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  • Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: What They Could Mean for Housing
  • Real Issues. Real Answers. Smart Bonus Plans
  • Tax reform has potential to solve the housing affordability crisis
  • How Harvey Will Affect Houston’s Housing Market
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events
Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: What They Could Mean for Housing

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and ahead of the huge potential for danger and destruction still to come from Hurricane Irma, there remains much uncertainty and fear about estimated and actual damage to housing markets in Texas and the Southeast. But based on past and present research, there are several things we can state with confidence about both situations, and more about which we can make educated assumptions.

As more data comes in and official reports are finalized, we will update these facts and figures wherever possible. But here’s what we know now:

Read the whole story at Forbes

DeckWise® Altitudes Pedestal™ System

Displaying DeckWise250x300.gifThe engineers at DeckWise® developed the Altitudes Pedestal™ System to transform underutilized sloped roof tops, concrete patios, and balconies into beautiful outdoor living spaces. Pedestals will support and elevate 24" x 24" Ipe hardwood deck tiles over multiple substrate slopes for a perfectly level deck tile surface with a load bearing capacity of up to 1,200 lbs. per pedestal.

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Real Issues. Real Answers. Smart Bonus Plans

In an industry where many companies are struggling to attract and hire quality candidates, the first order of business should be making sure the existing team is productive, happy, and appreciated. While money isn’t everything, good compensation and benefits are minimum requirements for any company to offer its people. For companies who want to take it a step further, there’s nothing like a bonus check to demonstrate appreciation. But how should a company structure a bonus plan? Who should get bonuses? And when? Those questions are at the heart of this month’s real issues survey on smart bonus plans.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


Dricon Fire retardant treated woodDricon® Fire retardant treated wood has been repeatedly called “over-engineered” since its launch in 1981, but after 35 years of performance excellence, we’re ok with that.

Whether you’re using plywood or lumber, Dricon® has an unmatched record of protection against flame spread, smoke development, rot and decay. We back that up with a 40 year roof-system warranty against heat degradation, and the industry’s only preservative warranty on fire retardant wood.

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Tax reform has potential to solve the housing affordability crisis

"Our tax system still siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power and reduces the incentive for risk, investment and effort.”

You might be forgiven if you thought the above quote was given in recent weeks by the likes of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) or Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) or Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch(R-Utah). However, this sentiment was actually offered by President John F. Kennedy over 50 years ago.

Read the whole story at The Hill


RenoWare: Installed Sales Software

RenoWareA NEW app, developed by industry veterans, specifically for Dealers selling an “installed package”.

RenoWare Provides:

• A proven work process … lead to job close and follow-up
• Lead source & Customer tracking (CRM)
• Data integration with Design, Estimating and ERP systems (2020, W&D Mfg’s, Epicor Eagle, Saberis, Luxwood Design Tools, etc.)
• Complete Document management: Contracts, Installation agreements, Change orders, Completion & Warranty certificates and much more

Measure to Better Manage…

Comprehensive reporting to track job profitability (estimated vs actual) and staff productivity like close ratios.  An affordable app to save thousands of dollars each year in time, reduced errors and improved business practices.

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How Harvey Will Affect Houston’s Housing Market

Just a week after Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Irma Jalifi was doing something that might sound crazy: writing an offer on a home.

In fact, Jalifi, a real-estate agent with Redfin, put in offers on not one but three Houston houses Tuesday at their asking prices -- two at $1 million and a three-bedroom at $450,000 -- as the new economics of Houston housing began to take hold.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg

FREE Builders’ Show Expo Pass - Offer Extended!

IBSUntil September 15th, dealers and distributors can register for a free expo pass to the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). IBS is the building industry’s biggest event, featuring unparalleled networking opportunities to meet vital business partners while exploring the largest trade show in North America showcasing the latest building products, trends and technology. Join us in Orlando, January 9-11, to grow your business and increase your sales.


Register for your free expo pass today!
News Briefs

CanWel acquires Hawaii’s Honsador Building Products MORE

Young named UltraLox Eastern U.S. Sales VP MORE

JELD-WEN acquires MMI Door MORE

ABC Supply grows in California MORE

Industry Events

Sept. 20-22, Construction Suppliers Association (CSA) Annual Conference & Expo, Savannah, GA,

Sept. 25-27, True Value Fall Reunion, Chicago, IL,

Oct. 4-6, Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) Convention and Gulf Atlantic Building Products Expo, Orlando, FL,

Oct. 13-16, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Oct. 22-24, LBM Advantage Forest Products Conference, Baltimore, MD,

Oct 24-26, Forest Products & Building Materials Expo, Philadelphia, PA,

Nov. 7-9, Western Building Material Association 115th Annual Convention, Marysville, WA,

Nov. 8-9, West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) Annual Convention and 100th Anniversary Celebration, Rancho Mirage, CA,

Nov 8-10, NAWLA Trader's Market, Chicago, IL,

Jan. 10-12, International Builders Show, Orlando, FL