Tile and Terrazzo Contractors

Industry Profile Report

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Industry Overview Current Conditions, Industry Structure, How Firms Operate, Industry Trends, Credit Underwriting & Risks, and Industry Forecast.

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Financial Insights Working Capital, Capital Financing, Business Valuation, and Financial Benchmarks.

Industry Profile Excerpts

Industry Overview

The 10,000 tile and terrazzo contractors in the US set and install ceramic tile, stone, and mosaics and/or mix marble particles and cement to produce terrazzo at the job site. Because the terrazzo market is a small part of the category, terrazzo contractors often install stone or tile, while few tile contractors also install terrazzo.

Dependence On General Contractors

Tile and terrazzo contractors generally work as part of a team of subcontractors managed by general contractors, which act as a gateway to construction jobs.

Competition From Alternative Materials

In the construction market, tile and terrazzo compete with other types of material, particularly in the flooring sector.

Industry size & Structure

The average tile and terrazzo contractor operates out of a single location, employs about 5-6 workers, and generates about $922,000 annually.

    • The tile and terrazzo contracting industry consists of about 10,000 establishments that employ about 55,900 workers and generate about $9 billion annually.
    • Most firms are small, independent operators that work within a limited geographical market. Even the largest companies are regional.
    • Tile outsells terrazzo by a wide margin; square footage of ceramic floor and wall tile totals about 3.2 billion per year, while square footage of terrazzo totals about 341 million.
                                  Industry Forecast
                                  Tile and Terrazzo Contractors Industry Growth
                                  Source: Vertical IQ and Inforum

                                  Recent Developments

                                  Nov 16, 2022 - New Home Sales Drop
                                  • New single-family home sales decreased 10.9% month over month and declined 17.6% year over year in September 2022, according to the US Department of Commerce. On a year-to-date basis, new home sales were down 14.3% in the first nine months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. According to Freddie Mac, on November 10, 2022, the US weekly average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was 7.08%. A year ago, the rate was just over 3%. Industry watchers expect new home sales to remain weak as the Fed uses interest rate hikes to bring down inflation.
                                  • US housing affordability fell to its lowest point since the Great Recession in the third quarter of 2022 amid rising mortgage rates, inflation, low housing inventory, and high home prices, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Only 42.2% of new and existing homes sold between July 2022 and the end of September were affordable for households with a median income of $90,000. The third quarter of 2022 marked the second consecutive quarterly record low for housing affordability in more than 10 years. According to the HOI, the median home price in Q3 2022 was $380,000, down from the all-time high of $390,000 set in Q2 2022.
                                  • Sales of existing US homes, a demand indicator for tile and terrazzo remodeling work, fell 1.5% in September from August and were down 23.8% year over year, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). August marked the eighth consecutive monthly drop as rising interest rates slow home sales. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said, "The housing sector continues to undergo an adjustment due to the continuous rise in interest rates, which eclipsed 6% for 30-year fixed mortgages in September and are now approaching 7%."
                                  • The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) increased 9.6% in October 2022 to 199.7 (2000=100), up from the revised September reading of 182.2. The DMI Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which has been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. On a monthly basis, the commercial planning component increased by 13%, and institutional rose by 2.9%. An increase in office and lodging projects boosted the commercial planning pipeline. The institutional sector was mixed amid a growing pipeline of recreation and education projects, but the number of healthcare and public planning projects declined. Developers and project owners continue to see healthy demand, despite recession concerns, although continued inflation, high interest rates and materials costs, and labor shortages have the potential to blunt the flow of new projects.
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