Engineering News Record Select Construction Material Prices

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After a sharp rise in the 3Q of last year Cooper Water Tubing prices have only been grinding higher since, but nonetheless, they are up +23.43% since this time last year.

Ductile Iron Pipe prices have pulled back slightly from last month’s high but are up +17.34% YoY.

Reinforced Concrete Pipe prices have risen since the start of the year and are up +17.30% since April of last year.

After a sharp rise rise in PVC Pipe prices since early 2022, prices continune to pull back from the November highs but still remains up +32.33% from this time last year.

Corrugated Steel Pipe notched a new high in April and is up+28.50% YoY.

Concrete Ready Mix prices have continued to move higher since August of last year to a record and are up +22.04% since this time last year.

There has hardly been a let up in Crushed Stone prices since June of 2021. Prices are up +33.35% YoY.

MC800 Asphalt Paving price per ton has remained flat for the past two months but is nonetheless is up 15.54% since this time last year.

There has only been two brief interuptions in the rally in the price of the 20-City Average of Portland Cement prices since July of 2021 and it is now up +27.09% YoY.

The price of Masonry Sand has become parabolic and is up +50.94% per ton from this time last year.

Although Concrete Sand prices are not up as much as Masonry Sand it still up +42.99 YoY.

The 20-City Average of Aluminum Sheet price has fallen since the start of the year and is now up +3.05% since this time last year.

The price of 16-Gauge Stainless Steel Sheet has fallen since the start of the year and is now down -2.16% YOY.

Data is courtesy of Engineering News Record

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