Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings

13th Edition

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This study analyzes US demand for plumbing fixtures and fittings by product type, material (for fixtures), market, and region and subregion.

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Plumbing fixtures covered in this study include:

  • bathtub and shower fixtures (bathtubs, whirlpool bathtubs, shower stalls and receptors, and bathtub and shower surrounds)
  • sink fixtures (lavatories, kitchen sinks, and other sinks – such as those installed in boats RVs, bars, laundry rooms, utility rooms, and washrooms)
  • toilet fixtures (water closet bowls, flush tanks, and urinals)
  • other fixtures (hot tubs and spas, bidets, bottle filling stations, drinking fountains, wash fountains, patient care stations, emergency wash stations, portable chemical toilets, and all other fixtures)

Plumbing fittings covered by the study include:

  • lavatory fittings (two-lever controls, including 4-inch centerset and widespread types; single-lever controls; wall-mount faucets; commercial-grade touchless faucets; and other fittings)
  • bathtub and shower fittings:
    • antiscald valves (pressure-balanced and thermostatic single-lever control valves)
    • single-lever controls
    • showerheads and related fittings (massagers, rainfall showerheads, multiple-head showers, LED showerheads, aromatherapy products)
    • bathtub and showerhead combinations (handheld showerheads that are a part of the bathtub and showerhead combination, tub spouts, two-valve controls, three-valve controls)
    • personal showers (also called handheld showers)
    • other bathtubs and fittings (bathtub fillers, wall-mount faucets or taps, spray units installed independently of the main bathtub or shower fitting)
  • kitchen and other sink fittings:
    • single-lever controls
    • deck faucets (kitchen faucets, bar faucets, faucets for laundry and other utility sinks)
    • miscellaneous sink fittings (wall-mount faucets, single-sink faucets, sink strainers, pot fillers, spray attachments. other sink fittings)
  • other plumbing fittings:
    • lawn and hose fittings (spray guns, sprinkler fittings, flow-switching attachments)
    • flush valves and controls (toilet levers, flappers, float balls, sealant rings, tank balls, seals, seat discs, flapper chains, repair valves)
    • drains and overflows
    • sediment, sill, and other faucets
    • P- and S-traps
    • all other plumbing fittings (escutcheons; mechanical connecting fittings for iron pipes; compression fittings; fire sprinkler heads and related components; hangers, brackets, and supports; spa pumps; plugs and caps; strainers; bidet fittings; drain outlets; drain gates; and fittings not mentioned elsewhere)

Fixture materials discussed in this study include:

  • vitreous china, also referred to as vitrified porcelain
  • plastics (fiberglass, acrylic, cast polymers, other resins such as ABS, polystyrene, and PVC)
  • metal (stainless and porcelain enameled steel, cast iron, and such other metals as brass, copper, aluminum, and titanium)
  • other materials (concrete, wood, natural stone, glass, glazed earthenware, and nonmetal composites)

Market segments are:

  • new residential
  • residential improvement and repair
  • new commercial
  • commercial improvement and repair
  • transportation and other, which focuses on end uses of plumbing products in recreational boats; recreational vehicles; civilian aircraft; other transportation, such as trains and cruise ships; and nonbuilding markets such as parks, playgrounds, and portable comfort stations

The residential market is further segmented by housing type (single-family, multifamily, and manufactured housing), while the commercial market is segmented by building type (office, retail, and lodging; institutional; and industrial and other commercial buildings).

Historical data for 2009, 2014, and 2019 and forecasts for 2024 and 2029 are presented in current dollars (which are not adjusted for inflation) and volume terms (units).

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