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Summer Home Projects You Should Have on Your To-Do List

When it starts to heat up outside, the list of to-dos can seem a bit overwhelming. We’re here to share a few we recommend you keep in mind this summer.

  1. Tend to the Gutters
    • All winter long your gutters have been collecting gunk, leaves and who knows what else. Safely climb up a ladder and either use a gutter scoop or just use your hands to clear any debris from the gutters all the way around your home.
  2. Inspect Your Roof
    • While you already have the ladder out, take a peek at your roof. You know when the best time to catch a leak is, BEFORE it leaks. If you see an issue, you’ll have a few months to address it before it rains next.
  3. Recaulk Trim
    • Again, while you already have a ladder out, look at the caulk around the trim on your home. Depending on where on the West Coast you live, the weather can be rough. Sometimes bad winters or hot summers can lead caulking to fail, which can then lead to rot issues down the line. If you can catch a problem in the early stages, it’ll save you down the line.
  4. Power-Washing
    • Personally, it is one of the most visually rewarding projects you can do with instant results. Spray down outdoor furniture, driveways, your deck, etc.
  5. Sealing Your Deck
    • If you have a wood deck, use a day or two during the summer to repair, clean and seal your deck. It’ll be ready for all of the get-togethers to come year-after-year.

There are always more projects to do and sometimes it can all seem a bit overwhelming. Just take it one project at a time. Know that we’re here to help with whatever projects you’re working on from foundation to finish.

TimberTech Azek Deck Installation

So a few days ago we shared a video about composite TimberTech Decking. What if you choose a PVC based material instead? TimberTech Azek at Meek’s has you covered.

Watch this video to learn the basics about installing TimberTech Azek PVC Decking.

TimberTech Pro & TimberTech Edge Deck Installation

Let’s be real, some of us have had a bit more time on our hands lately and DIY projects fill the time great!

If you’re looking to either redo your current deck or build a new deck from the ground up in composite decking material, TimberTech is the perfect brand for the job.

Watch this video to learn the basics about installing TimberTech PRO & EDGE Decking.

Finding the Right Contractor for the Job

For our customers who are contractors, finding the right contractor for the job is easy. They either look in the mirror or have a buddy who specializes in that. For homeowners, it can be a bit trickier.

We’re here with a few steps to help make the process go easier. We’ve all heard the news stories or seen Facebook posts from friends about jobs that got started and were never completed or photos of “before” compared to torn apart “during” photos with no “after” photos to follow.

When it comes to a project, a good contractor really makes all the difference. It keeps your stress down, keeps your project on a budget and keeps safety at the forefront. A lot of times, contractors can find rotted subfloors, mold damage, unsafe wiring, leaking pipes, and more because they know what should and should not be the norm in a space.

Before you start to look for a contractor, think about the project at hand. What is your end goal? If you’re wanting to update fixtures or repipe a bathroom, you’d want to hire a plumber. If you’re planning to completely gut a home and rebuild from the studs up, you’ll likely need a general contractor or multiple specialty contractors. Knowing that right off the bat, sets your project up for success.

Once you know what you need, ask friends, family and co-workers for recommendations. Chances are, you know someone who knows someone and if they’re sharing their information, they likely did a good job.

Once you get a few, don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask to meet at the jobsite. You should feel comfortable with the person you’re hiring for the job. You can ask for references and check them out on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, Facebook, Google, etc. to get a better picture of the quality of work you can expect.

At the end of the day, you need to be realistic about your availability and your budget. Knowing when you can be around or when they can have access to the space and what you’re willing to spend will be key to ensuring a completed project and keep you sane throughout the process.

If you get five estimates and four-out-of-five are around $5,000 and the fifth is only charging $1,000, chances are, that’s not the one you want to go with. It’s very likely that there are corners they’re cutting or something else at play.

If you’re hiring a General Contractor, you can ask what work will be done via subcontractors versus by their team. You want to choose the right contractor for each project. Obviously, you wouldn’t want a painter doing the plumbing and a plumber laying insulation.

Before the project starts, you do not pay more than 10% of the total and do not make the final payment until the job is actually completed.

Also, make sure you are working with a licensed contractor. They will know that most renovation projects need permits and will keep you in line with local guidelines. In addition, getting a permit means a local inspection will need to be done by the city or county, ensuring the work is up to code.

For larger projects where the contractor is buying all of the materials, you will want to ensure you have a contract and lien releases prior to starting. Let’s say you paid the full amount (which included funds for materials), but the contractor does not pay off the credit line they opened with the store. Now, the company can put a lien on your property until they are paid.

