranes market was growing rapidly, driven by the increased use of products such as polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PU) and polypropylene (PP) in the application, including sloped walls and ceilings. The prospects offered by the increased demand for high quality hermetic membranes and the increased technological expertise in many construction procedures are supposed to stimulate the market demand for breathable membranes. They can be used as a complete unsupported or supported sub-floor under slate or tile roofs, on ventilated or unventilated cold or hot roofs. Breathable membranes are gaining in importance and are widely used in a variety of products. Its versatile use and adaptability are recognized by installers, traders and specifiers as the optimal solution to meet requirements. The implementation of building regulations and policies has led to the development of efficient and advanced building techniques. Now, buildings become watertight thanks to better protection against drafts, central heating and dual surveillance. This results in an increase in the water vapor content in the building. This, along with better insulation, creates a cooler attic space and the potential for condensation to form. Condensation can severely damage the roof of the building, whether interstitial or superficial. Now they are widely used in various types of building constructions. In addition to improving energy efficiency, breathable membranes provide long-lasting protection of building integrity against various threats, such as air and water infiltration and condensation.

Breathable Membranes Market Drivers:

The increasing growth of the building and construction industry and a rising awareness of protecting building resources from additional moisture are some of the major factors driving the demand for breathable membranes. In addition, the government's desire to promote the construction of energy-efficient buildings and minimize the energy consumption of infrastructure is a further growth engine. Breathable membrane films are widely used in areas with heavy rain, heavy snowfall and high atmospheric moisture content due to their water resistance property. In addition, breathable membranes help to improve thermal efficiency and reduce energy consumption in a building, as they are increasingly used as sub-roofs, as well as for wall cladding and house cladding. This factor is likely to drive the market boom over the outlook period

Breathable Membranes Market Restraints:

However, fluctuations in the prices of raw materials and increasing wall thickness due to the use of breathable membranes are some of the factors that are estimated to slow the market growth during the conjecture period.

Opportunities in the Breathable Membranes Market:

The main opportunities are in geographic areas with extreme climatic conditions where the demand for timber frames on concrete and steel is increasing. The demand for high performance extra hermetic membranes is rising the global breathable membrane business.

Challenges in the Breathable Membranes Market:

The slow growth of the construction industry in Western Europe and fluctuating prices for raw materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene resins represent a major challenge for the overall growth of the global breathable membranes business.




Market Size Available

2022– 2027

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022- 2027



Segments Covered

By Type, By Application,By Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Cosella-Dörken Products Inc., Soprema, Inc, GAF, Saint-Gobain SA, Kingspan Group Plc and Riwega S.r.l.

Breathable Membranes Market Segmentation:

Breathable Membranes Market - By Type:

  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Others

Polyethylene (PE) -based breathable membrane is estimated to contribute significantly to the global breathable membranes market during the outlook period due to its excellent properties such as long-term UV resistance and water resistance, and the increasing demand in pitched roof applications.

Breathable Membranes Market By Application:

  • Pitched Roof
  • Walls

Depending on the type of application, the pitched roof is believed to be the largest end application in the market globally. The growth of the segment is driven by the increasing construction of timber structures with pitched roof architecture. Polyethylene (PE) -based breathable membrane is believed to be in great demand in the application of pitched roofs. Improved knowledge to protect building materials from water vapor erosion is also strengthening the market. The building and construction sector has enormous scope for expansion, especially in the Scandinavian countries, which in turn, the consumption of breathable membranes is expected to increase during the forecast period.

Breathable Membranes Market - By Region:

  • North America 

  • Europe 

  • Asia Pacific

  • Latin America 

  • Middle East & Africa 

Western Europe was the main market for breathable membranes, in terms of size. It is expected to maintain the market leadership during the forecast period. Germany and France are the two main markets for breathable membranes in this region. The increase in housing construction is driving the market in Western Europe. This results in a high demand for breathable membranes. Its increasing use on sloped roofs and walls, coupled with strict structural rules to minimize energy consumption, is likely to drive demand for breathable membranes in Scandinavia.

The Asia-Pacific region is supposed to experience a faster CAGR in the breathable membranes market during the outlook period mainly due to the increase in disposable income per capita coupled with the growing demand for energy efficient buildings in the region. In addition, the growing number of commercial and industrial buildings, including shopping malls, educational institutions, factories, power plants and other facilities in developing countries including China, Japan, India and South Korea, further stimulates demand for breathable membranes, thus stimulating the market growth in the area.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2019, The North Face launched the first waterproof Futurelight. The technology has been in development for three years and uses a nanospinning process to create nanoscale level holes in the fabric membrane for "unmatched" air permeability. This allows air to flow through the material and provides more ventilation while maintaining a complete seal, the company explains.

  • In January 2019, TLX Insulation launched the world's first bat-friendly breathable membrane. So far, when bats are found on the roofs, only the Bitumen 1F felt base has been used. Properties with an uninsulated 1F felt roof can release up to 10 tonnes of CO2 per year through the building structure.

