Category : In Depth

IN DEPTH: Engineered Lumber

September 11, 2015

Changes rolling through the engineered-lumber products (ELP) market have manufacturers and dealers staying attuned to market needs more closely than ever. Code restrictions, potential shortages, volatile pricing on dimensional products, … Read More

IN DEPTH: Material Handling

August 6, 2015

Dealers are learning how efficient their yards can operate as sales pick up and inventory turns happen faster. Some are discovering they’ve delayed equipment purchases long enough or need to … Read More

IN DEPTH: Siding

July 7, 2015

Homeowners look to aesthetics as the driving force in their purchase choice, but other factors, including long-term performance and maintenance needs play key roles. Aesthetics play a dominant role in … Read More

IN DEPTH: Roofing

June 3, 2015

System selling grows, but contractors and homeowners are paying more attention to the value provided by each piece as they realize the importance of each component.

IN DEPTH: Doors and Windows

May 7, 2015

Energy efficiency, privacy, security and aesthetics drive purchase decisions, but trends are evolving as upgrades become expectations.

IN DEPTH EXTRA: Deck Accessories

April 3, 2015

Railings, lighting, mouldings and other complements are growing rapidly as homeowners look to expand their outdoor-living space and blend interior and exterior.

IN DEPTH EXTRA: Deck Fasteners

April 2, 2015

Fastener options expand as deck compositions and safety concerns make customers evaluate what options provide the fastest, best-looking and most-efficient choice.


April 1, 2015

New options continue to come to market, shifting from uncapped composites and expanding color and material options.   As the market rebounds and homeowners look to improve their living space, … Read More

IN DEPTH: Lumber and Structural Panels

March 10, 2015

New product sources and enhanced features are expanding the options for builders as they seek low-cost solutions that help make them more efficient.

IN DEPTH: Mouldings, Millwork and Trimboards

February 6, 2015

Growth in these product categories, coupled with new services and applications, encourages dealers and contractors to be more creative