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Benefits of Shopping at a Lumber Yard
A lumber yard is a dedicated space where various types of lumber and wood-related products are stored and processed. But these yards offer much more than just wood. They also provide wood-plastic composites like Trex, other construction materials, general hardware items, and woodworking services. Customers have the option to either pick up raw materials and products directly from the yard or place custom orders that are prepared for pickup or delivery. While many are connected to lumber mills, they don’t necessarily have to be, as is the case with Marling.

A Guide to Lumber Types & Applications
When it comes to construction, carpentry, and woodworking projects, one of the most crucial materials to consider is lumber.

Guide for Choosing 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.

Beware of Improvement in Stages
Home improvement in stages may not be what you want. If you're thinking about breaking your next home improvement into stages, remember: colors and styles change for all home products, have a plan if an item becomes discontinued, be aware of trends in cabinet colors and styles, and remember, as wood ages, it develops a patina, so add those upper cabinets sooner rather than later.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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