Industry Update

  • 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.

     
  • Enter the Remodeling 550 Now

    REMODELING, a sister publication of REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR, is looking for businesses that qualify for its annual Remodeling 550 list, a report on the nation's largest full-service remodelers, replacement contractors, franchise operations, and insurance restoration firms. Apply now.

     
  • Fleeing from fire

    It's a roofer's worst nightmare: a fire breaks out on the roof and gusty winds whip it into a blaze that levels an entire apartment complex.

     
  • Operable roofs

    A unique Australian home gives new meaning to "operable roof window."

     
  • Don't just grow for growth's sake

    Who wouldn't want to grow business now that the market is picking up? No one. Just be careful how you define "growth."

     
  • Avoiding credit card security risks

    Most replacement contractors accept credit cards, but do they all know the risks involved?

     
  • Fighting the Feds over fall-protection

    Arizona's Division of Occupational Safety and Health incited a fight with OSHA by issuing its own fall protection rules. Now that state might lose its authority to oversee worker safety if it does not strengthen its fall protection requirements.

     
  • Detailing rooftop decks

    The worst dry-rot damage usually occurs where drains and scuppers penetrate the decking.

     
  • Fall protection for tools

    Here's another solution to keeping your tools from raining down on coworkers: Ergodyne's retractable tool lanyards.