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Lukas  Radtke
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Trends in Deck Design
Trends in Deck Design

There are new colors, new graining, new board widths, new railing options, new lighting and all sorts of accessories. What does that mean? It means you aren’t tied to that old design of traditional one-width deck boards laid out in a horizontal pattern. The decking professionals at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks can help with your deck designs and there is a huge outdoor display at our Madison location and plenty of samples to see at our Janesville location.


Millwork - Easy Upgrade Option
Millwork - Easy Upgrade Option
Millwork has its own mysterious vocabulary and a bewildering array of options. Let's break it down. Millwork used to be architectural features, enhancements, build-ups that you put in a room to finish it off. The embellishments were made of wood and milled - see how easy that was - millwork.

Is it time for a new roof?
Is it time for a new roof?
If you think its time for a new roof – it probably is. Roofs last about 12 to 20 years, but environmental factors play a part in a roof’s longevity. Lots of sun, hail and wind take their toll. If you are the second or third owner of a home, you may not be quite sure how long the roof has been on it and if it was installed properly. Remember, the time to get a new roof is before something drastic happens.

What to know about vinyl windows
What to know about vinyl windows
Many homeowners building a new home look to vinyl windows for savings and aesthetics – but more and more people renovating are also going with vinyl windows. A recent report shows more vinyl windows are being sold than all other types of windows combined. A sales associate at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks can help you chose the right window for the right area and steer you through the maze of styles and attributes.

Time for new countertops?
Time for new countertops?
There are countertop options in all colors, styles and materials. What goes with what? A couple of things are going to influence your ultimate decision – how long are you staying in the house? How much time do you spend in the kitchen and what do you do there? And what can you afford? A Marling HomeWorks designer can help with your decision and quote several options for you.

Designing for your Pets
Designing for your Pets
Our furry friends have become an increasing consideration for both interior, as well as, exterior home design. For several years, the National Kitchen and Bath Association has included “pet friendly” as a design trend homeowner are asking about for new home builds and remodels. Recent statistics show more than 60 percent of homeowners mention their pets and pet friendly additions when they talk to a designer.Designers have used creative cabinet combinations to help make areas more pet friendly and now cabinet companies are acknowledging the trend by creating specific cabinet storage features to keep pet food and treats fresh and store dog related food and drink bowls.

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  • Prevent Moss From Growing On Your Roof Posted 4 months ago
    Prevent Moss From Growing On Your Roof Moss is a simple, non-vascular plant that doesn’t grow flowers, wood or true roots. While moss can be very beautiful in certain natural settings, it is very bad for your roof. Once moss takes ahold of your roof, it can cause structural damage, resulting in degradation. The moisture leads to mold and bacteria ...
  • Roofing Safety Tips Posted 4 months ago
    Roofing Safety Tips You can never be too careful when it comes to roof safety. Whether you are installing, repairing, or simply doing some seasonal cleaning, it is important to take the proper safety precautions. One wrong move and you could fall. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you stay safe when working on your roof. ...
  • Check Your Deck - May is Deck Safety Month Posted 7 months ago
    Before you start spending a lot of time outside on the deck with family and friends, there are a number of things you should check to make sure everyone stays safe and has a good time. If you need new boards, new railings or new lighting, the sales associates at Marling can help you with your options. If you’ve ...
  • Cleaning Countertops and Cabinets Posted 8 months ago
    While we clean our kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops every day; and the cabinets occasionally, there are times when we need to be sure they are as clean and germ-free as we can get them. You may want to do this when you are moving into a new home or apartment — you may need to do it ...
  • Awesome Accessories: Sorting Through Cabinet Storage Options Posted 9 months ago
    There’s rollout trays, pullouts, pull-down storage, inserts for drawers, a myriad of pantry cabinet choices and dozens and dozens of specialized storage options for cabinets. It’s tempting to add something to every cabinet in the kitchen, bathroom and even the entertainment area — but remember, they can push the price up and they may not be as useful as ...
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