Home Improvement Building and Remodeling Archives 2017-06-04T19:07:59+00:00

The Building and Remodeling Idea File provides helpful product information, energy saving tips and decision-support resources for homeowners. Click article titles to view each article.

Sable Homes Adds Value To New Construction Projects With Superior Walls Foundations

“Who wants a wet, damp, cold, stinky basement when you can have a Superior basement?

Quality Control Key To Carolina Custom Homes of Burlington GeoCottages Rely On Above Grade Superior Walls Products

Builder Fabian Sparrow relies on the benefits of offsite modular construction to guarantee the quality of his custom modular homes.

Traffic-Stopping Polymer Roof Installation In Canada

The installation of the first DaVinci Roofscapes® polymer roof in Thunder Bay, Canada has caused quite a stir — and a traffic jam …

New Architectural Grade Fascia Provides Picture Perfect Touch To Wall-Mount Sliding Door Projects

Now Johnson Hardware® has given homeowners and home design professionals two new reasons to like the way wall-mount sliding doors

Home Buyers Want Crown Moulding

In the 2012 National Association of Home Builders™ (NAHB®) “What Home Buyers Really Want” study, new and potential home buyers aren’t shy about their preference for wanting crown moulding.

New Architectural Grade Fascia Provides Picture Perfect Touch To Wall-Mount Sliding Door Projects

Now Johnson Hardware® has given homeowners and home design professionals two new reasons to like the way wall-mount sliding doors

First StepTo An Organized Closet? Start From The Outside

Every closet could use more space and better organization. In many cases, built-in shelves and drawers offer an ideal space-saving solution for a crowded closet because they allow for more room and for greater visibility.

Therma-Tru Launches Pulse™ Line Of Entry Doors

Accented with clean lines and crisp angles, Pulse entry doors cater to homeowners seeking to celebrate their own special sense of style.

Vinyl Window Replacement Projects Pay Off For Homeowners

According to the REMODELING 2012-13 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) homeowners can recoup 71.2 percent of their costs when replacing existing windows in their home with energy efficient vinyl windows.

Five Fast Fypon Spring Home Improvement Projects

The experts at Fypon offer this list of five fast home improvement projects that can help transform your home in just an afternoon.

Basements Most Popular In Colder Climates And With Younger Home Buyers

According to the 2012 National Association of Home Builders™ (NAHB®) “What Home Buyers Really Want” study, basements are considered especially desirable in homes by younger home buyers and those living in colder climates.

Simonton Windows Partners With MainStreet America®

Simonton Windows, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of replacement and new construction vinyl windows and patio doors, has provided an abundance of energy-efficient windows for the new MainStreet America® park …

GeoCottages Rely On Above Grade Superior Walls Products

For the past 12 years, builders John MacDonald and Pat McCarthy have incorporated precast concrete walls from Superior Walls® into their new home projects …

Therma-Tru Entry Doors Qualify For Federal Consumer Tax Credits

Homeowners interested in selecting an energy efficient fiberglass entry door and possibly receiving up to $500 in federal tax credits can now do both by purchasing a Therma-Tru ENERGY STAR® qualified fiberglass entry door.

Therma-Tru Expands Product Line Offerings

Therma-Tru, the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of entry doors, has expanded its product line by offering new sizes and styles for some of its decorative glass doorlites and sidelites.

Cedar Shakes Take Back Seat To Polymer Shake Tiles

Since 1990, more than 200 rustic log cabins have created the Stonebridge Log Home community in Todd, N.C. The 500-acre mountain community once relied on all-wood cedar shakes for the roofs on their homes — but not anymore.

Arden™ Glass Options Introduced By Therma-Tru

The Arden decorative glass is designed to appeal to a diverse mix of homeowners looking to set their homes apart in the marketplace and make a positive statement with their entry door

Springtime Home Improvement Tips for Knowing When It’s Time To Replace Products on Your Home

Quickly-emerging Springtime weather means it’s time to evaluate your home’s exterior. Owning a home means giving constant attention to the building products that go into protecting the structure of your house.

Don’t Replace Kitchen And Bath Cabinets, Paint Them!

Sooner or later, we all tire of the cabinets in our kitchens and baths. Maybe styles have changed, or possibly, our own taste. Or, maybe, our cabinets just look worn from the strenuous demands of everyday use.

NARI Remodelers More Successful Than Industry Norm

Research reveals business sophistication level of NARI members

Superior Walls Withstand Devastation Of Hurricane Sandy

With many coastal areas of New Jersey taking the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s damaging effects, it’s surprising that any structures survived …

Roofer Recommends Polymer Roofs For High-End Homes

Roofer Mark Bloyer knows how to be competitive in his southern Kansas marketplace. He targets customers interested in quality

Simonton StormBreaker Plus® Windows Help Protect Bahamas Building From Severe Weather

Thanks to a smart decision and good timing, the Providence Rehabilitation Centre in Nassau successfully withstood the severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy.

Therma-Tru Expands Door Offerings In Popular Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection® Product Line

Therma-Tru, the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of entry doors, has expanded its Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection® product line with more door sizes and styles.

Maryland Green Designer Show Home Features Superior Walls Precast Concrete Wall Systems

From the cozy, warm basement up to the top of the two-story home, Superior Walls products enhance the 2012 Maryland Green Designer Show Home.

New Polymer Roofs At The College Of New Jersey

The recently-installed DaVinci Roofscapes® polymer roof overhead helped keep them safe and secure.

Therma-Tru Helps MainStreet America® Open Its Doors

When the new Main Street America® park in Houston opens its doors in February, it will be Therma-Tru fiberglass entry doors that people walk through in some of the 12 show homes on display.

Bellaforté Shake Tiles Generate Four Times More Sales Than Anticipated

Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have quadrupled the anticipated sales figures for the new product.

Therma-Tru Introduces Lucerna® Decorative Glass

Named for the beauty of the light it reflects, Lucerna glass features an elegant, updated fleur-de-lis pattern.

Downtown Vail A “City Of DaVinci Roofs”

The iconic Clock Tower in the center of picturesque Vail Village in Colorado now boasts a new polymer slate roof .http://homeimprovementtime.com/p>

New CEU Course Offered By DaVinci Roofscapes®

The course provides industry officials with one HSW (Health, Safety and Welfare) learning unit through AIA, NARI, NAHB and AIBD.

Colorado Resident Saves 25 Percent On Homeowner Insurance With Polymer Shake Roof

There are many reasons Andrew Marenin cites for being thrilled with his new Bellaforté Shake polymer roof.

Therma-Tru Introduces New Doors And Glass Options At 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show

Attendees at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show have the opportunity to be the first people in the country to see the new products launched by Therma-Tru Corp. for 2013.

Fypon Showcases Wide Variety Of Products At 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show

Builders and remodelers attending the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show will have the chance to see a wide selection of urethane and PVC millwork products offered by Fypon …

DaVinci Roofscapes® “Shakes it Up” With New Bellaforté® Shake Products At 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show

DaVinci Roofscapes®, the color leader in the polymer roofing industry, will showcase the company’s newest product line of Bellaforté® Shake products at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show

Therma-Tru Launches 2013 “Unlock The Opportunities” Sweepstakess

Unlock the Opportunities” national sweepstakes for builders, remodelers, dealers, door fabricators and contractors.

New Videos from DaVinci Roofscapes®

Roofers and contractors can gain step-by-step tips on installing Bellaforté® slate and shake products on a new video.

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Simonton Windows Receives Highest Quality Rating In 2013 Brand Use Study

This marks the fifth time Simonton Windows has received the highest quality ranking in this particular study.

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Remodelers Forecast A Bright 2013

Current conditions, activity forecast hit highest level to date

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NARI Keeps Holiday Spirits High For Sandy Victims

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) 12 chapters that represent the Northeastern region are stepping up in big ways this holiday season—lending a hand and expertise to those who need it most.

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Simonton Windows Launches New Website

Simonton Windows, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of replacement and new construction vinyl windows and patio doors, has launched a new company website

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Therma-Tru Introduces Stainable Astragals

Therma-Tru a stainable astragal that combines beauty and performance for use in any Therma-Tru® grained double-door application.

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Fypon Leads Decorative Mouldings, Column And Trim Categories In 2013 Brand Use Study

For the seventh consecutive year, Fypon has been named a leader of decorative mouldings and millwork in the 2013 Brand Use Study issued by Builder magazine.

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Colorful Custom Roof Projects

Because the company has the ability to custom create any roofing color or color blend, the options are limitless for builders, architects, roofers and homeowners who wish to create unique colors for their polymer DaVinci slate and shake roofing tiles.

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Historic Home Gets 21st Century Roof

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

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Brick Exteriors Test Strongest In Severe Weather

After the third most active storm season on record, tests continue to show that genuine clay brick outperforms other home exteriors in severe weather conditions.

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Innovative DIY Gutter Guard Chosen by Costco

Gutterglove, Inc. announces that it has finally secured a deal with Costco to sell EasyOn Gutter Guard through Costco’s online ecommerce site Costco.com.

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Fypon Launches YouTube® Channel With Installation Video Series

Fypon, a leading manufacturer of polyurethane and PVC millwork pieces, has introduced a new YouTube® channel which features step-by-step product installation videos for contractors and homeowners.

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Award-Winning Southern Show Home Boasts Simonton Windows

A unique Key West conch-style home design and almost 50 energy-efficient Simonton vinyl windows helped make builder Allan Yuhasz’s entry in the 2012 Brunswick Parade of Homes a Diamond Award winner.

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2013: Color Us Blue

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

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Homeowner Tips For Rebuilding In The Aftermath Of Super Storm Sandy

In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, thousands of homeowners along the East Coast are beginning to assess the damage their homes sustained in the storm and will soon begin the rebuilding process.

