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Drywall Expertise Makes a Difference

Scaffardi, Tim - drywall delivery, Waltham, MA home remodel IMG_2500

Did you know that National Lumber has drywall experts? In addition to carrying trusted drywall brands including Continental, Georgia-Pacific, National Gypsum, and US Gypsum we also carry the tools for drywall installation.

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2012 Drywall Price Increase Explanation

As you are probably now aware, all of the drywall manufacturers have revised their pricing strategies beginning in 2012. First and foremost, all job pricing on commercial work is being discontinued. Instead some manufacturers have suggested that there will be a “pricing ceiling” put in place for the entire year, meaning that the manufacturers will not be able to increase prices above this level.

The manufacturer letters that have been published vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer but it amounts to approximately 35% across the gypsum wallboard category. At this time, finishing products and accessories are not included in this increase.

So what does this mean for our customers? Simply put, the manufacturers will impose this increase the first of the year and National Lumber will adjust prices accordingly.

At National Lumber, we are doing everything in our power to not only give you the most competitive price on the products that we sell, but we also strive to protect our customers from these market fluctuations that either occur naturally or artificially throughout the year.

National’s response to this development will be to have an increase in pricing the first of the year and evaluate how the market responds to the pending increase. Our pricing will always reflect what the market will bear. As pricing may fluctuate throughout the year, we will adjust our pricing with it to ensure the best pricing possible to our customers.

Happy Holidays!


David Pelletier
Vice President
Drywall Division

Best New Building Products of 2011: USG Sheetrock UltraLight Panels

USG Sheetrock Ultralight Panels

USG Sheetrock Ultralight Panels

USG’s Sheetrock UltraLight Panels are the lightest ½-inch gypsum wallboard panels available (1.2 to 1.4 lbs./sf), up to 30 percent lighter than traditional gypsum wallboard panels. One editor pointed out that one of the greatest benefits to these lighter drywall panels means less fatigue for installation crews, which can result in improved productivity.

Learn more about USG and other drywall products on the National Lumber Drywall Division home page!

Thanks to for their review of the Sheetrock UltraLight Panels!

National Gypsum Price Increase Effective May 2, 2011

National Gypsum has announced that effective with shipments on and after Monday, May 2, 2011, National Gypsum will be increasing their wallboard and specialty product prices by 15%. Other price increases are mentioned in the letter, as well (link below). In addition, they say to expect additional price increases to take place in the 3rd and 4th quarters. They state that these increases are necessary due to rising costs associated with raw materials and energy.

Click here to read National Gypsum’s official letter to distributors and retailers.

National Lumber Drywall Division

Drywall Price Increase Delay & Upcoming Increase for Metal Studs

As of November 29, it now appears that implementation of the new pricing in the industry will be delayed until February 2011. National Lumber is passing along a new notice from National Gypsum that they are delaying their 20 percent wallboard price increases until February 7, 2010. At that time, they will also be increasing prices on several additional product lines by 6 percent. You can read this official notice here.

Also, Clark Western has announced a 10 percent increase on their steel products effective December 6, 2010, because of mill cost increases. The official statement can be found here.

Please plan on these increases for any upcoming jobs.

For more information on our drywall products and services, visit the National Lumber Drywall Division home page.

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