Learn how to install one-piece PVC column wrap

Install VERSATEX - VERSAWRAP PVC One-piece column wraps on in seven easy steps.

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Specifying for Custom Luxury Kitchens: Appliances, Options and Accessories

For most designers, architects and contractors, specifying for a luxury kitchen is a pleasure. With an expanded budget, savvy clients and continual innovation by appliance makers, upscale kitchens can reach toward perfection. However, keeping up with new and innovative kitchen features can be daunting. This course explores how to determine client needs and wants for a custom luxury kitchen, and then expands into products on the market, some new, some continually useful, that can truly customize the highest-functioning luxury kitchen for the each owner.

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High Performance Coatings for Cleaner, Fresher Schools (Print Version)

Without question, school environments take a lot of abuse. A standard architectural coating isn’t formulated to withstand the inevitable scuffs and abrasion that occur in hallways where hundreds of kids pass through every hour five days a week. Metal lockers that get stuffed with books, bags, and sports gear require hard, durable coatings that are tough enough to resist chipping or peeling. Showers and restrooms where damp conditions are the norm need paints formulated with mildewcides to resist the formation of mildew on the surface of the paint film and help maintain a fresh environment. School kitchens and cafeterias are exposed to constant cleaning to maintain proper sanitation standards, so the coatings specified for these areas have to be tough enough to resist harsh cleaning chemicals and detergents. In short, no single coating suits every application, and just as an educational curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students, the coatings you specify must address diverse conditions to perform successfully over time.

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Sustainable Choices in Luxury Fenestrations (Print Version)

Luxury homes offer the architect, builder and buyer a unique opportunity to create dwellings that are distinctive, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Increasingly, sustainable design is becoming more important to luxury home owners. Opulence does not need to be wasteful of natural resources. Even large floor plans can prove to be conservation-minded if the architect, builder and homeowner decide to pursue a “green” route. Designing a luxury home that is environmentally responsible must take into account many aspects of the building process including design, construction practices, air sealing and insulation, and material selection. Windows sit at the crossroads of sustainable material selection and luxury design. The right window can reduce energy use, contribute to green building goals and also provide the touch of quality and beauty a luxury home requires.

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Challenges with LED Controllability and Changing Energy Codes (Print Version)

From residential to hospitality, retail, healthcare, theater and churches, LEDs are used in a wide range of applications. Their unique characteristics include compact size, ease of maintenance, and highly directional light output, which results in much less wasted light trapped in the fixture. LED lighting is gaining in popularity but there are still some limitations of LEDs, including their higher cost, limited applications and controls compatibility; because LED systems work differently from traditional fixtures dimming is often a challenge. This course will help you understand how to work around these challenges and how to interpret new energy codes as they apply to LED lighting.

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Interior Sliding Door Systems for Single Family, Mid-Rise and High-Rise Buildings

Sliding doors are not only used for exterior accesses to balconies, decks and courtyards, but are increasingly being specified in residential interior design. This course is going to discuss interior sliding door systems for rooms, closets and utility spaces in single family, mid-rise and high-rise buildings. Interior sliding door system benefits, design options, ADA compliance and installation requirements will be reviewed.

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Doors 101

Masonite® makes choosing the perfect doors for your home easy. Doors 101 will help you to select the right door to complement your renovation or decorating project.

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Practically Beautiful Bathrooms

Learn how Trendsetters, Manufacturers, and Remodelers are teaming up to create bathrooms that incorporate universal design principals and keep the bathroom looking gorgeous.


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Kate Tyndall is Managing Editor of Hanley Wood's Special Reports, and a Contributing Editor to ProSales magazine.

Kate brings over 30 years of expertise working for a variety of news organizations, appearing in numerous magazines and newspapers. She has written about remodeling projects for a number of magazines including Custom Home, Remodeling, and Chesapeake Life.

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Lessons Learned: Expanding Brand and Gaining New Customers

East Coast Roofing is a roofing, siding, window and gutter contractor in New Jersey. Although a well-established brand in their local area, they lacked an effective online presence. See how they:

  • Get 30 calls a month from their mobile site
  • Increased website traffic by 20%
  • Grew social media presence by over 180%

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reThink - Wood in Buildings: Steps to Durability and Longevity - How to Use Wood to Its Full Potential (PPT)

Specifying a building material considers structure, functionality and the aesthetics of the built project and environment. Architects specify wood for many reasons, including cost, availability, ease of construction, thermal performance, aesthetics and design versatility. Research and new product development have only added to the versatility of building with wood. New products enable increased dimensional stability, higher strength-to-weight ratios, and greater long-span capabilities.
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