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Superior Walls® Xi ™ Precast Concrete Foundation System Now Evaluated For Use In Canada

The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) has declared that Superior Walls® Xi™ precast concrete insulated wall panels are now evaluated for use in Canada.

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Simonton Windows Offers Contractors Exclusive Color Courses To Build Business

Simonton Windows, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of vinyl windows and patio doors, has partnered with national color expert Kate Smith, CMG of Sensational Color, to offer a comprehensive color certification program for contractors.

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Therma-Tru Ranks Highest In 2013 Brand Use Study

For the 16th consecutive time since the study started in 1998, Therma-Tru has ranked highest amongst builders.

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Electronic Security Association Launches Website For SECURE+ Initiative

The Electronic Security Association (ESA), the largest trade association representing the electronic security industry, has launched a new web presence to help consumers find the most qualified and trustworthy professionals for their home safety and automation needs.

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Step-by-Step: Creating A Custom Soffit

When contractor Steve Roth decided to transform an 1860s Michigan home into a lodge-style rental property, he began by tackling the look of the exterior.

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NARI Offers Tips To Hurricane Victims To Avoid Home Repair Scams

Make sure your contractor is legally able to work in your area.

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Simonton Windows Offers Exclusive AIA-Certified Color Courses

Homeowners looking for design inspiration for the holidays should focus on enhancing their windows and doors.

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Impact-Resistant Roof Saves Thanksgiving

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

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Polymer Shake Roof Blends In With Lakefront Home

Each multi-width polymer roofing tile replicates hand-split real cedar shakes with slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths.

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Remodelers Currently Busy, But Forecast Is Clouded By Uncertainty

New weather-related developments are assumed to impact the remodeling industry on the East coast next quarter as homeowners start to rebuild.

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Step-by-Step: Installing Urethane Column Wrap

Urethane and PVC column wraps are one of the fastest ways I know of to transform a project.

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DaVinci Roofscapes® Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating”>

Just in time for October’s National Energy Awareness Month, DaVinci Roofscapes® has announced that eight of the company’s EcoBlend® polymer roofing tiles have qualified as ENERGY STAR® compliant.

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Custom-Color Polymer Roof Crowns Condo Community

The Jupiter, Florida residents discovered the hard way that the metal roofs on their high-rise homes and facility buildings started rusting and fading less than five years after installation.

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Sweet Autumn Holiday Door Decorations

When trick-or-treaters come to your front door this year, greet them with a special candy wreath for the holidays.

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Fypon Products Transform Home Exterior

Fypon offers thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of America’s homes.

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Making Homeowners Happy: Tips on Selling And Installing Fiberglass Doors

According to project coordinator Jon Hassenfritz, it’s aligning with a quality door manufacturer, communicating effectively with homeowners and making sure their installation crews are efficient and knowledgeable.

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Start From The Bottom Up To Gain Energy Efficiency In The Home

Choosing a precast Xi™ or Xi Plus™ concrete foundation can potentially save up to 50 percent of total heat loss in a home.

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New Stainless Steel Hardware Upgrade Available On Simonton Casements And Awnings

Contractors installing windows in harsh environments know that durable hardware matters to homeowners.

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Roofer Sees Preference Shift In Roofing Products

Second generation roofer Stacy Stines remembers when his father started the family business in 1978 with a focus on using real wood shakes for roofs.

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Commercial Projects Rely On Polymer Roofing

Developers and building industry professionals eager to construct and remodel projects with long-lasting roofing products are turning to low-maintenance polymer roofing tiles.

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Selecting Roof Colors to Complement Brick and Stone Exteriors

Understanding the different color pigments of brick and stone features on a home are critical to selecting the right roofing colors.

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Severe Weather Primary Factor For When Homeowners Plan To Replace Key Exterior Building Products

According to the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes’ Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study, nearly all homeowners* (88 percent) see the exterior of their home as a whole picture rather than the sum of all its different exterior features.

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Vintage Home Gets Custom-Color Roof

Homeowners Carol and Ray Knoff knew exactly what they wanted when they decided to replace the roof on their 111-year-old Queen Anne style home.

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EarthBox Community Garden Sprouts In Florida

The EarthBox has become the world’s most popular sub-irrigated growing container because it makes gardening easier and increases vegetable and herb harvests.

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Architect Embraces Precast Concrete Foundations

From her first exposure to Superior Walls precast concrete walls in the late 1980s, architect Judith A. Miller knew she had discovered a reliable foundation system.

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Creating An Entryway With Personality

Nothing says “welcome to my home” quite like an impressive entryway.

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Diamondback® GlasRoc® Tile Backer Now Available For Floor And Countertop Applications

Contributing to easier, faster and cost-effective tile installations, Diamondback® GlasRoc® Tile Backer from CertainTeed Gypsum is now available for floor and countertop applications.

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Simonton Windows Bring Light Into Lives of Critically Ill Children At Seton Pediatric Center

The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is a very special place, with extremely special residents.

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Simonton Introduces SafePoint™ Impact-Resistant Glass

Thanks to the new SafePoint™ impact-resistant laminated glass package from Simonton Windows, constructing a secure, quiet and energy-efficient home just got easier.

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Universal Design Living Laboratory Relies on Superior Walls Foundation

When the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) in Columbus, Ohio opens to the public later this summer, it will serve as a show piece for independent living in an energy efficiency environment.

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Simonton Introduces SafePoint™ Impact-Resistant Glass

Thanks to the new SafePoint™ impact-resistant laminated glass package from Simonton Windows, constructing a secure, quiet and energy-efficient home just got easier.

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Polymer Roof Meets Oceanfront—and Insurance—Demands

When Mike and Andrea Boone received a cancellation threat on their homeowner insurance policy, they knew it was time to take action.

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“Living With Superior Walls” Facebook Video Contest Deadline Extended To July 31st

Homeowners and builders now have more time to enter the “Living with Superior Walls Video Contest” running now on Facebook.

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How to Choose Brick Exteriors

As brick manufacturing technology progresses, home buyers can tap into a wider range of looks, textures and colors at a broader price range

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Picture Perfect™ 2.0 Launched By Therma-Tru

Therma-Tru, the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of entryway doors, has introduced an upgraded version of its popular online Picture Perfect™ entryway visualizer tool.

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Choosing A Contractor For Your Entryway Remodeling Project

You’ve decided to give your home a facelift with a new entryway, but where do you find a qualified, reliable contractor to get the job done?

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America’s History Etched In Hardwood

Wood is one of the oldest building materials we know, and one of the most beloved.

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Energy Efficiency: Tips To Beat The Heat This Summer

To prepare for summer’s energy costs, homeowners are seeking out building materials that save energy, money and the environment.

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How to Create Versatile Living Spaces For Today’s Ever-Changing Families

With the active and bustling lifestyle families lead, it is no surprise that they frequently change the way they interact with, and in, their living spaces.

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Should You DIY Or Hire Pro?

As May, National Home Improvement Month, winds down, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) shares advice with homeowners before they tackle their spring projects

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New Foundation Flood Vent System Provides Smart Home Solution

The SMART VENT automatic foundation flood vents protect buildings from the devastation and destruction that a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster can cause.

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Homeowners Personalize Their Home Rather Than Move

In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) reveals that homeowners are personalizing their space during a remodel.

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Brick Buildings Test Strongest in Severe Storms

With storm season upon most of the country, homes and other buildings made of genuine clay brick have shown superior performance in extreme weather conditions.

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BIA Fact Sheets Offer Latest On Brick Exteriors Versus Competitors

Home buyers looking to choose their new home’s exterior can debunk the common myths on how genuine clay brick stacks up to its top competitors with new fact sheets from the Brick Industry Association

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Pet Projects For The Home: Indoor-Outdoor Living Trend Goes To The Dogs

JELD-WEN is unleashing a variety of new products specifically created for four-legged family members.

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Installing Sliding Doors or Replacing Hardware?

“When it’s time to install new sliding doors or replace old sliding door hardware, the logical choice is Johnson Hardware’s Series 2200 hardware.

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Universal Design Slides Into Homes Everywhere With Johnson Hardware’s “Pocket Door Frame”

Johnson Pocket Door Frames are smart in many ways: in looks, in space-saving practicality, and in the way they provide easy room-to-room access for those who are physically challenged.

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12 American Hardwoods Tips For 2012

With American Hardwoods as a versatile and sustainable material, it’s a confident choice that can be incorporated into multiple aspects of a home, whether it’s furniture, flooring, cabinetry or moulding.

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12 American Hardwoods Tips For 2012

With American Hardwoods as a versatile and sustainable material, it’s a confident choice that can be incorporated into multiple aspects of a home, whether it’s furniture, flooring, cabinetry or moulding.

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New Rockler System Helps Homeowners Build Shutters

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has introduced the Shutter Building System – a line of jigs, hardware, stock, and customized step-by-step plans

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Green Benefits Help Homeowners Save Through Durability, Low-to-No Maintenance

The latest options in clay brick offer increasingly green benefits for more sustainable homes that can help homeowners save on major household costs.

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AMERICAN HARDWOODS: The Confident Choice For Eco-conscious Consumers

From flooring and cabinetry to moulding and furniture, American hardwoods have been treasured for generations, and for good reason!

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Do Folding Doors Have You In A Jamb? Here’s A Quick And Easy Solution

You can easily overcome folding door problems with Johnson Hardware’s 1700 Series Folding Door Hardware Kits.

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Gain Privacy, Save Space With A Pocket Door

Homeowners today are looking for cost effective ways to increase the amount of usable space in their existing home.

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New Brick Comparisons Bust Common Myths On Home Exteriors

Especially in this economy and housing market, it’s necessary to offer a competitive picture of how clay brick stacks up to other exteriors.

