Brett McCutcheon

General Manager, Fasco America
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Don’t Get Cold Shoulders: Attic Insulation is a Must for Winter

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 27, 2020 10:24:23 AM

Keep Out Winter’s Cold

Attic insulation helps to keep a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Most homeowners don’t want to pay to have their HVAC system work overtime to heat and cool the great outdoors, making attic insulation necessary. Some types of insulation are better than others depending on the geographic area and climate, but insulation in general will result in a noticeable difference in any home's interior climate. Insulation works by trapping pockets of air to slow down the movement of heat escaping the house in the winter or entering in the summer. An “R-value” is assigned to all insulation to rate how well it slows the heat transfer. The higher the number, the better.


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Topics: pneumatic staplers, Staples, Staplers




Benefits of Mass Timber Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 17, 2020 10:49:30 AM

Popular in Canada and Europe, mass timber construction is now gaining a foothold in the U.S. Working with existing code has been one of the challenges for the mass timber construction industry; however, increasing numbers of builders and their investors are turning to mass timber because of its many benefits over alternate building materials. As more construction teams choose to work with mass timber, they will need to rely on a new class of tools and supplies to enhance these building methods.


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Topics: lignoloc




Build Your Business: Promote Federal Tax Credit on Metal Roofs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 10, 2020 10:12:50 AM

Most customers who call for a roofing estimate are not going to naturally want a metal roof. In fact, many people do not even realize that metal roofing is an option, but you can easily change that by educating them on the environmental and cost-saving benefits of choosing metal roofing. Oftentimes when clients learn how much they can save over time with a metal roof they are motivated to take a closer look. Between the potential for a tax credit, as well as the longevity and low maintenance of metal roofs, it can be simple to convince a motivated customer to go for the metal roofing option.


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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, RoofLoc®, Roofs, Metal Roofs




Fall is a Great Time to Plan and Build a Deck!

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 3, 2020 9:18:00 AM

The best time for deck construction is when few others are thinking about it. Think fall and off season. As the weather warms up, more people will want to enjoy the outdoors and hang out on their beautiful outdoor decks. As you can imagine, this increases the demand for deck builders. It is best to let the spring and summer deck building rush pass by and reach out to an experienced deck contractor in the fall when others are not thinking the same thing.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Deck, invisideck




PRESS RELEASE: The BECK Group Wins a 2020 Pro Tool Innovation Award!

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 28, 2020 9:28:48 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The BECK Group Wins a 2020 Pro Tool Innovation Award

Muscle Shoals, AL – 9/28/2020

Last week the BECK Group received a Pro Tool Innovation Award for the Splitless.Decking.SCRAIL®. We also became a finalist for the F70G Duplex Nailer. Judging for the 8th annual PTIA Awards wrapped up as a diverse panel of judges made up of contractors, construction business owners, tradesmen, and media professionals came together to vote on the most innovative construction and outdoor power equipment industry products in the world. This year saw a particularly diverse and competitive set of entries submitted by top manufacturers from around the world. Here's what the Pro Tool Innovation Awards judges said about the Splitless.Decking.SCRAIL®:


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Topics: Scrail Fasteners




Weak Foundations: 6 Ways to Guarantee Your Construction Company Fails

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 26, 2020 10:24:42 AM

Running a successful construction company isn’t a walk in the park. The industry is associated with various risks and contributing factors that can lead to the failure of a company. From cash flow to workload issues and business practices, anything can go wrong. Here are some common missteps that lead to construction companies going out of business.


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Topics: Scrail Fasteners




Roof Off: Metal Vs. Asphalt Roof Comparison

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 19, 2020 9:18:00 AM

The epic battle between metal and asphalt might not seem consequential to some, but if you are considering a roof replacement, you'll want to be ringside to see what roofing material earns the championship. These two worthy opponents have strengths and weaknesses; do you know what they are? Before you bet your roof budget on one or the other, you should take an in-depth look at these two top contenders.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Deck




Common Deck Installation Hurdles and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 12, 2020 9:56:10 AM

The outdoor living season is in full bloom, and it's the wish of every homeowner to have a functional outdoor living space, especially during the pandemic. Decks are a fun space to spend time outside and entertain guests. From the construction point of view, there are many deck installation decisions that can affect the durability and performance of the deck.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Deck




Slate Roofing Types and Style: A Guide

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 5, 2020 9:13:00 AM

Even with all the advances in construction today, when properly installed, slate roofs remain one of the most long-lasting, reliable and low-maintenance roofing solutions available. They can last up to 150 years or more and will often outlive their structures.


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Topics: Slate Roofing




5 Keys to Better Attic Insulation Application

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 29, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Insulating a home properly is the number one way to reduce energy loss. The attic is the key to trapping warm air in a home during the winter months. Warm air rises, so without effective insulation, it will quite simply rise right out of a home. Fiberglass insulation is one of the most versatile and effective materials used to insulate attics, but insulation needs to be correctly installed to realize its full potential. A pneumatic stapler and a handy crew can mean the difference between a passable insulation job and one that will hold for years. Here are a few basic tips that can help maximize the effectiveness of insulation while minimizing the time it takes to install.


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Topics: pneumatic staplers, Staples





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