Replacement Windows

5 Signs That You Need Replacement Windows

Keep Your Windows Up to Date

Replacement Windows

Your windows should help keep your home feeling comfortable and looking its best. As time goes on, your windows’ performance gradually begins to fade. Weather stripping is damaged, the seals begin to fail, and the various parts of your windows get brittle and break. So, how exactly do you know when it’s time to finally replace your windows? While some of the signs are obvious, others are harder to catch before it’s too late. Thankfully, there are 5 telltale signs that let you know that it’s time to invest in replacement windows for your home. 

The Pets Always Know 

We’ll start with one of the most obvious signs you need new windows: How comfortable the climate in your home is. If one or more rooms in your home are overly hot in the summer or frigid in the winter, it’s likely that your windows are one of the largest factors. Aside from yourself, pay attention to your pets as well! If even Fido needs a blanket every time the temperature drops outside, it’s time to start looking into replacement windows. New windows, especially versatile and resilient vinyl windows, are made of stronger materials than older windows, and can help keep your home feeling comfy and cozy – no matter the season. 

Appearances Aren’t Always Deceiving 

Minor aesthetic damages usually aren’t anything to be concerned about in terms of the state of your windows. However, significant physical damages usually point to failing windows. For example, if your windows constantly have foggy panes, that’s a sign that gas is escaping from between the panes and condensation has formed inside. Over time, that heat and water can loosen the seals on your windows. Similarly, chipping paint and an inability to hold a new coat of paint can mean water damage has set in. This water damage can also lead to moldy smells, another sure sign that your windows need replacing! 

Bills, Bills, Bills 

If your windows aren’t performing at their best, doesn’t it make sense that your energy bills would go up?  It’s true – leaking or inferior windows lead to your heat and air conditioning filtering outside, reducing their efficacy inside and wasting your energy. Even if you can afford the extra money, heating and cooling the outdoors is wasteful and consumes more natural resources than is necessary. If you’re not sure what your fuel and electricity bills should be, ask your neighbors what they pay. If their house is built like yours and their family is a similar size, their bills should be roughly the same. 

Open Sesame 

Even though it may seem obvious, if your windows are either too hard or too easy to get open/through, they’re probably at the end of their shelf life. And replacement windows aren’t just there for quality-of-life improvements, they can keep you safer as well. Windows that are too hard to open are a safety hazard, especially in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. On the other hand, windows with weak seals, gaps in the caulking, holes, etc. allow bugs and other pests easier entry into your home – it’s one of the many reasons why new windows are so helpful! 

Tune Out the Noise 

There’s a lot more people in the world now, and a lot more noise to be heard, especially in crowded neighborhoods. Another sign of failing windows is more of that noise creeping into your home. Windows that are improperly sealed or are older can let in much more outside noise, and that means more difficulty sleeping or holding a conversation indoors. Thankfully, modern windows can be fitted with three panes of glass and special laminations – so you don’t have to shout to be heard anymore. 

Even if you’re just looking to upgrade your windows and give your home a new look, we encourage you to get out and do it! Let us help you find the best choice so you can increase your home’s curb value and save on your energy bills. 

Preparation is Everything!

Beautify Your Deck with Duckback Deck Stain

Dream Decks Start Here!

Preparation is Everything!

Whether you’re building your deck from scratch or improving your current deck, the right deck stain is essential to produce a beautifully finished product. Thankfully, with the right tools and some Duckback® Deck Stain, you can achieve professional results – even if you’re a DIYer! Available in a wide range of colors, shades, and finishes, this deck stain can get you one step closer to your dream deck. But proper preparation and staining technique are also key. Let us show you the tricks of the trade to crafting a perfectly stained deck, so you can get out and get staining!

