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PR November 2012

November 16, 2012

America's Top Remodelers 2012 |

Project Spotlight: Fitness Test |

Tablet & Smartphone Research


A good friend of mine who is also a 40-year veteran of the construction industry has taught me a lot about relationships over the past few years. He has been a tireless advocate of relationships his entire life, spending countless hours working, molding, and shaping both his personal and professional contacts.

At times, the future outcomes of our decisions weigh heavily and require diligent thought before making a decisive move.

The Maddux freestanding tubs from MTI are made from engineered solid-surface material, giving the appearance that the tubs were carved from a single block of stone.

The MUZ-FE09 outdoor unit and MSZ-FE09 indoor units are the latest addition to Mitsubishi Electric’s Hyper-Heat product line.

The Art Cool Premier system from LG Electronics is a duct-free split air conditioning system that uses an updated inverter compressor to improve refrigerant compression efficiency and minimize energy loss, providing an SEER of up to 28.

American Standard’s AccuLink Platinum ZV Control offers a 7-inch color touch screen on a system that allows the user to program wake, leave, sleep, and vacation heat and cool settings for seven days.

The Trane XV95 gas furnace is rated with up to 96.7% AFUE and features two-stage gas heating with a variable speed blower to quietly provide a consistent flow of warm air.

CertainTeed’s AirRenew Indoor Air Quality Gypsum Board products had four of its claims validated by UL Environment: permanent formaldehyde absorption capacity, mold resistance, recycled content, and regional materials.

LP SmartSide trim and siding combine the beauty of cedar grain texture with the durability of an engineered wood product that’s easy to work with.

The Foundry Stacked Stone Collection by The Tapco Group is made from molds cast from more than 100 unique stones to create the detail and texture of hand-cut stone.

The Versawrap PVC cladding system from Versatex is a one-piece PVC cladding system for pressure-treated columns.

Engine options, towing options, cab sizes, and elaborate trim packages also highlight choices for buyers

Tablets and smartphones increase presence in remodeling industry

The future of remodeling can be found in a ketchup bottle

A residential remodeler stretches into light commercial work with a fitness center build-out

Bullish outlook: Biggest remodelers see more growth in 2013

In today’s remodeling market, establishing client relationships and maintaining them over the long-term is a difficult, yet attainable goal. Professional Remodeler’s Tom Swartz talked to remodelers Bill Owens and Ralph Cataldo about how they are keeping customers for life.

So why solar hot water in the U.S., anyway? Many homeowners have little clue about how their water is heated, its contribution to their energy bill or the alternatives available.

There is an evolution taking place in the remodeling industry. As the market changes, smart business owners are adapting to the new economy.

One major reason of reviewing each job after it is completed is to learn what went well and what didn’t, apply those learned lessons to future jobs, and be able to train other employees.

While most of my business advice pertains to what you do or think about during the workday, sometimes a better question to ask is: “What keeps you up at night?” Or, more accurately, what wakes you up at night and makes it tough to go back to sleep., formerly known as ServiceMagic, is the re-launched website connecting homeowners with pre-screened, customer-rated service professionals.

September existing-home sales declined modestly, but inventory continued to tighten and the national median home price recorded its seventh back-to-back monthly increase from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

The number of remodeling permits recorded by BuildFax Remodeling Index for the month of August 2012, reached a level previously recorded more than four years ago. Yet another positive sign on the road to recovery for the remodeling industry.

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) climbed to 50 in the third quarter of 2012, up from 45 in the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This is the highest point the RMI has reached since the third quarter of 2005, reflecting the positive trends recently seen in the rest of the housing sector.

Choosing a paint color or scheme often can be difficult as there are many variables to consider—décor, style of the room, and other aspects of the space. Members of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council took a deeper dive recently into paint and color wall options to explain this year’s trends.

Diamondback GlasRoc Tile Backer from CertainTeed Gypsum is now available for floor and countertop applications.

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