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American Hardwoods Offer Breath Of Fresh Air

The beauty, architectural detail, and overall inviting warmth they offer are often what make a house a home.

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CertainTeed’s New CertaCoat™ IC Ignition Barrier Provides Best-in-Class Fire Protection For Spray Foam Insulation

CertaCoat IC is a single-component, latex-based coating that enhances the fire-rated performance of CertaSpray open cell foam insulation

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Apollo Solar Roofing System From CertainTeed Offers Sleek Appearance With Easy-to-Install Design

CertainTeed Corporation is revolutionizing the roofing industry with the introduction of the Apollo™ Solar Roofing System

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Award-Winning Brick Homes Offer Latest Ideas for Design Excellnce

Home buyers and homeowners looking for the latest in outstanding brick design and sustainability can turn to award-winning brick homes for ideas.

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Artisan Precast Barrier Products Designed With Green Construction In Mind

Artisan Precast of Los Angeles manufactures precast concrete fencing and barrier solutions that are preferred by builders, architects, and engineers alike.

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From Man Cave To Kid Cave: Get The Most Out Of Your Home Theater

The American Lighting Association offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.

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Budget-Friendly Tips To Brighten Your Kitchen And Save Energy

Rising gas and food prices may have put a damper on your plans to remodel this year, but there are some economical ways to update your kitchen.

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Lighting Can Be Your Eyes’ Best Friend As You Age

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), changing the lighting in your surroundings can go a long way to enhance reading ability and increase comfort.

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Safe And Sound At Home… In Seven Days

Making your home a safe haven for your family – no matter how big or small, young or old – should be a top priority.

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Get a Grip on Style and Safety

Whether your family members are three years-old or 93, the risk of getting hurt in the bathroom is the same for all ages.

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Add Safety To Your Spring Cleaning ‘To Do’ List

Your bathroom may not be the first place you think of to make a positive impact on the environment…but maybe you should.

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10 Simple Ideas – One Multi-Generation-Friendly Home

Many simple, quick, affordable – and even stylish and savvy – updates can make homes safer and more enjoyable for you, your family and your parents.

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The Recipe For Spicing Up Any Room Is In Your Pocket

Add a dash of elegance to any room or entryway. Install a door-in-the-wall with a Pocket Door Frame.

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Add Flexibility To Your Home: Go with the Flow

Today’s new homes and home remodeling projects embrace far more open designs, allowing for unprecedented levels of flexibility.

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CertainTeed Partners With improveit! 360 For New Credentialed Contractor Success Program

improveit! 360 is a program designed to help remodeling contractors generate and close more leads and increase customer satisfaction

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New Restoration Millwork® Beadboard Offers Industry-First Design, Speeds Installation

The widest beadboard trim on the market that installs up to 30 percent faster than standard width beadboard.

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Savvy Homeowners Can Save Plenty by Painting, Rather Than Replacing, Vinyl or Aluminum Siding

Repainting is a low-cost way to greatly enhance the appearance of a home.

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New Digital Architect Binder Provides Easy Access To CertainTeed® Product Information

CertainTeed Corporation has developed a new digital architect binder – a one-stop destination created to simplify the specification process for select exterior products.

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Close The Door On Energy Loss With Simple Improvements

Therma-Tru Doors, the nation’s most preferred entry door, offers homeowners tips on identifying their door problems and solutions to prevent further energy loss.

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Come Clean From A Bath That’s Green

Your bathroom may not be the first place you think of to make a positive impact on the environment…but maybe you should.

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CertainTeed CertaSpray® Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation Certified In Wind Uplift Resistance

The adhesion strength of CertaSpray can help reduce building damage during tropical storms and hurricanes.

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How To Apply Specialty Finishes For Hardwood Trim

Specialty finishes such as bleaching, pickling and antiquing are popular treatments for solid hardwood mouldings and other woodwork throughout the home.

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Fresh Paint – A Great Recipe For Affordable Kitchen Remodeling

Many people underestimate the dramatic change you can make in a kitchen with a little imagination and a couple of cans of paint.

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Remodelers And Homeowners Weigh In On New EPA Regulations

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) reveals a significant increase in the cost of a remodeling project due to current federal regulation.

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Keep Your Cool While Saving Money and Energy

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), installing a ceiling fan in each living space will help family members feel cooler while saving energy.

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Durability And Low Maintenance Merge In Beautiful New Fiberon Pro-Tect™ Decking

Fiberon rounds out its line of highly durable, extremely low-maintenance alternative decking products with new Pro-Tect Decking

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Deck Staining Solutions – Tips From SHUR-LINE

SHUR-LINE Introduces New Line of Deck Staining Tools Designed to Provide Better Coverage and Reduce Project Time.

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Laminate Flooring…A Rich Alternative

ABET LAMINATI reintroduces its Laminate Flooring, a premium product perfect for areas subjected to greater wear.

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AMERICAN HARDWOODS: The Confident Choice For Eco-conscious Consumers

Your existing hardwoods can be the foundation, literally, of a fresh new decorating scheme, anywhere in your home.

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Deck Staining Is Easy And Economical

Staining a deck is an inexpensive and relatively simple project that virtually anyone can do in a weekend.

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New Armstrong AirGuard™ Coating For Ceilings Removes Formaldehyde From Indoor Air

One of the easiest ways to improve the basement space is to start at the top with a suspended, or drop ceiling.

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Every Type Of Home Exterior Can Benefit From Top Quality Paint

When applied to a properly prepared wood exterior, top quality 100% acrylic latex paint can protect and beautify a home for up to 10 years or more.

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HDecoustics Sets A New Standard with Claro-T

Claro-T, the most durable, concealed grid fiberglass ceiling panel on the market today.

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Brick Offers Growing Options for Sustainable Homes

The latest options in clay brick offer increasingly green benefits for more sustainable homes that can help homeowners save on major household costs.

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How To Give Mom A Clever Kitchen Makeover This Mother’s Day For Just $79!

“Giani™ Granite Paints have introduced the world’s first ‘paint on granite’ for laminate countertops.

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Salvaged And Stylish: JELD-WEN Introduces Reclaimed Wood Windows & Doors

For homeowners, architects and builders, respecting the heritage of what’s old by breathing new life and purpose into it is definitely in keeping with one of this year’s hottest home style trends.

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Guidelines For Selecting A Commercial (low-slope) Roofing Contractor

Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work.

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Best Paint Offers The Best Return On Investment—Economics Favor The Highest Quality Paint

In times of economic stress, we all look for ways to cut back on expenses.

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Universal … And Lightweight Aluminum

Werner’s Fiberglass Equalizer® Extension Ladders are as good as it gets for do-it-yourself home owners with home improvement projects occurring outside, and on uneven surfaces.

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Kohlers Toobi Bath Faucet Line Combines Swappable Colors, A Sleek Whimsical Design

Kohler Co. will introduce the ToobiTM faucet line, a thoroughly original design that combines a clean, modern form with a colored spout liner than can be easily swapped out with other hues.

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CertainTeed’s New Restoration Millwork FinishedEdge Extends Quality to Every Edge

CertainTeed’s New Restoration Millwork FinishedEdge Extends Quality to Every Edge

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CertainTeed Adds Three Eye-Catching, New Colors to Wolverine® Vinyl Siding Line

CertainTeed is adding three eye-catching, new colors to the Wolverine® American Legend™ vinyl siding product line.

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New CertainTeed WideWrap™ Duct Wrap Decreases Jobsite Waste, Saves Labor

This saves time and labor costs for contractors, as it allows them to use less expensive in-shop labor to wrap ducts, and with a standard application of duct wrap, installations will have a cleaner look.

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CertainTeed Expands Color Palette for Wolverine® Encore™ Vinyl Siding Line

Wolverine® Encore™ vinyl siding now includes a new Cypress color, a warm, neutral hue that complements popular home styles and natural surroundings.

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An Affordable PVC Tray Ceiling System Adds A Practical Touch of Elegance

The Elegant Tray Ceiling system is 80% less costly than traditional tray ceiling installation.

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How A Thousand-Dollar Makeover Can Make A Home Look like A Million Bucks

Whether homeowners dream about enjoying their home for the next 20 years or selling it in 2, adding innovative exterior décor products delivers valuable character to help turn those dreams into reality

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Foundry Siding ‘Rocks’

Foundry® Stone Siding delivers the genuine look of stone in a simple vinyl siding system.

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About To Show Your Hardwood Floor The Door?

Your existing hardwoods can be the foundation, literally, of a fresh new decorating scheme, anywhere in your home.

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New Wheatland And Lawnfield Cast Iron Kitchen Sinks Make Premium Material Attainable

Kohler, one of only a few plumbing manufacturer who produce cast iron products in the US, launches two new kitchen sinks made from premium enameled cast iron.

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The “Finish”-ed Product: New Research From Moen® Uncovers The Hottest Finish Trends In The Kitchen And Bath

Consumers are concerned with every detail of a kitchen and bathroom project, especially the finish of their new fixtures.

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Beyond Builders Basics

It’s easy to bust out of builder basics and add a few easy and inexpensive updates to make your cookie-cutter home stand out from the rest.

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Safety Tips for Painting

The basic gear you need for a safe DIY paint job are: gloves, safety glasses or goggles, a dust-mask for sanding, and sensible shoes with a good grip.

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Safe At Home

Latest advances in home security give parents an edge when kids are alone.

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How To Protect Your Home While On Vacation

There are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars.

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Exotic Hardwood Decking with Two New Colors in EverNew® LT Cellular PVC Decking Line

CertainTeed Corporation is bringing building professionals more decking options that offer the authentic look of exotic hardwood decking.

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CertainTeed Roofing Updates Exclusive Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM 10) for Roofing Professionals

The 10th edition of the Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM 10), the industry’s most comprehensive, fully illustrated roofing installation manual available to roofing professionals.

