It’s a sad reality that more contractors fail than make the grade. Why the high failure rate? There are certain perceptions that pervade the industry that negatively affect a contractor’s ability to achieve success. We’d like to bust some of these price-related myths and help contractors to financial success in the long term.
If your residential build occurs in building science climate zones one, two or even three, you may want to reconsider placing the ductwork for your air conditioning units in the attic, even if the attic is ventilated. Studies show you could be adding 15% or more to your energy bill with poor ductwork placement.
There is a vital difference between Plywood and OSB panels and sheathing that are classified as ‘Exterior’ and ‘Exposure 1’. Utilizing the wrong panels or sheathing could compromise the structure which is exposed to weather. The classifications are based on material composition as well as the durability of the adhesives utilized in the manufacturing process.
Intersecting walls pose an energy-efficiency conundrum. The usual way to address the situation is through ladder backing (as opposed to 3-stud wall bucks) and continuous sealant for the top and bottom places along the stud edges. But this incredibly clever solution is easier, and provides room for more robust insulation.
Whether you are new to the construction industry or a seasoned pro, asking the right questions at your job interview will ensure that you find a construction firm that is a good fit for your skills, has your best interests at heart and operates according to standard safety procedures.
As new products flood the market and changing climates and rising water levels change the face of construction, building codes are constantly changing to keep up with the shifting landscape. Every three years, building code are updated in order to improve the way we build. For small business owners, these constant changes may prove difficult to keep up with.
While an upswing in the housing market is good news for the construction industry, many builders are concerned about higher materials costs. Innovative construction companies are utilizing advances in technology to make their builds more efficient as the time and management improvements they provide are too impressive to be ignored.
As a construction industry professional, you have to be a jack of all trades and, in today’s competitive market, master them too. How do successful managers find enough hours in the habits of productive managers day? They streamline their activities to ensure that they function in the most effective and productive way. Here are some habits of successful managers from Forbes Magazine that will help you to boost your productivity.
The best way to design a crawlspace that accentuates your building envelope and does not allow unwanted moisture into the home is to treat them as if they were miniature basement spaces. Crawlspaces should be insulated, sealed and all exposed masonry should be covered to prevent condensation.
At a 2013 Remodeler’s Advantage Summit, attendees were asked what advice they would give to construction professionals about running their business. Business management is a facet of the construction industry that often gets neglected resulting in poor service or low profit margins. Here are a collection of the best business tips professionals in the construction industry had for their peers.