Builders Hunt for Alternatives to Materials that are in Short Supply
A recent report by the Wall Street Journal (reposted on Realtor.com) says shortages of key construction materials are forcing some builders & contractors to seek out substitutes and look for alternative suppliers as they attempt to meet the high demand for new housing. The WSJ says firms are looking for items ranging from from wood paneling to ceiling joists and even pipes. In addition, plastic roofing membranes that create watertight barriers that protect building interiors are also in short supply. Indeed…
“More than 90% of builders reported shortages of appliances, framing lumber and a type of engineered wood known as oriented strand board…Another 90% said they faced shortages of plywood, and 87% cited shortages of windows and doors.”
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