Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW SKUS Great aesthetics must be paired with low main- tenance attributes for a new siding product to be rolled out these days. One of the primary benefts of all of the new factory fnishes is that they tend to last longer and clean easier than it takes to keep up. Royal Building Product's At the top levels of the program, contractors receive one-on-one business planning with local James Hardie representtives, access to the GuildQuality customer satisfaction rating system and a reward points program based on product ordering. Further details can be found at HardieAlliance.com. in terms of tools that remodelers can use. Te company has partnered with EagleView Technologies, which provides accurate mea- surements of roofs and exterior walls of individual homes. Trough CertainTeed's Five-Star program, contractors get a special promotional rate on these measurement re- ports, which save many hours of measuring work to prepare bids. Te contractor can turn bids faster and can focus on more productive areas of running a business. "We are big supporters of EagleView, and we do it for our roofng and our siding part- ners," Kirn explains. "Teir siding product came out about a year ago, and we were part of the pilot program. When you think about the time it takes to measure a home versus sending it to EagleView for a nominal fee, it is all done for you and is very accurate." Another program remodelers should consid- er investigating is James Hardie's "Contractor Alliance" program, which was relaunched last fall to add signifcant new dimensions to the program. Te program has fve levels and pro- vides marketing tools, lead generation and train- ing "to help members grow and diferentiate." TAPCO'S brand-new Grayne composite siding was launched in January and is selling very well as a replacement for Cedar shingles. The product is cut and instlled exactly like wood. It is offered in only a few bold colors for now. Circle 11 on inquiry card PLY GEM's Solar Defense is an enhancement to its Mastic line of premium vinyl siding. It offers a no-fade, no-distortion guarantee. Inset is a new Mastic PVC cedar shake that is part of its new Passages line. Circle 10 on inquiry card PRODUCT TRENDS: Siding 48 July 2015 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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