Gather Your Gear

Before you can begin the staining process, you’re going to want to have all the right tools and gear on hand! After all, you want to protect your investment in your dream deck and ensure that any future maintenance is simple to do. It’s also important to consider the quality of the tools you use – high quality tools mean professional-level results. You don’t have to worry about going outside your budget either, if you shop around, you can always find the right tools at the right price. We recommend gathering this equipment together before you start prepping your deck for staining:

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Broom
  • Garden hose
  • Drop cloth
  • Sanding sponge
  • Stiff synthetic-bristle brush (make sure it’s specific to oil, water-based formulations)
  • Pump sprayer (optional)
  • Roller covers
  • Extension pole
  • 4″ brushes (make sure they’re specific to oil, water-based formulations)

Choose Your Color

Now that you have the basics assembled, you should decide on which stain you’ll use on your deck. Duckback® has a wide range of deck stains available in 5 distinct opacities. What stain you choose all depends on the style and finish you want the completed deck to have. You have your choice between:

  • Transparent – Adds warmth and glow and shows 100% grain clarity. Superdeck Transparent Stain is one such product, featuring a three-oil formula that uses the highest quality iron oxide pigments to create long-lasting colors and inhibit UV damage caused by the sun.
  • Semi-transparent – Adds rich pigmented color with moderate hide. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Oil Based Stain uses a unique formula that contains Carnauba wax for an extremely durable finish and a beautiful lustrous sheen with mar and scuff resistance.
  • Semi-solid – Beautiful color hides wood grain while allowing texture to show through. Superdeck Semi-Solid Stains with Cool Feel Technology delivers a coating that helps reduce surface temperature, making it cooler to walk on.
  • Solid – Maximum durability and hide. Superdeck Solid Stains are an acrylic latex solid color coating that are fortified with a super-bonding alkyd resin that provides priming and penetration, plus outstanding adhesion to chalky surfaces.
  • Super-solid – Offers lasting protection. Superdeck Deck and Dock Elastomeric Coating is a high-build elastomeric coating designed to protect, resurface and waterproof old, damaged wood.

Preparation is Everything!

Once you’ve got absolutely everything you need together, it’s time to prep that deck! Preparation really is everything when it comes to staining, as inadequate preparation is the most common reason for deck stain failure. Begin by thoroughly examining your deck to see if it’s clean – if there’s any dust, dirt, wood fibers or grease on your deck, you’ll need to take care of it prior to staining. Unclean deck surfaces lead to uneven coating and make it more likely that your stain won’t set properly. To ensure your deck is as clean as possible, we recommend that you:

  1. Thoroughly sweep the deck to remove debris.
  2. Liberally apply cleaner using a roller or pump sprayer (you should wear protective equipment to avoid contact with skin and eyes).
  3. Allow the cleaner to set for 15 minutes. Mist your work area with a garden hose to keep it wet while the cleaner soaks into the wood.
  4. After 15 minutes, work the cleaner into the surface using a stiff synthetic-bristle brush. Scrub to remove residue thoroughly.
  5. Use a garden hose to completely rinse the cleaner from the wood.

Once your deck surface is completely clean and dry, then you’re ready to stain.

Easy as Pie to Apply!

Now comes the fun part – applying the stain and enjoying the lovely results! One of the best things about Duckback® is how worry-free the application process is, you’ll be done after following these simple steps:

  1. Before applying stain, sprinkle some water on the deck. If the droplets sink in, the wood is ready-to-be stained.
  2. Working with the wood grain, apply an even coat of stain using a 4-inch brush. You may also use a roller to first apply the stain, and then work into the wood with your brush.
  3. For best results, avoid staining at midday or in direct sunlight.
  4. Depending on temperature and humidity, allow 24 – 48 hours of dry time before using your beautifully stained deck.

You’re now ready to spruce up your deck in style! Get in contact with the helpful team at GNH to find the answers to any of your decking questions!

Outdoor Siding with Ladder

Design Smarter with LP SmartSide Exterior Home Siding!

Experience High Performance Siding with Less Maintenance!

Outdoor Siding with LadderIt’s always important to keep a close eye on your home’s exterior siding! If you’ve noticed any leaks, cracks, chips, or any other visible problems that have developed over the years – it may be time to replace or restore your siding! But not all siding is created equal, and some siding is more difficult to keep looking beautiful without extensive maintenance on your part. Thankfully, there is a siding option that is not only high-performance, but also requires only basic upkeep! LP SmartSide Siding is the perfect engineered wood siding to improve your home’s curb appeal while requiring little maintenance!

