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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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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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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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Controlling Against Moisture Damage for Wall Sheathing
Aug 8, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Moisture can cause many structural problems and create a very unhealthy home for your family when mold and mildew begin to form. Building a home that deals effectively with moisture requires due diligence from design to installation and on to maintenance. The home must be built in such a way as to prevent leaks which are the biggest cause of damage and it must also eliminate condensation which occurs naturally in every home.

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Minimizing Buckling for Asphalt Shingles
Aug 3, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

As much as 95% of US roofing starts with wood panel sheathing. This is because it’s easy to work with and provides a sturdy substrate for roofing materials. However, if the wood sheathing panels are not installed correctly, bucking may occur and this will telegraph through to the shingles causing a ‘wavy’ look. This can result in very expensive call backs for the construction company, so ensure that you follow these guidelines and the manufacturer’s instructions as well as your design professional’s outlines in order to avoid problems.

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A Cleaner Jobsite is a Better Jobsite
Jul 26, 2017 | Posted in Builders, DIY, Framers

Taking time to clean your jobsite every day and investing in equipment to help you with that is one of the best investments you can make in your business.

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Can I Compress Insulation?
Jul 17, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Compressing fiberglass provides more R-value per inch, but reduces the overall R-value.

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