So, you’ve found the right team and prepped your home for the work to come. Keep a “cushion budget” just in case. The contractor cannot see through walls (unless they have wire cameras or x-ray scanners), so there can always be unexpected costs once the project starts. Budgeting for an extra 10-15% keeps you from a shock down the road.

We work with great customers, many of which are builders or pros by trade. You can always ask if we have someone we recommend and see if we have someone in mind.


Prep & Paint Like a Pro!

When it comes to home renovations, there are some that any DIY-warrior can tackle and other where it is best to trust a professional.

If you’re looking to make a change without launching into a full-on reno, changing the paint in your home is a great place to start.

So, you’ve decided you want to mix it up and are ready for the first step.

First, pre-paint, you’ll want to turn on all the lights in the space. Take a peek at the wall up close to find any dents, bumps, holes, etc. You’ll want to mark those minor flaws as you find them.

The easiest way we’ve found, is to just tear a small piece of tape and leave it by the area. We’d recommend avoiding marking the flaws with pen, pencil or marker as that can bleed through the paint.

Once you’ve found the flaws, you’ll be able to repair each spot with spackle or a joint compound. Let that dry, following the instructions on the product you buy. As a final prep-step, lightly sand over the spot to make sure there aren’t any bumps in the new layer.

We find it best to fill, refill and fill again.

Say you have a few small holes. Grab a putty knife and the spackle of your choice. Fill the holes with spackle. Once dry, lightly sand and apply two more coats. If it shrinks, you didn’t mess up. Think of it like a sponge, which is smaller when dry compared to expanded when wet. The same goes for spackle or joint compound.

Say you have a larger hole in the wall that’s more than 1/8 of an inch, still follow the above steps, but a joint compound might work best.

Ok, so you have a giant hole, maybe from the doorknob hitting or maybe it is something your kid accidentally did, what now. You’ll want to pick up an aluminum patch and trim it to the size of hole plus an extra inch on each side. Once you have it trimmed, apply it to the wall and work on at least two, if not three coats of drywall compound.

As a tip, anytime you apply joint compound pre-paint, you’ll want to make sure you use primer. It tends to absorb the paint, which can obviously leave you with a physical spot on the wall.

If you’re applying paint to a fresh, newly drywalled surface, seal the exposed drywall with a stain-blocking primer. Once the primer dries, you can sand the edges of the drywall. Then layer on the joint compound as needed and sand it smooth once it dries.

While you’d never discourage a child’s creativity, let’s just say you’re planning to cover a wall that has crayon or marker stuck on. You’ve tried to clan it off with water and soap, but it’s still there. You tried a magic eraser dry, but no dice. You tried a magic eraser dipped in warm water, but it’s still there.

Now you’re ready to just move on and roll onto the next step. You’ll need to use a special stain blocking primer because a regular primer likely won’t cut it. KILZ or B-I-N are both good at covering marks. As a tip, be sure to roll on the primer so you’re sticking with the same wall texture as the rest of the wall.

Once you’ve done all the above to prep your walls, you’re ready to roll on the paint color of your choosing! This is where the fun really begins.

If you pop into one of our stores, check out the Voice of Color machine or flip through the paint chips. Let’s say that overwhelms you. We suggest, using this approach to pick your color:

  • Warm or cool shade?
  • Neutral or bright?
  • Are you complimenting your old furniture?
  • Are you matching a key piece of art?

Once you’ve thought about the above, pick a few chips and tape them to the wall or get samples and think on them for a bit. Look at the wall with lights on / lights off and in the morning / midday / night to be sure you like the choice before you’re hours into completing the paint job.

Bring in the chip, color sample or item you want the color matched to and someone on our team will mix up your paint.

A general game plan is one gallon per 400 square feet of wall, assuming two coats of paint. If you’re planning to cover a dark gray wall with a light white color, you’ll likely need more paint. When in doubt, ask a team member and they’ll make some suggestions.

So now you’ve prepped the wall and bought the paint. Cover moldings, baseboards, door and window casings, etc. with painters’ tape. Make sure it well-stuck to avoid leaks. Remove all outlet and light switch covers and apply tape over the outlets and switches to protect them from drips.

Now you’re almost ready to paint. Stir the paint and pour it into whatever tray you’re using. Pick the wall you want to start on and go for it!

Use a brush to cut in / paint the corners, near trim, etc.

Use a roller to cover the wall, starting from the top and working your way down in long strokes. Painters recommend a “W” pattern which helps you cover more and avoid roller marks.