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Grown in America – Responsibly Harvested – Naturally Abundant Hardwood

Industry Leaders Join Forces to Reinvigorate Image and Promote Use of American Hardwoods.

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American Hardwoods: Nature’s “Greenest Choice”

Because hardwoods are renewing and so abundant, they are nature’s choice for eco-effective design and building.

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CertainTeed MainStreet Vinyl Siding Color Palette Expands To 20 Eye-Catching Colors

The new colors join an already broad palette of 17 colors designed to perfectly accent the classic wood-style siding appeal of MainStreet.

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The Best New Home & Garden Products for 2011

Gardeners and homeowners are always looking for the newest and the coolest products, and this year offers a bumper crop.

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Get More Enjoyment and Use From Your Deck or Patio…

Just lower your SunSetter in less than a minute to get partial shade or full protection from sun, glare and rising temperatures.

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Keep A Casual Summer Cadence With Relaxed Porch Design

As the heat of summer sweeps the nation, porches and patios are quickly becoming vacation destinations for families and friends.

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Psychology Of Color Is Helpful In Choosing Interior Paint Schemes

Skillful interior decorating is largely an artistic endeavor, but there’s some science involved also, and none more important than the psychology of color.

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10 Point Checklist To Take To The Paint Store

The Paint Quality Institute painting checklist.

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CertainTeed’s Broad Vinyl Siding Color Palette Paints A Vibrant Picture At New Townhome Development

CertainTeed’s Broad Vinyl Siding Color Palette offers a variety of color options.

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Achieve Zen with Serene Home Spaces

Johnson hardware door hardware systems can transform the feel of a space with Shoji screens.

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Want More Space? More Privacy? Think Pocket Door

Create extra space just by installing a Johnson Pocket Door Frame.

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Winterize Your Home To Avoid Unnecessary Damage

Home tips that can help homeowners protect their homes this winter and prevent minor trouble spots from becoming major repairs.

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CertainTeed’s High-Performance Acoustic Gypsum Board

CertainTeed’s SilentFX gypsum boards are designed for use on interior walls and ceilings and can be used for new construction or renovations over wood or steel framing.

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Remodeling Design Influences Homeowner Satisfaction

Homeowners consider outcome and design as the greatest determinant of project satisfaction.

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How sprinklers work

Only the high temperature that results from a fire will activate the sprinkler.

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Beautiful Countertops For Life

Artisan Group Granite Kitchen Countertop professional fabricators

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Dow Partners with Beanstalk to Create New Home Improvement Product Line

Dow Chemical and Beanstalk partner in the development of a comprehensive consumer product line for the home improvement and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets.

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Successful Modular Home Company Chooses InsulStar Spray Foam Insulation

The Schieler family manufacturers over one hundred modular homes each year for families in five Midwest states with their company

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CertainTeed ProRoc Gypsum Board – Multiple Performance Attributes For High Traffic Building Areas

CertainTeed Gypsum now provides ProRoc Extra Abuse Gypsum Board with M2Tech to its popular gypsum board offering.

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Hardwood Finishes More Eco-Friendly than Ever

Finishes are vital to protecting the beauty and performance of hardwood cabinetry, flooring and millwork.

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Color Trends 2011: Affordable Remodeling Drives Paint Color Direction

Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating, will drive 2011 paint color trends, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

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NARI Supports National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of lead exposure by observing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

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Turn Your Home’s Exterior From Simple To Simply Stunning

Offering the most advanced cellular PVC trim solution, IQm Trim has the industry’s only color-through design that’s available in 17 colors.

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Create Picturesque Style with Richly-Textured Siding

The siding from The Foundry is a new breed of premium vinyl siding that combines maintenance-free living with a bold color palette and the classic natural appeal of cedar shakes and shingles.

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Nothing Enriches A Home’s Value Like the Beauty Of Stone

Whether used indoors or outdoors, stone adds warmth and character that no other building material can deliver.

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Stone Veneer – Your Next Home Improvement Project

Stone veneer adds grace, beauty and warmth to any home making fireplaces cozier, kitchens more distinct and outdoor spaces extraordinary.

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Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Stylish, Eco-Friendly Roofing

InSpire™ roofing now gives homeowners the opportunity to enjoy long lasting, architecturally distinct roofs on their home.

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Egress Window Well Systems Provide Safety and Peace of Mind

Egress-style window well systems provide that surefire exit route for new home construction.

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Guidelines For Selecting A Commercial (low-slope) Roofing Contractor

Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work.

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CertainTeed Unveils New Name, Look For Industry’s Greenest Fiberglass Duct Liner

ToughGard® 2 Textile Duct Liner from CertainTeed Corporation is taking on a new name and look.

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Sophisticated Shutters Create the Ultimate Distinction

Atlantic Premium Shutters Architectural and Classic Collection shutters are offered in hurricane storm-rated options that add a level of protection for coastal homeowners.

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No Room For A Door? Slide It Aside The Wall

Gain the advantages that pocket doors offer by using a unique hardware system from Johnson Hardware to install a wall mount door.

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Bathroom Beautification Begins At The Door

Using a Pocket Door Frame, you can eliminate doorway clutter and free up extra space in any bathroom by installing a door-in the-wall in place of a conventional swinging door.

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Access To Inside Doorways, Just That, Accessible

With a Johnson Pocket Door Frame, you can quickly and affordably transform any inside entryway into one that makes the coming and going from one room to the next, a whole lot easier.

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Drop-Down Gorgeous – Five Myths About Suspended Basement Ceilings Debunked

One of the easiest ways to improve the basement space is to start at the top with a suspended, or drop ceiling.

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Electrical Contractors Help Homeowners Add Ready-Made Green Power

Homeowners looking for immediate ways to add green power can now turn to electrical contractors to install ready-made devices in as little as one day.

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Fire Escape Planning Starts With Having A Plan

The Home Safety Council and Werner Ladder are urging families to work together to develop a fire escape plan.

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Begin Your Winter Season With A Built-In Escape Ladder To Protect Family Members When Fire Strikes

Werner Ladder Company introduces the Werner Fire Escape Ladder, always ready and always there for emergencies.

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CertainTeed Gypsum Revolutionizes Wallboard Industry With Sustainable Gypsum Board

CertainTeed Gypsum introduces a revolutionary and ground-breaking approach to improving indoor air quality with AirRenewTM gypsum board.

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How To Repaint A Room In A Weekend: 10 Tips To Save You Time

For more tips on saving time and money when doing interior painting.

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Project Spotlight: Smart Home

Smart homes rely on networking, programming and automation to connect all the devices and appliances in your home so they can communicate with each other and with you.

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Wood Floors Over Radiant Heat Source Reduce Carbon Footprint

Radiant heat is one of the latest green building trends that has gained popularity with eco-conscious consumers.

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Wood Floors Improve Air Quality

Dust, mold and animal dander contamination is minimal in homes with wood floors, which can significantly improve indoor air quality.

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USG Corporation Unveils Milestone Achievement In Wallboard History

USG Corporation has created a new lightweight category of gypsum wallboard with the introduction of its SHEETROCK Brand UltraLight Panels.

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American Hardwoods, Pure, Practical and Perfect All Through the House

Certified Kitchen Designer Florence Perchuk of Manhattan says the only thing that retained its individuality and functionality in a home is the wooden floor.

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Hardwoods In Unlikely Places

Design professionals are saying yes to client requests for the warmth, charm and richness of natural wood no matter where it’s used, in the bath, the kitchen, and even the basement.

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Functionality In The Home Named Top Priority

Remodelers help make homes more functional for modern-day families

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Break Out The Brushes! Great Exteriors Start With Great Painting Tips

Decks, doors, and siding may benefit from a fresh coat of paint to update their appearance and protect the surface.

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An Expert’s Guide To Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is just that; a solid plank of hardwood milled into a piece of flooring, usually with a tongue and groove on the edges and ends.

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New Exterior Trim Makes Great Impression!

Today, homeowners and remodelers are turning to advanced building materials to get long-term performance from their exterior trim.

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A New Approach To Universal Design

One way to get the most out of your investment long-term is by incorporating elements of universal design, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

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“Tap” Into Expert Painting Advice With The Paint Quality Institute’s (SM) New iPhone® App

A free and easy-to-use handy tool that allows both do-it-yourselfers and professional painters to identify and correct old paint problems before picking up a brush or roller.

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Lighting Makes a Splash in the Bath

The finishing touch to a redecorated bathroom is complementary lighting that is highly functional and attractive.

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How To Turn Your Home Into A Sanctuary With Carefree-Maintenance Outdoor Products

How about a vinyl deck that starts in the garden and climbs toward the treetops?

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Before Installing New Fencing, Get The Lay Of The Land

Royal Outdoor Products offers a complete package of vinyl deck, fencing, railing systems, columns and full trim which can be custom configured to suit all style applications.

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Manhattan Home Depot Stores To Stock MirrEdge™ An Easy-To-Use Bathroom Mirror Retread

This practical, easily applied do-it-yourself product can conceal deteriorating mirror edges and transform unsightly mirrors into fashionable furnishing in minutes.

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Electrical Contractors And Green Home Builders Partner For Greater Value

Electrical contractors are now collaborating with builders early in the process—to maximize energy efficiency and offer homeowners greater value.

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Homeowners Find Adding Water Adds Value

One of the best ways to enhance your landscape and the visual appeal to your home is to install a water feature, such as a fish or wildlife pond.

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Access To Inside Doorways, Just That – Accessible

With a Johnson Pocket Door Frame, you can quickly and affordably transform any inside entryway into one that makes the coming and going from one room to the next, a whole lot easier.

