Industry Update

  • EPA Drops the RRP Hammer on Window Installers

    Window installers have become the latest targets in the EPAs crackdown on companies that allegedly fail to follow the controversial lead-paint rule.

     
  • Proud to Work

    What a hot dog vendor can teach us about being better bosses.

     
  • A Good Window Is Still a Poor Wall

    If you're serious about selling replacement windows on the basis of energy efficiency, make sure you uderstand the building science of windows.

     
  • Smooth Window Replacement

    How smooth is your operation? If you've installed hundreds, or even thousands of windows, have you perfected the process?

     
  • Great Views? Pull the Shades

    A new study finds most people pull the shades on their expansive and expensive views.

     
  • Window Upgrades

    Accent homes inside and out with color and hardware options.

     
  • Tough Exterior Products

    How well do new window products withstand intensified storms?

     
  • Digging a Hole with Discounts

    It's tempting to offer a discount in order to close a sale. But you may just have given away the bank, and will have to win much more work to make up for the loss.

     
  • EPA Fines 4 New England Firms for Lead-Paint Violations

    Four New England companies will pay penalties ranging from $2,200 to $30,000 to settle allegations that they violated Environmental Protection Agency rules for doing renovations that could disturb lead paint. The announcement is one of several signs that the EPA is stepping up RRP enforcement in...

     
  • Remodeling Growth to Taper a Bit by Year End, JCHS Forecasts

    Big-ticket remodeling activity is poised to grow by double-digit numbers throughout most of 2014, according to the latests forecast by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, before starting to slow next winter.

     
  • Substituting Synthetic Roof Underlayments for Housewrap

    After stripping the original siding from a 30-year-old house and preparing to install fiber-cement panels, a contractor wonders if he can use a waterproof synthetic roofing underlayment instead of housewrap behind the panels. Here's what an expert had to say.

     
  • Ryobi P320 Cordless Brad Nailer

    This nailer uses an onboard compression system but weighs just over 5 pounds (excluding battery). An LED lights up the work area, and a switch toggles between single-shot or bump-fire.

     
  • 6 Secrets to Sell More in Less Time

    These six easy tasks will help you and your sales team make the most of each day and each sales opportunity. They don't require any special skills, just discipline.

     
  • Why the Color of Your Logo Matters

    How much thought have you put into your company's logo design? You want something that looks professional with a clear font, sure, but what about the colors? It turns out that color matters. This infographic shows how other industries rely on color to get customers' attention.

     
  • 7 Steps for Creating a Lead-Generating Website

    Don't just build a company website to say that you have one, really put it to work for your business by turning it into a lead-generating and prospect-qualifying machine. Here's how.

     
  • The Problem With Being Too Nice

    While nobody wants to be rude to employees or customers, you still need to have boundaries and be able to speak your mind when you disagree. Sometimes being a doormat can be detrimental to your team and business.

     
  • The Problem With Being Too Nice

    While nobody wants to be rude to employees or customers, you still need to have boundaries and be able to speak your mind when you disagree. Sometimes being a doormat can be detrimental to your team and business.

     
  • Get a Grip on New Safety Efforts

    Worker safety should be a priority for you and your business. But regulations change. Find out what OSHA has cooking for the spring building season.

     
  • Tablet Cases for Contractors on the Go

    Jobsites are no place for delicate electronics. So if your tablet goes wherever you go, it'll need protection. Here's the skinny on protective cases so you can see which is the best fit for you.

     
  • Expanding Your Cash Flow as You Grow Your Business

    Getting too big, too fast can be devastating for your business. While there's nothing wrong with growth as a goal, you have to be sure that everything grows in unison, especially your finances. Here are six tips to smooth your growth path.