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5 Tips For Marketing Your Business

Technology has shrunk the world, and as a result today’s markets are more competitive than ever. Customers have more choices than ever before about who they buy from. And if you’re a masonry contractor, you need to compete with all the other masons out there to get yourself in front of customers’ eyeballs. That means More Info »

, August 17, 2017
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Jul

Avoiding the Most Common Construction Defects

Stucco Installation Problems Just read an excellent article by Charles Wardell on the Journal of Light Construction website: “Avoiding the Most Common Construction Defects”. Among other problems, Mr. Wardell outlines four very common issues with stucco installations: Lack of control joints per ASTM standards that require control joints every 144 square feet Improper detailing at More Info »

, July 31, 2017
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Jul

5 Ways to Sell Your Company to General Contractors

As a masonry contractor, you aren’t always hired directly by a business owner to take care of their masonry needs. Instead, you’re subcontracted by a general contractor to take care of the masonry-specific part of the job. That means that selling your services to and developing a great relationship with a general contractor can have More Info »

, July 28, 2017
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Jul

The High Cost of Improper Drainage and Ventilation in Adhered Masonry Walls

Today’s adhered masonry veneer walls are typically more vulnerable to moisture problems than older “thick mass” masonry walls or today’s masonry cavity walls. The reason is simple – most of today’s typical masonry veneer walls are built without a space between the veneer and the substrate, so they don’t allow fast and complete drainage and More Info »

, July 24, 2017
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Jul

5 Tips for Managing Materials on the Jobsite

When you’re headed out to a job site, managing materials is critical. You want all of your materials to show up at the right time, in the right amounts. You need to inventory them; you need to store them properly. Sometimes, it may feel as though material management is half of your job! These five More Info »

, July 14, 2017
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Jul

5 Tips for Marketing Your Architecture Business

If you’re an architect, you’re probably not a marketer too. You’re focused on designing beautiful and functional buildings. But effective marketing is the only way to grow your business. The following five simple steps are easy to implement and can help you attract and retain more clients. 1) Know Your Audience Any marketing plan, regardless More Info »

, July 7, 2017
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Jul

Seeing is Understanding

As all people that have an interest in masonry, it is important for us to realize that we often need help understanding new technologies, old traditions and why the architect drew such a thing.  All information shared is only as good as the person communicating the concern.  Now, I know I am not the world’s More Info »

, July 10, 2016
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Jun

Mortar Net Products Help With Labor Shortage

According to a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America, 83% of construction firms struggle to fill positions for qualified craftworkers.  TotalFlash, LathNet and BlockFlash, MortarNet, CompleteFlash, and DriPlane are all products that provide superior performance while being quick to install. They are specifically designed to save labor time and costs, and to More Info »

, June 23, 2016
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Jun

NAHB – Homebuilder Sentiment Rises To Best Level This Year

From the online news source, “Business Insider “: According to the NAHB, homebuilder sentiment rose more than expected in June and to the best level since January after holding steady during the four months in between. The National Association of Homebuilders’ housing market index for June climbed to 60 from 58, topping the forecast for a More Info »

, June 17, 2016
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May

Construction Employment Increases in 244 Metro Regions

According to federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metropolitan areas in the USA and was unchanged in 44 areas. 70 areas saw a decline between March, 2015 and March, 2016. AGCA data shows that the building recovery continues to be broad-based geographically More Info »

, May 25, 2016
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