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Why Choose PVC Over Wood Decking?

When it comes to your outdoor space, you have a lot of decking options to choose from. Many people are foregoing traditional lumber for composite and PVC materials.

If you’re looking to bring your space to life, AZEK® Deck is here to help. AZEK is 100% capped polymer giving you a realistic wood appearance with both rustic textures and rich colors.

PVC decking is about as strong as you can get. Plus, you can put your days of sanding,
staining, and resealing your deck behind you.

PVC will not splinter, rot, crack or warp. It is resistant to mold, mildew, stains, scratches,
insects, and more. Between the look and the benefits, it seems like an all around win to us!

 

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AZEK® Rail Is Coming to Meek’s!

We have some fun new product news to announce. In the coming months, all stores will begin carrying AZEK railing collections!

If you’re looking for the grain of real wood, but don’t have the time or energy for yearly maintenance, this is the product for you. AZEK Rail is a capped composite that uses PVC materials so you won’t need to paint, stain or seal anything.

The rails are engineered for superior safety and strength and will not rot, peel, or splinter. AZEK railings are also resistant to mold, mildew and moisture damage!

AZEK’s newest profile is Impression Rail Express™. This beautiful, cost-effective, aluminum railing comes in three colors: Black, White & Dark Bronze. Its panelized
system is designed for quick, easy installation. You’ll be on to your next job in no time!


Stop by the store today to check out the in-stock and special order options available. Let’s make your space safe, strong, and spectacular before summer officially kicks off!

Design Your Deck Online In Minutes

With the way this season has been going, any day now the rain and snow days will be behind us and we’ll be into summer in no time. Is your yard ready for the BBQs, entertaining, and lounging to come? If not, fear not!

Our in-store experts can help to figure out what decking material will work best for both your lifestyle and your budget.

Our friends at Simpson have a tool to help make your next DIY project a whole lot easier. Design and layout your deck in just a few minutes with the free, web-based Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck Planner Software™. Watch either of the videos below to learn how quickly you can start enjoying your outdoor living space today! Visit strongtie.com/deckplanner to learn more!

Built Strong. Works Hard. Won’t Quit.

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Channellock has launched a new marketing video showcasing their products in action. The Rube Goldberg design, in our opinion, is epic and definitely worth 90 seconds of your time.

We’re proud to carry Channellock’s tools throughout our stores. Take a look at the video and let us know how you use your Channellocks!

 

 

Imperial Blades — Made in the USA

BUYING IMPERIAL BLADES IS MORE THAN SUPPORTING A COMPANY. YOU SUPPORT AMERICAN MANUFACTURING, WHICH IN TURN YOU SUPPORT AMERICAN JOBS.

Imperial Blades products are made from high quality materials for professional grade performance and the longest service life. The universal ONE FIT design attaches easily to a number of popular multi-tools.  With a wide variety of blade and cutting options, you get more for less.

From the back of a wood flooring shop, Chris Palmer and David Zielke diligently piloted Imperial Blades through growth promoting cost savings and blade longevity.  At a time when competitors were selling oscillating accessories for four to five times the cost at which they are now, they were able to build a creditable market that saw honesty and true purpose for the oscillating tools being built at that moment.

See a glimpse into how Imperial Blades, the only American Manufacturer of Oscillating Blades, creates our high-performance, professional blades!

Lower Your Energy Bills By Weatherizing Your Home With DAP

Our friends over at DAP put together this video to show you how you can lower your energy bills by sealing your windows and doors. Check it out and stop in one of our stores today where one our experts can help you find the right product for your project! We’ll see you soon!

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.

 

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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