Shortages of Framing Lumber More Widespread than Ever

Shortages of framing lumber are now more widespread than at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue in 1994, according to results from the May 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

More than 30 percent of single-family builders responding to the survey’s special questions in May reported this shortage, outdistancing the other 22 listed building products and materials by a wide margin. In second place were trusses (with a shortage reported by 24 percent of builders), followed by lightweight steel and OSB (at 20 percent each) and plywood (at 19 percent).

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