Building Materials

A settlement was reached last week for some of the homeowners who filed suit against a Chinese manufacturers over faulty drywall. A New Orleans federal judge signed off on the settlement, in which Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Company agreed to pay repair and relocation costs for 300 homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The mix-and-match approach to home siding is still popular, and manufacturers are
offering new ways to meet consumer demand

The EPA lead rule continues to pose challenges for remodelers

Future prices for lumber rose the maximum permitted by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a jump in U.S. housing starts revived prospects for construction materials. Lumber futures for November delivery rose the CME’s $10 daily limit, or 4.5 percent, to settle at $232 per 1,000 board feet at 1:10 p.m. in Chicago.

Green remodeling is an ever-changing process with innovations in building science and technology affecting it constantly. To do it successfully, one needs to educate crews, subcontractors and consumers.

Four remodelers reveal the products they prefer for their projectcs

Energy efficiency. Resource conservation. Green. These are the hot marketing buzzwords in new home construction. What do they mean to the professional remodeler? Potentially, they could mean a new market. You can help make any existing home green, and help your clients come to grips with soaring energy costs.

When doing an addition or renovation, remodelers often have to reconfigure or even replace the home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. If you want your customers to be really happy with the job, sizing the system correctly is key. "Properly sized HVAC systems lead to satisfied and comfortable customers; lower initial and operating costs; reduced callbacks; an...

An overview of roofing, siding and cladding products that can help enhance homes.

There's no relief in sight for remodeling firms that have been hit hard by the increased cost of building materials, says economist Ken Simonson. Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, said that some of the increases may level off as the housing market cools due to the highest mortgage interest rates in more than four years.

Here are some products that can be used for trendy outdoor living spaces.

Products being used for today's decks are featured.

Back in 2000, clients of Classic Homeworks, the Denver residential remodeling company Rick Pratt founded, were not too excited about green remodeling. Yet he had always considered himself an environmentalist and wanted to introduce energy-saving, environmentally friendly designs and products to his business.

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