Brand Highlights

Understanding Insulation and R-Value

Insulation is typically something you only think about when you’re either putting it into a home or tearing it out. Did you know that you can add to the R-value of your insulation,
without starting over?

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R-value is the resistance of heat transfer through the insulation, so the higher the R-value, the less heat is lost. The more heat you can keep in during the winter, and the more heat you can keep out in the summer, the lower your utility bills should be.

When you’re looking to add insulation, the best place to start is your attic. This is where you get the most bang for your buck. If you were to upgrade your insulation from three inches to twelve inches, you could save 20% in the winter and 10% in the summer months on your heating and air bills.

To measure your existing R-value, all you’ll need is a tape measure, a pen and something to write on. Place the tape measure down and touch the ceiling board to get the height. For fiberglass and cellulose insulation, once you have that number in inches, multiply it by 3.5 to get your R-value.

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Depending on where you live, your recommended R-value  will differ. If it’s a colder climate, you’ll want to have a higher R-value for your home. To find out what your R-value should be, visit http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/.

For more information on R-value and other technical information, visit the U.S.
Department of Energy’s website at https://energy.gov/energysaver/insulation.

At Meek’s, we both sell and install Johns Manville Batt, Blow-In, and Blow-In Blanket insulation. Whether you’re looking to do it yourself or have it done for you, we’re here to help! Just ask your local store for more info.

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OSHA’s New Silica Standards

As you know OSHA is always working to keep workers as safe as possible. Recently, OSHA issued two new rules to protect you from exposed respirable crystalline silica.

So what exactly is that and how does it affect you? If you ever use drills, grinders or jackhammers, chip things by hand, or operate heavy demolition equipment, chances are, you’ve been exposed to the chemical dust. Estimates show that about two million construction workers are exposed to silica.

Under the new standards, any process that exceeds the permissible exposure limit (PEL) must be adapted to lower the level of exposure. For example, if you’re using a handheld power saw on any affected materials, you have to swap to a system that feeds water continuously to the blade.

If you’re looking to cut siding, but you don’t want to use a water saw, you might want to look into the Bullet Tools SharpShooter. It is perfect for cutting siding because not only does it not need electricity, it is dust free! Forget masks, messy cleanups, or exposure to silica.

While many jobs are affected, it is important to note that if you’re pouring concrete or removing concrete formwork, you’re only exposed to low levels.

To find out more on the exact PELs and how to measure them, learn more about what equipment is affected and the required protection factors, and/ or to find out additional information, please visit http://www.osha.gov/silica.

 

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Allura Wins Top Honor

Allura is one of the top fiber cement siding brands in the nation and one we proudly stock at all of our stores.

In February, Allura was recognized as the most preferred brand by homebuilders across the nations. The survey, published in Peninsula Publishing’s 2016 Brand Preference Survey, was comprehensive, covering brands in 75 categories.

The contractors, homebuilders, purchasers, architects, and designers, selected Allura because of its exceptional product which has a natural looking wood grain, but won’t crack, warp, or splinter. Allura siding is also water and mold resistant.

Stop in a store today to check out the product and see the different color options available. To learn more about Allura’s fiber cement products, go to http://www.AlluraUSA.com.

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Why PPG Pittsburgh Paints?

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This month, we’ve got some great savings on PPG Pittsburgh Paints! PPG paint is sold exclusively at independent locally-owned retailers, because they see the value in great service and expertise. With industry leading tools, support, quality products, expert service and the best color platform in the industry with THE VOICE OF COLOR® program, PPG meets the demands of all homeowners and any commercial job.

Are you planning to paint your space in the new year? With PPG at Meek’s, it’s never been easier! Bring in a sample chip or an item you love the color of and our experts can match it for you. With PPG’s Voice of Color work stations, you can browse large take home chips or use the digital screen to drag and drop colors to virtually design your space. With over 2,000 colors, the possibilities are endless.

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Stop by your local Meek’s Lumber & Hardware to take your walls from inspiration to reality!

 

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Wonder No More!

PPG Wonder-Tones, with it’s durable finish, excellent washability, and scrub resistant formula, is the perfect coating for your next project. This high-quality paint is an all-purpose solution for interior surfaces like walls, trim, properly prepared drywall, plaster, masonry, primed metal and wood. Whether you’re touching up an old painted wall or completely revamping your space, Meek’s has the color and sheen for your home!

