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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

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Insulate Your Attic for Year-Round Comfort and Cost Savings!

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Construction worker thermally insulating house attic with glass wool

The Cost vs Value Report released every year by Hanley Wood Remodeling is a benchmark for homeowners to see the potential return on investment of popular home improvement projects. This data is compiled by taking various recently remodeled homes that sold. One of the best projects for return on investment is installing new insulation in the attic. In particular, new fiberglass insulation is installed to cut down on potential heat loss. Because heat rises, this is one of the most important areas of the home to insulate. Good insulation saves on heating and cooling costs year-round!

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Installation of Fiberglass Batt Insulation

The national average of installing fiberglass insulation in the attic is about $1268 according to the Cost vs Value Report. At resale, this upgrade recoups an average of $1468. That’s a 117 percent return on investment. When you look at the regional statistics for New England, the cost is roughly the same, $1292. But the average.return on investment is $1858, a return of 144 percent. This doesn’t even include the residual savings in heating and cooling costs during the life of the new insulation, which can be up to 20 percent. ENERGY STAR has a good tool for estimating energy savings from effective air sealing and insulation.

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Installing Spray Foam Fiberglass Insulation Into Wall Cavity

Aesthetically, installing attic insulation isn’t exciting. But because of how much it adds to a home’s energy efficiency and performance, it’s becoming more of a focus than ever. Being highlighted in the Cost vs Value Report is making attic insulation more popular to install than ever. When it comes to comfort, it’s well worth the $1200-1300 of investments. Knowing you can get all that money back plus 20 to 40 percent at resale is a big selling point, plus as much as a 20 percent cost savings in energy costs.

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Retrofitting an Older Home with Blown-In Fiberglass Insulation

Also, having properly installed quality insulation is necessary in gaining ENERGY STAR certification for your home. Pro Insulators, a division of National Lumber, has expert installation teams and the best available insulation products. Homeowners and contractors alike are quite happy with the work of the Pro Insulators teams. We provide the expertise to meet ENERGY STAR certification requirements for builders and timely, reliable service to homeowners retrofitting older homes.

Being one of the most cost-effective home improvements for homeowners and a selling point for newer homes, proper attic insulation and air sealing is well worth the investment. Not only can Pro Insulators bring your home up to the latest local and state building codes, but you can enjoy a more comfortable home for decades to come.

Living Large – Decks Extend Living Spaces

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AZEK Deck with Planters and Curved Bench

One of the biggest trends in decks for 2016 is a continuing focus on turning decks into outdoor living spaces. More specifically, more homeowners are thinking about basically making their decks into a continuation of their indoor living space. Essentially, decks are being thought of more and more as adding square footage to the home.

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Multi-level Deck with Firepit

These outdoor living spaces are used for a wide variety of purposes. Outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity, not just for barbecues, but everyday food preparation. Entertainment and relaxation are traditionally how decks have been used for entertaining friends and family outdoors. Now more homeowners are expanding their use of outdoor spaces with better furniture and specialty lighting.

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Gazebo with AZEK Decking

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Pergola with AZEK Decking

Personalization of deck spaces is also becoming a strong trend. There are so many railing options and accessories available today that no two decks ever have to look alike. Since decks are becoming everyday living spaces, there are more multi-level decks being built than ever before. Incorporating specialty lighting to steps up to raised portions and stairs improves safety in the evening. Architectural elements are becoming more important. Some homeowners even incorporate gazebos and pergolas into their structures to provide shade and ambiance, making them more versatile spaces. Reliable Truss and Components, part of the National Lumber Family of Companies, can design and build gazebos, pergolas, and other similar structures.

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AZEK Resurfacing Pavers

As deck designs evolve, homeowners can also choose from a wider variety of different materials than ever before. Many homeowners opt to mix and match decking materials. Azek has a line of versatile pavers that come in multiple colors to enhance the design of a patio. Or you can add planters and have curved elements in the design. Different colors can be used to map out certain areas of the deck visually based on their intended function. Certain areas of the deck may even have solid roofing so that they can be used even on rainy days.

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TimberTech ReliaBoard Decking with Post-Cap Lighting

If you’re looking to spruce up your existing deck or build a brand new one, you will want to explore the many decking, railing, and deck accessories options on the market today. Many low maintenance products are now available so you spend more time enjoying your deck and less time maintaining it. We invite you to visit a National Lumber location near you to see products from Azek and TimberTech, offering a range of colors for decking, railings and many accessories such as built-in lighting. Decks are an easy way to effectively add square footage to your home, as well as a significant increase in your home’s value.

Thanks to Azek and TimberTech for the beautiful photos and to Home Town Restyling and Philip’s Fences for their insight into 2016 deck trends.

Little Compton, RI Custom Home Showcases National Millwork’s Abilities

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Front portico of custom home in Little Compton, Rhode Island, built by National Millwork.

