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September 6, 2019 Product

New SureClose 180⁰ model opens and soft-closes from a full 180⁰

by canadiancontractor

A patented two-part hydraulic hinge and closer system efficiently self-closes and soft-closes gates up to 180 lb from a complete 180⁰ swing

September 6, 2018 Product

IKO shingles with ArmourZone: Why you need them

by IKO

Shingles with the ArmourZone have been designed to resist winds of up to 130 mph (210 km/h)

July 23, 2014 Product, a superb website for DIYers, has lots to offer contractors, too

by Steve Payne has been launched by Rust-Oleum Canada, who bring you such well-known brand names as Tremclad, Varathane, EpoxyShield and Zinsser.

May 5, 2014 Product

Fusion Stone delivers just about everything that contractors and their customers are looking for (Sponsored post)

by Robert Koci

Contractors are constantly on the lookout for better, easier, and more profitable ways to provide quality products and performance to their customers. Fusion Stone ( can help with that

April 30, 2014 Product

PPG launches Mulco Supra Elite bubble-free sealant

by Steve Payne

This high-performing sealant meets the most stringent Canadian regulatory standards for VOC levels.

March 18, 2014 Product

All Weather Windows receives ENERGY STAR "most efficient" designation

by Steve Payne

In 2013, All Weather Windows was also named ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year in the fenestration products category.

February 21, 2014 Product

Tax tips for self-employed contractors from the Canada Revenue Agency

by Steve Payne

The tax filing deadline this year for self-employed contractors is June 16th. Don’t forget to save a few bucks with your “tradesperson’s tools deduction” and, for employers, the “apprenticeship job creation tax credit.”

January 22, 2014 Product

Can this new wall panel system help you finish a basement FIVE times faster?

by Steve Payne

An Ontario company, DRIcore, says its new Smartwall product can be a “game-changer” for any contractor who is in the business of finishing basements.

January 22, 2014 Product

Want to learn how to build and sell a high-performance home? Attend these Union Gas seminars…

by Robert Koci

Union Gas partners with builder Andy Oding and building expert Tex McLeod to help Ontario builders improve their selling and building processes

January 8, 2014 Product

Hardwood flooring that purifies the air?

by Steve Payne

The air-purifying flooring is available at specialty flooring retailers across Canada for between $5.25 and $12.75 per square foot, depending on the specific type and style.

December 4, 2013 Product

Do you have what it takes for TV?

by Steve Payne

A producer of home renovation shows is looking for “the next great contractor for TV.” They are looking for “an experienced and reputable contractor with a big personality.”

November 13, 2013 Product

Masons launch campaign against National Building Code's anticipated wood-frame provisions

by Brynna Leslie

“An attack ad has reignited a simmering feud between the Canadian wood industry and rival groups in the construction sector,” according to an article in the Edmonton Journal. Since British Columbia introduced its Wood First Act in 2009, the Canadian

November 4, 2013 Product

CertainTeed receives environmental product validation

by Brynna Leslie

U.S.-based CertainTeed has met an environmental milestone. The company announced on November 1 that it is the first manufacturer to complete the UL Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) process for its full line of gypsum products. UL Environmental is a privately-run

September 27, 2013 Product

Steve's two trucks: A personal history

by Steve Maxwell

A good work truck is your most important power tool. It’s as important as any lead hand. Here’s my personal story about my two vintage Ford Trucks. Tell us your own truck story for a chance to win an iPad.

September 25, 2013 Product

Milwaukee Tool sponsors Canadian Contractor's RenoSummit business seminars, just six weeks away.

by Robert Koci

If you aren’t making enough money as a renovator, it’s quite possibly NOT your building skills. It’s your business skills that need sharpening. At our one-day RenoSummit seminars, Nov. 5 (Whitby, ON), Nov. 6 (Toronto) and Nov. 8 (London, ON), you can learn how to make the money you really deserve.

September 17, 2013 Product

The ABCs of ICFs, a review

by Robert Koci

Since we ran our first article on ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) on this website last year, we’ve had a LOT of questions from contractors about what ICFs are, and how they can be used in renovation contracting and new homebuilding. Here’s the article again, with some interesting posts underneath it, including one today from Gary Brown at Amvic System, a major Canadian ICF supplier.

September 10, 2013 Product

Canada's top renovators to gather in Las Vegas for Remodelers Advantage Business Summit

by Steve Payne

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, just three weeks from now, some of the most successful renovators in North America, including dozens of Canadians, will gather in Las Vegas. The Remodelers Advantage Business Summit 2013 isn’t an every-year opportunity. These events are only held every 3 years. As a special offer, Canadian Contractor has a way for you to save $300 off your registration.

August 28, 2013 Product

Wrapped laminate cabinets from Quebec: up and coming

by Steve Maxwell

Today’s best wrapped laminate cabinets allow very convincing wood grain reproductions of cherry, walnut, mahogany and dozens of other luxurious hardwoods. All for about half the cost of real wood!