Let It Shine with Basic Cleaning Techniques

Taking care of your home, siding included, should be a year-long effort. Even taking the time to do an annual visual home inspection can pay dividends for you in the long-term. We recommend taking a yearly inventory of your home’s exterior and siding to check for any stains, mildew, or mold that may have cropped up over the last year. You can keep your home’s exterior and LP SmartSide Siding looking beautiful by performing some basic periodic care and maintenance. Follow these tips to keep your home free from mildew, dust, dew, and other environmental damages:

  • Dust and dirt can build up on your home’s exterior siding, no matter where you live. If you want to keep your home looking its best, we advise using a soft cloth, sponge, or light brush along with a mixture of mild soap and water to wash and clean the surface of your siding. You can then lightly rinse off with water from a garden hose – be sure not to pressure wash, as this can damage your siding and increase your risk of damaging or discoloring the paint on your home.
  • For mold, we recommend using a lighter solution of three-parts water to one-part white vinegar to safely remove any intrusive mold or mildew stains. This can help remove pesky discolorations without risking any damage to your paint or wood stains!

Simple Monthly Maintenance

In addition to basic maintenance to keep your home siding free from stains and mildew, you should also take note of any chips, wears, or tears within your siding. Thankfully, small imperfections like these are easily fixed – especially with LP SmartSide Siding! For any small chips or cracks in the paint finish your home’s exterior siding, you can simply touch them up with matching paint. We recommend that you don’t paint over existing paint or try to blend the paint out into existing paint – and that you allow at least 24 hours for the paint you use to dry. When checking your siding, it’s also key to check on your gutters and sprinklers. Make sure your gutters are draining properly and your sprinklers aren’t exposing your siding to water spray – issues with either of these can lead to irreparable damage to your exterior siding.

If you notice any damage to your siding’s caulking, it’s best to contact a professional contractor to help repair it. They’ll know how to replace caulking around LP SmartSide siding that has cracked, hardened or lost its seal.

Responsibly Made, Environmentally Committed

Choosing LP SmartSide Siding not only improves the curb appeal of your home, it’s also great for the environment! All LP SmartSide Siding products are made with renewable wood, grown and gathered under strict Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards. These standards include responsible forestry practices that protect water quality, biodiversity and wildlife habitats. All wood used by companies participating in the SFI program must come from legal and responsible sources, whether the forests are SFI-certified or not. These standards ensure forest products remain a sustainable resource now and for generations to come.

By adhering to these standards, all LP SmartSide Siding products benefit your health by using:

  • Low-emitting binding agents and resin – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in many products we use to build and maintain our homes, including siding. The binding agents and resins in LP SmartSide products release low levels of VOCs, which may decrease some people’s risk of health problems.
  • No added formaldehyde – Formaldehyde is a common chemical used to make building materials. It irritates the airways and is known to cause cancer. No urea-formaldehyde is added during the manufacture of LP SmartSide products.

Your home’s siding should do more than improve its looks – it should also protect it against the elements and keep your energy costs down! If you’re looking to replace or restore your home’s siding, be sure to reach out to the talented team at GNH Lumber. We can help you find the best siding for your home and ensure it’s installed successfully!

Bring the Outdoors Inside with Marvin Patio Doors!

Bring the Outdoors Inside with Marvin Patio Doors!

Bring the Outdoors Inside with Marvin Patio Doors!

Marvin Patio Doors introduce more light and airflow into your home.

We all know how important sunshine (and good old Vitamin D) are towards maintaining good body and mental health. But did you know that aside from spending time outdoors, you can help bring that lovely sunshine and outdoor feel into your home as well? It’s true, and it can still help improve your overall health!

Humans are hardwired to be exposed to nature. What’s more, studies have shown that there’s a positive biological response that happens when we come into contact with nature, as well. You can bring the outdoors into your own home with Marvin Patio Doors – and this exposure to natural light can improve your health from head to toe!

Natural Light Improves Well-Being

Before we ever had lamps and lightbulbs, the sun was our primary source of light. As such, our biology revolves around the sleep/wake cycles we’ve established due to the natural rotations and guiding flow of the sun. This means that maintaining healthy levels of exposure to natural light is crucial to your overall health. Without proper sleep and access to natural light our immune systems can’t function at their best. Besides that, our energy is reduced, and we can find it harder to concentrate or remember things.  Now, we can try to get outdoors as much as possible, but the average person spends nearly 90% of their time indoors. With so many work-from-home arrangements, we need our lighting to work in our favor to keep ourselves feeling and thinking healthy! Thankfully, thanks to the many advances in window and door design, you can easily amplify your access to natural light in your home.

