The Nuts and Bolts: February 19, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

Virtual Remodeling Tool

The Tapco Group, a leading provider of exterior building products for more than 50 years, has launched its next generation Virtual Remodeler visualizing solution that gives site visitors a glimpse at the home of their dreams. The visualizer allows website visitors to view actual building materials on photos of their own home, from composite slate and shake roofing to siding, shutters and more. Homeowners can experiment with a full range of textures, colors and designs to create standout, value-enhancing curb appeal. With Virtual Remodeler’s advanced photographic rendering, users can upload their own home photo or select a home from a visual library to see final outcomes before purchasing products. This enables an enhanced decision-making process and faster product selection. "The Virtual Remodeler gives homeowners and contractors a valuable tool to actually see the many different design elements and product solutions we provide to beautify homes. Homeowners can dream up limitless combinations of exterior treatments to re-imagine and freshen up their home," said Jonathan Wierengo, vice president of marketing, The Tapco Group. The Virtual Remodeler now also features larger home photographs, unique mouse-over features, and a bolstered rendering engine providing quicker response times and enhanced interactivity. The Virtual Remodeler is available on the Tapco Group website,

Superstorm Sandy Rescue Remodel Contest

From fire stations ravaged by Hurricane Sandy to community homeless shelters, five worthy groups from across the country have been selected for The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest, sponsored by IKEA:

  • Little Ferry Hose Company #1 in Little Ferry, New Jersey
  • Moonachie Fire Department in Moonachie, New Jersey
  • IHS Development in Newark, New Jersey
  • Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Franklin Fire Station #1 in Franklin, Wisconsin

These groups have dedicated their lives to helping others, and now people across America can show their support and gratitude by casting their vote at from now through March 30. Anyone is invited to vote once a day and those who participate will be entered for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card. The organization with the most votes will win a fabulous IKEA kitchen makeover, valued at $25,000.

Asphalt Roofing Awards

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced the winners of their 3rd annual (QARC) awards program. Industry judges awarded the prizes to: a building that houses a federal agency that monitors marine life and climate, an insurance company that wanted to add a vegetated roof, and an upscale home in a bucolic residential community prone to frequent rainfall. QARC is designed to recognize architects, contractors and specifiers who use asphaltic roofing materials on low-slope and steep-slope building projects for its beauty, affordability and reliability. The competition drew a mix of residential and commercial roofing projects from all over the United States. To view the 2013 QARC winning projects visit

HIRI 2013 Spring Conference Agenda Announced

The Home Improvement Research Institute has announced the agenda for its spring conference 2013. Titled, New Approaches for Deep Insights into Home Improvement, this day-long event will feature seven presentations, including: “The Outlook for the US Economy and Home Improvement Spending,” “Actionable Market Segmentation – A Crash Course,” and more. The conference will be held for the first time in Orlando, FL on April 17. To learn more and to register visit