Record timber demand during lockdown
The UK has always dabbled in DIY. Bank Holiday tradition dictates that we are all required to have a BBQ, complain about the weather and visit our local hardware store and begin a home improvement project.
With most of the country spending a lot more time at home in recent months, home improvements are on many peoples minds.
However, this fascination with doing it ourselves may have peaked during April as the UK adjusted to life under lockdown causing thousands of people to use the opportunity to indulge in a spot of DIY to improve the value of their homes, as well as improving the space in their gardens.
People up and down the country are searching online for home improvements, with the trend set to continue rising rapidly.
We looked at average monthly search volumes on Google to see what people are searching for the most when it came to DIY home improvements, both in the house and in the garden.
Over the past month, there has been a 90% increase in searches for ‘How to…’ on Google, with topics such as ‘Pergola’, ‘Fencing’ and ‘Decking’ topping trends.
And with the summer-like weather the UK has recently experienced, Brits have been getting out in the garden to make the most of their outdoor spaces.
The sudden surge in DIY, together with companies in the supply chain closing whilst establishing social distancing measures, has caused disruptions and stock issues for many.
Notably on of the most scarce products has been British Gypsum's plaster, causing issues for traders and DIY'ers up and down the country.
I searched high and low to find a supplier of concrete fence posts to do the fence in my garden, without much luck.
With items such as closeboard fence panels, postmix, concrete posts and sleepers in really high demand, we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure we are able to offer the products you need, when you need them.
That said, we ask you to bear with us during these unprecedented times and thank you for understanding if any products are unavailable.