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Enhance A Home’s Character With Hardwood Architectural Details

Redecorate by incorporating hardwood architectural details and see how wainscoting, chair rails and crown moulding create a greater sense of warmth and indeed enhance the beauty of your home.

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Turn Your Home’s Exterior From Simple To Simply Stunning

With color trim, there are endless ways you can evoke any emotion or personality you desire.

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Space-Saving Hardwood Storage Stunners

Hardwood cabinet options abound as you look to increase the functionality of your family room.

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Rock And Roll Your Next Home Improvement Project With StoneCraft manufactured stone veneer

StoneCraft Industries manufactured stone veneer features dynamic selections to personalize any desired look, whether modern, Old World or mountain rustic.

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It’s A Brand New Year: Make It Look Like One, With Fresh Ideas From The Paint Quality Institute(SM)

A gallon of paint and the right painting tools are all that stand between a space that’s ‘drab and dreary’ and one that’s ‘bright and cheery.’

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Impact-Resistant Windows And Doors Protect Against Crime

Aside from providing hurricane protection, lowering homeowner property insurance and energy bills, impact-resistant windows and doors have proven to keep homes invasion-free.

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Color Trends 2010

More and more homeowners are taking on the task of simple home projects to save money and improve their current space.

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Decorating Windows And Glass Doors With Color

Cover windows, glass doors, shower enclosures, cabinet doors and even glass tables with Deco Tint’s decorator colors to make a big difference in any room.

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Mix – Don’t Match – Wood Textures And Colors; Experts Across The U.S. Urge Diversity In Design

Mixing is the magic that brings a kitchen to life, believes the designer.

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Remodeling? Don’t Forget To Pull Permits

Homeowners should expect remodelers to pull permits for home remodels

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Put Vibrant, Durable Colors To Work In Your Kitchen, Bath, And Laundry

ABET LAMINATI, adapts cabinets and matching furniture to your life style, putting color up front with function.

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Nothing Enriches A Home’s Value Like the Beauty Of Stone Veneer

StoneCraft™ manufactured stone veneer comes in several options which look like natural stone, but is easier to install and more affordable.

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Armstrong Approves Additional Metallaire™ Finishes For Backsplash Applications

Metallaire’s much desired wall applications have been extended, offering homeowners four additional finishes for backsplash applications.

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Escape To Natural Beauty And Quiet, With A Sunroom

Sunrooms, always popular for botanical pursuits, healthy quiet time, and guest quarters; are fitting right into 21st century life styles.

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All Your Painting Questions Answered, Just A Click Away @ Paintquality.com

Before you pick up a paintbrush, visit the Paint Quality Institute’s newly designed website, paintquality.com

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Helpful Painting Steps For First-Time Home Buyers

Even first-time painters can get super results when painting their newly purchased house, condo or apartment…and have a lot of fun in the process.

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Know The Facts About Hurricane Home Protection Products Before You Buy

The only thing worse than no hurricane protection is the wrong hurricane protection.

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“Mirror, Mirror On My Wall” Looks Like New Once More

MirrEdge™ framing system when applied around the edges of existing mirrors dramatically enriches and beautifies

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Personal Experience Tops The Home Improvement Agenda

More homeowners are looking for ways to “do it themselves,” than ever before, and saving money is no longer an option.

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Go Green With Your Home And Save Money

A green home is often more durable than most standard homes because of its high-quality building materials and construction processes, requiring fewer repairs.

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Drop-Down Gorgeous—Five Myths About Suspended Basement Ceilings Debunked

Five misconceptions about suspended ceilings so that homeowners can confidently tackle a new suspended ceiling installation.

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With Markets Down Homeowners Turn To Phased Remodeling

Many homeowners opt to do a series of remodels as their schedules, budgets and lifestyles evolve over time, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

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How Much Is Too Much … When Planning A New Home … Or Remodeling An Old One?

Conventional wisdom calls for a comprehensive plan when considering any major purchase.

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Take Advantage Of Updated Energy Tax Credits With Follansbee® Metal Roofing

New credit extends to a variety of energy-efficient home updates, including ENERGY STAR coated metal roofing installed between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.

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Hardwood Cabinets Enhance Universal Design, Warm—Durable—Functional

The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

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Vytec® Yukon Board®Premium Insulated Siding Welcomes New Design Accessories

Yukon Board Premium Insulated Siding from CertainTeed Corporation’s Vytec brand of vinyl siding products, welcomes a new updated design preferred by homeowners and building industry professionals

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Choosing Window Treatments: 7 Secrets from an Industry Insider

3 Day Blinds, is an expert on how to frame windows with the newest fashions, affordably.

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1st DuPont™ Corian® Design Studios in U.S. Open in Philadelphia and New York City

Created to inspire and support architects and designers, each studio showcases the versatility and functionality of Corian® in three-dimensional applications.

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Composite Slate Roofing From CertainTeed Takes on New Dimension with Additional Sizes, Color

Homeowners looking for the timeless, classic beauty of slate are increasingly turning to composite materials, such as Symphony™ Composite Slate Series from CertainTeed.

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Hardwood Flooring Must-Know Shopping Facts

Here are some of the things you’ll want to know to make the right choice for hardwood flooring.

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Create Picturesque Style with Richly-Textured Siding

The Foundry’s Weathered Collection Shake and Shingle panels deliver true-to-life texture and authenticity with the appearance of naturally weathered cedar.

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How Sophisticated Shutters Create the Ultimate Distinction

Atlantic Premium Shutters Architectural and Classic Collection shutters are offered in hurricane storm-rated options that add a level of protection for coastal homeowners.

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Transform A Closet Into An Extra Room

With the Full Access Folding Door Hardware Kit from Johnson Hardware, that dream room can be found right in your own closet.

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The Secret to More Space and Privacy: Pocket Doors

Envision the additional usable floor space generated by replacing a dozen swinging doors with space-saving pocket doors.

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DesignRail® Aluminum Railings Help Green And Beautify The NextGen “First To The Future” Home

Aluminum Railings Help Green And Beautify The Next Generation First To The Future Home

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Lightline® Door Canopies Win Top Honors At Design Journal’s ADEX Awards

The 2009 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) have been announced, and Lightline® door canopy products from Feeney, Inc. have been selected for the top level Platinum award.

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Low Cost Options For High Style Improvements Paint And Color Tips From The Paint Quality Institute

Remember, when it comes to painting your deck, you have plenty of options to harmonize or complement your outdoor surroundings.

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The Ultimate 2 in 1 Laundry Solution In One Compact Unit!

Two appliances in one, space-saving machines

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PGT Donates Windows To World Vision Storehouse To Help Families In Need

PGT is proud to partner with World Vision to help families in need.

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Blinds Chalet Offers DIY Curb Appeal Guide

Curb appeal can sell a home faster and typically for more money than a less attractive counterpart.

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A Primer On Spring Home Improvement Projects And Exterior Painting

Many homeowners are planning spring improvement projects and often at the top of the list is exterior painting.

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Re-designing A Family-friendly Entrance With U. S. Hardwoods

A re-designed family-friendly entrance – mudroom or laundry room – is the perfect solution.

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ABET LAMINATI Outshines Itself With Super-Duper Surface

ABET LAMINATI introduces an innovative surface with super shine and super durability to top off 24 solid colors of high-pressure laminates.

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Clearly Clean Launches the Peel-Away Paint Tray Product Line

Only line of trays on the market that contains peelable, built-in liners to clean up in seconds

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Garaga Launches The Third Generation Of It’s Design Centre

Garaga has just moved to a more advanced version of its Design Centre, now providing even further ways of creating a garage door.

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Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credits Included In The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

According to the ENERGY STAR(R) program, ensuring adequate insulation and proper air sealing and caulking can save homeowners up to 20 percent on utility bills.

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The Joy Of Clean Well-Dressed Windows

Few home projects do more to enhance the overall beauty of family homes than clean, sparkling windows.

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Garaga releases An “Inspirational” Brochure For Consumers

This 16-page brochure is aimed at homeowners who are undecided about changing their garage door.

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ABET’s Serigrafia Raises The Bar On Design Excellence

ABET LAMINATI, a leading manufacturer of High Pressure laminates, continues its tradition of daring, innovative design with Serigrafia — now in a raised Longline finish.

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New Insurance Law Could Interrupt Coverage

PGT Industries wants to make sure Florida homeowners are aware of a new law that requires homes to have Florida Building Code compliant hurricane opening protection to be insured by Citizens Insurance

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Simulated, Dry-Stacked Stone Walls from Artisan Precast

Artisan Precast, a leader in the field of precast concrete fencing, is proud to announce the introduction of ChiselCrete®, designed to simulate dry-stacked stone walls.

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Bringing In The Sun With Energy Savings, And A Whole New Vocabulary

Across the country consumers are learning the ins and outs of using the sun to lower the cost of family energy use.

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What A Difference Exterior Trim Makes When Buying And Selling A Home!

MiraTEC is used for roofline fascia, soffits, window and door trim, corner trim, dentil, gables, column wraps, trim along porches and other non-structural applications.

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Home Remodeling Planning and Unscheduled Repair Projects

With a small investment of time—choices between the right way, and most expedient way to approach large or small repairs—can be researched and compared.

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Invest Your Family In The Fun Of “Eating Out” With All The Comforts And Closeness Of Home

Today, a picnic can be anything from a casual meal on the porch, with paper plates and plastic forks, to a formal picnic lunch, with gourmet food served on good china.

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What In The World Is A SunPipe?

Using simple reflective hollow-pipe delivery systems known as Sun Pipes, homes and businesses harness and use free natural light.

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CMI Unveils 8-Foot Tall Two-Panel Plank Interior Door

New Tall Door Reflects Strength, Simplicity and Security of Castle Construction

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Butcher Block Countertops

Because butcher block is naturally porous, when it is used as a food preparation surface it is very important to clean it thoroughly after each use.

