Construction Material Shortages to Continue in 2021

By Zachary Phillips, Construction Dive

Commercial contractors continue to battle material shortages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Q4 2020 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index.

The difficulty in procuring some construction materials and the cost associated with shortages won’t go away anytime soon, experts say.

According to the report, 71% of contractors surveyed are facing at least one material shortage. Lumber was the most-cited material shortage (31%), followed by steel or electrical supplies other than copper wire (11%) and lighting supplies (10%).


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