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Timber shortages ravage the UK - but it's not all bad news!

'"We can't build our way to recovery from the pandemic if we don't have the materials." Brian Berry, Chief Executive of The Federation of Master Builders.

The BBC recently ran a very interesting article about the current challenges facing the building industry. You can read the full article here, but we have included some quotes below.

‘The Construction Leadership Council has warned that cement, some electrical components, timber, steel and paints are all in short supply. It blamed "unprecedented levels of demand" that are set to continue.’

‘The supply problems stem from a number of factors. Construction industry projects have surged since lockdown began easing which has led to skyrocketing demand for already scarce materials. There are also issues hitting specific products, such as the warmer winter affecting timber production in Scandinavia.’

‘With demand globally increasing and the UK importing many of its raw materials, lead times for orders are lengthening while prices are shooting up.’

‘Brexit has also affected the UK's timber supply as 80% of softwood comes from Europe.’

'"My members are experiencing price rises of 10-15% across the board, rising to 50% on timber and 30% on cement”, said chief executive Brian Berry.'
'Consumers must be aware that shortages are causing delays to projects, and that costs may change in the months ahead because of this pressure.’

It’s not all bad news!

We have spent years securing relationships with companies around the world; we currently have over £600,000 worth of stock in our yard, and expect another 1.1 million pounds worth to be delivered to us in the next two months – that’s a lot of timber!

 As buildings material shortages ravage the country – why not turn your DIY skills, outside?

Our range of 5 Bar Gates is fully stocked, so whether you’re looking for a traditional pedestrian gate, or a grand double entrance, we have all the items you need, in stock and ready for click and collect, or delivery. We also have a yard full of decking, joists, and accessories – drinks on the deck anyone?

Decorative panels continue to be an issue, however we have plenty of the below styles and sizes:

Omega Lattice Top Panels 900mm x 1800mm
Square Horizontal Top Panels 1200mm x 1800mm

Click here for a full list of available stock.

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