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How To Create More Space In Rooms Without Moving Walls

Closed-door cabinetry or open bookshelves placed strategically as room dividers between living and dining areas, and all along walls, can generate new space by increasing storage options.

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Heated Skylight Owner? Save Energy on Cooling the Indoors with Cellular Window Shades

To cut back on energy use, keep portals to the sun’s direct light such as skylights and windows covered when necessary.

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American Hardwoods: Nature’s Greenest Choice, Time To Set The Record Straight

Because hardwoods are renewing and so abundant, they are nature’s choice for eco-effective design and building.

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Safe Steps For High-Up Home Maintenance

Ladders in the 21st century come in a variety of sizes and shapes. By definition they are structures made of wood, metal, fiberglass, or even rope, for climbing up and down.

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Handy Solutions for Common Interior Paint Problems

Tips from The Paint Quality Institute.

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CertainTeed CedarBoards™ Insulated Siding Reduces Home Energy Costs While Improving Exterior Aesthetics

Approximately 40 percent of the energy lost through a traditionally insulated wood framed wall is through the wood studs that comprise up to a quarter of a home’s exterior …

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It’s Tough Looking Good And Being Green!

Rohm and Haas has launched a new binder, Rhoplex™ VSR-2015 Versatile Sheen Resin, to the North American paint and coatings market …

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Create Picturesque Style With Richly-Textured Siding

New innovations are allowing homeowners to create some of the most uniquely charming looks with siding …

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How Sophisticated Shutters Create The Ultimate Distinction

Adding shutters is among the most effective and simple ways homeowners can elevate curb appeal, create an inviting facade and provide colorful accents …

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Impact-Resistant Windows And Doors Help Sell Homes In Tough Market

Granite counter tops, mosaic tiles, remodeled bathrooms… what does it take to sell a home these days …

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As Energy Costs Rise, Survey Finds Iowa Homeowners Are Concerned About Home Energy Efficiency-And Many Are Taking Action To Reduce Heating And Cooling Bills

October is Energy Awareness Month, and today, Johns Manville (JM), a global building products manufacturer, released the results of its annual Energy Awareness Month Survey …

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Armstrong’s BioBlock® Fights Presence Of Mold And Mildew In Basement Environment

For those wanting to utilize basement spaces in their current homes, Armstrong Residential Ceilings is introducing one way to help protect homeowners from the harmful effects of odor- and stain-causing mold and mildew.

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186,000 BTUs Of Energy Saved By One Homeowner … In One Year

Homeowner Rob Fanjoy knew he was making a smart move back in August of 2007 when he replaced the 50+ year old windows in his Michigan home with energy-efficient Simonton windows.

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Designer Driveways Without Design Fees

When today’s homeowners think about remodeling their kitchen, most immediately think that appliances, cabinets and countertop upgrades are the key to transforming the heart of their home.

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Introducing: BamLoc™ The First 100% Bamboo Floating Floor For Easy Green Remodels

Today’s homeowners want eco-friendly, healthy living spaces and they want to do-it-themselves. More and more homeowners are turning to strand-woven bamboo for their flooring.

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Kitchen Design Inspirations From The Top Down

When today’s homeowners think about remodeling their kitchen, most immediately think that appliances, cabinets and countertop upgrades are the key to transforming the heart of their home.

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Household Mirror Tips—How To Preserve, Decorate And Restore Old Mirrors—In Just Minutes

That familiar face reflected in your bathroom or bedroom mirror deserves all the best choices. Here are some tips for proper mirror surface care.

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What Every Homeowner Should Know About His/Her Roof

Harsh winter weather and inevitable spring storms wreak havoc on roofs, a home’s first line of defense against Mother Nature.

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How To Build Your “Dream Garage”

Have you ever indulged in honest to goodness home renovation envy? Wished you could even think about a new deck? A classy family room, or … my gosh, a real garage?

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Copper Shines In Consumer Survey

Despite price, supply and competitive pressures, people continue to value copper for its appearance, durability, recyclability and health benefits.

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Easy, Inexpensive Remodeling With Pure Sunlight

Heightened energy prices mean searching out the brightest and best energy sources. Why not start by adding an element of sunshine to your home renovation and restoration projects?

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SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation Recieves Breakthrough Award

SAFETOUCH won a Breakthrough Award because it solved a long-standing problem for those installing home insulation. Do-it-yourselfers have long avoided installing home …

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Dow Helps Support Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Annual ‘Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project’ in Gulf Coast

Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) joins former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to support Habitat for Humanity’s 25th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project (JRCWP) in the Gulf Coast …

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Swimming Pool Owners Here’s How To Choose The Right Fence

An outdoor swimming pool can be a great backyard escape from a busy lifestyle. It can even enhance a home’s value, making it an appealing investment.

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Green builders Antimicrobial Effectiveness Of Copper Metals—A Timely Study For Builders And Remodelers

Two studies funded by congressionally appropriated funds will continue clinical trials by the Copper Development Association, to determine the antimicrobial effectiveness …

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Eco-Friendly 100% Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets & Vanities: A Green And Durable Choice For Homes

Mr. Bamboo, Inc., has introduced a line of 100% bamboo kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities for today’s environmentally and quality conscious homeowners.

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Open The Door To A New Home Décor

From newlyweds and urban singles to second-home owners and empty nesters, home décor and remodeling isn’t just for the pros any more.

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New Exterior Trim Makes Great Impression

Whether you are buying a new home or are selling your existing one, first impressions are everything.

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The Importance Of Well-Fitting And Well-Maintained Window Screens

Spring rushes in with it share of home improvement challenges just as certainly as certainly as the scent of flowering trees and warm breezes. None more important than ventilation …

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Put Your Walls On A Diet

“Paint color and sheen can influence a person’s perception on size and width of a room,” Debbie Zimmer, Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute (PQI) paint and color expert says.

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Now You Don’t Have To Be A Pro To Lay Real Glass Block In Four Easy Steps

Homeowners who would like to install a luxury shower enclosure need no longer think twice about tackling this once-complex project.

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Egress Window Well Systems Provide Safety And Peace Of Mind

Family rooms, kids’ playrooms, home offices, bedrooms, and home theaters are just a few popular uses for today’s basement living spaces.

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Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal With Stylish, Eco-Friendly Roofing

Imagine your home with an elegant new roof that offers durability and low-maintenance, too.

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Nothing Enriches A Home’s Value Like The Beauty Of Stone

Whether used indoors or outdoors, stone adds warmth and character that no other building material can deliver.

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Save Money And Save Your Mirrors …

From the originators of the popular mirror enhancement system, MirrEdge™ comes a fresh new Dove White version just in time for Spring fixup.

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Refresh a Home’s Look with GILA® Window Film

Decorating a home doesn’t have to mean a life-long commitment to the same look.

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Create Character With The Crowning Touch Of Hardwood Mouldings

Looking for a way to add sparkle and impact to a modest home? Some experts suggest a fresh coat of paint, while others recommend a new floor.

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New—Saving Technology Shuts Off All Standby Power In A Home With Just One Switch

A new energy saving product hit the U.S. residential home market this month, providing homeowners the ability to effortlessly and expediently turn off all electronics not being used throughout a home with just one master switch.

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Smart Solutions For Better Kitchen Organization

What’s the secret to bringing order to kitchen chaos? Organizational experts will tell you it’s the cabinets.

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Divide And Conquer Spaces Creatively In Your Home

Doors should do more than just hang around and sit on their hinges. They should be dynamic parts of the home, helping you divide and conquer interior spaces in creative ways that enrich your lifestyle.

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Inside … Outside … All Around The House: It’s Home Improvement Time

Spring always brings its share of surprises. As the snow begins to melt in Northern and Middle Areas, and early flowers …

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Patio Enclosures, Inc. Introduces “Windsor Conservatories”

Patio Enclosures, Inc., the largest manufacturer and installer of sunrooms in North America, announces the addition of “Windsor Conservatories,” …

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Laminate Flooring Made In Italy—High Design, High Quality

Laminate floors aren’t all manufactured in Sweden or the US for that matter.

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Bathroom Beautification Begins At The Door

The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, but it’s possible to reclaim as much as 10 square feet of space.

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Homeowners Bullish On Home Improvements Despite Current Housing Slump

While the forecast for the real estate market has been pretty stormy in recent months, there seems to be a silver lining when it comes to homeowner outlook.

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Kiss Messy, Black Asphalt Goodbye!

Through the Roof™ clear roof sealant from Sashco solves the problem of ugly, black roof repairs with a permanent seal that’s both tough and beautiful.

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“Green” Your Home with Natural, Sustainable American Hardwoods

Looking for an earth-friendly way to add beauty and warmth to the home? Green, sustainable American hardwood floors, cabinetry and trim add natural elegance to today’s interiors.

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Building Green With Copper

If you are looking for ways to “green” your next building project, consider the benefits of copper.

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New Exterior Trim Makes Great Impression

Whether you are buying a new home or are selling your existing one, first impressions are everything.

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Mold In My House? … Confronting The Issue Of Moisture In Homebuilding And Repair

With more than 100,000 species of mold present in and outdoors, wherever there is standing water or any dampness, it’s no wonder that leading building product manufacturers are making major commitments

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Need More Space? Remodel the Basement with Style

Bulky space-consuming furniture is on its way out. Beautiful space-saving wood cabinetry is in, taking its rightful place throughout the home, from formal dining rooms to mud rooms.

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How to Create More Space in Rooms without Moving Walls

Bulky space-consuming furniture is on its way out. Beautiful space-saving wood cabinetry is in, taking its rightful place throughout the home, from formal dining rooms to mud rooms.

