Author Archives: homesteadop

Tips for Defining Your Business’s Focus

Don’t try to be all things to all customers. If you’re always coming in too low on Home Advisor quotes or losing your shirt on budget-conscious residential customers, you’re seeing signs that maybe you’re pursuing or taking work that isn’t a good fit for your company.  Have a company mission statement that defines your vision…

Then and Now: Horse Fencing

VINYL HORSE FENCES—THEN Way back when, in colonial times, whitewashed wood board rail fencing was the traditional choice for agricultural and other utilitarian purposes. It became known as “horse fencing” because it was ideal for keeping horses corralled. Because the fences were made of wood, they became a major spring project as miles upon miles…

New Product Spotlight: Wolf Portrait™ Siding

We are pleased to now offer Wolf Portrait Siding. Your customers will love its: Authentic wood-grain texture Superior protection against moisture InfinitySeam™ Technology, providing a precise fit Proprietary ColorWatch™ premium ASA capstock that helps block UV rays and prevent fading Wolf Portrait Siding is available in two collections and six colors. It’s made in the…

Wolf Distinction™ Railing

With the classic appeal of white painted wood and OptiBracket™ Technology, Wolf Distinction™ Railing makes an attractive and durable addition to outdoor living spaces.  It’s easy to install—with a simple all-in-one kit. It requires minimal maintenance. One versatile bracket supports 6-foot and 8-foot rail sections; connects 22.5°, 45°, flat, and stair; and hides out of…

Best Practices for Handling Two Common Issues With Railings

To help you navigate two challenges you might encounter with railings, we’re sharing the following helpful tips: Options for Handling Difficult Angles Installing railings can get tricky when circumstances present something other than straightforward 45° or 90° angles. Here are some options for dealing with odd horizontal plane angles: Poly blocks—These solid plastic blocks, which…

Advantages of Decking Patterns

When customers look for a contractor to install a deck, they may think of it as a commodity that any home improvement company can tackle. But a deck doesn’t have to be “just a deck.” Suggesting a decking pattern to your customer shows that a deck can be an attractive architectural feature and that you are a designer,…

Wolf Home Products Outdoor Cabinetry

We’re happy to now be offering Wolf Endurance™, aluminum cabinetry that stands up to wear and weather. Available in ash, black, and white powder- coated finishes, Wolf Endurance makes a visually appealing and versatile addition to outdoor living areas.* Homeowners will love how this cabinetry makes entertaining on decks and patios a breeze. It comes in…