Raised-Heel Trusses Improve Energy Efficiency and So Much More

Insulation can improve a home’s energy efficiency, but the efficacy of insulation is dependant on how it’s installed. Insulation products can only perform optimally if they are installed perfectly. Batt insulation, for example, will only achieve its R-value when it isn’t compressed. This occurs most often in roof assemblies where conventional trusses meet the exterior …

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Improper Hardwood Flooring Care Could Void the Warranty

Hardwood flooring will change as natural environmental conditions change. The humidity and heat of the summer can cause wood to expand while the dry winter conditions will result in contraction. The manufacturers of wood flooring products have studied the idea conditions for their flooring and have detailed recommendations on the temperatures and ambient humidity that …

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What New Homeowners Should Spend Money On

Whether you are the proud owner of a new house or a seasoned contractor advising new clients, knowing what to tackle first can really help you get settled in. Here’s how to decide what you can do yourself as a homeowner, and what you should leave to the pros. Angie Hicks from Angie’s List explains: …

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Construction Contract Terms Explained

As a construction professional, you know communication is key. Getting everything clear and written down will help you to ensure that the client’s expectations are met, you get paid on time and there are no expensive callbacks. On every build, changes are inevitable and this is often where confusion and miscommunication occur. Make sure any …

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Engineered Wood and EPA Formaldehyde Regulations

The question comes up quite often about formaldehyde and OSB so I will try to bring some clarity to the subject with some background information and what products are affected. The US Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act was signed in 2010. It was based on the Air Toxic Control Measure that was developed …

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How to Integrate Smart Home Design into your Next Build

Smart home design is a must for prospective homebuyers these days and construction professionals are having to incorporate them into new home designs. That means HVAC, lighting appliances, security and entertainment all need to be integrated into the smart control design. It’s tough to keep ahead of the smart-home technology curve as new devices are …

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