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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.

Reach for the Sky!

Reach for the Sky with Creative Ceiling Options

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!’

Embassy Ceiling Tile Installation

Watch this demonstration showing an easy installation of Embassy Ceiling Tiles! And read the next post to find out how to set yourself apart from other remodeling contractors by suggesting creative ceiling options to your customers – like suspended panels from Embassy Ceiling. Contact us if you have questions.

Are Lumber Prices Set To Soar?

In our culture we like to super-size everything – from our meals to our drinks, even our storms. Now, economists – lumber experts in particular – have attached the adjective to the wood products market, referring to the current supply and demand conditions as a “super-cycle,” which could result in record prices for lumber and panel products in 2014.

The report, released by Wood Markets, “The Solid Wood Products Outlook: 2013-2017,” examines an overall tightening of the global timber supply base, but forecasts that it’s mainly in North America where scarcities will be felt. What has caused (or will cause) supply constraints? The answers are many and varied and reach back a number of years, setting the stage for where we are now. Continue reading ‘Are Lumber Prices Set To Soar?’

The Commodity Market & Your Building Materials

The cost of your building materials are intrinsically linked to fluctuations in the commodity market, for when raw material prices rise for such things as zinc, lead or aluminum, prices will inevitably increase for the finished products (i.e. faucets and fasteners). As the year comes to a close, we’re seeing metals trade sideways, which could add to some price stability after the past few years of rising prices. Copper is the one exception, as a global glut could push prices down 10%. Oil prices are stuck, too, which should aid in the near-term price stability of petroleum-based products such as asphalt shingles.

That’s A Wrap!

Rainwater can be driven behind vinyl siding causing plywood and OSB to deteriorate over time. Utilizing housewrap will help ensure the long-term performance of plywood and OSB, as well as the vinyl siding. Also, the use of housewrap or felt allows you to protect the top edge of window and door flashings with an overlapping layer. When water runs down the sheathing it can run behind the window flanges and into the framing cavity. Housewrap or felt will prevent this from occurring. Talk to us when you have questions about the performance of certain products.

10 Precautions To Avoid Mold Contamination

Even with today’s construction techniques, most buildings undergo natural wear and eventually need renovation. However, another hazard exists that can cause a building to lose value even before construction is complete.

Dubbed “the new asbestos” by some, mold is an increasing problem in many new construction buildings, ruining the indoor air quality and costing thousands of dollars to remedy, according to GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). More info at

GEI, a non-profit organization that establishes indoor air standards for indoor products, environments and buildings, advises builders and contractors to take 10 precautions to avoid mold contamination of their properties. Continue reading ’10 Precautions To Avoid Mold Contamination’

More Tips For Preventing Mold & Improving Air Quality

  • Drain surface water away from the home

  • Use moisture barriers over exposed soil in basements and crawl spaces
  • Use nailing strips instead of glue when laying carpet
  • Don’t carpet areas prone to dampness: kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and foyers
  • Dry or cure construction materials before sealing and painting
  • Install exhaust fans in baths, kitchens, garages and laundry rooms
  • Ventilate attic and crawl spaces
  • Use pre-finished materials instead of doing the work on site
  • Vent clothes dryers to the outside
  • Use properly sized HVAC equipment
  • Use sealed-combustion appliances or provide outside air for combustion
  • Install separate exhaust fans for gas stoves

Getting To The (Dew) Point

The point at which moisture in the air condenses is called the dew point. As moisture in the air moves from a warm air mass to cold, moisture in the air condenses on cold surfaces. The goal, then, is to keep the wall cavity temperature above the dew point. Rigid foam insulation provides good thermal resistance and can effectively raise temperatures in cavity above the condensation level.
Continue reading ‘Getting To The (Dew) Point’

Some Product Ideas To Prevent Basement Mold

Mold needs water, oxygen, and nutrients to grow; therefore, basements, in particular, offer an ideal breeding ground for mold. The installation of mold-resistant drywall, however, offers a good solution. So long as it is not exposed to contaminated water, mold-resistant drywall won’t grow mold. To further prevent the potential for mold growth, you can utilize paperless drywall, fiberglass mat joint tape, and mold resistant joint compound. Each product will increase the performance of any assembly built in a damp environment, such as a basement. Talk to us for more product ideas.