Building A Storm Proof Roof

Your roof.  Excluding rafters, this two-inch layer is meant to protect the entire structure from the elements.  That includes high and low temperatures, rain, ultraviolet radiation, snow, ice, and hailstones. It’s also required to stand up to hurricanes, tornadoes, microbursts, and blizzards.

Which means, your roof is the most important element of your home in a high wind event. What are you doing to protect it?

In this post, we explore why roofs fail, the best building practices for a high-performance roof, and how seaming tape can help.

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7 Ways to Use Double-Sided Tape in Construction Applications

Double-sided tape is any tape that is coated with adhesive on both sides. Designed to stick two surfaces together without being seen, these versatile tapes deliver neater-looking projects and better craftsmanship. And unlike screws or rivets – which join materials at a single point – high-strength double-sided tape permanently adheres one substrate to another while spreading the stress load.

Sounds great, right!?  Yet, much like everything else on the job site, choosing the right double-sided tape for the specific application is not as easy as it sounds.  Whether you’re bonding glass, wood, steel, concrete, foam, and/or plastic together, it’s important to understand the materials you are bonding. Concrete with a textured surface is going to require more adhesive strength than, say, carpet padding.

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2021 Building & Construction Trends in Uncertain Times

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To be honest, compiling a trend report in the midst of a pandemic feels reckless. And yet, COVID-19 had caused such unprecedented disruption, that all small businesses are eyeing 2021 with cautious anticipation. 

For the construction industry, business shutdowns, social distancing, supply chain breaks, cash flow disruption, and low interest rates have spelled change at every level. Those trends will continue to impact the industry for the foreseeable future, but that’s not necessarily bad news.

Here are some of the most notable construction trends we’re watching carefully. 

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Trends to Watch in the Non-Woven Industry

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The development of non-woven materials is one of the greatest innovations in the textile industry. Who would have thought that such materials could meet the needs of millions of consumers during a pandemic, let alone daily life! We’re talking personal care, hygiene, medical, wipes, surgical fabrics, liquid and gas filtration, protective clothing, floor-covers, food packaging, automotive manufacturing, building and roofing, structural engineering, and geo-synthetics. Current life would be impossible without them.

So, what’s left? A dazzling array of innovation, actually.  Let’s take a look at a few of these trends. (more…)

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Why Air Sealing Garages Really Matters

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An attached garage is a nice place to park your car and store your stuff, but it can also be a health hazard. Unless your garage is sealed properly, potentially lethal gasses can silently seep into the house via cracks, holes, ductwork, and improperly sealed air and vapor barriers. Here are the nine best practices for air sealing garages.

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