Crisis averted: Stability in the housing market has uplifted the industry from previous declines

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The recovery in housing investment will boost revenue for drywall contractors
  • New energy-efficient building requirements boosted demand for insulation services
  • The rise in housing starts will boost demand for industry services
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Demand for drywall and insulation installers has continued to rebound from its steep decline after the real estate market endured its worst downturn since the Great Depression. Demand primarily depends on the level of activity in the residential, commercial and industrial real estate and construction markets, all of which have experienced major turnarounds over the past five years. Over the next five years, the Drywall and Insulation Installers industry will likely benefit from improvements in all major downstream markets, which include home builders, apartment and condominium construction, industrial building construction, commercial building construction and apartment rentals.

    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Drywall and Insulation Installers industry has a low level of market share concentration, as the four largest players cumulatively account for less than 10.0% of total industry revenue. The majority of industry operators are small establishments that operate within a local or regional sphere, often employing fewer than five people. However, many larger participants operate on a national basis and within other industries to lower income fluctuations and decrease downturn risks. For example, major operator KHS&S Contractors maintains a Water Feature and Rock Technology Group segment that designs and constructs fountains, waterfalls, natural and artificial rockwork structures and choreographed water shows.

    Additional Insights for the Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Access to niche markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts and Private spending on home improvements in the Drywall & Insulation Installers industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry?

    Companies in this industry primarily engage in drywall, plasterwork and building insulation work. Plasterwork involves applying plain or ornamental plaster as well as installing lath. Industry operators are contracted for work on new buildings, additions, alterations, maintenance and repairs.

    Industry Products
    Drywall contracting
    Insulation contracting
    Acoustical contracting
    Lath and plaster contracting
    Stucco contracting
    Industry Activities
    Drywall construction
    Acoustical installation
    Insulation installation
    Plain and ornamental plastering
    Solar-reflecting insulation film installation
    Taping and finishing drywall
    Stucco installation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts
  • Private spending on home improvements
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Value of residential construction
  • External competition for the Drywall Installers industry

  • Current Performance
  • Cycles of demand
  • Profit margins begin to recover
  • Government aids the industry
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • New housing construction will lead recovery
  • Demand for more services
  • Profit gains
  • Table: Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Home Builders
  • Apartment & Condominium Construction
  • Industrial Building Construction
  • Third-Party Administrators & Insurance Claims Adjusters
  • Apartment Rental
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Public Administration
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Municipal Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Glass Product Manufacturing
  • Gypsum Product Manufacturing
  • Heavy Equipment Rental
  • Manufactured Home Wholesaling
  • Tool & Hardware Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Drywall contracting
  • Insulation contracting
  • Acoustical contracting
  • Lath and plaster contracting
  • Other
  • Stucco contracting
  • Chart: Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Short-term demand
  • Long-term demand

  • Major Markets
  • Single-family houses
  • Commercial buildings
  • Government and institutional buildings
  • Multifamily houses
  • Industrial buildings
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Drywall & Insulation Installers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Drywall & Insulation Installers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Housing Starts (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A sheet of matted material used to provide thermal insulation in buildings.
  • Cornice
  • A horizontal molded projection typically made of plaster that is used to crown or complete the join between internal walls and ceilings.
  • Gypsum
  • A calcium sulfate plastering material, also commonly used to make plaster of Paris.
  • Nonresidential Building
  • A building that is primarily intended for uses other than long-term residential purposes.
  • Render
  • The base coat of plaster or concrete coating applied to an external surface (typically a brick wall).
  • Residential Building
  • A building that predominantly consists of one or more dwelling units.
  • Stucco
  • A general term for all types of external plastering.
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