The 2014 storms are now affecting the garden sector. Timber stocks held by manufactures for sheds, fence panels and structures has been used up already to meet demand and new wood prices have gone up. As a result retail prices are set to go up.
Every winter the UK's timber garden manufacturers plan and build stock of finished fence panels and timber components in case there is a storm.
This winter fence panels and timber purchased to meet ‘normal’ demand have already been used up.
Additional supplies that are needed to see these manufacturers through the 2014 season are only available at higher prices (this is in line with price trends in all sectors of the timber industry).
Although they all planned for a storm….they did not plan for three or four storms!
The whole UK fencing industry is now struggling to meet demand and many merchants and retail outlets are without stock.
Prices will therefore increase for all the following products:
- Those for which demand has soared after the recent storms (e.g. lap and featheredge style panels)
- Those made from fence panel type components (e.g. trellis panels, gates)
- Fence posts and other solid timber products (e.g. pergolas, sleepers)
As a responsible retail owner, who operates both in-store, through two garden centres, and sells garden structures and fence panels online, I am committed to ensuring that customers get a great service and product, especially as so many people have been affected by the 2014 storms.
I will be reviewing the prices increased over the next couple of days, but like all garden retailers will have to consider how to pass on and absorb some of these costs to my customers.
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