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Growing Labor Shortages Raise Concerns
Oct 20, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

According to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey, construction labor shortages are even more widespread than they were last year.

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Construction Contracts: Get it in Writing!
Oct 16, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

When you are doing a residential home build or renovation, it is essential to get everything in writing so that you can honor the terms of your warranty and sale without compromising business relationships or profit margins.

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Wildfire Preparedness: Reducing Risks to Your Home
Oct 10, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Drought has placed many areas at risk of wild fires. Even places that traditionally did not have to concern themselves with possible bush fires are now at risk thanks to changing weather conditions. The International Association of Fire Chiefs have set out a wildfire preparedness guide called Ready, Set, Go which covers emergency preparedness before, during and after a wildfire. Ensuring that you and your family are adequately prepared for wildfires will drastically reduce the likelihood of property damage, injury or death.

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Building Hurricane-Resistant Homes
Sep 29, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

As rebuilding efforts commence in the wake of this summer’s storms, construction professionals seek ways to ensure that homes are safer and built to withstand major wind events. There are several techniques that will help to keep property and lives safe.

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Dangers of Confined Spaces for Work Crews
Sep 18, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

While no one likes working in crawl spaces, attics and other confined spaces, it is necessary to do on nearly every building site. Now the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has new rules for safety in confined spaces. While these rules are designed to make the work environment safer, they will usher in major changes to the way construction workers do their jobs.

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Know your Building Science Climate Zone
Sep 15, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Knowing the climate zone your residential build will take place in will influence many of the decisions you will make as to construction methods and building materials. As energy conservation becomes a growing concern, building to your climate zone is an excellent way to ensure that you are providing your clients with the best options. Keep in mind that building and energy codes are the minimum standard.

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Hurricanes: Are you Prepared? Part 2
Aug 30, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts fewer hurricanes this summer thanks to the El Niño effect. But with 8-13 tropical storms and 6-8 hurricanes predicted, you still need to be prepared. To ensure that you and your home are ready for strong wind events and flooding, here are some hurricane preparedness tips from FEMA.

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Hurricanes: Are you Prepared? Part 1
Aug 28, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has some good news for residents in hurricane areas this summer. Thanks to the El Niño effect, this year will see a slight reprieve from the high volume storm seasons we have had over the last couple of years. This year’s hurricane season is expected to yield between 8-13 tropical storms with 6-8 of those expected to develop into hurricanes. To ensure that you and your home are ready for strong wind events and flooding, here are some hurricane preparedness tips from FEMA.

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5 Hardwood Flooring Problems and How to Prevent Them
Aug 25, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

The appeal of wood is its natural makeup and warm texture. But that which most attracts us to hardwood flooring is also the reason for most of the call backs flooring installers have to deal with. When problems occur, inspectors must determine who the culprit is and it’s usually moisture. Understanding how moisture affects a flooring and sub-flooring installation can help you to avoid problems and expensive call backs.

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How Will You Attract Young Talent to your Construction Company?
Aug 23, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

According to a report by Construction Labor Market Analyzer, by next year the burgeoning U.S. construction industry will need about 6.7 million skilled workers which is 50% more than we have in 2015.

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Why you Should Use Expansion Joints in Flooring and Sub-flooring
Aug 16, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY

Using expansion joints allows your flooring and sub-flooring to expand without affecting the look and feel of your floors.

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The Pros and Cons of Unventilated Attics
Aug 14, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Unventilated attics can help to mitigate energy loss through leaky ducts or ceiling fittings. The energy savings touted by unvented attics can be as high as 20%. However, if moisture is able to enter the unvented attic space, it may lead to roofing panel issues.

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