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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!

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3 Tips for Better Caulking and Sealing from DAP

Painting your walls can be a lot of work, but following these three tips can help save you from making time-intensive mistakes. Steve Padgett has some useful tips to make a successful paint job.

Before painting, look for all your edges and anything connected to the wall. This is the best time to apply caulk and sealant to make sure everything fits well together. Inspect window sills, frames, molding, trim, and chair rails. You don’t want to paint over a crack and only rely on the paint to make that seal.

To get a more consistent flow from your caulk gun, start at your nearside and push the gun away from you. If you put consistent pressure on the trigger, you won’t have gaps or slumping with your sealant.

Lastly, make sure to patch up any wall holes before you paint, including large nail holes. But, instead of using a sealant, use a spackling paste or wood filler, such as DAP Crackshot or DAP Plastic Wood. Sealants dry to a rubbery texture, which is difficult to sand down.

Give Old Things New Life!

Create a new, interesting look with your old belongings using Rust-Oleum’s 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint. This paint and primer in one lets your creativity run free without the worry of time!

With a few minutes of elbow grease and a few sprays of paint, you’ll have a brand new item to match your space!

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.

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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