Business is never constant for anyone, but the last few years have proven especially challenging for the home improvement industry. A slumping housing market, lack of new construction, and a cash-strapped customer base have made it hard to find new jobs. Professionals who stayed in business had to come up with creative, and sometimes difficult, solutions. To find out how businesses weathered the storm, we turned to our panel of home improvement experts.

Our home improvement experts have shared their stories of setbacks and solutions. Below we’ve selected the ones that we feel give the best summary of their experiences. At the end of the week, we’ll combine all our expert comments into a wrap-up article, along with industry insight as to the future of the home improvement industry.