Enhancing Your Home with Natural Light

Your patio door can work with the rest of your design choices to create a sharp, healthy and workable light-filled home. Especially when you add a Marvin Patio Door to an existing or planned outdoor deck! Nowadays, most modern homes (and many recently remodeled homes as well) have more windows with narrower frames. This increases the capacity for light to pass through and offers better views, so a sliding patio door can add even more lovely, natural light.

Healthy home design revolves around ensuring our doors and windows and our exposure to natural light work hand-in-hand. We recommend choosing a Marvin brand patio door to not only increase your home’s comfort and functionality – but also improve its curb appeal! Marvin Patio Doors provide reduced sightlines, thanks to a large expanse of glass. That means your backyard views are always picturesque and stunning! This also enables you to achieve the optimal amount of sunlight in your home. So you can connect with the outdoors, restore your health, and feel free – even while indoors!

Add Natural Light with Marvin Patio Doors

Blend Looks for Indoor & Outdoor Chic

One of the best things about adding a Marvin Patio Door to your home is how customizable they are – so they can complement any existing or planned deck/outdoor space!

If you’re looking to create a sleek, modern patio for outdoor entertaining this summer – try the Marvin Ultimate Sliding Patio Door! Featuring enhanced security features, heights of up to 16 feet, durable and weathertight performance, and personalized aesthetics and framing, it’s a great “plug-and-play” option for your next home remodeling project! We recommend pairing it with TimberTech AZEK Weathered Teak Decking to keep your deck cool while ensuring a sharp, contemporary look.

Don’t forget about the rest of your outdoor space as well! Having the entrance/exit from your backyard match the entire space only adds to its entire flow and feel. Try combining the clean lines and added visibility of a Marvin Essential Sliding Patio Door with a stylish new TimberTech Paver pathway for added aesthetics! These products are not only incredibly customizable and easy to care for, but they can also improve the functionality of your home – inside and out!

It’s easier than you think to add to your home’s entire curb appeal with Marvin Patio Doors! They can improve the looks of your home – and can also protect it against the elements and keep your energy costs down! If you’re looking to improve your home inside and out, be sure to reach out to the talented team at GNH Lumber. We can help you find the best door and decking options for your home and ensure it’s installed successfully!

Simple Deck Design Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

Simple Deck Design Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

Simple Deck Design Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor SpaceBeautify Your Deck and Spruce Up Your Backyard!

Creating the perfect outdoor space is easier than you think! If you’re looking to spruce up your backyard and beef up your home’s curb appeal – your deck and its surrounding space is the best place to start. But there are a lot of different ways to bring your vision for your outdoor living space to life. That’s why we recommend you stick to a simple formula for remodeling your home’s backyard space. Simple deck design ideas work best – especially when combined with new doors and stone accents!

Fresh Decks Let You Live Your Best Life Outdoors!

When you’re designing (or redesigning) your deck, you should choose products that seamlessly blend simple designs and tech. The ideal decking product is durable, easy to install, and looks sharp no matter the deck’s style. Whether you’re completing the project yourself or hiring out a contractor, the material should work within your design! Products such as Timbertech AZEK decking provide the best variety of colors, wood grains, and widths to bring any design to life.

We recommend you start by deciding on color – after all, your deck’s hue should speak to you! From there, you can decide on specific color combinations, shades, and even special wood grain patterns. By changing your decking’s highlights or lowlights, you can create a wide range of coloring. From there, it’s time to decide on your boards’ width. You don’t have to feel pigeonholed into “standard” sized boards anymore, either! Nowadays, wider boards are very trendy – and narrower boards can give your deck a coastal vibe. Don’t be afraid to mix and match board sizes either, the right combos can give your deck a uniquely modern look!

