Market Update: Exchange Rates

Exchange Rates In July of 2014 the exchange rates between the United States and Canada started to slip.  It moved from parity to $1 USD vs. more than $1.30 CAD.  This indicates for every dollar the Canadian lumber producer’s ship into the United States they receive more than $1.30 back. The exchange rates between China Read More >>

Total Cost of Ownership

There are many products in our industry over the years that are worthwhile considering the total cost of ownership. Too often, we put too much weight on the transactional cost, not the total cost. The total cost of ownership includes purchase cost, maintenance, resell or disposal, over the life of the product.  An example of Read More >>

Lumber Wane

In recent episode of the ‘At Home Show’ Mark Vanden Bosch sits down with John Colley to discuss lumber and lumber pricing.  In this short video clip, the pair talk about lumber wane and what it means to the end user. Previous episodes of the ‘At Home Show’ are available for download at WHTC.com.

Lumber Pricing August 2014

Last month we talked about the spread in pricing between asking levels and futures purchases.  We said at some point the two would come together because there was a relatively large spread. Cash did come down briefly but when the two met they both started rising together.  The uptick wasn’t much of a seasonal surprise, Read More >>

Trex Railing

Trex railing offers variety in both style and color.  Whether you are building your dream deck from the ground up or adding railing to an existing deck, there is a railing style to fit your vision. Traditionally, decking was only available in PVC or treated lumber.  While this worked for many years, homeowners demanded more Read More >>

Popular Cabinet Colors

Zeeland Lumber's cabinet designers recently sat down to discuss popular cabinet colors.  The overwhelming response from the group was that light colors are becoming increasingly popular in modern kitchens.  Whites and Grays are growing in popularity while darker stains seem to be 'fading away.' According to Zeeland Cabinet Designer, Tiffany George, homeowners want their kitchen Read More >>

Cabinet Lighting

On a recent episode of the At Home Show Mark sat down with Pam Kars.  Kars is the cabinet manager at Zeeland Lumber and Supply and has been in the building industry for more than 20 years.  The pair discussed a variety of topics, but the highlight of the show was KraftMaid’s new cabinet lighting Read More >>

Composite Decking

What is Composite Decking? Composite decking first entered the decking market in the early to mid 1990’s as an alternative to traditional lumber.  Composite boards are often made up of recycled material like rubber and plastic that has been molded to form a deck board.  While the price of composite material can be higher than Read More >>

Folding Outswing Door by Andersen

Folding Outswing Doors are one of the latest innovations from Andersen Windows and Doors.  This innovative product dynamically connects indoor and outdoor living.  It steps in the place of a traditional slider and is ideal for the homeowner looking to add flair to their home. Folding Outswing Doors Feature: Standard and monumental sizes are available: 4 Read More >>

Andersen Windows

Our Mission is “Building trust in our industry through knowledgeable service, innovative solutions and exceptional value.”   One of the ways we do this is by partnering with leading brands in the building industry.   Andersen windows and doors is one of those leading brands.   Offering a solution for every specific need in the marketplace, Andersen is Read More >>