The appearance and durability of a patio or walkway depend largely on how well its base layers are installed. Michigan landscaper Eddie Martindale explains how he approaches this critical part of a hardscaping project. Read More
After suffering through a long slump, the construction industry is starting to see an upswing in some parts of the country. But prices for lumber, concrete, and other building materials also are headed up. Read More
Builders are facing delays on new projects in part because they can't find as many construction workers as they'd like, The New York Times reports. Getting necessary building permits from swamped local authorities is another bottleneck. Read More
The U.S. Department of Labor is launching a $1.9 million study to find out whether workers and managers understand the distinction between regular employees and subcontractors. The government estimates it loses about $2.7 billion in tax revenue a year because the difference is poorly understood. Read More
The nation's new health care law, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last June, is changing the way builders offer health insurance benefits to their employees. Builder's John Caulfield explains how. Read More
Duradek's 60-mil PVC membrane is hardy enough to handle foot traffic while protecting rooftop decks from water infiltration. The Ultra PVC Membrane comes in more than two dozen colors and patterns. Read More
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