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Help us send Tracy Rogers into reitrement.

by HBA of North Georgia on 11/29/16

The HBA of North Georgia will be celebrating Tracy Rogers this week at our Thursday meeting. Tracy has been with the HBA for more years than we can count. After 35 years with Jackson EMC, Tracy will be hanging it up in January. We wanted to take some time at our next meeting to let Tracy know how much we appreciate him and how much he will be missed in our industry. Please come out and join us this Thursday at noon at the Gainesville Civic Center.

New Overtime Rule Put on Hold

by HBA of North Georgia on 11/25/16

Good news for all small businesses. A Texas federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the new overtime rule that would have doubled the salary required for an employee to be put on salary. Although this is just a temporary injunction, it is a good sign moving forward. The rule was scheduled to go into effect on December 1st.

Economic Impact of Trump's Victory

by HBA of North Georgia on 11/20/16

President-elect Donald Trump will undoubtedly have a profound and lasting impact on economic policy throughout his presidency. Costly business regulations are likely to be reduced or rolled back; rate-reducing, base-broadening, comprehensive tax reform will be under active consideration; and the leadership of the Federal Reserve will change in 2018.
The nation's low unemployment is placing pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise short-term interest rates, and those rates will influence many future policy decisions. The incoming Administration, in cooperation with a Republican-controlled Congress, will likely pursue policy that will boost GDP growth in the short run. However, if policy changes result in a growing deficit or overheating labor markets, interest rates will rise (faster) in response. Moreover, any policy changes that restrict trade will act as a drag on economic growth.
Interest rates are sure to grow in the years ahead. Smart policy is needed to identify economic efficiencies that will help limit how quickly those rate increases accelerate, thereby supporting housing affordability and improving business lending conditions in the longer term.

November is Spike Month

by HBA of North Georgia on 11/12/16

Comparing Fiber Cement Siding to Vinyl Siding: Pros and Cons

by HBA of North Georgia on 11/12/16

 The last few decades have seen many homeowners trying to avoid the expense and hassle of wood siding by replacing it with vinyl siding. Does vinyl siding last as long as wood siding? How does it compare to fiber cement siding? Is vinyl siding truly maintenance free?

                 In this article, we are going to compare vinyl siding to fiber cement siding so you can make an informed choice. Special thanks to Allura for the infographic below showing some quick facts about fiber cement siding.


                This is always an important factor for homeowners. You can find cheap vinyl siding if cost is your top concern. But, a good quality vinyl siding runs about $10 per board. Fiber cement is in the neighborhood of $8 per board. 

Durability and Maintenance

                If you have ever had wood siding, you already know how labor intensive the maintenance can be. This has led many people to look at vinyl siding. While vinyl doesn’t need to be painted every few years, it does have a tendency for the color to fade within a decade. Vinyl is also easy to crack or even break more easily than you would imagine. While it’s true that the boards snap in and out fairly easily, the color will most likely not match, unless your siding is only a year or two old.

                On the other hand, fiber cement siding does not peel, fade, and is much more sturdy than vinyl. It won’t get damaged in a hail storm and it is very difficult to break. It doesn’t warp or fall off due to freezing temperatures, either, which is something vinyl cannot claim.

Curb Appeal

                Some people are sold on vinyl when they discover that they don’t have to paint it. Unfortunately, if you should grow tired of the color, you have no choice but to replace it as vinyl cannot be painted. Vinyl siding is also well-known for fading so unless you choose a light color to begin with, your home will not look the same 10 years down the line.

                Fiber cement siding, however, can be painted as often as you like. If the idea of painting doesn’t appeal to you, that’s fine too. Most people find that their fiber cement siding looks exactly the same 20 years after installation. Also, fiber cement siding has several types of choices when it comes to texture. Vinyl siding can look like wood grain, but you can tell the difference from the curb. Fiber cement siding, however, is often mistaken for cedar and most people don’t know the difference unless they touch it.

Welcome to the home builders association of north georgia, NAHB, HBAG, national association of home builders, home builders association of georgia, building association. The NAHB is the leading representation for the building industry in georgia.  the hba of north Georgia represents builders in hall county, lumpkin county, dawson county, banks county, habersham county, and white county. Formerly gainesville hba, hall county hba, and gainesville-hall county hba.