Midwest Snips

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Hail of a Season

Summer hail creates a deluge of roofing work, but also accusations against roofers. Don't let your company get caught in the crossfire. More

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Can a roof ever resist a tornado?

A fast-moving storm system triggered dozens of tornadoes on Sunday that killed at least eight people and flattened large parts of a town southwest of Chicago. It's the latest tragedy that prompts the question once again: Is there a better way to build in tornado country? More

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Utility Energy-Efficiency Programs to Double by 2025

Total spending expected to be about $9.5 billion by 2025. More

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Collapse: telltale signs not to ignore

Most roof collapses occur when the structure can't sustain extreme loading conditions, such as heavy snows that have caused a number of buildings to fall. But a few collapsed roofs tie directly to the roofing itself, and offer lessons for roofers to  contemplate. More

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MICHAEL ANSCHEL: Dust in the Wind

What is your plan? Not your business plan, but your intention and purpose -- knowing why you are here doing what you are doing and where you are headed. More

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Prairie School Companion: A 1920s Kitchen Gets Custom Treatment

True to its Prairie-School roots, this kitchen is rich in original detail, taking its cue from the 1920s. More

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RMI: Remodeling Activity Slows from First Quarter

Yet another economic indicator is giving remodeling pros reason to keep the Alka Seltzer in the top drawer, this time courtesy of the NAHBís Remodeling Market Index. More

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US Pulls Record Energy During Heat Wave
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Foam Backed Siding Makes The Case For Energy Efficiency

Homeowner concerns about energy savings and fuel efficiency are making insulated siding more attractive to siding contractors. More

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Reconstruction Lifts Economy After Disasters
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