Glass and Glazing Contractors in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated

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Having made it through the recession, glass and glazing contractors now have a recovery to look forward to, as both the residential and nonresidential building markets are forecast to grow over the coming years, and demand for glass and glazing services will consequently follow. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Glass and Glazing Contractors industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Downstream construction markets' recovery will drive the industry's return to growth

Operators in the Glass and Glazing Contractors industry install glass curtain walls, glass windows, glass doors, glass room dividers and many other glass products in residential and commercial buildings. Demand for industry services is determined by the level of new construction, repairs and renovation activity across key building markets. “During the recession, the collapse of the housing market and the ensuing credit crisis brought both residential and commercial construction to a near halt and severely constrained demand for glass and glazing contractors,” says IBISWorld analyst Matthew MacFarland. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualized rate of 4.2% to about $10.1 billion in 2013.

About 80.0% of industry revenue is derived from work on nonresidential buildings, and the balance is derived from work in the housing market. Larger contractors tend to specialize in the installation of curtain wall and exterior facades on office buildings and other commercial properties, while smaller operators tend to specialize in residential markets and in emergency glass repair. The recession caused a significant contraction in the US business sector, resulting in steep declines in new construction and renovation activity across most commercial markets. The industry battled a difficult economic environment characterized by stalled or canceled spending on new construction projects. Firms increasingly relied on solid working relationships with past clients in order to keep crews busy and maintain profit margins. According to MacFarland As demand dwindled, many industry operators slashed prices, putting pressure on margins, which became especially difficult to endure for smaller operators. Industry employment declined during the five-year period as backlogs dwindled and the volume of work available declined, creating a surplus of laborers. As the economy recovers and lending markets open up, investment dollars will boost new construction activity and raise demand for glass contractors. Industry revenue is estimated to grow 5.9% in 2013, largely due to an uptick in renovation work brought on by growing consumer spending and falling office vacancy rates, which raise demand for new office and retail structures. In the five years to 2018, rising investor confidence and the recovery of commercial construction will drive growth.

The Glass and Glazing Contractors industry has a low level of market share concentration, with the top four companies (Apogee Enterprises, Enclos Corporation, Walters & Wolf and W & W Glass LLC) holding a combined share of 9.2% of total revenue. Overall, the industry is characterized by many small companies, with 89.9% of enterprises having fewer than 20 employees. These firms typically serve their surrounding geographic market, and many glass repair companies operate in tight local regions. During the five years to 2018, industry concentration is projected to grow slightly as the large, lucrative new-construction contracts undertaken by the industry's largest players grow in volume to reflect the recovering construction sector. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Glass and Glazing Contractors in the US industry report page.

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Companies in this industry primarily select, cut and install glass panels for large windows, glass doors, skylights, curtain walls and sunroom additions in all types of buildings. The glasswork performed includes new work, additions, alterations, maintenance and repairs. This industry does not include the installation, tinting or repair of automotive glass.

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