In our culture we like to super-size everything – from our meals to our drinks, even our storms. Now, economists – lumber experts in particular – have attached the adjective to the wood products market, referring to the current supply and demand conditions as a “super-cycle,” which could result in record prices for lumber and panel products in 2014.
The report, released by Wood Markets, “The Solid Wood Products Outlook: 2013-2017,” examines an overall tightening of the global timber supply base, but forecasts that it’s mainly in North America where scarcities will be felt. What has caused (or will cause) supply constraints? The answers are many and varied and reach back a number of years, setting the stage for where we are now. Continue reading ‘Are Lumber Prices Set To Soar?’
The cost of your building materials are intrinsically linked to fluctuations in the commodity market, for when raw material prices rise for such things as zinc, lead or aluminum, prices will inevitably increase for the finished products (i.e. faucets and fasteners). As the year comes to a close, we’re seeing metals trade sideways, which could add to some price stability after the past few years of rising prices. Copper is the one exception, as a global glut could push prices down 10%. Oil prices are stuck, too, which should aid in the near-term price stability of petroleum-based products such as asphalt shingles.
Rainwater can be driven behind vinyl siding causing plywood and OSB to deteriorate over time. Utilizing housewrap will help ensure the long-term performance of plywood and OSB, as well as the vinyl siding. Also, the use of housewrap or felt allows you to protect the top edge of window and door flashings with an overlapping layer. When water runs down the sheathing it can run behind the window flanges and into the framing cavity. Housewrap or felt will prevent this from occurring. Talk to us when you have questions about the performance of certain products.
Even with today’s construction techniques, most buildings undergo natural wear and eventually need renovation. However, another hazard exists that can cause a building to lose value even before construction is complete.
Dubbed “the new asbestos” by some, mold is an increasing problem in many new construction buildings, ruining the indoor air quality and costing thousands of dollars to remedy, according to GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). More info at www.greenguard.org.
GEI, a non-profit organization that establishes indoor air standards for indoor products, environments and buildings, advises builders and contractors to take 10 precautions to avoid mold contamination of their properties. Continue reading ’10 Precautions To Avoid Mold Contamination’
The point at which moisture in the air condenses is called the dew point. As moisture in the air moves from a warm air mass to cold, moisture in the air condenses on cold surfaces. The goal, then, is to keep the wall cavity temperature above the dew point. Rigid foam insulation provides good thermal resistance and can effectively raise temperatures in cavity above the condensation level.
Continue reading ‘Getting To The (Dew) Point’
Mold needs water, oxygen, and nutrients to grow; therefore, basements, in particular, offer an ideal breeding ground for mold. The installation of mold-resistant drywall, however, offers a good solution. So long as it is not exposed to contaminated water, mold-resistant drywall won’t grow mold. To further prevent the potential for mold growth, you can utilize paperless drywall, fiberglass mat joint tape, and mold resistant joint compound. Each product will increase the performance of any assembly built in a damp environment, such as a basement. Talk to us for more product ideas.
New at Nassau Suffolk Lumber & Supply, Aeratis Porch Flooring is made with PVC, organic, and inorganic materials. Aeratis uses the latest emerging PVC technology to provide a beautiful product with performance far superior to wood or other composite materials. Coupled with a great appreciation for historic, traditional design, Aeratis strives to make products for the building industry that stand up to the scrutiny of the most discerning traditional architects, builders and consumers. Continue reading ‘New Porch Flooring Options To Make Your Outdoor Space As Fashionable As Inside!’
The recent recession helped alter housing demographics; more young adults and recent college graduates remained home with mom and dad as they searched for jobs (and even after they found jobs). In other instances, households looking to supplement lost income began renting out rooms. In both examples, this sometimes meant retrofitting attic space into living space and that sometimes made for a challenge of where to put the stairs.
Homeowners didn’t want large, clunky stairs taking away from living space, so builders and architects had to get creative. To view some creative stair designs, google “building stairs in tiny spaces” and click on the image link. When you find something you like, show the picture to us and we’ll help you find the products you need.
AdvanTech® flooring is engineered for superior strength and stiffness, resulting in a firm and quiet floor both builders and homeowners can appreciate. And their ESR-1785 designation is your assurance that Advan Tech flooring panels perform above and beyond standard PS-2 code requirements. They’re made using advanced resin technology and a world-class manufacturing process. High density provides exceptional nail holding power and strength. Panels install flat and stay flat. A solid, secure feeling underfoot ensures homeowner satisfaction. Continue reading ‘Guaranteed Great Floors With AdvanTech® Flooring!’