Fire prevention week - safe cooking

Fire Prevention Week Tips: Cooking Safely

Fire prevention week - safe cooking

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” is so important. It reminds homeowners that cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

Here’s this year’s key Fire Prevention Week campaign messages:

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How to Choose Replacement Windows

How to Choose Replacement Windows

How to Choose Replacement Windows

The autumn season is the perfect time to swap out drafty old windows with new energy efficient ones. Investing in replacement windows now will equal savings on heating costs all winter long—and beyond. But how do you choose replacement windows in the first place?

One shortcut is to visit your local GNH Lumber to discuss your window replacement project with our seasoned experts.

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To help you choose just the right windows for your home and budget, we recommend considering some common cost-saving options and answering a few common questions beforehand:

1) PLANNING

Start by considering which windows you want to replace. Do you want to replace all of them, one floor at a time, or just individual units that will save energy and add convenience to a particular room in your home?

2) BUDGET

Prepare a preliminary budget. This will help you determine how many windows you can replace with the styles, features, and materials you want. Pay particular attention to the window’s thermal performance since this will factor into the cost. Windows that qualify for tax rebates may cost more initially but these costs are offset by rebates and greater energy savings over time!

3) APPLICATION 

What do you want your new windows to do? Are they architectural design features or will they provide specific functionality? Do you want the windows to open and close? How they should operate? Vinyl windows like Smarter Windows from GNH Lumber will provide lower maintenance, greater convenience, and higher energy performance than most wood windows.

4) ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Finally, discuss energy-efficient window options (like standard insulated glass and low-e glass) with the knowledgeable staff at GNH Lumber. Don’t forget to work the additional cost of these features into the context of estimated savings on your heating and cooling bills. Do the expected savings justify the extra cost? Vinyl window frames are less expensive and do provide more insulation qualities.

Sources: http://www.smarterwindows.com/Page/How_to_Buy_Replacement_Windows

 

Are you ready to explore your window replacement options? Visit a GNH location to discuss your new or replacement window project with an expert today! Or download our free window replacement guide.

How to Replace Windows in Zones

How to Replace Windows in Zones

How to Replace Windows in Zones

Should you replace windows in zones?

Replacement windows can save you as much as 15% on your energy bills while reducing wear and tear on heating and cooling systems. Plus, updated windows will improve your quality of life by introducing more light and fresh air to your favorite room or home office.

If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of a full window replacement, don’t worry. You don’t have to replace every single window in your home to start enjoying beauty, function, and energy-savings. Instead, you can replace windows one zone at a time.

Explore replacement Marvin windows in a wide range of styles at GNH Lumber! Simply request a project quote today

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Window Replacement by the Zone

Now is the perfect time to replace your home’s older or malfunctioning windows before the chill of autumn comes and begins stealing away precious heating dollars. But how do you know which windows need replacing? Some signs, such as condensation or cosmetic damage, might not need replacement at all and are actually perfectly normal. Others, like water stains and wood rot, need immediate replacement.

Knowing the signs that require prompt attention versus those that can be easily fixed can help you evaluate whether and how soon a replacement is needed. This will help you replace windows in “zones” for a more targeted, cost-effective approach.

Remember, you don’t have to replace every single window in your home in order to make a dramatic improvement in your home’s style, airflow, and energy savings!

Here’s our guide to evaluating your home’s overall window health and creating “zones” for targeted window replacement.

How to Replace Windows in Zones

Zone #1 – Immediate Attention Needed

Sometimes replacement windows are non-negotiable, especially when they greatly compromise your home’s energy-efficiency and/or security. Look for these signs that you’re in the “red” zone:

  • WATER DAMAGE – Water between glass panes, leaking, water stains or evidence of wood rot can be signs excess moisture is accumulating where you cannot see it, which means your windows are no longer effective. This can lead to mold, mildew, warping, or structural damage.
  • COMPROMISED SECURITY – As entry points into your home, you should address broken windows immediately.

 

Zone #2 – Time to Investigate

Sometimes replacement isn’t immediately necessary, although it would still help with ease of operation and climate control. Here are some warning signs for windows you should keep an eye on:

  • FAULTY OPERATION – Difficulty opening or closing, sticking sash and pesky operational issues can sometimes be solved with a thorough cleaning or small repair. However, these can also be signs that parts are nearing the end of their lifespan.
  • LESS CLIMATE CONTROL – New windows can get rid of drafts to make rooms more comfortable. But if the time isn’t right, replacement can wait!

 

Zone #3 – No Need to Replace

Some of your home’s windows may not need replacing at all! Don’t mistake these signs for critical damage. They are likely normal and can be corrected during routine maintenance:

  • CONDENSATION – Condensation is perfectly normal. It simply indicates the presence of humidity, which means your windows are doing their job and holding heat inside your home. There are many easy ways to remove condensation that don’t involve replacement. Read more at Marvin.com/condensation.
  • COSMETIC ISSUES – Issues like chipped paint, tarnished hardware, and dirty weather stripping can be addressed on your schedule with routine care and maintenance.

By dividing your home into zones using the evaluation methods above, you can make the right window replacements now while keeping less urgent updates on the back-burner for a later date.

 

Questions about your window replacement project? Need help evaluating your home’s overall window health? Visit a GNH showroom today or contact our experts with your window or door replacement questions!

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden 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.

 

Protect and Beautify Your Outdoor Living Space!

