Curious as to why it seems like you’re paying more for lumber these days? It has nothing to do with demand, according to an article on WALB.com. It’s a supply problem. Here’s the short answer to your question, as the news outlet explains:
“The housing market slump forced lumber mills to cut production. Now that lumber suppliers are re-stocking in hopes building will pick back up, the supply isn’t there, and prices are soaring. ‘Demand in the last year has been off about 50%. It’s back up maybe 20% now and that’s even creating more pressure on the price of lumber,’ says D & D Wood Preserving owner Russell Davis.
Davis says the paper industry is also demanding more pulp, so a lot of the timber normally used for lumber is going to paper production. That’s adding to the problem.”
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