RB March 2014

Easy, inexpensive ways to promote your construction business

Tips that work, from a contractor turned business consultant. Do you need some good ideas for promoting your business, something effective that won’t cost a lot of money? Former contractor turned business consultant Brad Humphrey, owner of Pinnacle Development Group and author of “The Contractor’s Best Friend”, said many owners overlook the obvious. He...

Best on the Block building products for 2014

Each year at the Frame Building Expo, a special product area is designated as a Builder Block to showcase special products from exhibitors. A ballot box is located in the display and visitors can vote for their favorite products. The votes are in and counted for the 2014 Expo in Nashville! The # 1...

UNA-CLAD Delta Panels Now Come in Perforated Options

INDIANAPOLIS – Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” portfolio of products, announced today its existing UNA-CLAD™ Delta Concealed Fastener Panels are now available in perforated profiles. The Delta Series, an established high-performance cladding line, currently includes 11 concealed fastener panel profiles. Those panels are...

Rural Builder March 2014

Something Old, Something New: Rural Builders Enhance Historic Properties

– By Sharon Thatcher – Historic restoration isn’t something most rural builders want to tackle, but there are occasional opportunities to build something new or to enhance something old in a way that preserves a property’s historic integrity. Featured are two builders who have accomplished that. Barn recovers Greiner Buildings Inc. has been doing...

Bigger and better: Nothing about this metal building project was small

– By Sharon Thatcher – When Tri-M Construction got its first opportunity to general contract a project in a high-end air community near Benton, Kan., it did so in a big way.  What resulted was the largest project thus far in Stearman Estates: a 7,577 square foot home with attached hangar/garage/woodworking shop/pool area measuring...

Safety first: How to select fire rated systems for your clients

– By Charles Praeger – It’s not always easy to check every box on a client’s check list. Some customers  need guidance to understand what is feasible, as well as reassurance to validate decisions. For those with safety as the top project priority, a solid solution is to suggest a metal building system. Recent...

Selecting, installing the right hardware: What to know before you buy

Hardware can make a significant difference in the look and function of a building but builders need to know how to make the correct suggestions or selections for their clients. Following is advice on selection and installation offered by James Harris, product manager for National Hardware; Kate Martindale, director of sales and marketing for...

Plyco, now 60, offers a look at today’s door and window trends

Plyco Corporation, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014, has been witness to many changes in the door and window markets. According to Fred Mancusi, the company’s director of sales and marketing, today’s customers are looking for more from a window than a piece of glass that lights up a room or provides a view....