Permat Tile Underlayment
It is inevitable for tiles to wear out. With all the pressure it has to handle from the steps of our daily lives, it is no wonder that the material strength reduces and flooring starts wearing out. Luckily, there is a way to solve all of this.
The Permat Tile Underlayment solution from Blanke brings innovation to your flooring. It offers labor saving benefits wasted on time consuming plastic roll systems, but it brings you all the benefits and more.
Design Build Pros has received two more honors from Houzz. Top Influencer and highly Recommended.
The Influencer badge is given to pros whose advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community, while the Recommended badge goes only to the top-rated pros on Houzz. Continue reading
This is a re-print of a blog article that Design Build Pros wrote for Lowes. It is the first in a series called “Tech Tools of the Trade.” CLICK HERE to view this article published on the LowesForPros website. Upcoming topics include “Utilizing Houzz Ideabooks for Project Design and Development” and “Using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software.”
In the remodeling industry, not all “tools” are kept in a tool box or belt. Many crucial business tools are software and technology. The internet has been a game changer for many industries and remodeling is no exception. There are many software programs and websites that can greatly assist remodeling companies in many ways. Each department, accounting, marketing, sales, and production can find help with today’s technology. For some smaller companies, these departments may be compromised of just one or two people wearing multiple hats. Continue reading
We invite remodelers to create a guest blog about a recently completed project that Design Build Pros will publish on our website and then promote throughout our vast social media network. This is a very good opportunity for remodeling companies. Since DBP are project designers and not contractors, any appropriate lead inquires from a specific blog for remodeling work will be referred back to that remodeling company. Continue reading
Are Remodelers Taking a Fresh Look at Vinyl Siding?
Recently, Tess Wittler wrote an article for Professional Remodeler Magazine examining the decline of vinyl siding. According to the article, “Vinyl siding has lost traction in the exterior cladding market every year since 2007. While vinyl siding is still the top choice across the U.S. and Canada, its market share fell from 39 percent in 2003 to 27 percent by 2013.”
While vinyl siding is the first thing to pops into your head when considering an exterior remodel, the fast emerging option is Hardi-Plank cement fiber. Including installation, vinyl siding is approximately $100 less per square foot.
So how do Neil Parsons and the Design Build Pros accommodate the desire to move away from vinyl, but still be cognizant of the budget?
Recently, formaldehyde and Lumber Liquidators have made headlines, after an airing of CBS’ 60 Minutes. This post will look at both sides of the case. If you are interested in reading more about formaldehyde, a post can be found here.
The claim from the 60 Minutes investigations was damning. Lumber Liquidators, a major flooring retailer, was using products that contained an unsafe level of formaldehyde; which is a carcinogen. Unsurprisingly, Lumber Liquidator’s stock went into a free fall. If the testing wasn’t enough, 60 Minutes pushed the envelope even further. On the 60 Minutes special, they aired hidden camera footage from Chinese flooring factories in which workers admitted to falsifying formaldehyde levels in Lumber Liquidators’ products.
As one would expect, Lumber Liquidators came firing back. Their CEO, Rob Lynch insists that the whole thing is being overblown by short sellers on Wall Street. Lynch also took issues with the testing done to the products; stating that what is done in testing does not at all simulate the day to day exposure a person would get to the formaldehyde.
To demonstrate their confidence, and hopefully repair their image, Lumber Liquidators is willing to pay for their own safety testing for those who want it.
There are two more things to consider. First, Lumber Liquidators has been involved in an ongoing class action lawsuit for this issue prior to the 60 Minutes investigator. Secondly, California safety officials have stated that proper ventilation is probably enough
What do you think about this issue?
What is a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner?
When you own a home, you may find that in the summer, it can be pretty difficult to keep things cool. Many people depend on using an air conditioning unit to keep things comfortable but air conditioners can be big and bulky and can look rather unsightly in your home. They also require ducts placed in your window or through a wall and that can be even worse, but fortunately there is a better way to cool your home with an air conditioner and it won’t look ugly. There are ductless mini-split air conditioners available, and while they are a bit pricey, they are worth every penny.
Over the past six months, Design Build Pros has seen first hand a very strong home renovation market throughout New Jersey and the United States. Even more exciting than that, every indication points to our industry continuing to grow throughout 2015 and beyond.
In New Jersey and through our national remodeling network, we are seeing that homeowners are committing to projects that are both larger in scope and discretionary in nature.