by Samantha Plate
Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 has been announced! The color is Radiant Orchid, a lovely purple shade that is described as a “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” that will work well with most neutral shades but will also pair well with olive and deeper greens, other shades of purple or pink, turquoise and yellow.
According to the Wall Street Journal, each year, Pantone polls designers, manufacturers and retailers from around the world to see what colors they plan to use in the coming season. From the survey responses and other market data, a committee of Pantone executives and clients chooses the Color of the Year.
Expect to see much more of Radiant Orchid in 2014 – in everything from makeup and fashion to interior design and housewares. The bright color can add a beautiful pop to your outdoor décor through pillows, an umbrella or even the furniture!
If the idea of purple furniture scares you, a less intimidating use of the color might be as a focal point in your garden, or in a pot on your deck. On our Pinterest, we’ve pulled together a few ideas of how you can use the “It” shade in your outdoor décor and elsewhere throughout your home.
What do you think of this year’s color? Will you try to incorporate into your décor?
by Samantha Plate
This Thanksgiving, we here at Fiberon would like to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day and upcoming holiday season.
We will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th in observation of the holiday. We will reopen at 8am EST on Monday, December 2nd.
by Samantha Plate
Veteran’s Day provides us with an opportunity to stop and recognize the incredible sacrifices the men and women of our Armed Forces, and their families, make every day for this country. They fight to protect the freedoms we, as Americans, hold so dear. Throughout the course of American history, countless soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice and countless more have suffered physically and mentally – proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Freedom isn’t free.
Today, and every day, Fiberon is thankful for the brave men and women, past and present, who fight to keep the United States of America the greatest nation in the world.
America: Home of the Free, because of the Brave.
by Samantha Plate
With every new smartphone that comes on the market, the fact that they’ve become a necessity for people from all walks of life cannot be ignored. The idea that your phone should just be a phone is disappearing quickly. Smartphones are even becoming essential for the people whose jobs are “low-tech.”
Recently, Fiberon surveyed builders to delve a little deeper into the relationship between them and their smartphones. Our findings were right on track with what we expected. 100% of our responding builders stated that they have a smartphone and use it for business and that a smartphone has positively changed the way they do business. But how? Below are five ways our builders said they use their smartphones on the job:
1. Take and Share Photos and Videos On the Job Site
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” “Seeing is believing.” “Pictures or it didn’t happen.” There are many phrases society uses to express the importance of images in building trust. Pictures are even more important in the building industry, where so much of the success of a project is how it looks. Since things can change pretty quickly on a job site, being able to take and share job site photos with team members and homeowners can save a contractor time and money. And when it comes time to find the next job, those photos can be invaluable in proving your craftsmanship and skill to the next homeowner.
2. Never Miss a Lead
Contractors, by nature, are very rarely in a traditional office environment. They’re either on the job site, travelling to and from the job site or out picking up materials for the job. As a result, it was very difficult to follow up with new leads as soon as they developed. They would need to wait until they could get to a computer to check their email, all the while knowing that it’s possible a competitor got back to them first.Contractors, by nature, are very rarely in a traditional office environment. They’re either on the job site, travelling to and from the job site or out picking up materials for the job. As a
With the adoption of the smartphone, all this changed. Now, instead of wasting time reading a magazine while waiting for his truck to be fixed, he can check his email, respond to new leads and build new business!
3. Turn by Turn Directions
Nothing’s worse than showing up late to something because you got lost. Except when that something is a meeting with a potential client! With a smartphone, it’s never been easier to find your way through an unfamiliar neighborhood. Whether you prefer a third-party app like Google Maps or the GPS function that comes with your smartphone, you’ll have turn-by-turn directions in the palm of your hand.
4. Mobile Rolodex
The Rolodex is a concept that has all but disappeared in the modern business world. Replaced by email address books, the days of keeping your business contacts on index cards at your desk are done. With the rise of smartphones, you can carry around every contact you’d ever need or want in your pocket…and they are easily searchable!
5. The Power of the Internet in the Palm of Your Hand
Let’s face it. The internet is a pretty amazing place. Information on any topic you could ever care to know about is a simple search away. With a smartphone, that powerful search engine lives in your pocket, available whenever the need to know strikes.
Need to see those installation instructions, but forgot your hardcopy? Simply open a web browser and go to the company’s website!
Wondering what other builders are saying about that new tool? Google it. With a smartphone you have access not only to product information provided by the company, but reviews and where to buy and availability information as well.
With mobile usage on the rise, including a 35% jump in jobsite smartphone usage by contractors, it’s clear that the smartphone is here to stay. What do you think of our list? Did we miss any major benefits of smartphones for contractors? Are there any apps that NEED to be included on this list? Let us know in the comments section below!
by Marc Brookshire
The best part about DeckExpo is being able to interact with our contractor customers, our FiberPROs. We took a few minutes at the show to interview Bryan Miller of Outback Deck, Inc. in Woodstock, GA about 2013 decking trends and what he anticipates for 2014. Check out the video below and be sure to let us know your thoughts!