Once you’ve designed your deck around these simple ideas, don’t forget the railing! The right rail makes the perfect pairing to a deftly-designed deck. Before you add railing, we recommend considering these factors first:

  • Consider the architectural style and color story of your existing home. Which decking and railing combos would best complement them?
  • If you’re planning for a deck with an adventurous design, have you found a contractor that has experience with complex builds? If you’re DIYing – do you feel comfortable doing it yourself?
  • When it comes to railing, are you looking to keep your views unobstructed with something minimal or make a bold style statement?
  • Which railing profile do you prefer: classic millwork, modern and minimalist, or a sleek drink rail?

After you’ve answered those questions, you’re ready to build that deck!

 

Perfect Views with Sliding Glass Doors

Adding sliding doors to your deck is great for accenting backyard and improving your outdoor panoramas!  Massive openings are possible with sliding doors. They open up your home and create a stronger connection to nature and the outdoors. Large openings are also perfect for high traffic areas like the passageway leading to a patio during a backyard get together. Even better – furniture and other household items can be placed near a sliding door.

If you’re looking for a sleek, sharp, and simple look – try Marvin’s black sliding door patio series! This modern, yet subdued tone works well with many different shades of exterior siding and decking. Or, if you’re looking for something more upbeat and contemporary, try their urban patio series. These sliding doors offer defined lines and urbane style for any home!

 

A Completed Cultured Stone Look

Once your deck and doors are taken care of, there’s one last simple design idea to tie your backyard space together! A stone pathway or even a stone firepit are the best “last touches” for your outdoor getaway. But don’t worry about feeling tied to natural stone, which can be costly and difficult to work with. Manufactured stone veneers, such as Cultured Stone, are the perfect alternative! These products mirror the look and feel of natural stone, with superior performance and versatility.

Once you’ve customized your space, the details add all the warmth and togetherness it needs. And nothing imbues your outdoor space with comfort quite like a fireplace. Signature fireplace surrounds or pit designs can tie your whole backyard together. Tastefully-designed pathways add simple elegance and make wandering your outdoor space a dream!

 

Though redesigning or remodeling your home’s backyard space can seem daunting – it really isn’t! By taking it one step at a time and having a defined plan with simple, versatile designs, you can get it done. If you need help getting your design started, or need to find the best supplies, contact our helpful team!

Adding Metro Mojo to Your Home with Cultured Stone

Add Metro Mojo with Cultured Stone

Whether you’re moving into a new space or adding onto your current home, matching aesthetics to design goals is key. It’s important to end up with a look and style you love, but it all has to work together in harmony!

Adding urban flair and character to your home with a natural stone feature is an exciting and fun experience! It’s a great project for any DIY-er to tackle, and once you set your budget, the only limit is your imagination.

As you plan your newly re-invented space, don’t forget to consider budget, timeline, and stylistic choices, such as color and material. This will help you to define your vision from the start, which will streamline the renovation process.

If you’re looking to add a touch of metro mojo, using Cultured Stone is a great place to start! These cleverly crafted cultured stone veneers can be used in many different ways to give your home a sleek, stylish look.

Embrace Your Outdoor Space

Whether your home has a rooftop escape or not, you should make the most of your outdoor space. And don’t worry, you can do it with any sort of space – even if it’s shared with neighbors!

You can spruce up your outdoor space with floral arrangements, in pots if needed. We also recommend adding murals or any other artistic expression that reminds you of city parks. Try adding strand lights or other fun lighting arrangements to help enhance that hip metro feel. If your backyard isn’t shared and you have extra space, you have an even better option. Try building a secret garden to give you a “private” feeling to remind you of other secluded gardens. You could even build personal walkways or garden walls with Cultured Stone!

Don’t forget to make sure your outdoor space is fit for entertaining guests! As the weather gets warmer, a backyard getaway or rooftop escape is the perfect place to gather once the sun goes down. Make it great for an evening under the stars by creating a conversation space. Be sure to equip it with lovely seating options around a Cultured Stone firepit or firebowl. With nearly limitless configuration options and styles available, you can create a truly magical and luxurious gathering space the perfect stage for countless memories to be made!

Creating Trendy Together Spaces

There’s something magical about the communal component of urban living – no matter where. It’s time for your fireplace surround to soar like a within a historic brownstone home. Your wall between the den and the kitchen can function as an indoor window. There are many little touches that can bring any space together in a modern and stylish way. Cultured Stone makes it simple to recreate any urban and trendy looks! Even better, these manufactured stone veneers can be colored to match whatever the tone of whatever room you’re adding onto.

