Category : In Depth


June 9, 2016

Budgets are rebounding along with the market, and roofing products are benefiting from that boost. Customers have more wiggle room, and they realize roofs represent a large percentage of their … Read More

IN DEPTH: Doors And Windows

May 10, 2016

Doors and windows present a unique challenge for builders and remodelers, as the products need to fit the style of both interior and exterior spaces while performing functional duties. Although … Read More

IN DEPTH EXTRA: Deck Accessories

April 7, 2016

Homeowners are looking to put their personal stamp on their decks, investing more as they spend more time outdoors entertaining. As a result, the markets for railings, lighting, shade structures, … Read More

IN DEPTH EXTRA: Deck Fasteners

April 5, 2016

With more deck products being undertaken as the economy improves and more awareness of the need for proper installation, builders and contractors are examining their fastening options closer in the … Read More


April 4, 2016

Homeowners are continuing their love affair with outdoor entertaining by expanding and upgrading their decks to take full advantage of the possibilities. Manufacturers are responding with new materials, added colors, … Read More

IN DEPTH: Lumber and Structural Panels

March 8, 2016

With housing starts growing in both single-family and multifamily categories, lumber suppliers are looking to advance their product lines beyond the commodity mindset to help builders resolve more challenges. They … Read More

IN DEPTH: Mouldings, Millwork, and Trimboards

February 9, 2016

Moulding use continues to grow, bringing with it new applications and style requests from customers. Suppliers are responding to these needs by expanding their stock lines, offering more customized pieces … Read More

IN DEPTH: Insulation and Housewrap

January 6, 2016

Continuing code changes and growing awareness among consumers have made builders re-evaluate their energy designs and the insulation products they use. As restrictions grow and new products enter the market … Read More

IN DEPTH: Technology Tools

November 13, 2015

Dealers are becoming more adept with their technology and are looking to create efficiencies that provide better and faster customer service that aids their competiveness. As building-material dealers become more … Read More

IN DEPTH: Fasteners

October 12, 2015

Desire for speed, code restrictions and new materials are creating more highly engineered fasteners with more effectiveness—if installers choose the best one for their application. Customers are looking for faster, … Read More