The forward march of progress affects every industry, including the construction industry. In 2016, there are new products and services being introduced that could make life a lot easier for general contractors and subcontractors as well. While the list of new offerings for 2016 is long, there are a few that contractors should keep an eye on and consider using in their upcoming projects.
According to ConstructionInformer.com, a new website is being launched in 2016 that promises to bring together general contractors and subcontractors who work on an independent contractor basis. The services offered by ConstructionFreelancer.com include a search feature for general contractors, a state-by-state listing, and a chat service that allows contractors to discuss a project before signing a contract.
This new website promises to be convenient, but it could also cause problems for contractors. Any general contractor that uses this website should do a thorough job of investigating each subcontractor to be sure that the companies they choose to work with are legit businesses and not Internet scammers.
Tile Floor Alternative
In 2016, contractors can expect to see a lot more green products being introduced, and one of the more interesting products is a recycled floor offering that is an alternative to tile flooring. According to MotherEarthNews.com, the material is made of recycled plastic bottles and this flooring alternative can also be recycled years down the road when it is removed.
While this recycled flooring is sure to be less expensive than actual tile, it would be a good idea for contractors to let their customers know that they are getting a tile alternative and not tile itself. Being upfront with customers is always the best business practice, especially when it comes to substituting building materials for cheaper alternatives.
Alternative To New Windows
Contractors often use an increase in energy efficiency as a selling point to try and get customers to purchase new windows. But a new product called Drywired is going to be the 2016 alternative to expensive window replacement projects. Drywired is painted onto windows and offers a clear protective coating that significantly increases the energy efficiency of any old window. This allows contractors to offer a less expensive alternative to customers who simply cannot, or do not want to, spend money on a window replacement project.
Bathroom Fan Speaker
While all of the new construction products for 2016 have practical uses, some are also fun. According to Popular Mechanics, Broan is manufacturing a bathroom ventilation fan for 2016 that also doubles as a speaker for a music sound system. Customers can now clear the air in their bathrooms, and enjoy their favorite tunes at the same time.
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