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Window Options and Deciphering the Label
There are all sorts of styles and options around when you are buying windows, and then there’s the label with more numbers than an elementary school math test. The numbers are measurements of heat, sunlight blockage, light transmission and air leakage. They allow you to pick the most efficient window from the styles you can chose from. The sales staff at Marling locations can help you navigate your way through styles and efficiency.

Selecting an Exterior Door
Your front door reflects the style of your home but it also says, “welcome” and tells people a little bit about your personal style. It is the center point of the public’s first impression of your home. If you are working on a budget with your building or home improvement needs, consider ordering your entry door first because of the important first impression it makes. Sales associates at Marling Lumber can talk to you about wood versus fiberglass versus metal doors as well as specifics about glass. Here’s some information about trends and styles.

How To Remodel a House
You’ve done it - made the decision to have that remodel done. The design is great, you have your contractor picked out and you are ready! Or are you? Sure, you think you’ve got every detail planned - but stuff happens. So, despite your best efforts to be prepared for everything, prepare to be flexible. Here’s some tips and information you need to take care of and remember about a remodeling project.

Trends in Deck Design | Styles, Colors, & Accessories
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. Marling Lumber and HomeWorks' decking lines include Azek Decking, Deckorators, Regal Rail, TimberTech, and Trex.

May Is Deck Safety Month
May Is Deck Safety Month
Deck Safety Month is the perfect time to check and be sure your deck is in tip-top shape for the upcoming deck season.

Before and After - What a Kitchen Remodel!
This gorgeous remodel by Marling Lumber and HomeWorks Designer Kelly Pallesen gave the homeowners a more functional, bright kitchen. They wanted additional storage, up-to-date cabinets and just an all-around updated and more modern feel.

Collaborative Design with the KraftMaid Vantage Design Studio
The KraftMaid Vantage Design studio is almost 240 square feet of collaborative space with everything a customer needs to pick a color palette and embrace the process. Learn about the KraftMaid Vantage Design Studio here.

Replacing your exterior door
Replacing your exterior door
There are several things to think about when you are replacing your exterior door. First, obviously, its what people see first. It’s the image your home projects. Do you want your image to be cracked paint, dents, outdated and not exactly secure looking? Of course not.

How to Keep Kids and Pets Safe on Your Deck
How to Keep Kids and Pets Safe on Your Deck
Kids only belong on decks with adult supervision, so lock the door that leads out – and make sure the lock is higher than a small child can reach. Keep an eye on pets too who need supervision as well!

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.

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