The pandemic did not only cause a shortage and price increases on toilet paper and cleaning supplies—it is impacting the cost of construction materials as well. The demand for large-scale construction, coupled with the issues in the supply chain created by the pandemic, is rippling through the entire construction market, driving prices up and creating material shortages and delays in delivery. For example, steel bar joists now have a 10-month lead time. We are also seeing significant increases in copper, PVC, vinyl products, drywall, and metal studs. Lumber costs, which have been dominating the news, have risen 57% since January and by nearly 375% since last year, according to Market Insider.