The materials shortage is set to continue and prices could continue to rise. These shortages will likely lead to construction delays and could affect small companies, self-builders, and renovators. Not only is lumber in short supply but we are now seeing a shortage of steel, cement, roof tiles, electrical components, paint, and plasterboard. Some manufacturers are weeks and even months out on supplies. Builders and contractors looking for ways around this problem might try substituting materials if possible or adding higher costs for the materials in their budget. If you’re planning on a DIY project or renovation this summer plan as far as you can in advance so you aren’t caught by surprise with shortages and price increases.