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Lumber prices 2021

During the pandemic, lumber prices skyrocketed at the same time that remodeling demand spiked and supply chains broke down. But where does the industry stand now?

As close to "hail-proof" as this veteran roofer has seen

It’s great to have choices, but having too many options threatens our ability to make a decision

Shingling over an old roof may be faster, cheaper, and a common practice. But some companies refuse to do it.

Trim-Tex Rigid Jumbo Corner Bead

These vinyl beads come with a handy modification that makes them perfect for remodeling jobs

Tests for permeability measure vapor diffusion through a material with 50 percent RH air on one side and either a desiccant (“dry cup test”) or liquid water (“wet cup test)” on the other.

Understanding how water vapor interacts with building materials is critical to avoiding moisture problems in building assemblies

Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Davis, Davis Photograph

This inspiring modernization of an 80-year-old historical structure holds lessons any remodeler can put to work

Mapei ultraflex tile

A mortar that solved all the problems large-format tiles caused 

This extrusion does double duty as both a hidden fastener and a deck drainage system

These metal plates restore strength to joists that have encountered an overzealous plumber

These metal plates restore strength to joists that have encountered an overzealous plumber

A hole saw and a scrap of drywall make for a strong, invisible patch

The New American Remodel is co-sponsored by Professional Remodeler and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The home will be open for tours during the International Builders’ Show in January 2018.

Transforming a 1930s Orlando home into a showcase of contemporary living

TrimJoist

Open-web floor trusses are great for routing utilities, but having to custom order them can hold up a framing schedule. Enter TrimJoist. 

natural building materials

These innovative materials make use of stuff that would otherwise have been thrown away

A unique three-part frame makes for good looks and great energy performance

A panel sliding system for those who like seeing the outdoors without having to weather the elements 

The Kasai collection from Italian company Ceramiche Refin is inspired by yakisugi, the ancient Japanese method of charring wood siding to add to its durability and beauty. 

Am I recommending you get on a plane and fly to Italy to look at tile? Yes. 

the docking door

A total solution for one of the 21st Century's most annoying problems: cord clutter

Italian tile products-Cersaie 2017-Cooperativa Ceramica D'Imola-Tube collection

Italian tile, high on style: Cooperativa Ceramica D'Imola's Tube collection was just one example of handsome large-format tile offerings at this year's Cersaie.

Check out the latest looks and trending textures in Italian tile 

A trim system that solves one of PVC’s main challenges

Overlay Init