In this article, we will discuss 5 trends that have been seen in the construction supply industry, which you may want to keep an eye on.
It’s been a while since construction supplies have had any huge changes to them. There are 5 trends that you may want to watch for that will affect the industry in the coming years.
Trend 1: Green Building
In recent years, there has been an increase in environmentally conscious building practices. This includes everything from eco-friendly building materials to green roofs and solar panels. This trend will continue with new forms of insulation, including recycled fabrics and cellulose insulation becoming more popular as well as more green roofing options being developed.
Trend 2: Maintenance Manufacturing
In recent years, maintenance type products have seen an increase. This is due to the fact that more and more of the services needed for buildings are being outsourced to maintenance companies. This means that there is growing demand for the types of products these companies produce.
Trend 3: DIY
The availability of everything from building kits to free online videos has seen an increase in DIY projects. This means that there is a growing need for materials and construction equipment which are easy to use and simple to install. For example, pressure-treated lumber is no longer just found in lumber yards. It has become a common occurrence for anyone looking to buy it off of their own land.
Trend 4: Management
With the increasing demand for maintenance products as well as DIY materials, there is a growing shortage of skilled labor. In order to keep projects on time and in budget, managers are learning more about construction techniques and materials. This helps them to better oversee their building project and make more informed decisions.
Trend 5: Specialty Store Growth
Finally, specialty retail stores have seen an increase in sales due to the increased demand for specialized equipment such as carpentry tools, demolition hand tools and other specialty items. While a few of these items can be found in common home improvement stores, the growing popularity of these items has led many contractors and homeowners to seek out specialized retailers for these items.
Some Construction Supply Companies
According to Construction Week Online, there are several construction supply companies that have seen an increase in sales for the past few years. To see which ones were mentioned, check out the list below:
Home Depot Canada is the biggest Canadian-owned and operated home improvement retailer in Canada. Its first store opened in Boucherville, Quebec in 1978. Since that time, it has grown from its single store into a multi-national company with stores across all of Canada and Mexico and employs over 35,000 people. Home Depot Canada offers customers a large selection of all types of building materials including lumber, hardware and household items as well as other more general home organization products. The company originally began by selling paint colour samples out of an Olds Station Wagon before opening their very first retail location. The company is known for its rapid growth and aggressive expansion. Home Depot Canada continues to open new locations across the country and has begun to offer more services for customers. They also offer a rewards program for customers who make purchases with them.
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is a different kind of company than Home Depot Canada. While Home Depot Canada is a purely retail company, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited is a full service retailer and it offers more than just building materials. It offers products in many different categories including automotive supplies, housewares and general merchandise. The business was started by its founder Don Watt in 1922 when he opened his first store in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The name of the company comes from the fact that all of the stores were originally located near gas stations (as the name suggests). The stores actually sell tires for cars as well as other products like automotive equipment and car supplies.
CribMaster Incorporated is a Winnipeg based company that is mostly involved with construction supply but also has some involvement with manufacturing. This company was founded by Jim Gunn in the 1950s. The company sells a wide variety of construction tools and materials but is best known for their cribs and baby furniture. The company is now owned by the second generation of the Gunn family and has more than 50 retail outlets across Canada. The company started out by selling wooden toy cribs and has now evolved into making very high quality baby furniture, including cribs and bassinets.
Duckworth Enterprises Ltd., which operates under the aegis of the Duckworth Group, was originally founded in 1876 as Eagle Sawmill & Manufacturing Company Limited. In 1970, it became a supplier of lumber to building contractors and home builders in the area. During the 1980s, Duckworth began manufacturing building materials in addition to supplying them. It became a distributor for several major brands including Georgia Pacific and OSI. Today, they are still located in the Ottawa area and have become one of the largest distributors of building materials in the area. Duckworth Enterprises Ltd. is now one of Canada’s largest distributors of building materials which supplies more than 1,000 outlets across Canada with their products. They also offer customers online ordering for easy purchasing from any location.