Category : Articles

Have contracts in place when selling installed decks

April 19, 2018

If you’re a retailer who is thinking of going into the installed sales side of decks, there are really two ways you can do it. You can hire your own … Read More

Are you discounting too much at the top?

April 18, 2018

If you take your company to market, there are clearly delineated phases to your engagement with a serious suitor. After you have whittled down your offers to the acquirer who … Read More

Where does the buck stop in your organization?

April 17, 2018

Although he did not coin the statement, President Harry S. Truman from the state of Missouri is given credit for popularizing the phrase “The Buck Stops Here.” A friend had … Read More

Brand Talk: Tips to keep your inventory safe

April 16, 2018

Lumber prices are going up; is your inventory adequately insured? Softwood lumber prices in the United States are reaching record highs, having jumped nearly 20% over the past year. The … Read More

Five Questions With: Mike Sims, LP Building Products

April 13, 2018

1 Q: With a continuing strong new construction and remodeling industry in most markets, what do you see as the biggest challenge facing LBM dealers? A: With the continuing recovery … Read More

Product Picks: Special decking edition

April 12, 2018

Few categories of building products, if any, have evolved as much and as fast as decking, railing and accessories. At LBM Journal, we recognized the explosive growth of the outdoor … Read More

Real Issues. Real Answers. margins vs. market share

April 11, 2018

Today’s strong housing and remodeling markets are a golden opportunity for all companies in the residential construction business. When a company decides to grow its business, key strategic decisions must … Read More

NADRA update: A CPAC for deck surface materials

April 10, 2018

As we are at the cusp of traditional “deck building season” for much of our country, we at the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA), have been talking to … Read More

Editor’s Note: Play your game

April 9, 2018

With a son who’s an avid hockey player and all-around sports kid, our household gravitates toward sports movies. Without a doubt, our favorite sports movie is “Miracle”—the true story of … Read More

In Depth Extra: Deck railings & accessories

April 6, 2018

As outdoor living booms, deck railings and other accessories are getting their due. Ask any design expert, review nearly any trend study, tour any show house, or walk through nearly … Read More