THE SPEED at which suppliers can get graded timber batten to site appears to be overtaking cost as the primary concern for roofing contractors and merchants.
The find is a result of a recent promotional campaign run by SR Timber. The company ran a promotion this spring, offering lower prices on its 25x38mm and 25x50mm BS-graded batten. However, the SR Timber team were surprised to find that the urgency at which customers wanted materials on site superseded cost.
“In a lot of cases, the first question that we got asked when we spoke to customers about the offers was ‘how quickly can you get it to us?’ – this isn’t normal,” said trading director, Shaun Revill.
“Yes, of course cost is a big issue to customers, but it clearly indicates that the supply of materials is arguably just as important at the moment – which we can only surmise as meaning that contractors are working flat out on jobs.”
Shaun added, “This is the best barometer we have to highlight that despite some of the media scare stories, the construction industry is still very busy building new houses.”