Building in Guatemala is Increasingly More Expensive

Prices of materials such as iron rods and cement, among other things, have gone up compared to 2010.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The rise in the price of oil and other raw materials at international level is one of the main reasons for the sharp increase observed in the prices of building materials in Guatemala.

The price of iron, a major material in construction, rose between 35% and 50% last year, depending on the caliber and quality.

The case of cement is similar, its price rose about 11% between June 2010 and September this year.

An article in states: "These products are part of a list of about 209, which includes everything from building materials to finishing supplies, of which 158 reported increases only 51 reported reductions.

Manolo Monzón, an architect by profession and general manager of the Building Company, said that the cost of materials has risen about 15% over the last year.

Alvaro Mayorga, second vice president of the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction, said the increase is a natural process caused by higher oil prices, and one of the challenges for the sector is to generate new construction technologies that do not depend so much on oil and employ creative alternatives using other building materials. "

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Materials and other inputs saw rises of 25 percent in 2011, with a quintal of iron having the highest price increase.

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