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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!

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How You Can Help Us, Help You!

Here at Meek’s, we are always looking for the best ways to serve you. That said, we’re always looking to add experienced people to our team. Do you know someone who would be perfect for the job? Maybe a retired contractor looking to share their knowledge and have some extra spending money?

If you think you might know someone, let one of our sales people know today. Should they join the team, you’ll be rewarded for the referral!

 

Customer Appreciation Nights 2018

 

2017 Housing Market in Review

Last year, houses were selling fast. Combining the mass of millennials buying homes with the supply shortage made for an interesting season.

According to the National Association of Realtors, on average, homes spent an average of three weeks on the market. This is lower than ever before.

Their studies also found that first-time home buyers were fighting some strong currents. In most cases, sellers would receive multiple offers, investors would pay cash, and/or prices kept climbing. This kept a good portion of potential buyers out of homes.

As the younger would-be buyers pay off their student loan debt more and more each year, the influx of buyers will continue to increase at staggering rates. In the current climate, buyers will be looking for houses, leaving plenty of opportunity for new builds to meet the new demand.

This is where the contractors come in. The demand for houses is higher than it’s been for years, and experts don’t foresee a halt in sight.

Green Construction – Where does the contractor fit in?

We’ve written previously about the push for “green” or sustainable building and the rising trends. Many of you have asked, where does the contractor fit in?

While there is truth that the architect and the owner usually make the choice on how green a building is going to be and what (if any) LEED certification they’re going for, contractors play an important role too.

There are a few stops along the way that you have a major influence on. First, you know the product and how it works into the structure of a home. If you’re used to working with one brand and they develop a product that has less environmental impact, you’ll be able to suggest an alternative during the bidding stage of the project.

From there, you are likely going to be the person picking out and picking up the materials. You can talk with the store to see what options are available for your specific set of plans. When it comes to LEED certifications, every detail is essential. If a subcontractor picks up some material and the General Contractor cannot trace back where the product came from, the certification can be denied. In this case, you would have to resubmit the entire material’s package documenting that the proper products are being used.

Once on the job, there are many tools at your disposal for keeping your project green. For starters, you can swap out any old bulbs for LED systems. While yes, you may be slightly paying more for the initial bulb to start, they will last for years longer and lessen the project’s environmental effects.

If you’re building a new home with solar, you can install that first and run that power on the job. This works as a test of the system and saves on-the-job costs.

Whether you’re building a house from the ground-up or repairing a HVAC system, there are simple steps and adjustments you can make to please not only the environment, but the customer and the budget as well.

As we hear of new techniques to try, we’ll be sharing them here for anyone to test out! If you have some ideas, leave them in the comments below and let’s start a conversation!

Building Green Translates to More Green $$$?

Home sale prices are showing a trend when LEED standards are involved. With sustainability on the rise across the country, green-construction is leading to increased resale values.

According to the USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, green-construction as a whole is projected to go from $55 billion spent in 2015, to just under double that in 2018 at $100.4 billion.

As consumers are looking to lessen their carbon footprint, LEED custom-built homes are a foot above the rest. Looking at the market, younger buyers are looking for first-time sustainable homes. Obviously, the municipalities are shifting towards renewable energy sources as well to cover the rising demands.

With solar companies moving in, the build of a home will be changing to accommodate the energy influxes. Studies are finding that homes with pre-existing solar are selling 20% faster and for around 17% higher margins than homes without.

As cities throughout California and Nevada strive to reach net-zero energy in the coming years, sustainable building will become the new norm.

As we hear about new green building trends, we’ll share them here to keep you in the loop!

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!

Get Your Home Ready For The Chill

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As the year is winding down, there are a few seasonal home maintenance to-do’s to think of.

First, take some time to clean your garbage disposal, sink aerators, air filters, and washer water filter before your holiday guests arrive.

Next, fix your squeaky door hinges before the winter swell sets in. You’ll also want to check your window seals to keep the heat in. Take a look at your shower and bathtub caulking. If water can get in, mold can grow in those gaps.

If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned before winter sets in. Also, do a quick roof inspection for leaks too.

Lastly, check your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors and refill your first aid kits. If your home is prepared for winter, you will be too!

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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