Now’s the perfect time to protect your wooden deck or porch with a fresh coat of stain at GNH. Get started now.

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

How to Grow Grass in Shaded Areas

How to Grow Grass in Shaded Areas

How to Grow Grass in Shaded AreasHave you tried to grow grass in shaded areas of your lawn without success? Many lawns have shady spots where grass seed just doesn’t want to sprout and grow. Maybe pet or insect damage has complicated the process, making new grass growth that much harder. So, how do you successfully grow and maintain healthy grass even in the darkest spots of your lawn?

Here are 3 easy tips from Scotts to help turn shady spots into havens of thick turf!

1) Evaluate the Amount of Sunlight – According to Scott’s, “The rule of thumb for even shade-tolerant grasses is that they need at least three to four hours of direct sun, or four to six hours of dappled sunlight, per day.” If the spot on your lawn gets less sunlight than this, try pruning back nearby trees or shrubs to allow for more light.

2) Find a Grass Seed Specifically for Shade – There are certain grass types that are designed to thrive in shade. For those of us living in the Northeast, a hearty fescue blend, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Dense Shade Mix will work well.

3) Plant, Water and Watch – First, prep the area with a rake to loosen the soil then spread your grass seed at the proper rate and cover with quality soil to help your grass seedlings get off to a great start. After that, you water, watch and wait. Keep your new shaded grass moist by watering once or twice daily, until you see it grow tall enough to mow. Then cut back to a normal watering schedule.

*Remember: when you plant grass seed around trees, the trees are hungry and thirsty, and will compete with grass for available water and nutrients. Be sure to regularly feed the grass around trees and water generously.

Lawn care or gardening questions? Visit GNH Lumber in Greenville or Windham to discuss your project with one of our experts.

Sources: https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library/grass-grass-seed/how-grow-grass-shaded-areas

3 Summer Lawn Care Tips from Scotts

3 Summer Lawn Care Tips from Scotts

3 Summer Lawn Care Tips from ScottsOne of the best parts about summer, is spending time on the lawn barefoot! There’s nothing quite like the feel of healthy green grass between your toes, especially when it’s cool and lush. So, how do you protect that gorgeous green carpet from the ravages of heat, drought, mowing and malnourishment? Here are 3 quick summer lawn care tips from Scotts to help!

Summer Lawn Care Tip #1: Mow High

According to Scott’s, “Gorgeous summer lawns start with long, deep, healthy roots that snake through soil to find moisture.” Encourage deep roots is by mowing as high as you can for your grass type. Also, sharpen mower blades at least once a season to ensure a clean cut on individual blades of grass, which helps reduce moisture loss.

Summer Lawn Care Tip #2: Water

To keep grass green, healthy, and growing, provide at least 1 inch of water per week, either through irrigation or rainfall. Time irrigation for early morning (between 6 and 10 a.m.) to minimize water loss to evaporation.

Summer Lawn Care Tip #3: Feed

All grass types benefit from summer feeding. Grasses grow most actively during summer heat, so feeding helps fuel and sustain the intense growth. We recommend Scotts STEP 3 Lawn Food With 2% Iron for a great green-up. It also strengthens the lawn against heat and drought. Simply apply with a spreader to a wet or dry lawn! If temperatures are consistently exceeding 90 degrees F, water immediately to reduce stress on your lawn.

Lawn care or gardening questions? Visit GNH Lumber in Greenville or Windham to discuss your project with one of our experts.

Sources: https://www.scotts.com/en-us/products/lawn-food/scotts-step-3-lawn-food-2-iron; https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library/lawn-care-basics/your-seasonal-guide-lush-lawn#summer

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Wintertime is here – and it’s already off to a big start! As you plan for a season of snow removal, you might want to think about using pet safe ice melt after shoveling. By choosing ice melt that’s safer for your pets, your family, and the natural environment, you’re making a great choice all around.

We recommend Entry® pet safe ice melt, now available at GNH Lumber.

This chloride-free liquid ice melt is ready-to-use from the bottle. Plus, it quickly dissolves slippery sheets of ice from your driveways – without the use of chloride.

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Snow Removal Tips

Top 9 Snow Removal Tips for Your Home

Snow Removal Tips

One of the most frustrating parts of winter is the need to shovel snow. You might just want to wait until springtime and just let it all melt. However, the effort must be given.

If you’re tired of wasting time and effort on removing snow every winter, it’s time to use these 9 snow removal tips for your home to get the job done easier, more effectively, and better than ever before.

Top 9 Snow Removal Tips:

 

1. Use Tall Stakes Around Driveways and Walkways

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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:

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What are Some Advantages to Choosing Double Hung Windows?

What are Some Advantages to Choosing Double Hung Windows?

What are Some Advantages to Choosing Double Hung Windows?

Have you considered updating or adding double hung windows? Fall is here, soon to be followed by winter. Now’s the time to prepare your home from bitter cold temperatures.

Your windows may appear operational, but if they whistle, rattle or leak, then you’re likely losing money in heating costs. The same is true of your brittle or cracked weather-stripping. Small leaks, cracks and rattles add up to a big difference in your monthly utility bills.

If it’s time to update your windows, consider double hung replacements. There are many advantages to the design of the window, including easy cleaning and care. In addition, double hung windows can improve energy-efficiency and curb appeal, too.


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Here are some of the major advantages of double hung windows from HomeAdvisor.com:

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