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Things to consider as you weigh a quick fix against choosing to buy new. It’s an unavoidable fact that with time and use, a home’s doors’ and windows’ performance is bound to diminish. Unfortunately, with that slow deterioration comes new costs for homeowners. Think about ongoing maintenance and repairs that may be necessary. Consider the energy that is lost because of emerging gaps. And don’t forget that this decline may create a way for water and pests to enter a home. Aging doors and windows can also impact homeowner quality of life in other ways. Foggy glass can mean less visibility. Poor sealing can make it more difficult to stabilize an ideal indoor temperature. Many aging doors and windows can become less attractive. And perhaps most importantly, the products’ problems can even compromise the security of a home. The natural question homeowners are bound to ask is, “OK, should I repair or replace?” Here…

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…

The traditional new home construction process has given general contractors (GCs) a bad rap. Typically, clients would work with an architect to design their dream home, only to be stunned when construction bids from GCs come in way over budget and timelines stretch. Patterson Custom Homes aims to restore faith in GCs by beginning its relationship with clients as early as possible in the process.

Fluctuating costs give any business headaches. Residential construction is especially prone to shifting prices for materials, and builders need to manage input costs to retain profitability. For both March and April of 2019, Associated Builders and Contractors calculated that material prices have increased by about 2.5% from the previous year. With trade instability, normal market flux and the global competition for materials, construction material costs will likely keep rising. But no matter what the climate, it is up to builders to adjust their methods to maintain margins on their projects. 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…

If you’re a builder or contractor with big goals in 2019, you’re looking to make an impact for your clients and for your bottom line every day. And you want to do it the right way, giving homeowners the same quality, style, and performance that you demand. To get the results you want, you can count on JELD-WEN every step of the way. We hear you, and we’ve got your back. Start strong in 2019 by downloading a quick and helpful guide to JELD-WEN. Get a look at doors and windows that bring brilliant design and innovation to your projects, backed by a team that’s committed to delivering value and giving you a competitive edge. Download your guide to JELD-WEN.

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