This custom home in Little Compton, Rhode Island is nearing completion with the beautiful millwork details made by our craftsmen at National Millwork in Mansfield. This front portico, over the main entrance to this house (shown above), is probably one of the most challenging things we have done, only because of its sheer size. There are four beams made out of Western Red Cedar, which are 4 inches thick, almost 5 feet in height and 21 feet long. These were glued in the shop, and cut on the CNC machine. Each one had to be run through the planer, then through the sander (several times) before they were completed. It took four guys to lift and move them every time. The beams holding them up were also pretty large, at almost 6 feet by 8 feet when fully assembled. Note the curved gutter above the doorway, and dentil blocks.

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Exterior Millwork Details

The next picture is a perfect example of what we can do. Starting at the top, above the roof line is a widow’s walk that we built for this customer. All PVC 12″ wide hand rail, with matching upeasings and ballusters. Coming down to the roof line, this is one of the curved gutters that we built (like the one we bring to our shows). There were 12 of these in total, all made out of mahogany and fir. These were glued together and then cut out on our 5-axis CNC machine. Also, at the roof line are the PVC brackets that we made to a total of 755 of them! We assembled all of these in the shop, and the backside of each block was made to match the crown moulding, which we supplied.

By doing all of this custom millwork in our shop this way, the contractor estimated that we saved him over one month of labor on the fabrication, and installation side. Plus the fact that every one is identical.

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Custom Ceilings –  Octagonal (Above), Coffered (Below)

The custom octagon ceiling and coffered ceiling were built by us, including the beadboard and matching trim. These were cut on the CNC machine and assembled in the shop out of poplar. They were then sent out to the job for installation.

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Custom pilasters

We also built 18 PVC pilasters (non-structural columns) and brackets, which were then attached to the columns when installed at the jobsite. This extensive project gave so many opportunities to showcase our capabilities that we look forward to sharing more pictures in the future.

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Interior millwork details

The last photo is of some of the Interior Custom Millwork work we did. This was all made out of poplar, and the columns, and detail blocks were made and assembled in the shop. There were 22 of these columns and block assembles that we made. Also note the curved wall and trim. We made a template of what they wanted, and then we actually made the wall in our shop, which consisted of top and bottom plates and the studs. These were cut on the CNC machine. By doing this we now had the programs to make the radius trim. This really pushed the envelope as to what we could do on the CNC machine because of the height of the trim itself.

What can we do for your customers?

If you are interested in discussing the millwork needs for your next project, contact Bob Nickerson at 508-261-6455 ext. 4124 or email bnickerson@national-millwork.com

 

Simpson Exterior Doors Offer Maximum Performance Against the Elements

Did you know that Simpson Doors offers Performance Series doors that offer additional protection against the elements? Simpson’s Ultrablock and WaterBarrier technology are available on most exterior doors, and each upgraded door comes with a 5 year warranty.

WaterBarrier technology is made from one-piece of Medium Density Overlay (MDO) on the outside – a material commonly used on concrete forms and street signs. It resists moisture absorption and the overlay has a primer topcoat which results in better paint application. You can find if the technology is available on the door you want by visiting Simpson’s Find a Door.

 

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Learn more about Simpson’s Ultrablock and WaterBarrier technologies.

Ultrablock technology already comes standard on many of Simpson’s door lines. This technology offers the best protection against extreme weather and improves warp resistance while still giving you a beautiful genuine wood door.

To learn more about Simpson Doors, visit the National Lumber eShowroom.

Therma-Tru Entry Door Systems Ranked #1 in Quality, Brand Specified and Most Used

When it comes to entry doors, there’s far more involved than just a door. It’s a door system, which includes the door itself, the glass, and components. These components include hinges, sills, and weatherstripping. Everything works together in order to resist the elements, help keep cold drafts out, and keep the heat in. Well-built entry door systems are both energy-efficient and weather resistant.

Therma-Tru fiberglass entry door systems have been rated #1 in Quality by buildings in the 2015 Builder Brand Use Study. Not only that, but Therma-Tru entry doors also ranked #1 in Brand Specified and Used Most, further cementing the brand’s reputation. Each Therma-Tru entry door system comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. With all components either manufacturer or specified directly by Therma-Tru, you can count on a quality product that trade professionals trust.

See here how Therma-Tru door systems can work for your needs.

Therma-Tru Entry Door System Illustration

National Lumber is a proud Therma-Tru doors dealer, and samples are shown at all nine of our locations. With entry doors a major part of a home’s perceived value because of their huge impact of curb appeals, Therma-Tru door systems are an excellent choice for new construction or remodels. Whether you are a homeowner wanting to improve your own home, a remodeling contractor wanting to offer the best value to a client, or a builder preparing to sell a brand new home, Therma-Tru is the best choice.

Learn more about Therma-Tru doors on the National Lumber eShowroom.

Welcome to National Lumber!

Welcome to National Lumber’s brand-new blog! National Lumber is the largest building material supplier in New England, with eight lumberyards and stores. We also have divisions dedicated to kitchen design and remodeling (Kitchen Views), installed insulation (Pro Insulators), custom millwork and pre-built staircases (National Millwork), trusses (Reliable Truss), and drywall supply.


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