Every builder needs a niche an opportunity to land good jobs without having to underbid every other builder in town.
Know the strengths and limitations of building materials BEFORE you use them on your next job! This book helps you with both traditional and "green" jobs, and is a must-have resource if you're going choose the right materials the first time. More and more customers want to use alternative materials for their homes and projects. You can benefit from being the only builder in your area that knows about them.
Example: Invisible Pavements (pages 283-287) Did you know about this option? Do you know what it is? There are fantastic products you can sell to your customers who need a driveway or pathway to their back yard but don't want a visible driveway cutting through their yard. It also is used to literally "green" commercial parking lots. It's easy to install on uneven grades and can take heavy loads.
How would your business benefit if you could, using just one new idea from this book, offer upscale residences, parks, or eco-friendly business, a green walkway or parking area. It increases beauty and quality of the building area, replaces blistering-hot asphalt with cool lawn-like spaces that allow water drainage. As a bonus, it is made from 100% recycled materials.
Build Smarter with Alternative Materials is a reference is full of new, exciting materials that you can offer to your customers with confidence. Green building techniques and materials are the fastest growing trend in construction, and you may be the only builder in your area that knows about them. This book is your key to that knowledge.
Includes Manhour Estimates for Each Material
New building products are coming out almost every week. Some of them may become new standards, as sheetrock replaced lath and plaster some years ago. Others are little more than a gimmick.
The author researched hundreds of products that have come on the market in recent years. The ones he describes in this book will do the job better, create a superior,
longer-lasting finished product, and in many cases also save you time and money. Some are made with recycled products a good selling point with many customers. But most of all, they give you choices, so you can give your customers choices.
Build Smarter with Alternative Materials tells you about materials for almost all areas of constructing a house, from the ground up.
For each product described includes the following information:
Each description ends with
manhours for both the first time you install it, and after youve done it a few times.
- Where you can get it
- Where to use it
- What benefits it provides
- Any disadvantages
- How to install it
- Tips from the author
This book is for construction professionals who want a clear understanding of alternative materials and how using them can enhance their projects both residential and commercial.
Build Smarter with Alternative Materials has the true facts, not the hype, about a variety of alternative materials. These are quality components that can help you deliver a better overall product something your customers will enjoy and benefit from long after you leave their projects!
All the products covered here have been used or well-researched by the author and represent a cross section of available products. Build Smarter with Alternative Materials covers materials used in each phase of a project in order from the foundation to the ridge peak:
And it doesn't stop there. Build Smarter with Alternative Materials lists the manufacturers that make the products and associations that research them. You get the phone numbers, and mailing, e-mail, and Web site addresses so you can connect with the companies, obtain samples, or ask questions about a product or its installation.
- Roof Systems
- Radiant Heat
- Doors & Windows
This is really a fantastic book -- it's even fun to read!
About the Author: Leon A. Frechette received his license as a general contractor at age 22, and has over 20 years' experience in construction, remodeling, and related fields. As a business owner, he has hands-on experience in both residential and light commercial projects, including designing, bidding, and managing the job.
Table of Contents:
- 1- Alternative Building Materials: Why Use Alternative Materials?
- 2- Foundations: Permanent Wood Foundations; Concrete Wall Systems
- 3- Wall and Roof Systems: Aerated Concrete Wall Units; Mortarless Block System; Structural Insulated Panels; Insteel 3-D Panel System; ThermaSteel System; Panelized System
- 4- Framing Materials: Log Homes; Steel Framing; Prefabricated Homes; Sheathing; Framing Members
- 5- Roofing Materials: Shakes and Shingles; Metal Systems; Fiber-Cement Tiles; Corrugated Fiber Roofing; Miscellaneous Items
- 6- Siding Materials: Wood Products; Hardboard; Fiber-Cement Composites; Vinyl-Type Products; Masonry Products; Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems; Siding Maintenance
- 7- Insulation Materials and Radiant Heat: Insulation; Housewrap; Radiant Heat
- 8- Doors, Windows, and Trim: Doors; Windows: DecoRoof; Skylights; Molding, 169
- 9- Interior Products: Wallboard; Wallcovering/Cabinetry Products; Flooring; Problem Solvers
- 10- Bathrooms and Kitchens: Repair Instead of Replace; Solid Surfacing; Other Countertop Material; Underlayment; Paneling; Fixtures; Helpful Accessory Items; Heat and Ventilation; Let There Be Light!, 232
- 11- Decking: Alternative Products; Wood Products; Hardware; Protection; Railing; Landscaping
- 12- Outdoor Products: Railing and Fencing Systems; Bulkheads/Retaining Walls; Patios; Invisible Pavements; Miscellaneous
- 13- Building to Help the Environment: Reducing Waste and Recycling; "Green" Building; Who Can Help?; Where Do We Go From Here?
- Appendix: Abbreviations; Who to Contact; Organizations
By:Leon A. Frechette
Published by: Craftsman Book Company
336 Pages, 8-1/2 x 11
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