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Steel, roofing materials shortage hamstrings construction

October 12, 2021

Mounting shortages and rising costs have left contractors in some cases delaying projects or using substitute materials when possible.

Steel, roofing and insulation materials are some of the most difficult products to get right now, said Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America. Bar joists, which are used to frame roofs, can have lead times of anywhere from 10 months to 14 months.

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