Worker with dust in the air on a jobsite. Photo: courtesy ITW

Photo: courtesy ITW

Dust isn’t just a nuisance byproduct of remodeling; it’s nasty stuff that’s bad for employees, bad for subs, bad for clients—and bad for business

How to insulate an older home

All illustrations: Dan Morrison

An insulation approach that seeks to find the balance between the real and the ideal

Ryan Boehm of Mosby Building Arts, in St, Louis, winner of the company's ICART award.

Photo: courtesy Mosby Building Arts

At Mosby Building Arts, in St. Louis, managers use a company award—and polar bear totem—to reinforce the good stuff

2016 Professional Remodeler Market Leaders awards

From customer satisfaction to business excellence to fine design, these eight companies set themselves apart as leaders in the remodeling industry

Deck Cable Railing. Photo: Deckorators

Photo: Deckorators

Whether it’s wood or composite, here’s how to ensure that water drains away from the walls, ledger, and joists 

Direct mail vs email marketing. Photo: Flickr user RaHul Rodriguez (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Flickr user RaHul Rodriguez (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Experts say email marketing has, or will, supplant traditional direct mail—a key component in the marketing program of many home improvement companies

Old asphalt shingle roof. Photo: Flickr user Brian Robinson (CC BY 2.0)

Photo: Flickr user Brian Robinson (CC BY 2.0)

When is a roof inspection a legitimate roof inspection and when is it just the precursor to an estimate?

Illustration: shutterstock.com / Alila Medical Media

Illustration: shutterstock.com / Alila Medical Media

The respiratory tract is protected by mechanisms that work to keep our airways and lungs relatively clean

Online sales are heating up for some home improvement companies

Photo: Pixabay

While a few home improvement companies look to find a way to bypass the in-home sales appointment, one—Zen Windows—already has

Erika Taylor, chief of content for Professional Remodeler

Virtually every group representing businesses, including the NAHB, opposes the Department of Labor's new rules regarding who is exempt from overtime pay 

During a remodel, making dust is inevitable, but spreading it around is preventable

Best Practices
Airtight drywall, electrical box detail

By sealing the holes created by electrical boxes, you can eliminate a major source of air movement into exterior walls. All drawings: Dan Morrison

Marketing
broken heart candy represents Mike Damora breaking up with Angie's list lead generation

Photo: Flickr user Jackie Fritsche, CC BY 2.0

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