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Category : In Depth

IN DEPTH: Decks

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

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.