Canadian Contractor


January 16, 2015 News

CertainTeed the first insulation manufacturer to issue a "Health Products Declaration"

by Steve Payne

These new HPDs “raise the bar for product transparency in the insulation marketplace,” CertainTeed says

September 10, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (15) Window and door decisions

by Robert Koci

It seems every building supply store wanted to sell me windows and doors. No wonder!  Windows and exterior doors can be the single most expensive component of a new home. And while raw lumber has become a bit of a

July 23, 2014 Product

HelpingYouFinish.ca, a superb website for DIYers, has lots to offer contractors, too

by Steve Payne

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

June 7, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (2) Oh, the things you can’t control!

by John Bleasby

The second in a series of posts by John Bleasby, a retired commercial pilot now doing his first “solo” as a general contractor building a house north of Toronto.

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 (www.fusionstone.ca) can help with that

October 23, 2013 News

Want skilled workers? Showcase the trades to young people

by Robert Koci

The Apprenticeship Forum has found that teenagers are more interested in careers in trades than they were nine years ago, but they aren’t getting much support from schools, employers or the government.

October 1, 2013 Voice

Remodelers Advantage Business Summit Day 1: Jonathan Wolske, Zappos Customer Service. Building a culture of service

by Robert Koci

Down in Las Vegas, Rob Koci reports on the Remodelers Advantage Business Summit. Here are some great tips on how to build a winning “company culture” in your renovation firm.

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!

June 13, 2013 News

Nova Scotia homebuilder to build net-zero energy homes under federal ecoENERGY program

by Steve Payne

Ottawa is funding (to the tune of $4-million) the building of at least 25 net-zero energy homes in four provinces, with contributions from insulation giant Owens Corning Canada

May 14, 2012 Video

Rotating skyscrapers

by Robert Koci

Lake view, mountain view, city view…all in 90 minutes.

March 30, 2012 Voice

The Federal budget for renovators

by Robert Koci

Steady as she goes, with help for the private sector and a Conservative twist to our fiscal direction