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What to Do When You Uncover Asbestos

Most re-siding projects are on older homes, so it’s a good bet you’ve seen your share of asbestos siding if you operate in the business of siding renovations. Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was commonly added to cement board siding for durability and resistance to fire and weather during the 1920s to 1980s.

How to Sell Value in Construction

On custom homes, builders and developers sometimes avoid value-added building materials for a variety of reasons. They might veto those pro…

Not All Siding Is Created Equal

If you are in the process of selecting the right siding type for your project, it is important to know the differences between the substrat…

Top 5 Time Management Tips for Building Professionals

If you had one project that underperformed within the past few years, you’re not alone. KPMG’s 2016 Global Construction Survey found most p…

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5 Tips to Conquer Cash Flow Challenges

If you’re feeling the pinch in cash flow this month, you’re not alone. In fact, 84% of all construction companies face tough cash flow chal…

How Remodelers Sell Value to a Homeowner

Over the past 25 years, Jim Peterson has learned how to sell value to his remodeling customers. Peterson owns Rembrandt Exteriors, LLC in s…

Tips for Increasing Builder Profit

There are basically two ways builders can boost their bottom lines: lower costs and increased revenue. In a previous blog, we focused on th…

The Difference Between Vapor, Air and Weather-Resistive Barriers

“Do this, not that” is a common saying in the building industry. Controversial techniques for construction, outdated codes and incorrect ap…

A Remodeler’s Perspective: Steps to a Successful Re-side

When James and Stella bought their home in coastal Wilmington, NC, in 2011, the original wood siding was still on the 108-year-old home. Un…

Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, speci…

Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they a…

Infographic: Tips for Retaining Your Best Employees

There’s been a 5% increase in construction employment in the last year, and unemployment is at a 20-year low. According to projections from…

On the Cutting Edge of Cost-Cutting

There are only two ways to boost your bottom line: increase revenue and cut costs. In this blog, we’ll explore innovative ways for builders…

How to Prevent Lap Siding from Buckling by Using a Butt Joint

It’s a silly name, but a “butt joint” is an application technique where two pieces of material are “butted” up against each other. It is th…

Increasing Jobsite Efficiency with High-Performance Solutions

The three main buckets of costs to build a home: cost of land, cost of materials and cost of labor. Regarding labor costs to build a house,…

How Remodelers Can Increase Business with HOAs

Home Owner Associations (HOAs) are the governing bodies of many communities throughout the U.S. – and remodelers can miss out on HOA busine…

Using the Job Site to Brand Your Company

One of the best ways to market your construction company is to use signage on or near the job site. It’s possible that more people will see…

Meeting Timelines When You’re Short-Staffed

For builders with a limited staff, it’s difficult to meet all the timelines and expectations unless every team member does an outstanding j…

The Importance Of Vapor Permeability In Building Envelopes

For weather-resistant barriers (WRBs), ASTM has developed rigorous tests for water resistance and water penetration, plus an air barrier as…

Tips For Increasing Winter Remodeling Business

Winter can be an ideal time for many home remodeling projects. Increasing your business often starts with customer education. Here are some…

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