Pros & Cons: Analyzing EWP's Staying Power

Originally published by: ProSales MagazineMay 9, 2012

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It’s no secret that the economic downturn prompted builders to cut costs whenever possible. But it’s been less noted that when many of those builders examined which materials to trim, they refused to drop engineered wood products (EWPs) despite their higher cost.

APA-the Engineered Wood Association reports that I-joists rose from 46% of the market for raised wood floors between 2005 and 2007 to account for 52% in 2008 and 2010. “That tells us that builders are sold on new technology, they’re continuing to use it,” says Craig Adair, director of market research.

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