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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.

What is Millwork - Learn the Terms
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.

6 Signs that It's Time for a New Deck
There really is no bad time to think about a new deck. If the snow is flying – you can start getting a new deck designed and order for spring installation. If it’s the Fall, you can check to see if your old deck is showing signs of wear and start looking at options.

How to Tell if You Need 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.

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 a hold of your roof, it can cause structural damage, resulting in degradation.

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 | Regal Rail
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. Check out Marling decking lines including Regal Rail and more.

Cleaning Countertops and Cabinets
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 because of health concerns. Whatever the reason for the need to clean, here’s some information on cleaning, deep cleaning and not damaging countertops or cabinets. A good rule to follow is ALWAYS test whatever you are using on a small inconspicuous area first.

New, Useful Cabinet Storage Options
The designers at Marling locations can help you sort out what you may or may not need and also talk about how each might push up your price point. Here are some things to think about when you are considering cabinet storage options.

Exterior Color Trends and Designs
Color trends come and go but it’s likely you will be remaining in your home for a while so if you are making a big change, take a little time to think about it. Remember, you can browse a Marling showroom and look at new colors and some of the “re-invented” tried and true colors for siding, doors, shutters, exterior trim, and shingles.

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Recent Posts

  • Which Kitchen Countertop Choice is Right for You? Posted last month
    Whether you’re a prospective homebuyer touring a new house or an existing homeowner itching for a remodel, chances are you’ve got a critical eye on the kitchen countertops. This isn’t just  wild speculation; data shows that kitchen countertops have been the most popular home renovation project for several years now.  While many people agree that new kitchen countertops are a ...
  • A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Kitchen Remodel Costs Posted 3 months ago
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  • Composite vs. Wood Decks: Pros and Cons Posted 3 months ago
    So, you’ve decided to add a deck to your home — a cozy space for summer barbecues, family gatherings, and relaxing evenings under the stars. But before you dive into your deck construction project, you need to make an important decision: wood or composite? Both materials have unique qualities and distinct pros and cons; understanding their differences is essential ...
  • A Guide to Lumber Types & Applications Posted 9 months ago
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