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How To Install Fiber Cement Siding c/o Allura

Learn how to install fiber cement siding from Tim Larson, the Product Application Specialist of Allura USA. Tim teaches you how to properly prepare and install fiber cement for homes.

Tim covers everything from how to carry the product, how to cut it, what to fasten it with and of course, how to install it. Check out the video below!

Caring For Your Redwood Deck

When it comes to redwood decking, you’re combining natural strong wood with unique beauty in each board. Whether you’re looking to keep the color as it is when new or looking for a softer color, you have options.

If you leave the deck unfinished, the Humboldt Redwood decking rich color will change into a soft grey patina that blends well with any outdoor décor. If you live somewhere humid, you’ll likely end up with a dark wood first that will be rinsed away by the rain and eventually lighten. On the flip side, if your deck is protected from the elements, your deck may stay dark. If you live somewhere that is particularly dry, your redwood may not darken and instead may turn a silvery tan color that lightens over time. Either way, if the rustic look is your style, this no-maintenance option is right up your alley. Just allow your deck to weather naturally.

If bold is more your style and you want to keep the original color, finishing your structure is the way to go. By adding a protective sealant, you can not
only extend the life of your deck, but also accentuate the natural wood’s characteristics. It’s important to note that unlike your composite and PVC decking, each board of redwood decking is unique. Each board will start out with its own look and depending on the elements and the layout of your outdoor living space, decking on the west end of your home will likely differ in look on the east.


If you want a colored deck that will still last the test of times, you can add layers of deck paint and stain options with countless color combinations.

When it comes to cleaning your deck, you can do so in just a few steps. On the day-to-day, you can use a hose to spray off surface debris as they build up. Should rinsing not move the gunk, you can take a stiff brush and scrub the area with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent.


Regardless of what route is right for you, you’ll want to refinish the wood every few years to keep your deck looking new day after day. To do so, you can either start with a power washer or with varnish or paint remover; both sides have their pros and cons.

Power washing, while quick and effective, can damage the fibers of the boards if you use the wrong setting. You want it to be strong enough to get off the sealant, but not so strong you cut it to the core.

Should you decide the varnish or remover process is the way to go, be sure to test a piece of new, clean board first. This will let you see if any discoloration occurs before you refinish the entire deck.


All-in-all, there are loads of videos on YouTube to help you decide what finish is right for you, as well as what the best upkeep and refinishing plan will work best. We’re here to help should you have any decking questions or check out www.getredwood.com today!

Table Saw Techniques c/o Fix.com

Have you ever wondered what parts make up your table saw? Have you ever really spent a few minutes imagining all the uses?

Well wonder no more! Fix.com has delved into the different pieces, what they’re used for and how you can full optimize each cut. Check out their infographic below and read on at https://www.fix.com/blog/table-saw-joinery-techniques/.


Source: Fix.com Blog

TimberTech & Azek Combine Forces

When it comes to finding the best decking for your home, you have a lot to consider. From material to color… from trim to railing… the possible combinations are endless.

If you visited the TimberTech booth at Expo, you would have seen how they not only mixed colors, but also offered something completely new: different widths!

The TimberTech Azek Vintage Collection is available in wide, standard and narrow widths, meaning you can mix and match the six shades in the collection to make whatever pattern you desire!

Maybe different widths aren’t in your plan. Fret not, there are three collections and 13 colors to choose from. Trust us, if PVC decking is what you’re looking for, TimberTech Azek has you covered.

As if that wasn’t fun enough, the PVC decking is 100% synthetic so it’s mold, mildew and moisture resistant, not to mention the coating protects it from UV damage, scratches and stains. With a 50 year  warranty, that’s about as low maintenance as you can get.

TimberTech Pro is a four-sided capped composite that has an authentic wood grain pattern paired with out-of-this world color palettes. Over three collections, you have 16
different color options! Pair a 30 year warranty with a durable surface that resists damage, spills and scratches and you’re in for a treat!

Maybe you’re looking for the same composite decking materials, but you’d like to pay a little less. Look no further than TimberTech EDGE, a three-sided capped composite. Backed by a 25-year warranty so you’ll be enjoying it for decades to come!

Between TimberTech EDGE, TimberTech Pro and TimberTech Azek, there is a color, style and price point that suits your budget and your yard. Stop in today to get started!

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SPAX: Not Your Ordinary Screw!

SPAX MA SET

If you’ve been in one of our stores lately, you’ve probably seen the new SPAX set in each store. The product is already flying off the shelves!

Their patented thread technology provides unmatched versatility, drive performance, and requires no pre-drilling – so you can get professional results faster, easier, and more efficiently than ever. Whether you’re a professional contractor or weekend do-it-yourselfer, the SPAX set at your local Meek’s is here for you!


CHECK OUT MORE AT https://spax.us/ OR VIEW THE BROCHURES BELOW.

Tariffs – How Will They Affect You?

Back in July of last year, proposed tariffs were announced for a series of imports from China.

Essentially, this plan was three parts, with the third part affecting our industry the most. Of these 5,745 items in phase three, about 450 are used in your day-to-day construction in some capacity. To see the full list of affected imports, please click here.

