Bruce Harley, technical director of Conservation Services Group in Westboro, Mass., and author of Insulate and Weatherize, responds: In this notoriously leaky and difficult-to-insulate area, both the insulation and the air barrier must be continuous to prevent outside air from moving freely through the knee wall and into the rest of the house. While fiberglass batt insulation is effective when installed properly, it won’t stop air infiltration, regardless of how much is added to the knee-wall cavity. Without a continuous air barrier, outside air can enter through soffit vents, wash through insulation, and flow through joist bays.
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Trusted contractor, Mike Holmes has been using ROXUL products for over a decade for their fire resistance, mold resistance and sound absorption. Mike and his son, Mike Jr. walk you through an installation and explain why ROXUL is a product they trust to make it right.
Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk opened the doors to it’s ReStore to the public on September 04, 2002. The ReStore’s first “tag sale” response from shoppers was overwhelmingly positive. The first ReStore on Long Island is not only raising money for building homes, but also providing low cost home improvement materials for people in our community and taking perfectly good items out of the waste stream and putting them to good use.
Habitat Restore SuffolkReStore accepts donations of either new or very gently used building materials & supplies, appliances. These items are then sold to the general public usually at a 66% discount of the retail price. Continue reading ‘Shop, Donate & Save at the Habitat Suffolk ReStore’
You hear people say that houses just aren’t built the way they used to be, that true craftsmanship is a thing of the past. Is it true? Marilyn Lewis of MSN Real Estate asked experts — a homebuilder, an engineer and two materials scientists — if new homes today match up to those built by our grandfathers, and their grandfathers. Their answers were surprising.
Check out this video on ZIP System® Roof and Wall Sheathing – if you are buttoning up framing the old fashioned way, it’s time to learn a few new tricks.
Smart contractors and remodelers realize homeowners want a project to reflect their unique style and taste, and that’s especially true when it comes to exteriors. Siding dominates the outside of a home due to sheer mass, and therefore the choice of materials, texture and design of a re-side makes a statement about that homeowner. The choice of siding color is equally important.
What convinces homeowners that spending more money on a siding job makes sense? Design
Steven Jones, owner of Tulsa Renew, in Tulsa, Okla., has an advantage when it comes to selling siding jobs: He installs them. Familiarity with both the product and installation particulars are among the reasons why Jones consistently sells a high-end siding job. Attitude is another. He sets out to develop a design for his clients that, he says, “is different, but not crazy.” Jones has found that difference not only sells, it upsells. He defines selling as “trying to get homeowners as much as they can afford for the best final experience.”
This unique house siding design tool allows you to mix and match a variety of James Hardie® siding products, ColorPlus® technology colors and textures to virtually create the home of your client’s dreams!
Do you have customers whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee? The deadline to apply for financial assistance through the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program is April 11, 2014. Download the flyer here.
Most ceilings are big, expressionless expanses of white. Why not offer your customers a few different ceiling options that highlight your creativity and set you apart from the crowded field of remodeling contractors? With so many affordable and easy to install options readily available, you can now give your client’s ceiling as much influence as their walls and floors. Continue reading ‘Reach for the Sky!’