Last summer's devastating hurricanes, coupled with the continued record new housing starts has created a serious shortage of building products in Southwest Florida.
Cement roof tiles and cement blocks are the items in shortest supply and is particularly problematic for high end construction that utilizes tile roofing.
In the near term, these shortages are likely to continue particularly spurred by the rising global consumption of cement. The phenomenal growth in construction in China most likely will have continued long-term impact.
It is important to note that these material shortages combined with a labor force that is stretched thin due to the ongoing hurricane clean-up has pushed out the time it takes to build a new home in many cases by at least a quarter.
Supplies can't meet demand [News-Press]