Add a Touch of Cosmopolitan Customization

Trends and styles are always evolving and blending new features with existing attributes. This “constant change” energy means that every home on your block is changing – and each with its own identity. Thankfully, you have many tools at your disposal to add more personality to your home and help increase its curb appeal to boot. Try enlarging the size of your windows to let more light in and incorporate a bright, linear stone profile to enhance the presence of that light. We also recommend playing with color palettes, fixtures, and finishes to personalize every inch of your home!

Everything from new Cultured Stone features to enhance a room, to statement lamps in the entryway can add value to your home! The right extra touches can add a chic, cosmopolitan vibe to your home – new or old.

 

Wherever you call home, whether it’s urban, suburban, or something more – it should match the needs of you and your family. By adding onto your home with Cultured Stone, you can create a warm and personalized space for anyone. Contact our talented team today to learn how we can help improve your home!

 

Source: Cultured Stone

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Maintaining and upgrading your home’s exterior with deck stain helps to preserve the integrity of your porch or deck. Your outdoor space is a cherished place. A place for you to share meals and memories with family, neighbors, and forever friends. As such, it should exude warmth and beauty all year round. We recommend Duckback Stain for unsurpassed beauty and warmth through superior innovation, product quality and performance.

Superdeck Stain uses quality premium ingredients like tung and linseed oils, carnauba wax, and premium transparent iron oxide pigments that protect your deck and deliver a rich, warm glow. What about rain? Well, let’s just say that it sheds like water off of a duck’s back!

Here are 3 answers to the question, ‘Why should I stain my wooden deck or porch?’ from doityourself.com:

1) Make Your Wood Waterproof

Wood decks and porches are exposed to water throughout their lifetimes. Unlike paint that sits on the wood surface, Superdeck Stain penetrates deep within the wood itself. This protects the boards and repel moisture from the inside out.

2) Rot Protection

Once wood rots, it cannot be repaired, and it might create a dangerous deck or porch. According to doityourself.com, “Wood stain protects your wood from all kinds of rot. Staining your wood will keep out termites, mold, mildew, and many other pests that can cause rot.”

3) Blocking UV Rays

Repeated exposure to sunlight can damage wood and fade wood color. Superdeck Stain contains the highest quality iron oxide pigments to create long-lasting colors and inhibit UV damage caused by the sun. Their waterborne Semi-Transparent Stain is formulated for 3 years of durability. This unique formula penetrates deeply offering excellent UV protection and lasting defense against premature weathering and mildew.

4) Preserving Its Beauty

Keeping your deck attractive without outstanding maintenance is possible with regular sealing and staining. Make sure to choose high-quality products and methods to ensure the deck is sealed and protected from the elements. A quality stain can prevent excess moisture from which can then develop mold.

4) Cost Savings

Choosing the right coat for your project can help you save money and long-term complications for your deck. Wood stains do need to be reapplied eventually but by consulting in one of our professionals, we can guide you in the right direction. Browse our selection of high quality deck stain brands or contact us today for a project quote.

 

Sources: https://www.superdeck.com/about/; https://www.doityourself.com/stry/why-stain-wood-4-reasons-to-use-exterior-wood-stain

Cultured Stone Veneers: Add Textured Tradition to Your Home

It’s no secret that some of the most beautiful and memorable structures in the world are made with stone.

Whether it’s a grand work of art or an average office building, stone is a material that has shaped our lives. Nowadays, stone has its place in redesigning your home’s interior as well. But stone has its drawbacks; it’s heavy, difficult to install, and can be quite expensive. Thankfully, it’s the 21st century and there’s an alternative that can bring beauty and value to your home – manufactured stone veneers. If you’re looking to add textured tradition to your home, try Cultured Stone veneers!

What Are Cultured Stone Veneers?

Cultured Stone veneers are a type of manufactured stone. They’re made in flexible molds using a concrete mixture. Afterwards, they’re hand-colored with iron oxide pigments to resemble natural stone. The result is a versatile and lightweight material that adheres to most surfaces. It comes bearing the best credentials as well. Every veneer produced meets AC-51 criteria – the strictest requirements in the industry. As long as you see that CSV® stamp, you can rest assured that you’re getting the highest quality material.

