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Framing Contractors

10 Pages First Research, Inc. June 01, 2015 SKU: FRRS5570851

Framing Contractors

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Companies in this industry are engaged in structural framing and sheathing of buildings. No major companies dominate the industry.

Wood-framed single-family housing, the primary source of business for framing contractors, is more prevalent in the US than in many other parts of the world. Urban density, timber availability, historical building patterns, and income levels limit residential wood framing activity.

The US framing contractor industry includes about 10,000 establishments (single-location companies or branches of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $8 billion.

Contractors in the industry use steel as well as wood to frame buildings. Installation of structural steel and precast concrete framing is not included in the industry, however.


Demand is driven heavily by new home construction. The profitability of individual companies depends on a steady volume of contracted work, accurate work estimation, and cost controls. Large companies have advantages in working in multiple geographies and may have relationships with high-volume production homebuilders. Small companies compete based on quality service and local reputation. The industry is fragmented.


Major services include framing for new construction (85 percent of industry revenue) and remodeling and repair (15 percent). Single-family homes account for 65 percent of framing contractors' business.

Framing is one of many steps in building a house and typically represents 15-20 percent of the total construction cost. Framing begins once the building foundation is laid. The framing structure is bolted to the foundation with anchor bolts. The...

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Framing Contractors

First Research, Inc.
June 01, 2015

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