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All-Access Pass to Southern Pine: SFPA Notches Successes in 2021

An interesting thing happened in the lumber industry in 2021: The wood world stepped up and led the way back toward a more normal work …

Finish Strong: The Right Coatings Give Metal Roofs Real Cache

For homeowners looking for serious low-maintenance performance and durability for the roof over their head, it’s hard to beat metal. Quality metal roofing finishes and …

Consumers Pick Favorites in Windows & Patio Doors

Despite the economic and logistical challenges introduced by the pandemic, consumer spending on home improvements and repairs grew more than 3% to nearly $420 billion …

Homeowners Prefer Eco-Friendly Materials, Practices

From reducing air pollution to using renewable energy as a power source, U.S. homeowners have an overwhelming desire for more information, more choices, and more …

Your Lumber Grading Glossary

If you’ve spent any time around lumber, and we know you have, you’ve probably picked up a bit of the lingo. But there’s more—so much …

How Millennials View the Lumber Industry

U.S. WOOD PRODUCTS industry members constantly strive to determine how to best promote and position their industry and products. Studies show that many in the …

Substrate Matters: The Versatility of Western Red Cedar

From a consumer’s perspective, choosing finishing materials and appearance products like siding has always been about weighing the pros and cons of one material over …

Uncertainty Runs High in Volatile OSB Market

After reaching historic highs in June, the price of OSB began to drop through the summer, at one point plunging several hundred dollars in a …

The Evolution of Gypsum Wallboard

Gypsum boards. One of our greatest building products and the perfect solution for interior and exterior use in various iterations. But what do you know …

What Dealers Should Know About Selling Open-Joint Cladding Systems

Open-Joint cladding systems are growing in popularity—but they require a slightly different approach to the walls behind them. Open-joint cladding looks exactly as it sounds—siding …

How to Select & Specify Cross-Laminated Timber

Cross Laminated Timer (CLT) is a prefabricated, solid engineered mass timber panel. CLT is manufactured with kiln-dried lumber boards or structural composite lumber (SCL) laminated …

Pella Cashing in on E-Commerce for Doors, Windows

In addition to its more than 200 retail showrooms across the country, Pella is now direct-selling windows and doors to homeowners online. The new e-commerce …