 

Less Weight, Less Problems!

CSV® offer both the home DIYer and the expert many advantages over natural stone. Due to its unique composition, it is almost one-quarter the weight of natural stone. A standard box of CSV® weighs about 10 pounds, and comes pre-sorted for variations in size and color. This means that once you’ve got your stone veneers on hand, you can spend less time moving material around!

This makes the entire installation process easier as well. Natural full-bed stone puts a tremendous amount of strain on surfaces. This means that even the most expert stonemason can only make so much progress each day. Not so with CSV®, as its lightweight properties allow more work to get done with less physical strain. Anyone working with this material is sure to be upright at the end of the day and have a spring in their step!

 

A Variety of Choices

Touching up your fireplace? Adding some extra beauty to your kitchen backsplash? Then there’s a CSV® in whatever color or style you need! You don’t have to feel confined to standard shades of brown or gray either. A wide variety of the options available are modern, trend-setting, and much newer to the market.

Whether you’re going DIY or hiring an expert, the range of customization is almost endless. CSV® is the perfect material for artistic expression and creative layouts. Working with material like this means the only limit on any of your projects is your imagination!

 

Traditional Beauty Meets Modern Style

Looking for some ideas to jump start your project? We recommend smaller, simpler ideas to get your home interior feeling new!

For example, if your guest bedroom (or any bedroom) needs a new look, why not give it a CSV® makeover? This Sculpted Ashlar is modern-meets-classic, with just the right amount of warmth.

There’s no better time than now to get that fireplace looking fresh for fall! Add beauty and value to yours with this Pro-Fit Alpine Ledgestone. Make any room feel like a Northern Ski Lodge!

Using CSV® for your next project gives you the timeless look and feel of stone, at a much better value! Get in touch with the team at GNH Lumber today for any advice and guidance you need with your next home project.

 

Sources: https://www.culturedstone.com/blog/stone-savants-the-artistic-evolution-of-the-modern-mason; https://www.culturedstone.com/

home maintenance resolutions for 2018

6 Home Maintenance Resolutions to Keep Next Year!

home maintenance resolutions for 2018 It’s the end of one year, and another is about to begin. Start the year off on the right foot by giving your home maintenance projects top priority! New Year’s resolve can quickly fade away… But if you make a list of monthly to-dos and tackle them one at a time, you won’t lose track of those all-important home maintenance resolutions.

There are a handful of simple home maintenance tasks that should be completed each year. They are simple to do, minimal cost, and can help you save big money on costlier repairs down the road.

So, if you’re getting cabin fever this winter, get outside and give your home some TLC!

Here are 5 home maintenance resolutions to keep this year:

1) Apply Fresh Paint

It’s always a good time for an interior painting project, so select some fabulous colors this winter and start improving your home!

Painting is an inexpensive way to improve your home’s value, aesthetic appeal. It can also help protect your walls from dirt and moisture, which may lead to bigger headaches later.

Go for broke and select a bold color to paint an accent wall in your living room. Or add dimension to your bedroom by painting the ceiling. You’re only limited by your creativity and imagination.

Get your painting project started!

2) Check Your Insulation

Attic or basement insulation protect your home’s heating system from strain and overuse by keeping heat inside during the winter, and out during the summer.

A quick and easy check-up on your home’s insulation can lower energy bills and prevent costlier repairs to your home’s furnace or heating system. Look for sagging or missing insulation, or signs of insect or rodent damage. Because of the dangers involved with laying new insulation (harmful chemicals and substances to breath), we recommend hiring an insulation replacement specialist to make these repairs.

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3) Protect Entryway Floors

Take it from FamilyHandyMan.com: all the elements of nature can wreak havoc on your entryway floors, including rain, snow, mud, and ice. Moisture and muck not only looks awful, it can destroy hardwood floors over time, leading to costly repairs.

So, how do you protect your floors from the mess? “Place mats both inside and outside the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway. And make sure your mudroom is ready with a place to dry wet jackets, hats, mittens and gloves.”

