PB September 2013

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Products

Tapco Tools, the originator of the portable siding brake, offers a plethora of siding brakes that help properly fabricate everything from chimney flashing and drip edges to steel wall panels, soffit, and custom brickmold.

Progressive Foam Technologies has launched LineBacker Siding Insulation, the energy-saving thermal break that improves the appearance of siding in two ways.

LP Building Products has reinforced the availability of prefinished LP SmartSide siding in a new standard color palette as well as unique regional custom colors.

New 5” exposure HardieShingle straight-edge panels and individual shingles with ColorPlus Technology from James Hardie Building Products can help achieve a distinctive eastern white cedar shingle.

CertainTeed’s new Restoration Classic line features vinyl siding in five popular styles. 

Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood by Viance offers improved durability over other treated lumber products, including a 50-percent reduction in surface cracking and checking.

Wolf’s extensive line of PVC decking is now available in nine colors across four collections.

These pressure-treated wood panels are low-VOC and achieve the look of real cedar through MicroPro Sienna’s patented wood preservative process.

The new 1-inch by 4-inch deck boards in Perennial Wood’s lineup—finished in real mahogany—are designed to complement New England outdoor living environments.

Now available in Dark Walnut, this flat-profile railing option from Fiberon complements both traditional and modern deck designs.

Features

Professional Builder's House Review design team shows how small details added to a stairway landing, hallway, foyer, or porch can be the special touch that transforms a house into a home.

Local HBAs tackle labor shortage; Architects see more amenities and size; CPWR snapshot of construction industry profiles an older workforce; Detroit joins the company of Turnaround Towns

NAHB endorses President Obama?s housing finance policy.

Builders polled say integrating software into a single database can be a daunting prospect, a frustrating project, or an initiative that is producing rewards.

Big cities like Chicago and San Diego are starting to grow again, which improves prospects for urban infill housing. Here?s a look at what Millennials and Baby Boomers are buying.

Selling energy-efficient systems requires a bit of comparative math to make the value and savings more tangible to potential home buyers.

Respect your back-office help or you could be overwhelmed with trying to be efficient.

Part III of Scott Sedam's series on the seven responsibilities of leadership

Bad reviews are a fact of business, but as more embittered consumers vent their frustrations on social media, those opinions can shape the perception of your brand.

Surveys reveal what customers are saying about how well home builders are delivering customer satisfaction and where they are failing.

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