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Quikrete Industry Dashboard: Scattered stocks

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Stocks came in with across-the-board performance, with some companies pulling ahead of last month, and others lagging behind. Gas prices remained fairly static.

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What’s in a bathroom paint color?

BY HBSDealer Staff

There's no doubt that color makes a visual impact. But how much can paint color influence the monetary value of a home? A lot, it turns out.

A new study from Zillow found that blue bathrooms can sell for $5,400 more than expected.

Generally speaking, listings with cool, neutral wall colors sell for more money, and homes with white, yellow, or red walls sell for less than expected.

Zillow's 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average, when compared to similar homes with white walls.

"Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos," says Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist. "Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms."

Exterior colors also matter. Homes painted in "greige," a mix of light gray and beige, sold for $3,496 more than similar homes painted in a medium brown or with tan stucco. Homes with front doors painted in shades of dark navy blue to slate gray sold for $1,514 more.

As for colors buyers don't seem to like: darker, idiosyncratic colors, such as terracotta dining rooms, sold for $2,031 less than expected. However, a lack of color may have the biggest negative impact, as homes with white bathrooms sold for an average of $4,035 below similar homes.

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MiTek expands its epoxy lineup

BY HBSDealer Staff

MiTek has introduced INCREDI-BOND to its lineup of high-performance epoxy anchoring solutions.

INCREDI-BOND is a high-strength, two-component epoxy that can bond almost all household materials, including wood, steel, concrete, brick, stone, and CMU block. The moisture-sensitive formula has a two-year shelf life when stored in unopened containers in dry conditions between 40°-95°F.

The epoxy also offers over 1,000 psi bond strength in two days, a quick initial cure time of two hours at 75°F, and a 20-minute working time. The non-sag formulation makes it suitable for overhead patching and repairs.

“INCREDI-BOND joins our very strong epoxy product offering, where users can find an epoxy solution for virtually any projects, from industrial-grade commercial construction, to household uses. We really are a one-stop shop for high-quality epoxies for a wide range of applications,” said MiTek’s Marty Ruch.

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