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Hardwood Floors can be Less Expensive Than Cheaper Alternatives, and Healthier, Too

Homeowners love everything about hardwood floors except the cost. Yet, according to industry experts, if homeowners consider other factors beyond initial purchase price and installation, they will find that hardwoods are actually less expensive overa …

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Turn Your Home Into A Sanctuary With Carefree-Maintenance Outdoor Products

You don’t have to hop on a plane and travel thousands of miles to find a relaxing retreat. Just step outside your front or back door.

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The Recipe For Spicing Up Any Room Is In Your Pocket

Add a dash of elegance to any room or entryway. Install a door-in-the-wall with a Pocket Door Frame.

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Want More Space? More Privacy? Think “Pocket Door”

Ever think of how much space a standard swinging door can eat up? Anywhere from 8 to 10 square feet around the entryway. So think about this: any room or hallway can virtually be expanded — just by installing a door-in-the-wall with the Johnson Pocket

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Vinyl Wrap Glass Block Windows Are Ready To Install

Stark Glass Block makes ready-to-install Vinyl Wrap glass block windows that require no mortar or masonry work.

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New CertainTeed® Vinyl Fence Features Authentic Wood Grain Texter

Bufftech® Chesterfield privacy fence from CertainTeed, known for its unique design features and low-maintenance characteristics, now features CertaGrain™ authentic wood texture to provide fence dealers more design options.

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Mold Coalition Helps Homeowners Control Moisture, Avoid Mold

An Internet search reveals that there are more than 33 million sites one can visit to learn about controlling moisture and mold.

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Garaga Launches Its New Vintage Country-Style Door

A garage door has long been considered solely functional, but now the largest moving part of your home is undergoing architectural style.

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New Hardwood Guide Solves Decorating Dilemma:

To match, or to mix? That’s the toughest question, according to home decorators trying to decide which hardwoods and stain colors to choose for their floors, cabinets, furniture and trim.

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Tips For Preserving And Enhancing The Hardwood Floors In Your Home

You’ll shine and so will your hardwood floor when you use the right care to keep it looking like new. Here are some sensible do’s and don’ts to follow

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Hardwood Floors Shine In The 21st Century

Gone are the days of difficult hardwood floor refinishing projects. Now you can have beautiful hardwood floors in your home without the difficulties of dusty, toxic and generally unhealthy downtime

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Five Mold Myths And Facts For Homeowners

In a recent Ducker Worldwide Research survey, 86 percent of homeowners said that mold is a critical issue to them. Among 400 consumers surveyed, 74 percent say they have experienced indoor or outdoor moisture issues in their homes

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Choosing The Right Adhesives For Home Repair And Remodeling Projects

These tips from the adhesives experts at Macco Adhesives can help when choosing and using an adhesive for your next home remodeling or repair project.

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Remodel With Log Siding: Turn An Ordinary House Into A Dream Home

To add architectural detail and interesting texture to plain houses across the country, Wisconsin Log Homes has developed two unique log siding styles that can be used for remodeling.

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Planning A Remodeling Project

Planning a remodeling project is critical for success, and one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether or not you’ll do any work yourself. Thoughtful planning is needed to determine what improvements you want and can afford, and whether or not any of these projects fit your available time and skill level.

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Environmentally Friendly Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile, already a favorite of environmentally conscious consumers and designers, just got even better. Thanks to American ingenuity, a waste product that has been a huge landfill problem is now utilized in tile production, creating porcelain ceramic tiles that are as environmentally friendly as they are beautiful.

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Make Your Home More Appealing With New Exterior Trim

When it comes to your home, first impressions are everything. And, nothing makes a worse initial impression than exterior trim that is cracked, rotted, peeling or falling apart.

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Five Mold Myths And Facts For Homeowners

As many as 44 percent of U.S. households report experiencing mold problems in their homes. This article lays to rest some common myths about mold and provides useful information to help homeowners combat this pervasive problem.

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Renovate Your Home With Historic Siding Styles

The charm and appeal of historic home siding styles diminishes greatly when maintenance and cost are factored into the equation … or does it? With recent advances in vinyl siding technology, homeowners can now enjoy historic siding styles with all of the convenience and cost advantages of vinyl.

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Energy Tax Credits: Get Credit Where Credit’s Due

If you’re planning a building or remodeling project in 2007, you’ll want to learn how energy efficiency—and new energy saving tax credits—can help increase the return on your investment.

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Custom Built Conservatories: Conservatories Earn High Marks For Bringing Families Together

Conservatories seem to be everyone’s favorite place in a home. Learn how a custom-built conservatory can transform your home, turning unused property into a perfect sanctuary for quiet pursuits and cheerful family gatherings.

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Seminars From CertainTeed Teach The Thermal Insulation Benefits Of ThermaEZE™ To Concrete Poured Wall Contractors

Thermal Insulation System seminars offered by CertainTeed Corporation are teaching concrete contractors about the many benefits and applications for CertainTeed’s ThermaEZE Thermal Insulation System for homeowners.

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Building A Brick Home: Brick Offers Unique Options With Handcrafted Appeal

The handcrafted appeal of home’s built with brick is undeniable. Building with brick gives homeowners wide latitude over color selection, textures, shapes and styles for a custom look.

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Z-Brick Veneer: A Timeless Look With Do-It-Yourself Ease

Z-Brick’s unique brick veneer system provides the traditionally beauty of brick in a fraction of the time, and at a fraction of the price. Learn how Z-Brick can be used to enhance your home’s appearance both inside and outside.

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Drywall Installation Tips From USG Corporation

Drywall installation isn’t brain surgery, but a little knowledge can go a long way toward ensuring the success of your next drywall installation project. These tips from USG Corporation, the inventors of drywall, can help.

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Remodeling With Laminates: Giving Your Kitchen An Affordable Facelift

Today’s modern laminate products are more durable, and beautiful than ever. Learn how you can remodel a tired kitchen into a modern masterpiece on a tight budget with today’s decorative laminates.

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Adding Insulation To Help Save Money And Energy

Insulation added to your home during a remodeling project can, if chosen wisely, improve comfort for your family and lower your home’s heating and cooling bills.

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Hardwoods In The Home: New Hardwood Guide Solves Decorating Dilemma For Homeowners

Matching hardwoods in your home, like flooring, cabinetry and furniture, has always been difficult to accomplish. Fortunately, home decorators say that mixing and matching hardwoods and stain colors is an attractive option that’s much easier to accomplish.

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Energy Efficient Glass Enclosed Conservatory

The beauty of a glass enclosed conservatory was always offset by the realization that a home’s energy efficiency and environmental friendliness would suffer at the expense of aesthetics. No more. Intricately detailed, beautiful glass enclosed conservatories are now available in energy efficient designs that satisfy your eyes and your self of environmental responsibility.

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SheetRock Drywall Products

Drywall has evolved over the years but remains an important staple in home building and remodeling projects. Learn the story behind the invention of drywall and how new drywall products make building and remodeling easier than ever.

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Formaldehyde Free Insulation Products

The low levels of formaldehyde found in certain types of home insulation products have created concern among some homeowners. Johns Manville has addressed these concerns with a full line of formaldehyde-free fiber glass insulation products for building and remodeling projects.

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Woodworking Tips For Women

Women have taken up woodworking as a hobby in increasing numbers recently, and many now find satisfaction in the creative opportunities available in woodworking. If you’ve caught the woodworking bug, this article can point you to some useful resources to help expand your skills and learn about the tools of the “trade.”

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Residing With Brick: A Brick Face-Lift Can Add Value And Curb Appeal To Your Home

Homeowner’s contemplating a residing project usually think in terms of vinyl siding. However, residing with brick is also a viable option for many, and the elegance, value and efficiency benefits of a brick siding upgrade for your home are hard to ignore.

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New Energy Efficient Homes Guarantee Comfort And Lower Energy Usage

Homes built from the ground up with energy efficiency in mind are far more likely to achieve significant energy savings for the homeowner. Learn how CertainTeed’s energy efficient building material packages can help guarantee the comfort and value you’re looking for in your “dream” home.

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Insulate To Help Lower Utility Bills In Warmer Months

We wear coats in the winter to insulate our body’s from the cold, and we insulate our home’s for pretty much the same reason, right? Sure, but insulation products added to attics and other parts of the home can help cut warm weather energy bills as well.

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Brick Offers Greatest Options With Handcrafted Appeal

Building a new home or home addition? Learn how the wide variety of clay brick textures, colors, shapes and sizes can give your home a unique, custom appearance.

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Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth In New Homes

The potential for mold and mildew growth in your new home—and what can be done to prevent it—should be near the top of your list of things to discuss with architects and building contractors.

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CertainTeed Enters Cool Roof Market With Flintglas Energy Efficient Cap Sheet

Flintglas Mineral Surfaced Cap Sheet, a new product from CertainTeed Corporation, features an energy-saving reflectant surface coating for maximum efficiency.

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Outdoor Plumbing Makes A Comeback

No, we’re not talking about the venerable outhouse … those are likely gone for good! What’s discussed in this article is outdoor plumbing in the form of convenient exterior water service outlets installed in strategic locations around your home’s exterior.

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Home Remodeling Tips: Planning Your Remodeling Project For Value, Comfort And Safety

Remodeling projects are often undertaken for added convenience or improved appearance, but if planned and executed effectively, home remodeling projects can also add value, comfort and safety—an important consideration given that your home is likely the largest investment of your lifetime.

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Consumers Eager For Home Makeover Ideas

Who’s remodeling? How many are doing it themselves? What projects are they undertaking when it comes time to make over their homes? These questions and more are answered in a survey of homeowners.

