Welcome to National Lumber’s Blog

As the largest independent building materials dealer in New England, let National Lumber be your source for all of your building and remodeling products and solutions. The National Lumber Family of Companies includes Reliable Truss, Pro Insulators, National MillworkKitchen Views, Babel’s Paint & Decorating, and Oxford Lumber — covering everything from the rimboard at the foundation to the roof shingles plus everything in between. Visit our websites to see all we have to offer.

Our blog will share information about the wide range of products and value-added services available to you. If you’d like to keep up with the blog via email, you can easily subscribe using the box at the right. Keep up to date with the latest events hosted by National Lumber as well as new products and services by joining our Constant Contact mailing list.

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Aging in Place Modifications: Practical & Stylish

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A 2015 Houzz report showed that over 50% of homeowners age 60+ are planning to age in place. As the baby boomer generation begins to enter the golden years, home construction and renovation contractors are seeing an increase in accessibility modifications being made. With more spending power than the younger millennial generation, the boomers are also a large player in the interior design industry; frequently updating their home to incorporate the latest design trends. Combining the need for accessibility with the desire to keep the attractive appearance of the home, these modifications are not only practical but stylish as well.  Read below for some simple yet important modifications to make to your home accessible for any generation.

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Introducing Our Remodeled Benjamin Moore Stores

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We believe that painting should be an exciting and fun experience, from planning to product purchasing, to application and enjoyment of the finished results.

National Lumber and Babel’s are proud to invite customers to their newly renovated Benjamin Moore stores. From new fixtures to paint, colorways and lighting — the new showroom layout is like a custom design center, rather than a traditional, warehouse-style paint store.

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Massachusetts Energy Code Updates

On July 19, 2016, Massachusetts completed its base and stretch energy code update process.  Massachusetts has amended its 8th edition of the state’s building codes and these have taken effect as of January 1, 2017.   The adopted code includes state amendments to the base energy code (residential and commercial) as well as an updated stretch energy code.  These codes will be enforced through local building inspectors throughout the Commonwealth. These codes and their updates are developed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, both residential and commercial, resulting in cost savings and environmental benefits.

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National Lumber is proud to partner with Sustainable Energy Analytics and Johns Manville to offer a free seminar to review and discuss these changes.  The 1-hour presentation discusses the new energy codes and their application to residential and commercial buildings, mandatory requirements, paths to compliance, and much more.  A social hour will follow and speakers will be available to answer any questions not covered during the presentation.

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This seminar has been offered throughout December and January and have been very popular.  Another seminar is being planned for February.  While a date has not yet been set, contact Chris Kirouac at ckirouac@national-lumber.com or call or text Chris at 508-509-9329 to be the first to receive details. Provide your email address and receive a registration invitation when a date is announced.

Did You Know – Babel’s Paint & Decorating is Now Part of the National Lumber Family

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Babel’s Norwood, MA store front

You may have known that National Lumber has Benjamin Moore paint showrooms at eight of our locations: Newton, Mansfield, New Bedford, Salem, Berlin, Gardner, Boscawen NH and Oxford CT. Each of these showrooms is staffed by paint experts, serving both painting contractors and homeowners. The New Bedford showroom just opened earlier this year. So if you are in that area, please stop by and check it out.

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Babel’s customer selecting paint colors

But did you know that we’ve now added Babel’s Paint & Decorating to the National Lumber Family of Companies?

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Babel’s Foxboro, MA – Matt Listenfelt

Babel’s has been in business since 1950, when Victor Babel, Sr. and his wife Mickey opened the first Babel’s Paint and Wallpaper store in Norwood, MA. In the 1970’s, Victor’s youngest son, Vic Jr. and his wife Jeanne took over the business. By the 1990’s, the business had expanded to include professional designers and became renamed Babel’s Paint & Decorating Store. In 1996, Babel’s opened its second store in Jeanne’s hometown of Needham, MA. In 1999, Babel’s opened its third store in Foxboro, MA.

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Babel’s Canton, MA Decorating Dept.

A fourth location was added when Babel’s acquired a paint shop at Cobb’s Corner in Canton, MA. Finally, a fifth location was added in Brockton, MA.

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Babel’s Canton, MA – Ted Swift

With 5 locations in Massachusetts, Babel’s not only has Benjamin Moore Paint Experts, but also have interior designers and colorists available. The Decorating Departments are at 4 locations, plus designers travel to clients’ homes. Babel’s in Brockton only has paint. We recommend that you call ahead to the Decorating Department at a location that is convenient for you and make an appointment for personal service.

