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Cosentino Introduces a Revolutionary New Countertop Surface


Everything to do with Dekton is extraordinary. Dekton employs exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years. The process uses up to 16 different decorative techniques which allow an endless array of design possibilities.


Dekton is:

  • Scratch, stain and abrasion resistant
  • Heat and cold resistant, thermal shock proof
  • Non-porous
  • Has 5 times the structural strength of granite
  • Color consistant and dimensionally stable
  • Available in Three Collections/15 Colors

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What’s the best way to insulate a knee wall?

Knee Wall Insulation
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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ROXUL Installation

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.

Shop, Donate & Save at the Habitat Suffolk ReStore

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’

Will Your New Home Still Be Standing in 50 Years?

Will Your New Home Still Be Standing In 50 Years?
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.

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How do you create a tighter building envelope and save time and money on the job site?

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.

Siding color trends: Factors that influence color choice

James Hardie - Siding Color TrendsSmart 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.

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How the Power of Suggestion Can Help You Upsell Siding

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.”

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James Hardie Exterior Design Center

James Hardie Design CenterThis 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!

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NY Rising Housing Recovery Application Deadline is April 11th!

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.