I am happy to say the supply lines on various kinds of rebar tie wire have drastically improved during the previous six months
Metal isn’t cheap these days, as is the case with all building materials. The price of wood skyrocketed at the very beginning of the pandemic from the sheer fact that the supply line was put to a near halt. The logging companies were bringing in wood, but there weren’t enough people working to process that wood and distribute it to retailers nationwide. I heard from a friend in the building industry that several wood plants were shut down for unknown amounts of time from a variety of pandemic-related factors. When wood plants started to reopen, it had a huge beneficial effect on the entire building industry because houses and business could finally go up again after contracts were initially delayed endlessly. I finally saw wood on the shelves again at my local hardware store after they went several months at a time with very few options available. Sadly, wood was not the only building material that went through phases of shortages and huge inflationary increases in prices. The other culprit was rebar tie wire. Everything from cheap black bar rebar to stainless steel rebar was difficult to find for months at a time during 2020 and 2021. I am happy to say the supply lines on various kinds of rebar tie wire have drastically improved during the previous six months. Regardless of price changes, stainless steel rebar tie wire is still significantly more expensive than black bar rebar because it’s made to be corrosion-resistant. Black bar rebar has no protection against corrosion and will start rusting after it is exposed to water and moisture.