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Babel’s Brockton, MA store interior

With the addition of Babel’s to the National Lumber Family of Companies, you’ll continue to get the same great service, with the Benjamin Moore products you trust. But now you’ll also have access to decorating and interior design expertise. With these expanded services, we hope to serve our contractor and homeowner customers alike even better than before.

If you work with a specific National Lumber representative, please ask about these products and services. If you don’t have a specific contact, you can email insidesales@national-lumber.com and we will have someone contact you.

Thank you for your business. We are honored to be your supplier for building materials and more!

The National Lumber Family of Companies
www.national-lumber.com

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Residential Contractors: Beware of OSHA Fines

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In case that you didn’t know, OSHA increased their penalty fines by almost 80 percent on August 1st, 2016. This means that their Top Serious violation fine increased from $7,000 to over $12,000, and their Willful and Repeat fines increased from $70,000 to $125,000. The fine increase has prompted many contractors to double down on their safety training and to invest in the best safety equipment. It also has made many contractors realize the importance of OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 certification training, but especially Fall Protection training.

Fall Protection is the number one violation cited by OSHA, so understandably, it’s definitely an area the construction industry as a whole needs to work on. It’s also important that all contractors have developed and implemented a proper safety manual and training program to keep both their workers and subcontractors safe.

Fortunately, companies such as The Contractor Coaching Partnership, among others, have been keeping up with the OSHA changes for you. These coaches are well-versed in OSHA regulations and will ensure that you develop the proper program and acquire the right equipment to keep your workers safe. The small investment now is well-worth avoiding hefty fines later, and of course, to avoid preventable work site injuries. Training companies offer both OSHA Fall Protection and OSHA 10 and 30 Certification courses on a regular basis. You also can often schedule individual sessions to fit your schedule.

However, you decide to do it, it’s imperative to get the proper training for you and your employees as soon as possible. Get the necessary certification, too, so that you can avoid even the more minor infractions. The fines exist for a good reason, as OSHA is trying to prevent as many injuries and deaths as possible and this seems to be the best way to motivate people to do so. Don’t get fined. Get trained and stay safe!

To make it more convenient for contractors, builders, and remodelers in Southeastern Massachusetts, National Lumber provides training opportunities in Fall Protection, OSHA certification, and other certification and training courses. These classes are offered by outside companies who use National Lumber’s training room above the Mansfield, MA store. You can see our latest classes on our website at www.national-lumber.com/events. If the provided dates or location does not work for you, feel free to contact any of our affiliated training companies directly for more information.

Be safe!

Restore Your Deck With Benjamin Moore Exterior Stains

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Pool and Garden Deck using Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains with Black Railings and Platinum Gray Decking Stain

Does your deck need some love? Even old decks can look like new with a fresh coat of stain or paint. Now that spring has arrived, it’s the perfect time to do your annual deck maintenance. Investing some time and money now will allow you to enjoy the outdoors all summer long, and for years to come.

To help you do just that, National Lumber offers the full range of Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT exterior wood stains, along with the tools you need to get the job done. All of Benjamin Moore’s stains are formulated to protect and beautify your wood or composite deck. These products also work on fences, siding, and outdoor furniture. Benjamin Moore stains are available in a surprisingly wide range of colors and five opacities, which range from opaque to transparent. Plus Benjamin Moore offers extensive color resources to find the best hue for your wood staining projects.

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“Rustic Retreat” Deck with Alexandria Beige ARBORCOAT Stain on Deck Railings and Floor

On their website, Benjamin Moore offers a library of videos covering topics such as how to choose the right stains for your home, preparation for staining, and deck maintenance. They also offer endless possibilities for deck color ideas. All of this information will help you find the best color and opacity for your wood staining projects.

Springtime is also a great time to freshen up your home with new colors. If it’s time to repaint or stain the exterior of your home. One thing you may consider is taking a two-tone approach with your home’s exterior, as suggested in this ideabook from Houzz. Be sure to consult a Benjamin Moore expert before going ahead, though, to find colors that work well together and fit with the architecture of your home. You could consider painting indoors, as well, breathing new life into your entire home inside and out.

Benjamin Moore exterior wood stains and other paints are available at most of our retail locations. They are also available at our five Babel’s Paint and Decorating locations, the newest member of the National Lumber Family of Companies. At each of these locations, you’ll find Benjamin Moore experts who can give you further advice on which stains will work best for your unique needs.

Find your local Benjamin Moore showroom with ARBORCOAT stain experts at BenjaminMooreExperts.com


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