With the economic outlook rosy and on the heels of record-breaking natural disasters that have prompted increased demand in cities such as Houston, it’s an understatement to say that the U.S. construction industry is swamped with work. Total U.S. construction starts are forecasted to hit $765 billion in 2018, up another three percent year-over-year. Yet it’s hard for contractors to enjoy the boom when they are constantly faced with worries about staffing.
In a 2017 survey, the National Association of Home Builders found more than 80 percent of builders considered the cost and availability of skilled labor their #1 challenge. By contrast, in 2011, only 13 percent named labor costs as their biggest concern. With this challenge continuing far into the foreseeable future, our industry must do all it can to prepare the next generation of builders.
You have a business to run and that means making the most of the workers you have – while keeping an eye out for those willing to enter the industry. According to research conducted by trade association FWCI, here are some vital ways to attract and retain today’s youth.
Working together, we can alleviate the skilled labor shortage by inspiring young people to make construction their career path. To learn more about how LP can help your business succeed, call our Customer Care Center at (888) 820-0325 to schedule a product knowledge meeting with an LP representative.
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You may have recently heard the terms “resilient construction” or “weather-resistant building” being used more frequently within the architectural and construction industries. But what do these terms mean exactly? The Resilient Design Institute defines resilient construction (or resiliency) as “the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance.”
Protecting your siding from damage is crucial no matter the season or time of year. Warm weather presents several unique issues to your home’s exterior that can have a negative impact, especially without proper siding maintenance. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding provides the protection and peace of mind you need to keep your siding in great shape during warmer seasons with easy maintenance requirements.
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