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Introducing: Aquaphalt @ Meek’s!

We’ve got a game changer for you! Whether driveways are your business or you just have a driveway, this product is for you! With a bucket of Aquaphalt and water, your roads will be hole free in no time!

Aquaphalt is a revolutionary permanent asphalt and concrete repair material for pothole repair, pavement repair, utility cuts, walkways, tennis courts and driveway repair — it works even in wet and cold conditions.

  • Eco-friendly binder reacts and hardens with only water-no toxic solvents!
  • Aquaphalt is laid directly from its container-no need to mobilize large crews and equipment!
  • Minimizes roadway disruption with no need for special preparations!
  • Pre-mixed and permanent — Aquaphalt is a one-time fix!

 

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One Battery – Two Voltages

This month we have some very exciting power tool news. Companies are always looking to create better and more efficient tools for you, and DeWALT has done just that!

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In our stores, you’ll notice us moving in a new line from DeWALT featuring technology that gets it done! Now introducing FLEXVOLT™: the world’s first battery that automatically changes voltage when you change tools.

With this new battery, you are able to change tools in seconds without having to track down the right battery. Plus if you were to use a new 60V FLEXVOLT™ MAX battery with a 20V MAX tool, you’d have over four times the run time. Imagine the time you’ll be saving with each use.

The new batteries bring the power of cordless tools to a whole new level! DeWALT is
also introducing a brand new lineup of 60V MAX and 120V MAX tools, forever changing how work gets done. Keep an eye on our Power Tool departments to get your hands on a piece of the future of flexibility and power!

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Nuts About Fastener Resets

Grattan Reset (MA 05.27.16)If you’ve popped into any of our stores over the last few months, you’ve noticed a well-lit, dynamic, and a new state-of-the-art Grattan fasteners section in place.

Grattan Fasteners was founded in 1957, and while the industry has changed considerably since then, Grattan’s continued to make great nuts and bolts, while also being a leader in the fastener distribution industry.

If you’re looking for a random bolt or a specialty screw, chances are we carry it in the Grattan line. Plus, we have unbeatable pricing! If you buy a box, you save 10% off the price. If you have a M-Pro account with us and you buy a box, you’re saving 15% off the regular price.

Check out the new sets in stores today. Between Grattan Fasteners and our Meek’s experts, we’ll help to take your from project inspiration to job well done!

 

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The World’s First Worm Drive Table Saw

SkilsawWormDriveTableSaw2Technology is changing every day and we’ve got something new to share that we’re very excited about.

SKILSAW has brought something new to the table (no pun intended) that building professionals have been requesting for years. We’re now carrying the brand new and the world’s first Worm Drive table saw that has been designed specifically for ripping. With plenty of power and torque, it can handle any cut.

There are some extremely impressive statistics too. With a 3.5” depth of cut and a 25” rip capacity, you can rip plywood sheets in half.SkilsawWormDriveTableSaw1

 

The saw’s special technology also ensures its motor runs cooler and lasts longer without sacrificing the durability of the tool.

 

The 10” Worm Drive Table Saw is portable and compact too, weighing just 49 lbs. Pair this with the included 30-tooth Diablo Carbide-tipped blade and you’re set!

See the tool in action below.

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TAMKO: Beauty That Performs

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Here at Meek’s, we are always looking for the best way to serve you and meet the needs of your projects. In the coming months, all of our stores will have TAMKO roofing on hand.

Branded as roofing products for the professional, TAMKO COMPLETE has you covered. Centering on cut, color, and coverage, you’ll not only receive shingles that will perform, but they’ll look great in the process.

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Whether you are a homeowner, or a home builder, you cannot deny that a home expresses the owner’s style. With the right cut and color, you can completely enhance the curb appeal of your home. The Heritage Shingles line features rich coloring, which creates an elegant and dimensional appearance. You’ll get the look of wood shakes, without paying the hefty price and have a longer lifespan.

All Heritage shingles are Class A fire resistant and come with a limited warranty covering algae relief/cleaning. Pair that with the limited 30-year warranty, and you are covered for just about
anything your roof might weather.

Stop in to check out the TAMKO lines hitting your store soon!

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