LBM Alert Header File
  • Real Issues. Real Answers: Material Takeoffs: Good or Bad?
  • Home builder sentiment roars back as buyers turn out in force
  • Mortgage rates show little movement during summer lull
  • The Housing Market has Recovered; Construction Workers Haven't
  • Five Questions With: Brent Gwatney, MoistureShield
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Real Issues. Real Answers: Material Takeoffs: Good or Bad?

At what point does a value-added service effectively work against us? One prime example is material takeoffs, which most LBM dealers provide to their builder customers either for free or for a modest fee. On the one hand, takeoffs are a service that, in many cases, builders have come to rely upon, and they’re another potential differentiator from our competitors. On the other hand, doing the takeoffs for builders can effectively transfer the responsibility for budget overages from the builder to the supplier. The reader who suggested this month’s question states that “doing material takeoffs has become our single biggest challenge.”

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

Unified Purchasing Group: Volume Discounts for Your Organization

UPGUPG offers eligible members significant savings on essential products and services from the most respected brands. We bring together independent suppliers in the construction industry to leverage collective purchasing power to negotiate significant volume discounts with vendor partners such as Verizon Wireless, UniFirst, Staples and other well-known brands. UPG membership provides economies of scale that help your organization better manage supply and operating costs.

Learn More

Home builder sentiment roars back as buyers turn out in force

Sentiment among homebuilders rebounded in August after tumbling to an 8-month low in the prior month, according to an industry report out Tuesday..

The monthly confidence gauge from the National Association of Home Builders jumped four points to a reading of 68.

The median forecast among economists surveyed by Econoday was for a 1-point increase to 65. Any reading over 50 signals improvement.

Read the whole story at MarketWatch

DeckWise® Altitudes Pedestal™ System

Displaying DeckWise250x300.gifThe engineers at DeckWise® developed the Altitudes Pedestal™ System to transform underutilized sloped roof tops, concrete patios, and balconies into beautiful outdoor living spaces. Pedestals will support and elevate 24" x 24" Ipe hardwood deck tiles over multiple substrate slopes for a perfectly level deck tile surface with a load bearing capacity of up to 1,200 lbs. per pedestal.

Learn More

Mortgage rates show little movement during summer lull

Mortgage rates were stagnant again this week as financial markets lingered in a summer lull.

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average slipped to 3.90 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 3.93 percent a week ago and 3.45 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate has remained below 4 percent for the past month and 11 of the past 12 weeks.

Read the whole story at The Washington Post

Modern Architectural Lines

XtremeTrim┬«Finding profitable ways to expand your market perspective is easy when you have XtremeTrim® as part of your next project. With the most options of design and detail, XtremeTrim® makes the magic happen. With our wide family of products, you can make a great building even better.

Learn More

The Housing Market has Recovered; Construction Workers Haven't

It's one of the great mysteries of the U.S. real-estate recovery: home prices nationally are just a touch below pre-crisis levels, and at all-time highs in many populous markets, as buyers scramble to grab what they can during a 30-year low for housing inventory. Yet homebuilders are moving at a snail's pace to meet this heated demand — they are breaking ground on just 849,000 new single-family homes per year, well below the 2007 rate of 1,036,000.

This is having a spillover effect in jobs: Just 767,000 people are employed in residential-construction in the U.S., 20% below the figure a decade ago.

Read the whole story at

One Builders’ Solution to Saving Time and Money on the Jobsite

HuberPurchasing Manager Seth Kelly says ZIP System® sheathing and tape was able to “solve issues we were having with housewrap and secondary weather barriers.” Watch the full story at

Learn More



Five Questions With: Brent Gwatney, MoistureShield

Q: With housing and remodeling red-hot right now in most markets, what do you see as the biggest opportunity—and the biggest challenge—for LBM dealers? A: The biggest challenges I see with dealers around the country are having enough of the right staff to take care of people coming in the front door, enough trucks to deliver on time and enough inventory to be able to supply customers in full.

With staff, it’s not just having a body, but trained product specialists who are able to understand what the customer’s needs are. Since we’ve lost so many good people from the industry, this will remain a challenge for years to come. On the positive side, this challenge also presents an opportunity. Those dealers who are able to fix these problems will be best positioned to grow market share by fulfilling customers’ wants and desires.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

Beyond Low Price: What Builders REALLY Want

LBM StrategiesThat's just one of the 13 presentations you'll experience when you join other LBM industry leaders from across the U.S. at the LBM Strategies Conference 2017. Prepare to learn, share and connect this September, then get back to work armed with fresh ideas and actionable insights to grow your sales, your business and your brand. Breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and cocktail receptions - all included with your registration - offer an ideal opportunity to reconnect with old friends and build fresh connections.

The LBM industry's most robust conference will kick off with NFL legend Ed "Too Tall" Jones signing autographs and talking football at a welcome cocktail reception, and will conclude with VIP Tours of The Star--the Dallas Cowboys new headquarters and state-of-the-art training facility. Sandwiched between those two memorable events is a can't-miss agenda packed with leading dealers from across the U.S.

Register by August 31 to save $100!

Learn more and register today at 

News Briefs

Sherman to Step Down as Builders FirstSource CEO MORE

McCoy’s Building Supply Opens Lumber Distribution and Reload Operation MORE

Jackson Lumber & Millwork Acquires E.G. Barker Lumber MORE

Builder Confidence Springs Back in August MORE

FREE Builders’ Show Expo Pass in August!

IBSDuring the month of August, dealers and distributors can register for a free expo pass to the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). IBS is the building industry’s biggest event, featuring unparalleled networking opportunities to meet vital business partners while exploring the largest trade show in North America showcasing the latest building products, trends and technology. Join us in Orlando, January 9-11, to grow your business and increase your sales.


Register for your free expo pass today!
Industry Events


Aug. 24-26, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Boston,

Sept. 7-8, LBM Strategies Conference, Frisco, TX,

Sept. 20-22, Construction Suppliers Association (CSA) Annual Conference & Expo, Savannah, GA,

Sept. 25-27, True Value Fall Reunion, Chicago, IL,

Oct. 4-6, Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) Convention and Gulf Atlantic Building Products Expo, Orlando, FL,

Oct. 13-16, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Oct. 22-24, LBM Advantage Forest Products Conference, Baltimore, MD,

Oct 24-26, Forest Products & Building Materials Expo, Philadelphia, PA,

Nov. 7-9, Western Building Material Association 115th Annual Convention, Marysville, WA,

Nov. 8-9, West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) Annual Convention and 100th Anniversary Celebration, Rancho Mirage, CA,

Nov 8-10, NAWLA Trader's Market, Chicago, IL,