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“CertainTeed Professional Guide To Siding Installation” Video Now Available On DVD

Proper vinyl siding installation techniques are critical to success in achieving the durability and aesthetic benefits of modern vinyl siding products. CertainTeed’s video, titled “CertainTeed Professional Guide to Siding Installation” offers important tips and information to help contractors “get it right” for the benefit of themselves and the homeowners who hire them.

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Hints For Homeowners: Tips To Minimize Drywall Project Messes

CertainTeed Corporation, the inventor of drywall, continues its innovative ways with a new drywall joint compound that minimizes the mess associated with a drywall installation project.

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Completing Those Fall Home Improvement Projects

Winter weather can wreak havoc on homes that aren’t prepared for the onslaught of snow, sleet and ice. Take advantage of mild fall days to deal with home maintenance projects that can help your home weather the long winter months.

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New Joint Compound Produces ‘Heavy Dust’ For Less Mess And Faster Cleanup

Ever try to sand drywall joints in a home building or remodeling project without creating a massive cloud of dust? Now you can, with an innovative, easy to use new joint compound product from CertainTeed Corporation.

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Domes, Vaults And Arches Are Now A Reality At Home

Flat home ceilings are so yesterday. Learn how new building and remodeling products make ornamental domes, vaulted ceilings, tray ceilings and sweeping curved arches and soffits a reality for today’s homeowner.

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New Exterior Trim Adds Curb Appeal To Your Home

Modern composite exterior trim products from MiraTec provide all the beauty of wood and none of the limitations of vinyl. Wether building new or replacing old, cracked or warped trim on an existing home, learn how MiraTec composite trim can make your home shine.

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CertainTeed’s EverNew® SnapWrap™ Transforms Wood Porch Post With Durable, Easy-Care Style

SnapWrap porch post wrap from CertainTeed provides beauty, durability and care free maintenance for homeowners, while preserving classic appearances.

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How To Break Mold’s Grip On Your Home

The interplay of mold and moisture was never more evident than in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Learn how moisture contribute’s to mold growth and what you can do to break mold’s grip on your home.

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Add Style To Your Home From Floor To Ceiling

The introduction of new hardwood mouldings can make a dramatic difference in your home’s style and appearance. These tips from the American Hardwood Information Center show you simple ways to incorporate solid hardwood moulding in your home’s decor.

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New Study Finds That Building With Brick Benefits Communities

Most homeowners recognize the value and durability of building with brick. A study confirms this knowledge and points to community wide benefits that result when urban planning officials adopt ordinances that specifiy masonry products in local zoning requirements.

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Brick Industry Association’s Clay Paving Web Site: Helps Homeowners To Enhance Value And Appearance Of Their Homes

Homeowner’s contemplating a building or remodeling project should visit the Brick Industry Association website to learn how clay brick pavers and other brick products can enhance the value and beauty of their homes. Downloadale brochures and other informative documents are available.

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Restoration Millwork® Exterior Trim Looks, Feels Like Top-Grade Lumber

Restoration Millwork® exterior trim from CertainTeed Corporation is a solid finish, maintenance free remodeling trim product that looks and feels like top-grade lumber.

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Board And Batten Vertical Vinyl Siding From CertainTeed Recreates Centuries-Old Style

CertainTeed’s Board and Batten Vertical Vinyl Siding provides home builders and remodelers with the look and feel of the centuries-old cedar siding used in historic early American structures, with the advantages and convenience of vinyl.

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New DryRight Fiber Glass Insulation Helps Builders Prevent Mold, Mildew Growth By Allowing Moisture To Escape Wall Cavities

MemBrain-faced DryRight Fiber Glass Insulation from CertainTeed can help control moisture in the wall cavities of your home.

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CertainTeed EverNew™ Glass Baluster Railing Creates Clear Design Options

Glass baluster railings provide protection without obstructing views, and CertainTeed’s EverNew™ Glass Baluster Railing is a clear favorite with homeowners.

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Bolder, Vibrant Colors For Popular Landmark Series Shingles Create High-Definition Roofs

CertainTeed’s high definition Landmark Series shingles are now available in an array of new high-contrast colors. The Landmark Series shingles provide added depth and texture to accentuate the features of your roof.

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New CertainTeed Northwoods™ Offers Authentic Look Of Milled Cedar Shingles In Vinyl

Love the look of milled cedar shingles but hate the thought of what it might cost to install and maintain? CertainTeed’s Northwoods™ line offers an authentic milled cedar look in easy-to-install, maintenance free vinyl.

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New Triple 3-1/3″ Solid Panels Provide Builders More Soffit, Vertical Siding Options

Triple 3-1/3″ solid vinyl trim panels from CertainTeed provide a wide variety of soffit and vertical siding options for homeowners.

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CertainTeed Expands Line Of CedarBoards™ Insulated Siding With New Single 7″ Rough Cedar Clapboard

Insulated “cedar look” siding from CertainTeed provides energy efficiency and the maintenance free advantages of vinyl with the rustic appeal of rough cedar clapboard siding.

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Keeping Children Out Of Harm’s Way During A Remodel

Summer is a peak time for home building and remodeling, yet it’s also the time of year when children spend the most time at home. Before launching a remodeling project, take steps to ensure that necessary safety precautions have been taken.

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Forget Me, Fix My House

Home makeovers—as evidenced by the recent explosion in television show’s featuring home remodeling projects—have become a national pastime. Here’s the scoop from a recent national survey.

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New Website Provides Information About Fighting Mold

As homeowners battle the ever present dangers of mold, USG launches a new website to help them learn about the latest information about mold control in buildings and homes.

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Insulation For Your Cathedral Ceilings

Cathedral ceilings add drama and a unique sense of openness that appeals to many homeowners. This article explains how to properly insulate a cathedral ceiling to make your home is as energy efficient as it is beautiful.

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Improving Structural Integrity In Your Family Home

Aesthetic upgrades are important to your home’s appeal, but homeowners are encouraged to not overlook important structural upgrades for homes that can have a lasting impact on homeowner comfort and a home’s long-term value.

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Spring Home Improvement Ideas Are Featured On Building Manufacturer Websites

May is National Home Improvement Month, and Spring is a great time to undertake home improvements and additions with an eye toward energy efficiency.

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Insulate Your Crawl Space To Save On Summer Cooling Bills

Crawl space insulation can contribute to energy savings all year long. This article discusses the benefits of crawl space insulation and some of the important considerations for homeowners contemplating a crawl space insulation project.

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How To Locate An Insulation Contractor To Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Some insulation projects are within reach of handy homeowners. But others require the expertise and equipment of a professional insulation installer. Learn how insulation contractors can add value to your home and where to look to find a professional insulation installer in your area.

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2005 Brick In Architecture Award Winners

The Brick Industry Association is a trade group representing the brick industry. Each year, the association bestows its Brick in Architecture Awards in honor of projects that feature innovative uses for clay brick in commercial, institutional, residential and multi-family building projects.

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Think Environmental Responsibility When Planning A New Home Purchase

Homeowners have an increasing array of environmentally responsible products from which to choose when building a new home. GreenGaurd Certification is one indicator of environmental responsible choices. GreenGaurd Certification is based on low VOC and particle emissions.

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How To Remodel And Keep Your Cool

Remodeling projects can be both exciting and exhausting—both physically and emotionally. Learn how advance planning can help you keep your cool during the potential turmoil of a remodeling project in your home.

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You Can Minimize The Risk Of Indoor Home Pollutants When Tightening Your Home

Indoor air pollution is an increasing concern for many homeowners, especially when you consider that home’s are being built tighter and we spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors.

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Handy Resource For Planning Home Sound Control

The benefits of soundproofing your home are numerous. Think increased concentration on important homework assignments, higher productivity in your home office, and increased privacy. A new website provides a variety of useful resources for homeowners who want to get a handle on home sound control.

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Minimize The Risk Of Mold In Your Home

Research conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York City Health Department reveals some important steps you can take to minimize the risk of mold growth in your home.

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Building Code Changes Affect Bathroom Construction

Drywall for dry rooms, green-board for bathrooms, right? Wrong! Changes to the International Residential Code no longer recognize green board—a common term for moisture-resistant, paper-faced drywall products—for use in bathrooms and other wet environments.

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Choosing The Right Insulation For Your Home

Selecting the proper insulation for each area in your home is an important decision when building a new home or remodeling an existing one. After all, your safety and comfort and your home’s long term energy efficiency and value are at stake.

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Insulated Air Ducts: Air Duct Upgrades Make Good Sense For Homeowners

Homeowners don’t always participate in important decisions made on their behalf when they’ve contracted to build a new home. Yet trade-offs made to lower short term out-of-pocket costs could cost much more in the long run when compared to upgrade alternatives like insulated air ducts.

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Weck Glass Block Styles Add Daylight And Architectural Impact

No longer relegated to backside basement windows, glass block products are are finding increased use and acceptance in some of today’s most exquisite home designs.

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Building Green With Wood: Turns Out Wood Is A “Green” Building Product After All

Once maligned as a threat to nature’s sustainability, wood products have earned new respect as an environmentally responsible choice, thanks to hard work by the wood industry and scientific research studies that now find wood an attractive choice for environmentally-friendly construction projects.

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Soundproofing A Home: Tips For Building Quiet Into New And Existing Homes

Insulation for indoor walls is a great way to reduce indoor noise. Learn how insulation and other techniques can help soundproof your home and improve quality of life.

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Remodeling With Laminates

Laminate products have expanded well beyond the countertop in home decor. In fact, remodeling with laminates now offers homeowners a range of decorating options that might otherwise have been unreachable.

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Vinyl Siding Options: Advanced Vinyl Siding Points To The Future, Offers Links To Past For Today’s Homes

Today’s vinyl siding is world’s better than earlier renditions of the product, and vinyl siding now accounts for a significant majority of all new and renovation home siding products.[/fusion_builder_column/]