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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.

Continue reading ‘Introducing Our Remodeled Benjamin Moore Stores’

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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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

Save Time Using Factory Finished Siding and Trim

As a contractor, finding experienced, qualified workers today is still a challenge due to the economic downturn. We’ve written about it, as have other industry news resources. Yet the question remains, how can contractors keep up with a rising workload while utilizing a smaller crew to complete a project at or above expectations, in a timely manner?

In a previous blog post, we wrote about the use of engineered wood products and how they save time, money and waste on a project. Today’s savings tip is  about the use of Factory Finished siding and trim. Russin Factory Finishing has teamed up with Benjamin Moore to offer products that will save time at the jobsite because they will arrive finished and ready to install.

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Each substrate undergoes a precise process to apply the coating, then inspection for quality control to ensure top quality products

The application of coatings on every substrate is followed through with careful precision and inspection to ensure the highest quality and protection on every side of each piece. Benjamin Moore paints and stains are renowned for their superior quality and lasting duration.

By choosing to use Factory Finished products on siding and trim, this will give you the ability to offer your clients a product that will not only look great, but will be better protected and last longer than if you were to install these items unfinished, then stain and seal them after installation.

If you don’t usually offer painting services, this will be a new service you can offer, with no additional labor costs.

Learn more about Factory Finishing and Benjamin Moore Paints and Stains on our website at www.national-lumber.com.

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Real Benefits of Building “Green”

Over the past decade, we’ve seen some interesting developments in the building industry. One trend coming up steadily is “green” building. With a more health conscious society, making buildings with eco-friendly materials that are made for sustainability is becoming more widely accepted and encouraged. At first, it was a more expensive process than conventional non-green building, however, today the monetary playing field is beginning to level out somewhat.

By starting with a green thought process, the planning and design of the project can be tailored to include more efficient and environmentally friendly materials. There is more flexibility in purchasing green materials from vendors that have expanded their stock and adjusted pricing in order to offer these supplies more widely and readily.

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National Lumber offers a variety of green building materials for customers. Boise, Benjamin Moore, Centurion, Claymark and Guardian are some our featured product lines.

Builders, designers and consumers all have opportunities to benefit from this way of building and living. In an article on curbed.com, different costs are evaluated and broken out visually to show the real savings that can be obtained by careful planning at the beginning of a building project.  Builders and developers may see the value in these buildings more quickly because these buildings usually command, and receive, a higher selling price. Owners of a green building will see savings on energy costs and tenants will feel happier and healthier knowing their space is good for, not only their environment; it’s good for their own health, as well.

We have taken a meaningful approach to implementing and practicing green methods in our own work environment by installing energy efficient lighting and converting office functions to paperless wherever possible. Read more about the green methods we utilize and materials we supply.

Do you use “green” elements in your building projects currently? Are customers requesting you to use green elements in their projects? Have you seen cost savings firsthand?

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New Benjamin Moore Paint Showroom in Salem, MA

National Lumber is proud to announce the opening of our newest Benjamin Moore Showroom at 33 Mason St in Salem, MA. (map) Our Salem location is home to the oldest operating National Lumber retail store & lumber yard. Visit our recently renovated store and our brand new paint showroom. We hope to be your one stop for painting supplies with the full Benjamin Moore paint line, plus sundries and accessories. Paint contractors are encouraged to submit a credit application.

Our hours have been expanded to help better serve our customers. We’re now open on Mondays – Fridays from 6:30am-5:00pm, and on Saturdays from 7:30am-1pm. Also, we are now offering guaranteed 8am weekday jobsite deliveries within a 10 mile radius on orders placed by 4pm the previous weekday. There is a minimum of a $50 paint purchase for this guaranteed delivery. You can order by phone, email Dan Hurley, or fax 978-744-7076.

Call Dan Hurley at 978-744-8800 for all of your paint questions. We look forward to serving all of the paint contractors in the Salem, MA area!

Benjamin Moore Exterior Stain Training Sessions

Benjamin Moore Exterior Stain Training

Benjamin Moore is pleased to offer a series of training programs for contractors. This series will focus on products, preparation, application, and how to sell against the more price-oriented alternatives. Enhance customer satisfaction, reduce callbacks, and increase the number of referrals received.

New England Stain Training Sessions for Contractors

Level I: Stain Fundamentals

This course is offered as an online class. The objective of Stain Fundamentals is to inform participants about Benjamin Moore’s extensive line of exterior stain products plus provide a basic level of understanding about preparation and application techniques.

These classes take about half-an-hour to complete online. To attend, please follow these instructions.

  1. Log on to www.benjaminmoore.com
  2. Select “For Contractors”
  3. On the “Contractors” home page, there is a box for “New Online Courses”
  4. Click on the “learn more” link to navigate to the Educational Resources home page
  5. On that page there are two links. One is a PDF that explains how to create an account on the Contractor Education and Training Center; the other is a link to the log on page.
  6. Once you have logged in to the Contractor Education Center to take the Stain Fundamentals online courses, simply click on the image below each course name, then click “Start”

Level II: Full Day Comprehensive Class

Please note level I needs to be completed before this session. This level is not available online.

This is a full day program with a Benjamin Moore certificate upon completion. In addition to traditional classroom type presentations, there are various wood stained boards that are handed out for review, group discussions about problem solving and product options. All classes are from 9am-5pm. Currently, there are not any open dates in New England. We will keep you up to date when they become available.

DISCLAIMER: As a Benjamin Moore Paints dealer, National Lumber is offering this information for your convenience and is not responsible for the event being offered. By clicking on the links you will leave the National Lumber website and be taken to another company’s website.



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