You may have seen a lot of press recently about the drop in the value of the Sterling and how it will impact the import market.
Although we have been working closely with our key suppliers to negotiate price reductions, there are some main product groups that will be impacted and therefore prices will be increased in early 2017.
Here is the percentage price increase the industry is expected to see in the New Year:
Cement & Aggregates - Average 6%
Concrete Lintels & Products - Average 6%
Roofing & Ventilation - Average 6%
Civils Average 7%
Building Chemicals & Sealants Average 8%
Dpm, Dpc & Membranes - Between 3-10%
Insulation & Plasterboard - Between 3-25%
Bricks - Between 3-7%
Landscaping - Between 3-7%
Steel Lintels & Metalwork - Between 4-10%
Plumbing And Heating - Between 4-12%
Fixing & Hardware - Between 4-12%
Timber - Between 4-9%
Tools - Between 5-8%
Blocks - Between 6-22%
The block market issues continue due to domestic ash shortages. As stated above we are expecting to see cost increases of up to 22% on aerated blocks and ultra lightweight blocks; as a result we anticipate supply shortages.
As an alternative, Porotherm clay blocks are readily available and provide many benefits, including speed of build and cold weather working.