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Blend the beauty of real wood with a reliable defense against rot and termites. JELD-WEN R&D knew it wanted to take a different approach to sustainability. The patented AuraLast® pine product came out of that focus, delivering a new wood-fortifying process. AuraLast pine products are 100% real wood, not a composite, and do not rely on a chemical dip for their comprehensive Surface to Core™ protection. Whether it’s a new build or a remodel, you want to be sure that the materials you’re using for the project are tough enough to meet the demands of the environment. Your customer’s satisfaction and ultimately your reputation depend on it. The market is full of wood options that claim to be up to the challenge. But are they? If you’re building up north, your customers are fighting cold and wet climates. If you’re in the south, maybe it’s humidity and invasive bugs. And…

Most homeowners don’t have firsthand knowledge of window and door brands. Yet many goals they have for their custom homes—like energy efficiency, style, durability, and natural light—can be accomplished with the right windows and doors. Windows and doors are significant players in the Whole Home solution, which is why many homeowners rely on a builder or contractor for expert advice. It’s also why many do their own research on the internet. But the latter is not as helpful as the former. The internet is a breeding ground for misinformation. Homeowners expecting to understand the different types, benefits, and fundamentals of windows and doors may not get the entire picture. For instance, a homeowner in South Florida may find a window advertised to work in all temperatures, but the truth is it was only tested in cold and dry climates, not hot and humid climates, where it would be installed.  Because of this…

Architects have numerous tools to visualize and share their concepts. However, the most effective one is often overlooked. It isn’t a BIM program, a virtual fly-through, or the latest 3D printer. It’s communication, a lack of which can cost more than any itemized expense and make the benefit of the above tools seem insignificant. Why do so many architects struggle to effectively communicate with their clients when business depends on it? To answer that question and find a solution, let’s look at fundamental communication challenges in any client engagement. · Understanding the client’s viewpoint completely · Having thorough communication between stakeholders · Sufficiently managing design requirements · Responding to and being aware of changing client needs · Getting enough feedback from the client Miscommunication costs time, which leads to unnecessary expenses and delays for both parties. Due to outside factors, some of the above challenges may be impossible to overcome, yet all could be solved…

An uplifting case study for builders everywhere. Every builder wants to build a home their client loves. What happens when builders and clients work alongside one another to bring a vision to life? That’s how Paradigm Building Company, a full-service design-build residential construction firm, approached a job in Arlington, Virginia. See how Paradigm and their client transformed an existing floorplan into an incredible sanctuary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRR2WOc-5l4 For assistance with window and door specifications or installation, visit JELD-WEN’s professional portal. Check out the JELD-WEN pro site for more information.

Smart strategies can help builders looking for ways to deal with labor shortages. In many building trades, finding qualified workers can be difficult. But by using some clever tactics, builders can make the most of industry resources to help them get the job done. The solutions can include leaning on resources outside the company as well as upgrading the skills of the workers already in place. Use your labor well First off, make good use of the employees you already have. Employees want to do a good job, and job satisfaction inspires them to share their talents and ideas to improve your company’s output. Cultivate loyalty with communication and trust, and—by all means—delegate. “The smart delegation of decision-making can be a powerful productivity booster,” says Clark Ellis, principal of Continuum Advisory Group, a consulting firm to builders. Invest in training when you can and trust your managers to make appropriate decisions…

Builders are loyal to brands that offer the features, benefits and durability they require. With doors and windows, most settle on one or two brands that meet their price and performance specs, and that offer strong warranties they know the dealer and manufacturer will stand behind. The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates overall input costs for different categories of construction. These are further broken out into different types of materials before averages are calculated. For instance, if oil prices rise steeply, the total input costs may rise even if many other materials, like lumber or copper, decrease. The fluctuations affecting your company may vary from the average due to the types of materials you are using. Since you can’t control input prices, you need to counteract the increases somehow. No matter your situation, you can survive rising costs by using new strategies. Here are some methods to help you manage…

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