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IN DEPTH: Engineered Lumber

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...
In Depth Material Handling

IN DEPTH: Material Handling

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...

IN DEPTH: Siding

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...

IN DEPTH: Roofing

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

IN DEPTH: Doors and Windows

Energy efficiency, privacy, security and aesthetics drive purchase decisions, but trends are evolving as upgrades become expectations.Entry doors, patio doors and windows work together...

IN DEPTH EXTRA: Deck Accessories

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

IN DEPTH EXTRA: Deck Fasteners

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

IN DEPTH: Decks

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...

IN DEPTH: Lumber and Structural Panels

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

IN DEPTH: Mouldings, Millwork and Trimboards

Growth in these product categories, coupled with new services and applications, encourages dealers and contractors to be more creative in their uses both inside...

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