The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index reported that over 70% of builders are running into building material shortages through 2021. In the wake of COVID-19, shutdowns and shipping delays slowed production, while a rise in construction and home remodeling projects increased demand. The result for Jacksonville builders? Short supply and skyrocketing prices.
Which building materials are in short supply?
Eighty-three percent of builders are experiencing delays with products, and 41% have reported that COVID has caused “severe” material shortages. While the most commonly-reportage shortage was in lumber, thanks in part to accompanying wildfires, steel was also cited among the top shortages.
Does Jacksonville have any commercial steel in stock?
Yes! Berman Brothers, located at 2500 Evergreen Avenue in Jacksonville, is the largest stocking distributor of carbon structural steel, stainless steel and aluminum in the Southeast. Its 150,000-sq.-ft. warehouse contains thousands in product inventory of standard and unusual sizes of angles, bars, beams, channels, expanded metal, flats, grating, pipe, plate, rebar, sheets and tubing. Inventory is expanded daily for stainless steel and aluminum. It also has Florida’s largest in-stock inventory of bollards and galvanized structural steel.
Contact the pros
Berman Brothers has been serving the steel and scrap metal industry since 1923. They are dedicated to serving the needs of Jacksonville’s commercial builders (and homeowners!), especially through these pandemic-related shortages. Beyond maintaining one of the largest in-stock inventories of structural steel, they offer low minimum orders and free local delivery. They also have convenient pick-up hours from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those customers needing additional services, Berman Brothers has onsite cutting capabilities that include saw, plasma and heavy-duty automatic mitering band saw options.
Can I finance my business’ building materials?
Yes. Berman Brothers understands how hard cash-flow management can be during these tough times, so they extend credit to their approved customers. Simply download the Berman Brothers credit application and bring it to the warehouse. Our customer service representatives are on hand to answer all your technical questions.