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  • Building With Brick

    A look at materials and methods of brick-veneer construction.

     
  • How Insulation Can Peel Your Paint

    Peeling exterior paint is a New England tradition cherished by few. New studies show how insulation adds to the problem, and what to do about it.

     
  • Looking at Buildings

    How to make dormers look like they belong—and other design tips.

     
  • Special Report: Fire Codes and Foam Plastics

    What do we really know about the safety of foam plastics in a fire? Not enough, according to this in-depth look at the politics and procedures of product testing.

     
  • Synthetic Stucco & Insulation Systems

    New to the U.S. in 1969, these innovative exteriors promise good insulation and low maintenance. But durability hinges on precise detailing.

     
  • Vinyl Siding Revisited

    From its early days of fading and cracking, vinyl has come a long way in quality and versatility.

     
  • Restoring Historic Windows

    Tips and techniques for breathing new life into deteriorated windows—using modern techniques, careful scheduling, and common sense.

     

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