 

4) Get Ahead of Ice Dams

Ice dams form when the edges of a house’s roof is colder than the rest of the roof, causing ice to form around the eaves. Snow melts above, and the melted snow backs up behind a “dam” of ice, potentially causing leaks and permanent damage to the roof and home — if you’ve ever experienced an ice dam on your roof-line, you know what a nightmare it can be!

Here’s what Houzz.com recommends if you notice the beginnings of an ice dam:

  1. Carefully remove snow and ice if possible without damaging roof and gutters.
  2. If you have heat cables, turn them on. Heat cables cannot prevent or fully remove ice dams, but can melt enough of the ice to create a channel for water to flow out, preventing some damage.

 

5) Maintain Your Hot Water Tank

Yearly maintenance of your hot water tank can improve performance, meaning more hot water when you need it, and less waiting for hot water to replenish. It can also help prevent expensive repairs (or even replacement) later.

Flush your hot water tank to remove sediment to save on the cost of replacing the entire hot water tank down the road. You can also wrap an older hot water tank with an insulating blanket to help conserve energy (and save you money). And these blankets prevent hot water heaters from losing heat in cold rooms and closets.

 

 6) Keep Driveways and Walkways Clear of Snow & Ice

home maintenance-resolutions 2018 snow removalKeeping your driveway and walkways clear from snow and ice accumulation from each winter storm serves a dual-purpose. It prevents slips and falls, and allows for easy access by vehicles. But it also prevents excess moisture from seeping into the small cracks of your driveway or walkway and doing greater damage when it expands into ice. This moisture could potentially cause damage, resulting the need to repave your driveway or walkway prematurely.

Try removing the snow with easy-push shovels to save your back from strain (check out shovels, snow and ice removal tools available at GNH). Then add a sprinkle of salt or ice-melt to help the moisture evaporate when the sunshine returns.

 

As you go about the process of maintaining your home and property, don’t forget that our expert staff is happy answer your questions, offer guidance and provide time-saving tips! If you need winter gloves, snow shovels or window insulation, we have many items on SALE every month. Visit our web sales page, and check back often for new deals.

 

Sources: “27 Tasks for Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist”, FamilyHandyMan.com; Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist”, Houzz.com.

Calming Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore

Create Harmony with Ben Moore's 2021 Color of the Year!If you’re looking to cover your walls with calming paint colors, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year.

“Soft power, silence, pause.” These are some of the words that Benjamin Moore uses to describe the blend of blue-green and gray that is Aegean Teal 2136-40. This intriguing mid-tone creates natural harmony and looks just as amazing in the kitchen as it does in the bedroom, den or home office.

Want calming paint colors? The entire Ben Moore “Color Trends Collection” for 2021 is designed to nourish the spirit with the comforting, sun-baked hues. It also helps us celebrate the simple pleasures in life—like “the faded rumple of linen sheets in the morning and perfectly ripened fruits on the windowsill. The twelve hues in the palette radiate warmth and well-being. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home. Settle in.”

Get your painting project started!

So, go on… Take a moment to reflect and reset. Intriguing, balanced, and deeply soothing, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021, Aegean Teal 2136-40, creates natural harmony. Check out the full video introduction to this calming blue-green and gray combination:

This isn’t your ordinary mid-tone teal. The slight hint of bluish-green evokes calm and harmony, while making yellows, whites and beige tones POP!

Reclaim Your Ease

Pair Aegean Teal 2136-40 with Muslin OC-12 to beautiful effect, like in the cozy bedroom above. Muslin OC-12 is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces.

Tip: Less is more when working with this subtle teal. Surround Aegean Teal with whites and off-whites to allow its soft colors to really sing.

Work in Harmony

Create a home office that truly inspires productivity! These soft Aegean Teal 2136-40 cabinets create a sense of balance to help you work better and feel less distracted. It pairs well light gray walls like Benjamin Moore’s Foggy Morning, or Gray Cashmere.

Tip: Wicker baskets, metallic hardware and lighting fixtures complete this cozy and homey look.

 

Get Your Interior Painting Project Done!

Painting the rooms of your home can have tremendous impact, and it’s a great family project with a modest price tag. Strive for a balance of linear elements and colors, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way. Get your painting project started!

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-of-the-year-2021