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DAWGS has long touted the advantages of steel door and window panels to secure vacant properties, over its plywood/board-up counterpart. Not only is steel more cost effective over time, but DAWGS steel security rental solutions are sustainable and reusable. Steel is a superior product to board-up when it comes to preventing break-ins and stopping theft. DAWGS also adds curb appeal to property versus unsightly plywood. The pandemic has added yet another reason why steel is the preferred material to secure vacant properties over board-up — cost.

Plywood prices have skyrocketed over the past year. Wood prices shot up over 250% during the summer of 2020, during the height of the pandemic. The increase was due to the dramatic rise in the demand for new home construction and remodeling. A shortage in housing nationally, as well as homeowners stuck at home, unable to vacation, has led to a substantial increase in construction.  With time and money on their hands, homeowners took to building decks, man caves, she-sheds and additional rooms.  This coupled with a shortage of housing in multiple markets across the country has meant that plywood prices will remain high for the foreseeable future.

Increased plywood prices have led to a substantial increase in the cost of board-up.  Often touted as a cost effective option to secure, this is no longer the case.  Not only is board-up not as effective as steel board-up solutions, but now it is also more costly in most circumstances.  DAWGS is a rental product that includes full service, installation and removal, ensuring that your property is secured with maximum security. 

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