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CertainTeed embraces air quality

BY HBSDealer Staff

CertainTeed has taken steps to remind homeowners of the importance of indoor air quality.

The company released a list of “Five Ways to Breathe Happy at Home.” Here they are:

Identify the source: Just like it’s important to check nutrition labels for food, it’s just as imperative to do the same when selecting building products. Check the label — many manufacturers proactively choose formaldehyde-free materials to contribute to sustainable, healthy homes.

Keep level: Humidity plays a huge role in developing unwanted toxins in the air. High levels of moisture can contribute to mold growth, so it’s important to keep moisture levels balanced.

Use smart products: When repairing or renovating your home interior, the ultimate way to improve the quality of air — and the health of a home — is to invest in smart building materials for its entire structure. So install smart drywall over smart insulation, the company recommends.

Risks worth detecting: According to the EPA, radon — a radioactive gas derived from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water — is the cause of more than 20,000 deaths each year. To ensure you’re not inhaling this harmful gas, have your home tested. Many kits are inexpensive and require minimal time to complete.

Clean up: Don’t let airborne indoor pollutants linger. Recent construction, mold, dust mites and dander are just a few examples of what may be lurking in the air you’re breathing. To eliminate these factors, clean thoroughly and vacuum and dust often.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the concentration of indoor pollutants is two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.

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Safe bet: Elections to boost sales

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There’s something about election season that spurs large numbers of citizens to think about protecting their property. Call it the “don’t tread on me” effect. And companies that market safes and gun vaults have paid close attention.

“Elections inevitably bring change to the country, and in uncertain times, safes are a purchase homeowners make to protect the things they care about most,” said Cannon Safe marketing manager Pete Danielson.

The company’s sales spiked after the presidential election in 2012, and Cannon expects to increase production to meet demand for the 2016 election, he said.

“With every new president and Congress comes the possibility of new fireams legislation,” he said. “And we see an increase in safe sales parallel to that of the gun market.”

Citizens’ concerns over their Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” isn’t the only motivation for buying safes. The holiday season, hunting season and tax season also spur sales.

Of course, concern over thefts and burglaries spur safe sales. And increasingly, natural disasters, such as fires, hurricanes and tornadoes, act as a trigger for a purchase, he said.

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Lowe’s goes for the pros

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Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe's Companies has rolled out an upgraded version of its LowesForPros.com Web tool.

“This new website was designed by the Pro, for the Pro,” said Mike Horn, Lowe’s VP ProServices.

Through the upgraded site, Pro customers can make and track purchases of more than 500,000 items to run their business from a computer, tablet or smartphone. They can choose to buy online and pick-up in-store or have orders delivered directly to their business or jobsite.

It allows users to develop requisition lists, access purchase history reports and create custom catalogs. These catalogs enable customers, such as property management companies, to maintain their brand and design standards across multiple buyers and locations while saving time creating new orders. The website also allows Pro customers to manage their company spend by setting purchase approvals and providing the ability to process tax-exempt transactions, Lowe’s says.

Conrex Residential Property Group was one of the companies that provided input and feedback on the site. "The catalogs help to standardize the look of our homes throughout our footprint. Email order confirmation helps our Renovation Managers in the field to manage budgets and stay organized,” said Tyson Schuetze, director of renovations for Conrex.

The site also provides pro customers with the most relevant content, offers and industry resources to help grow their businesses, allowing Pros to take 5 percent off online purchases every day with Lowe's Business Credit and to take advantage of savings for tax-exempt purchases.

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