Once you can touch the wall without having any paint on your finger, it’s ready for a second or third coat.

A few parting notes on prepping your space. As a safety measure, be sure your space is well-ventilated. Open windows, use fans, etc.

Once you’ve put on the final coats and they’re dry to the touch, remove all painters tape. Wash your brushes with soap and water. For rollers, we recommend using a 5-in-1 painters’ tool along the roller under water to clean it.

Whether you’re just picking a new shade for an accent wall or completely changing your décor, we’ve got the paint and sundries to help you get the job done. Stop in and talk with one of our Paint experts to have them mix up the perfect color for your home.

We’d love to see your projects and share them on our socials, so be sure to tag us @MeeksWestern!

COVID-19 Update 03/24/2020

Below you will find a letter from American Construction Source CEO Jim Drexinger.  American Construction Source is our parent company.

As you will see:

  • Our business is staying open to ensure your business can keep building. Our full fleet stands ready to deliver materials for your projects.
  • The safety of our customers and employees is always a priority.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has classified our business as “Critical Infrastructure Workforce” and state and local governments have defined us as an “Essential Business”
  • We continue to see no disruptions in our supply chain.
  • We are happy to accept orders via telephone, email, and fax – and we’re relaxing our credit card payment policy to enable customers to pay invoices and monthly statements via credit cards.
  • Please don’t hesitate to ask how our employees can help your team during these challenging times.

If we have more updates to share, we will post these on our website on this page first:

Click here to view above letter as a PDF with clickable hyperlinks: MeeksWest_COVID19

COVID-19 Update 03/17/2020

Below you will find a letter from American Construction Source CEO Jim Drexinger.  American Construction Source is our parent company.

As you will see:

  • The safety of our customers and employees is always a priority.
  • Our locations remain open – and we are considered an “Essential Business” in the community.
  • Everyone on our team is working to ensure you receive your orders on time.
  • We are happy to accept orders via telephone, email, and fax.
  • Please don’t hesitate to ask how our employees can help your team during these challenging times.

If we have more updates to share, we will post these on our website on this page first:

Click here to view above letter as a PDF with clickable hyperlinks: MeeksWest_COVID19

Wonder-Pro Is Wonderful For Pros!

Are you looking for a paint that works both in a home and on a commercial basis?

Well, wonder no more! Wonder-Pro from PPG is a high-production, quality workhorse! It is manufactured as a commercial latex paint that PPG has formulated with the professional painter in mind. Whether you’re rolling, brushing or spraying, it is easy to apply and splatter-free.

For building contractors and property managers, it is essential to note that it is also high-hiding and quick-drying for fast touch-ups and recoats. If you see a lot of touch-ups in the future, we’d suggest going with a flat sheen.

When it comes to sheens, the lower the sheen, the less light will reflect off the surface. In addition, if you’re looking for a warmer look and you want to hide imperfections, a lower sheen is also for you. On the flipside, if you go with a higher sheen, the paint will be more durable and have a higher washability. We’d suggest choosing this if you’re painting a high-traffic area.

All that in mind, you might be wondering where in a space can you paint with it? It is best for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, trim, ceilings, kitchens and hallways.

With all of these applications, it’s no wonder they call it Wonder-Pro! To get some custom tinted quarts, one gallons and five gallons today, stop into your local store today. Browse color chips and check out options on the PPG Voice of Color machines or bring in something from home and we can color-match it for you too. Your perfect fresh-start for 2020 is just a coat or two away!

Owens Corning Back In Stock!

If you’ve chatted with a team member lately, they may have mentioned this to you already, but we’re now carrying Owens Corning roofing at all locations.

Owens Corning is more than just a trusted name. They are the market leader in roofing shingles and roofing component products.

Think about it… your roof makes up 1/3—1/2 of your home’s visible exterior. If you’re looking to up your curb appeal, or make a great first impression a new roof might be a great place to start.

At OC, they treat roof manufacturing like a science test subject. Each component is tested, designed and built to deliver total protection for your home. Combine science with the rich color and overall beauty and you’re in for the total package.

All shingles are fiberglass-reinforced to increase durability. With that, they’re able to achieve the highest impact rating at 100mph+.

Looking past the science, it’s important to note that OC is also a company committed to reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency and overall being more sustainability. Not only does OC have an alliance in place for shingle recycling, but their premium shingles stay on your roof longer, reducing the overall waste-to-landfill ratio.

Whether you’re looking to redesign your roof based on color, style, inspiration, etc., there is a color and design out there for your home.

Want to check out expertly designed color pairings? Visit to start browsing today!

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