Winter 2014 has certainly been one for the record books. No part of the country has gone unscathed from extremely low temperatures and fierce storms. January 6, 2014 now holds the spot as the 40th coldest day on record since 1900 for the entire continental US. Other recent ‘notable achievements’ include Huntsville, AL with its recent 8.9″ of snow being their 3rd heaviest accumulation on record. Indiana has experienced its 2nd snowiest winter ever and Chicago its 5th showiest winter ever on record…. and winter isn’t over yet folks!
While the recent weather woes have certainly interfered and hampered business in our industry, the silver lining is the built-up demand it is creating. Once the storm clouds finally clear there should be an ample supply of customers looking to install energy-efficient windows and doors, replace damaged or missing gutters, and make other needed remodeling upgrades and repairs.
And lets not overlook the new construction forecast for 2014. As noted in The Kiplinger Letter (vol 91 no 7), new-home building is expected to accelerate again this year. Housing starts are projected to climb by 15% and to top one million starts for the first time since 2007.
During this weather-impacted season here at LBP we’re gearing up for great things to come just around the bend. We’re working internally to ensure our processes, systems, and people are in peak condition and ready to go once the storms clear and temperatures improve. And we’re making sure our warehouses are fully stocked with the high quality materials you will need. Additionally, our Marketing Department is ready to help with lead generation and other presentation tools so you can take advantage of the coming spring selling season.
We are optimistic that warmer temperatures and increased business will be here soon. Through bad weather and good weather, we deeply appreciate your business and are committed to earning it each day. I hope to see you soon!