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How to Stain & Restore Your Wood Deck

We’re back with another deck-related how-to. This one is courtesy of our friends at Duckback.

Do you have a natural wood deck that you absolutely love, but it’s starting to look weathered? While you certainly can replace the deck with a composite or PVC material, you can also take a little time and restore your deck to its former glory!

Watch the video below to see what a little elbow grease can do for you and your deck. It’s a simple as mix, pour, brush, wash, dry, and repeat. With these tips, you’ll have a refreshed deck in no time!

Share your before and after photos with us, using the #MeeksWestern and #TransformationTuesday. We’ll share some of our favorites on our Instagram.

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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!

 

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!

How To Refinish Your Wood Deck

We’re back with another deck-related how-to. This one is courtesy of our friends at Duckback.

Do you have a natural wood deck that you absolutely love, but it’s starting to look weathered? While you certainly can replace the deck with a composite or PVC material, you can also take a little time and make your old deck look new again.

Watch the video below to see what a little elbow grease can do for you and your deck. It’s a simple as mix, pour, brush, wash, dry, and repeat. With these tips, you’ll have a “new” deck in no time!

Share your before and after photos with us, using the #MeeksWestern and #TransformationTuesday. We’ll share some of our favorites on our Instagram.

How to Paint Like a Pro

Our friends over at DAP put together this video to show you how you can paint a room like a pro at any skill level. 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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Pelican Coolers — Better than Yeti

We’ve recently brought in Pelican coolers into our stores after seeing their demos at a builder show last month. We’ve tested these coolers against Yeti brand coolers, and we have to agree that Pelican beats out the competition.

The coolers retain ice for up to 10 days, compared to Yeti’s 5-7 days. That right there is great. Also, if you’re a camper, this cooler is certified bear proof — without an extra lock like the Yeti coolers.

Want to know the best part of all? Pelican coolers are lifetime guaranteed! If it starts leaking on you, they’ll replace it. If the latch breaks, they’ll replace it. What’s not to like about these coolers, which might we add, are cheaper than the competition too!

Check out some of the benefits below and stop in to check these out today!

  • TALL & SLENDER – Brand new design holds up to 15 cans or 4 bottles of wine upright.
  • SMALL SIZE, BIG CHILL – The convenient carrying size packs in 3 days of ice retention
  • BUILT IN BOTTLE OPENER – The molded-in lock hasp keeps contents safe & serves as a bottle opener.
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN – Thanks to the easy carry handle and grooved body, getting from point A to point B has never been easier on your hands or legs.
  • MOLDED-IN CAN HOLDERS – Holds your beverage for safekeeping.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE – From the latches to the freezer-grade seal to the toughest handles in the business, every part is engineered to our extreme durability and performance standards. Which is why Pelican feels confident in providing you with a Lifetime Guarantee.

 

 

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.

 

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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