Len-Co Lumber Corp. is a local, family-owned business that has been offering quality lumber and construction supplies since 1958. They've got windows and siding, trusses, engineered lumber, decking, ceiling tiles, drywall, cabinets, flooring, plumbing, electrical, concrete products and more.

And, they buy by the truckload, so they can offer you wholesale prices whether you're a contractor or a DIYer. Since they've been in the business so long, we turned to them for advice on shopping smart in 2021. Here's what they said:

1) Starting projects earlier is better this year. It looks like rising prices and scarce supplies could be a factor as the year progresses, so it's not a bad idea to plan and shop for projects sooner rather than later.

2) If you're a little overwhelmed with all the material options, start with the basic: Do you want natural wood or a manmade product. If you're going manmade, what color do you want?

3) The price difference between composite and natural wood is minimal in most cases, so strongly consider upgrading your plans to manmade composite decking products. Get low maintenance and longevity for less!

No matter what you're shopping for, Len-Co's knowledgable staff is committed to personalized service. And if you'd rather buy it online, check them out at Lencobuffalo.com!