It might not seem like lumber production would be a hot-button issue for average citizens in the U.S. However, this very issue made headlines after the Trump administration recently approved the collection of tariffs on lumber coming into the U.S. from Canada. The result is that Canadian softwood lumber, which makes up about 30 percent of residential construction lumber, will be more expensive.
You may be wondering, "How does this political move affect individual homeowners right here in Florida?" In short, it means that the cost and availability of construction materials is changing, and that can lead to legally complex issues including construction liens and defective materials.