Outside of these new tariffs were those on steel and aluminum imports, many of which led brands to increase their costs accordingly last year. Initially, these were tariffed at 10% for the remainder of 2018.

As of May 10, 2019, the new tariffs are officially rolling into the cost of imported goods, increasing an additional 15% for a total tariff of 25%. All that being said, many of our brands have announced 15% increases to us and in turn, many of our prices will be increasing to accommodate this.

Obviously, there are a lot of moving pieces at play here. We’ll do our best to communicate and share updates as we receive them.

2019 Exterior Color Trends to Watch

When it comes to your home, you always want to make a great first impression and you can’t go any bigger than the physical color of your home. The right shade and material is key to having that mixture of comfort and style.

Allura siding took a look at the trends for the year and noted nine exterior colors that are making the rounds.

Up first, is Desert Beige, a neutral tone which perfectly blends with bright trim and dark or light roof colors.

Next you have Moss Green, which has that earthy look, pairing well with more muted colors like cream and dark grey.

If you’re looking to jazz up your home, Soft Lemon is the perfect balance of bright and sophistication. You can brighten it with more neutral tones or tone it down with warmer colors.

Typically, black and white mesh together to make a standard gray color, but Stormy Gray is anything but average. The blue undertone provides the basis for the perfect coastal exterior and is best paired with white and charcoal detailing.

From modest to bam! When you want to make an impression, you can’t get much bolder and yet elegant than Smoky Red. Pair this strong color with white detailing around windows, panels, rails and more for a beautiful and classic exterior.

Coming in at number six on the list is Opal, a fresh color that is as tranquil as it comes. Light roofing and white detailing goes great with natural trees and landscaping.

We’d all like to look a bit younger, right? Bright yellow can provide that youthful atmosphere for your space and pairs great with white, gray or brown. Fun little pops of color can be fun too, but be sure to not go overboard so your home strikes joy for all to see.

Up at number eight is a two-toned earthy combination. Try out colors next to each other and switch out samples to see exactly what pairs best. We’d suggest going with a cool green and warm brown.

Rounding out the list is an old favorite making its return to the top. Cheer up the neighborhood with a Sky Blue exterior, white edging and a darker roof. This color is sure to wow your visitors!

Ready to renovate or replace your old siding and renew your home’s look? We’re here to help! Just stop in and ask one of our experts today!

1919 – 2019: A Century of Meek’s!

Meek’s was founded in 1919 in Springfield, Missouri and now we’re officially turning 100!

Just for fun, Meek’s is officially as old as:

  • Grand Canyon National Park (Established as a national park in 1919)
  • Treaty of Versailles (signed June 28 in France, ending WWI and establishing the League of Nations)
  • The book “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” by V. Blasco Ibanez
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (first appears as a cartoon under this title in The New York Globe on October 16)
  • The words copacetic, wonky, semi-trailer, radio, supercharge, heavy-lifting, penne, offline, chai, ad-lib, and bagel were just a few of the 309 words added in 1919 to the Oxford English Dictionary
  • The longest Tour de France race to date (3,455 miles)
  • Hotel Pennsylvania (Manhattan, New York)

We have a lot of fun things planned to celebrate the last century of business.

We’ll be sharing highlights of the last 100 Years all year long, so stay tuned! Be sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook for all of the #throwbacks we’ll be sharing!

Here’s to the next 100 years with the best customers a company could ask for!

 

Classic-Craft — Premium in Every Way

When it comes to a home, your front door is often the first impression a person has of your space. Classic-Craft from Therma-Tru has five different collections to perfectly match your style and make your entryway pop!

If you’re looking for a door that looks, feels, and sounds like an authentic wood door, but want a longer lifespan on your investment, these doors have you covered. Rather than a bullnose profile like many other fiberglass doors, Classic-Craft collections have a solid hardwood square edge further blending architectural character and detailed precision.

Plus, the doors feature handcrafted embossments that are deeper than standard fiberglass doors kicking your elegance up a few notches.

Now this is a front door we’re talking about and it will need to weather more than a few scuffs over the years. No need to worry because Therma-Tru has you covered. The doors are designed and tested to resist extreme weather conditions and the damaging effects of moisture. Each door is element protected by composite rails on the top and bottom.

They definitely will feel solid too with a 4-1/8” beam of engineered lumber running from the top to the bottom on the locking side of the door. You’re getting the best of both worlds, a natural wood feel and a thicker fiberglass skin for added durability and better long-term performance.

Ready to see some of the doors on your house? Download the DoorWays app. In just a few minutes, you can use your phone’s camera to try out different door and glass styles on your home.

Download it from the App Store or GooglePlay.

From there, you can save the versions you like and bring those into your local Meek’s to make your dream entryway a reality!

For more information on the specific collections, visit your local Meek’s or see the descriptions and links below!

  • Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection
    • Designed to complement homes with stucco exteriors, stone accents, and tile roofs this collection reflects breezy spaces practical for warm climates and rich details of the provincial style of countryside estates. These premium fiberglass entryways feature casually elegant wood graining that can be coordinated with decorative glass and accessories to create enchanting entrances.

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