Construction Trends to Watch in 2017

We’re almost half of the way through the year and now that the sun has finally come out, everyone’s back to building!

With five months behind us, we can see that the industry is booming with business. Now that everything is starting to dry out, we’ve seen a few indicators of what’s to come in the meantime.

First, there are only so many bodies in the market. Many contractors and union workers are seeing a labor shortage. After the bust, many people had to find different career paths. That said, there is huge potential with the younger generation. With on-the-job training, and in some cases, technical schooling, younger people can learn from the experts and start a career right away.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is the tiny house movement. These smaller homes, paired with other modular builds, are growing in popularity. On the homeowner’s side, these are less expensive due to lower material costs and shortened build times. On the builder’s side, these homes can be built quicker and safer because most work can be done inside and supervised throughout the process.

Across the board, experts are pontificating cross-work is going to rise throughout the remainder of the year. Teams of people can get jobs done quicker and more efficiently overall which benefits both sides.

That said, we’re seeing the cost of raw materials increase. Once the trees dry out, we should have a better picture of what quality and quantity of materials we will be able to get and pass along to you.

As always, technology has some fun things in store for us in 2017. Between Virtual Reality applications, drone capabilities, and bluetooth tools, this year will have all job types covered. Most tool companies are working on power tools that will do more, with less charge and more battery power. Beyond that, gone are the days of having your tools stolen. Many are including bluetooth function in their tools and batteries so you can track battery levels, performance, and of course, location.

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Chico Customer Appreciation Night 2017

Our Chico event on May 18 was a blast! Our customers and their families, our vendors, and our employees all spent an evening of laughs, stories, and fun together. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event in Martell on June 01!

 

 

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Nevada Market Customer Appreciation Night 2017

The Nevada Markets combined their efforts to host over 355 customers on May 04! We had a blast! Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

 

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

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Rocklin Customer Appreciation Night 2017

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

Our Rocklin event on April 20 was a blast! We had over 330 customers spend their Thursday night with us. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

 

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Skip the Lines & Call Ahead

Here at Meek’s, we know how busy your day can be. Whether you’re running from job to job or right in the middle of a big project, your time is precious.

Did you know, we offer a “Call Ahead” service that allows you to get in and out of our store as quickly as possible so you can be on your way.

If you haven’t taken advantage of this service yet, give your local store a call. We’ll pull your materials and have them waiting for you when you get to the store. Then you just pull up to the gate and someone will help you load.

With just two-hours notice, we’ll have you in and out in minutes! Visit your store for more information today!

 

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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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Yreka Customer Appreciation Night 2017

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

Our Yreka event last week on April 06 was a blast! Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

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New Construction Apps That Work!

Think about it, you always have your phone within arm’s reach of you. Why not add it to your tool bag and have it help you get the job done quicker, more efficient, and cheaper?

Studies have shown that four out of five workers are using some type of mobile technology in their day-to-day work on the jobsite. Whether you’re trying to go paperless, share documents across the company, or just looking to make a process earlier, we’re here to help!

Up first are two apps, SafetyCulture and Canvas. These apps help to reduce the paper you need and bring your paperwork online. Whether you’re looking to report an accident, complete OSHA reporting, inspect your jobsite safety, or complete a field safety audit, these two apps are here to help!

If you have a fleet of truck, you need a way of tracking the team. GPSTrackIt allows you to see where your equipment is at all times. If you’re leaving tools on a jobsite overnight, this app allows you to set alerts for different times. So if an excavator shouldn’t be on after 6PM and it all of a sudden powers on, you’ll know about it.

If you’re looking for a way to cut costs, make sure you have GasBuddy installed on your phone. Whether you’re filling up in your neighborhood or travelling for work, you can always find the best gas prices around you with just a tap of your finger.

For companies with employees using timesheets, Timesheet Mobile is here to help. The app is GPS-enabled and allows workers to “clock-in” directly from the jobsite. This cuts down on inaccurate start times and could save a company thousands while also increasing jobsite efficiency.

Another option to note for timesheets is StreetSmart which also tracks timekeeping with GPS. Taking things one step further, the app tracks mileage reimbursements automatically from the employee’s phone.

We’ve mentioned some these two in the past, but they’re worth mentioning again as they were specifically created to help you manage each project you’re working on. We’d suggest taking a look at FieldLens and PlanGrid. You can see our previous reviews by clicking HERE and HERE respectively.

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Yuba City Customer Appreciation Night 2017

We think our customers are awesome and need a little extra recognition. As a small token of our appreciation for your continued support, our stores will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Night in 2017.

Our Yuba City event on March 23 was a blast! Feel free to share some of your favorite memories in the comments section. We’ll see you at the next event!

 

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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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