Impact of COVID-19 on Breathable Membranes Market:

The coronavirus pandemic may threaten the development of the breathable membrane industry to some extent. The major players in the business are wary of the future of the market and seek to reinvent their growth plans. The pandemic is having a huge impact on the construction industry and most of the major players have been forced to shut down, which has affected the demand for breathable membranes. The international trade, export and import of COVID-19 have been significantly affected and demand has therefore deteriorated in the industry as well. Faced with these dark times, this pandemic still offers an opportunity for development in the sector, the populations being more aware of health and safety aspects. The average disposable income of the population is likely to decline and manufacturers will try to find innovative solutions that can meet customer needs at much lower cost.

Breathable Membranes Market Key Players:

The key players operating in the global breathable membranes market are

  1. E. I. du Pont
  2. de Nemours and Company
  3. Cosella-Dörken Products Inc
  4. Soprema, Inc
  5. GAF
  6. Saint-Gobain SA
  7. Kingspan Group Plc
  8. Riwega S.r.l

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Study Deliverables                  

                1.3 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods                          

                1.4 General Study Assumptions                

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Introduction                               

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Econometric Modelling      

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Analysis Design                         

                2.4 Study Timeline                          

3. Overview                                       

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferences                         

                3.3 Epidemology                              

4. Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Challenges Analysis (DROC)                                    

                4.1 Market Drivers                          

                4.2 Market Restraints                    

                4.3 Key Challenges                         

                4.4 Current Opportunities in the Market                              

5. Market Segmentation                                              

                5.1 Type                              

                                5.1.1 Introduction           

                                5.1.2 Polyethylene         

                                5.1.3 Polypropylene       

                                5.1.4  Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Type    

                                5.1.5  Market Attractiveness Analysis, By Type  

                                5.1.6  Market Share Analysis, By Type    

                5.2 Application                 

                                5.2.1 Introduction           

                                5.2.2 Pitched Roofs        

                                5.2.3 Walls          

                                5.2.4 Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Application         

                                5.2.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis, By Application       

                                5.2.6 Market Share Analysis, By Application        

6. Geographical Analysis                                              

                6.1 Introduction                               

                                6.1.1 Regional Trends    

                                6.1.2 Impact Analysis     

                                6.1.3 Y-o-Y Growth Analysis        

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                                6.1.4  Market Attractiveness Analysis     

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                                6.1.5  Market Share Analysis      

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                6.2 North America                          

                                6.1.1 Introduction           

                                6.1.2 United States         

                                6.1.3 Canada     

                6.3 Europe                         

                                6.2.1 Introduction           

                                6.2.2 U.K             

                                6.2.3 Spain         

                                6.2.4 Germany 

                                6.2.5 Italy            

                                6.2.6 France       

                6.4 Asia-Pacific                 

                                6.3.1 Introduction           

                                6.3.2 China         

                                6.3.3 India          

                                6.3.4 Japan         

                                6.3.5 Australia   

                                6.3.6 South Korea           

                6.5 Latin America                             

                                6.4.1 Introduction           

                                6.4.2 Brazil          

                                6.4.3 Argentina

                                6.4.4 Mexico     

                                6.4.5 Rest of Latin America          

                6.6 Middle East & Africa               

                                6.5.1 Introduction           

                                6.5.2 Middle-East            

                                6.5.3 Africa         

7. Strategic Analysis                                       

                7.1 PESTLE analysis                         

                                7.1.1 Political     

                                7.1.2 Economic 

                                7.1.3 Social         

                                7.1.4 Technological         

                                7.1.5 Legal          

                                7.1.6 Environmental       

                7.2 Porter’s Five analysis                              

                                7.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers        

                                7.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers    

                                7.2.3 Threat of New Entrants     

                                7.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services              

                                7.2.5 Competitive Rivalry within the Industry     

8. Market Leaders' Analysis                                        

                8.1 Dow Chemical Company                       

                                8.1.1 Overview 

                                8.1.2 Product Analysis   

                                8.1.3 Financial analysis  

                                8.1.4 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.5 SWOT analysis       

                                8.1.6 Analyst View          

                8.2 Soprema                      

                8.3 Sinopec Corp.                            

                8.4 ExxonMobil Corporation                       

                8.5 BASF SE                        

                8.6 GAF Material Corporation                    

                8.7 Cosella-Dorken                         

                8.8 Kingspan Group PLC               

                8.9 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company                

                8.10 Saint Gobain SA                      

9. Competitive Landscape                                           

                9.1 Market share analysis                            

                9.2 Merger and Acquisition Analysis                       

                9.3 Agreements, collaborations and Joint Ventures                         

                9.4 New Product Launches                         

10. Market Outlook and Investment Opportunities                                         


                a) List of Tables                

                b) List of Figures                              

  1. Global Breathable Membranes Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  2. Global Breathable Membranes Market By Type, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  3. Global Polyethylene Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  4. Global Polypropylene Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  5. Global Breathable Membranes Market By Application, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  6. Global Pitched Roofs Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  7. Global Walls Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )

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