CertainTeed updates siding offering
Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed has updated its Vinyl Carpentry siding accessory collection to provide more home exterior design options.
Specifically, a 3.5-in. Fluted Corner, available in Colonial White, is a new subtle corner upgrade that adds character to a home with true-to-wood dimensions at a reasonable cost, according to the company. And the Flexible J-Channel, which is useful around curved windows and ventilation treatments, has an improved design that has been modified to further enhance performance. It is also now being offered in white, clay, fray and beige.
“We know that building professionals need to be equipped with outstanding exterior finishing options to wow their homeowner customers, and the newest updates demonstrate how we continue to challenge ourselves to provide the highest quality and innovative details that make a house a ‘home,’ ” said Robert Clark, product manager for CertainTeed Siding. “Each accessory is easy to install and adds distinction to windows, doors, corners, gables and frieze boards for a more personalized look.”
The 3.5-in. Fluted Corner is 10 ft. long with a ¾-in. pocket that gives a decorative corner option for standard-sized home construction or remodeling projects on a tight budget. The new Flexible J-Channel is now offered in the most popular hues, with a more rigid face that provides better aesthetics. Both are virtually maintenance-free, never need painting and are backed by a lifetime-limited warranty. Color-clear-through construction also means scratches won’t show.
Home Depot Foundation digs deeper for veterans
The Home Depot Foundation announced Wednesday that it was commiting an additional $3.9 million in grants to organizations that help provide housing to veterans.
"We know that too many veterans struggle with issues related to housing: nearly 60,000 U.S. veterans are homeless on any given night, and women veterans, many of whom have children, are the fastest-growing segment of this homeless population, while several million others live with a service-connected disability," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. "As we work toward our mission of ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home, we are committed to funding nonprofit organizations that address veterans’ needs at every point on the housing continuum."
The breakdown of the funding includes $1.7 million to nonprofits that are repairing or constructing 323 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans.
Additionally, $800,000 is going to nonprofits that provide transitional housing; $400,000 is going to a nonprofit that offers permanent supportive housing to female veterans; and $875,000 is going toward providing home repairs and maintenance to 126 homes owned by veterans and their families.
This latest contribution brings the Foundation’s total veteran housing commitment to $65.7 million since the spring of 2011.
Installed Building Products acquires U.S. Insulation Corp.
Installed Building Products, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based installer of insulation products, has completed its acquisition of U.S. Insulation Corp.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of U.S. Insulation Corp. to the IBP team as we continue to expand our national platform,” stated Jeff Edwards, chairman and CEO of IBP. “The addition of these two established branch locations deepens our presence in the New York Tri-State region and we expect these locations to contribute positively to our overall operations immediately.”
U.S. Insulation Corp. is a Connecticut-based installer of fiberglass and spray foam insulation, as well as complementary products like gutters and waterproofing.
It primarily serves the Hartford and Danbury areas and had net revenue of approximately $9 million in 2013.