Category : In Depth

IN DEPTH: Decks

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

IN DEPTH: Insulation

January 6, 2015

Code changes and growing awareness of insulation benefits are expanding the types and the ways that builders are using products in their projects. By: Craig A. Shutt – The 2012 … Read More

IN DEPTH: Technology

November 21, 2014

Dealers look to gain efficiency, accessibility and mobility as the market recovers and sales, service needs increase.

IN DEPTH: FASTENERS

October 7, 2014

New materials, focuses on speed and durability, and other factors are driving fastener performance forward.

IN DEPTH: Engineered Lumber Products

September 10, 2014

Dramatic changes in the market are boosting the ELP category.

IN DEPTH: Siding

July 1, 2014

As homeowners balance aesthetics and performance, some are looking to new—and old materials and mixing and matching styles to personalize their project.

IN DEPTH: Roofing Systems

June 1, 2014

Roofing products more often are being joined using a system approach to selling that provides better quality and protection while boosting dealers’ sales.

IN DEPTH: Windows and Doors

May 4, 2014

Energy efficiency is important, but choices in windows, entry doors and patio doors often are made on aesthetic and security options—and manufacturers are expanding those features.