The market for conservatories and patio roofs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) was a big beneficiary of the Corona measures, as a study by Interconnection Consulting shows. In 2020, sales rose by a staggering 16.6% and the boom will continue this year (+13.8%). Austria and Germany even grew by more than 20% in 2020.
Investing in one’s own home became a popular sport during the pandemic. After moderate growth figures in the years before the pandemic, the growth of sales, as well as the turnover of conservatories and patio roofs in the DACH region exploded. The high savings due to travel restrictions and other restrictions on public life were poured into the home. Sales in the sector increased the most in Germany (+21.1%) and in Austria (+20.8%). The Swiss market increased by „only” 13.2% in comparison.
Swiss single-family homes very often have large living rooms and window fronts and therefore, on the one hand, an addition with a ceiling is not necessary and, on the other hand, it is often not even technically possible – explains Daniel Kollar, the author of the study.
For 2021, Interconnection expects growth to continue at a similar level. Many providers are already reporting full order books until September. From 2022, business is expected to decline significantly because people will use their money for travel and other pleasures again. Interconnection expects an average annual increase of 2.0% for Germany, 1.7% for Switzerland and 0.6% for Austria between 2020 and 2024.
Five Companies Share Half of the Total Market
The study takes into account conservatories and patio roofs from profile and system suppliers. Profile suppliers deliver profiles and planning systems to metal builders who produce finished conservatories from these semi-finished products. Important profile suppliers are Schüco and Heroal. System suppliers deliver completely finished systems to building element dealers and metal builders, who then install them at the end customer (e.g. Gardendreams, Aluxe).
The products are mostly made of aluminium, more rarely of plastic or aluminium-wood combinations. Overall, it can be said that patio roofs grew more last year than conservatories (13.4%), with sales growth of 17.3%. Patio roofs account for 82.1% of the total market. In the DACH countries, the market share of the top five suppliers for conservatories and patio roofs is 49.2%.