Supply issues have also driven up the costs of building materials, with brick prices up by an average of 9 per cent, timber and roof tiles up by 8 per cent and insulation increasing by 16 per cent. More than half of the firms surveyed said increased material prices were squeezing their margins, and 56 per cent said they had to pass costs on to their customers.
Source: Building firms waiting more than a year for bricks as raw material costs rocket, study shows | The Independent
Lincoln, Nebraska based company Slate-ish has developed a way to recycle paper-laminate waste from countertop production into a beautiful line of tiles.
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