Best Practices

Write stuff down if youre a remodeler

A clear org chart and job descriptions will streamline operations and align expectations—just make sure you provide enough detail.

pair of salvaged corbels inspires trim design

A pair of salvaged corbels inspires the trim design for a replacement entry door

prequalifying prospects

The prequalifying conversation is essential to prevent remodelers from wasting valuable time

For the first part of our two-part story, we focus on energy efficiency and practical solutions to everyday construction challenges 

connected storms

Risk expert says stronger building codes and practices needed

state of colorado takes action on labor shortage

Using legislation to help ease the skilled labor shortage

Nine incorrect principles often held by less successful company owners

Installing a vapor barrier in a sealed crawlspace

All photos: courtesy CrawlSpaceRepair.com

To avoid moisture and mold problems, isolate the crawlspace framing from the soil with a heavy-duty vapor barrier

Installing fat-wall window bucks

All photos: ProTradeCraft.com

Carefully installed window bucks make for secure fastening and easy alignment of windows and exterior trim 

On the heels of Harvey and Irma, long-time remodeler Dan Bawden draws from his first-hand experience to help affected remodelers cope

pro trade craft fat-wall window flashing

Use wide tape to span the many layers in a thick wall for an air- and water-tight seal

milwaukee tick tracking system package

A tracking system for, well, pretty much anything

Brick to roof flashing

Combine step flashing on the roof with through-wall flashing at the masonry

We are on the cusp of a truly exciting time for women in construction 

Historic changes are about to affect the industry. Are you aware of them? 

Some success habits require skill and practice. Others, such as being on time, just need the right mindset.

ProVia's Wendell Mast provides grout guidelines for remodelers

Mortar and grout techniques can make or break your stone installation

professional remodeler showing how to install stucco above a deck ledger

There are plenty of wrong ways to install stucco on a wall with a deck ledger. Here’s how to do it the right way.

A flashed dormer

For a trouble-free installation, get the overlaps right at roof-to-wall connections

A rating from the Better Business Bureau is a source of pride for some companies, a bitter pill for others

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