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!

Categories: Meek's News | 1 Comment

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.

Categories: Apps. & Tech. | Leave a comment

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!

 

Categories: Meek's News | 1 Comment

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.

Categories: Brand Highlights | Leave a comment

Redding Market 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.

The Redding Market combined their efforts to host 700 customers on March 09! 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!

Categories: Meek's News | 1 Comment

Understanding the FAA’s Stance on Drones

 

droneIn 2016 we saw the use of drones grow substantially throughout our industry. In turn, we also saw the growth of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regulations on the use of commercial and recreational drones. We’re here to clear up a few questions we’ve heard from our customers.

Initially, the FAA had over 3,300 drone pilots sign up for their testing slots. The number of licensed private pilots is 171,000. The FAA is expecting the number of licensed drone operators to grow beyond that in 2017. Keep in mind, if you’re flying a drone for fun, you do not have to apply for an operator’s license, but you still have to follow the FAA safety guidelines. To find out more on the “Fly for Fun” guidelines, please visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/fly_for_fun/.

When the rules were first put into place, drones could be used on a case-by-case basis for commercial jobs. No longer is this the case. Now, rather than seeking the FAA’s permission each time, there are formal guidelines in place for all flights.

02.2016 DroneThe newest rules put in place require drones to:

  • Weigh under 55 pounds (including weight of packages)
  • Have anti-collision lights
  • Fly under 400 feet
  • Fly slower than 100mph

Drone operators must:

  • Perform safety checks before each flight
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Pass a written aeronautical knowledge test every two years at an FAA-approved facility
  • Pass a background check

Within the construction industry, a lot of exemptions were made for FAA-approved drone flights. In total, close to 40% of the exemptions made in 2016 were related to construction and infrastructure industries.

Builders, real estate agents, surveyors, and more are looking to cut costs and increase property knowledge by taking to the sky. So long as you follow the rules, flights can be both safe and successful.

Still to come are rules on keeping the drone in your line of sight during use and flyover statutes. As we hear more on these regulations, we’ll be sure to share them with you here. For more information on the FAA’s drone guidelines, visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/.

Categories: Apps. & Tech., Industry News, The More You Know | Leave a comment

Vacaville 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. Vacaville’s event took place on February 23, and 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!

Categories: Meek's News | 1 Comment

Technology on the Jobsite is Here to Stay

phoneTechnology is becoming an increasingly integral part of the daily-tasks on the jobsite. While new programs and equipment typically leads to higher productivity, there is an adjustment period.

It’s important to remember that you’re going to have some pushback from the more traditional contractors. This is normal, but once the programs or solutions are proven, these team members will likely be more willing to adopt the features. When you’re introducing something new to the mix, stress how exactly it will help your team and take it from there.

One key option to test out is swapping from paper to e-copies. Rather than lugging around a box of blueprints, you can have a phone or tablet with all of your files on it. This not only allows you to easy zoom in and out of plans, but allows you to share notes with the other builders instantly. Not only will you save on printing costs, but your time between revisions and ultimately, your entire job should pass quicker with just a single switch of materials.

With all of this, it is also key that you train all team members and sub-contractors on your processes. Once everyone is on the same page, they are able to communicate efficiently and get the job done faster and with less waste.

Share some of your favorite construction technology finds below!

Categories: Industry News | Leave a comment

Home Values Increase While Inventory Decreases

Home values were at an all-decade high across the nation in 2016, closing out the year up 6.8% over 2015.

There is a significant challenge buyers and builders are facing in 2017 due to the limited housing stock available. According to the National Association of Realtors, eight in ten areas in the country lack enough single-family housing for the increasing demand.

This translates to a larger need for new construction across the state, specifically targeted at first time home buyers. Also, for builders, many current home owners will be choosing renovation over repurchasing. According to Houzz’s forecast for the year, 10-12% of homeowners will look into redesigning some portion of their home in the coming year.

Ultimately, we’ve got the supplies you need, but owners should make sure they have enough labor to cover the jobs to come later in the spring and summer.

Categories: Industry News | Leave a comment

Specialty Contractor Work On The Rise

construction-site-build-construction-work-159306The revenue of specialty contractors has been on the rise for the past few years, jumping almost 10% in 2016. Experts are predicting another great year of growth for contractors in new construction specifically. With so many jobs in the market, large business owners are relying heavily on field experts. This is where the bank of specialty contractors comes into play.

By examining reports for the nation’s market, signs point to success in the western United States. As California and Nevada continue to focus on lower energy and more renewable sources, electrical and utility contractors are in high demand.

Focus on being selective in the jobs you are taking and align yourself with a good base of contractors in other fields. Together you can tackle any job that comes your way.

Categories: Industry News | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.