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Insulation stock shortages

We have recently been made aware of a shortage issue within the Polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation industry. This shortage relates to the raw material of all PIR insulation and has had an immediate impact on availability.

Although we anticipate extended lead times on production, we are working closely with our suppliers to ensure we have continued availability of products for our customers across our branch network.

Please contact your local branch for further information and advice on PIR alternatives.

Manufacturer Pricing

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:

Industry Price Increases - Jan 2017

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%

Block Shortage

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.

For more info please ask in-branch or visit porothermuk.co.uk.

EH Smith Specialist Facades