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Job Site Checklist

Boost Productivity and Keep Customers Happy A neat, well-organized job site affects customer satisfaction and how efficiently your crew can get the job done. Here’s a checklist of to-dos to help you deliver an exceptional customer experience and streamline your work: Visualize the flow of work in advance. Consider the layout of the job site…

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Photography Tips to Help You Sell Your Work Without Using 1,000 Words When you’re selling your expertise as a contractor, stunning photography of your work can speak for itself. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to take photos that represent your capabilities: Pictures tell your story! Make sure you…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Building a Lean Building Business

It’s no secret; businesses that find the most efficient and effective ways of doing things stand the best chance of success. By having a lean business model at the core of all that you do, you can satisfy customers while eliminating wasteful spending and increasing productivity. WHAT IS ‘LEAN’? Although originally created for the manufacturing…

WOLF Composite Decking With ‘Capped’ Technology

To provide you with more flexibility when quoting deck jobs, we are pleased to now offer WOLF Home Products™ capped composite decking. This decking from WOLF’s Captiva Plus and Terrace collections will allow you to give your budget-conscious customers options that are more cost-effective than PVC decking. While some composite materials (made of wood-flour and…

Build More Better Business Workshops

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017. FREE hot breakfast served at 6:30 a.m.; workshops begin at 7:30 a.m. Where: Homestead Outdoor Products, 905 W. Main St., New Holland, Pa. Why: You’ll have an opportunity to learn some valuable tips and information to help your business succeed in 2017. The top-of-mind topics covered by the half-hour-long workshops…

How the New Standards for Pressure-Treated Lumber Will Affect You

Recently, the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) raised its U1 standard for preservative-treated lumber in certain above-ground applications. When officially adopted by building codes, the new standard will require UC4B-treated lumber to be used in above-ground applications where wood will be: Located less than 6 inches from the ground At risk of getting poor air…

Advantages of Trimax® for Framing

If you’re looking for structural composite lumber that’s a cut above others for applications such as docks, marinas, and other submerged (or close-to submerged) structures, consider Trimax®. It offers enhanced durability and is ultra-resistant to moisture, fungi, chemicals, and marine borers. Other advantages of Trimax structural lumber include: Long-lasting Easy to install and maintain Attractive…