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Beware of Improvement in Stages
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.

Color Your World
Color Your World
We are constantly asked by customers - whether they are picking out siding colors or cabinet colors – what is “in.” Numerous times each year, the Pantone colors are announced. Currently, rose quartz and serenity are on top. You can try to keep up to date with the newest trends, but we stress that you pick what YOU want. You are the one living with the cabinets, siding, or shingles, so don't settle for something underwhelming. Browse the showrooms at our locations and look at your color options – we’ll help you color your world.

Decking Decisions
Decking Decisions
If you are dreaming of spending summer and fall on a great deck – there are a few things to consider before you launch yourself into the realm of outdoor living and entertaining.Where is the deck going? Are you ready for a wood deck? What kind of wood are you considering? Is a more expensive vinyl deck something you want? At Marling Lumber and HomeWorks, we can answer all these questions and more.

Wood vs. Vinyl Windows
Wood vs. Vinyl Windows
Windows come in dozens of styles; however, the two basic categories are wood or vinyl. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Both are energy efficient – the big differences are cost and maintenance.Wood windows look great when they are put in, but they need periodic maintenance to keep up that look, Vinyl windows are cleaned with soap and water and they never require painting or sealing. Wood or vinyl aside, measuring and ordering windows, in general, is complicated. That's why we recommend you get help from professionals like us for picking and measuring your windows.

It’s Nearly October and Time Is Not on Your Side
It’s Nearly October and Time Is Not on Your Side
Windows, doors, cabinets – they all take weeks to get. If you want a new kitchen before the holidays, it should be designed and ordered now. When you are planning a project, get a realistic timeline in your mind and understand there may be things along the way that we can’t control and neither can you. The factory is in the middle of nowhere and it closed for two days because they had electrical problems, the truck driver miscalculated the weather and the diesel froze, one cabinet is missing and its getting put on the next truck, all the orders were on one computer drive and it crashed and it will take a week to restore the data at the factory. Yes, all these things have happened and each of them delayed someone’s project that needed to get done. Plan with a realistic timeline in mind – and then add a week for things you can’t control.

Explore These Roofing Options
Explore These Roofing Options
You’ve got to put a new roof on your house and now you’ve discovered it’s not as simple as picking out a shingle from three or four options. There are new colors, new styles – should I get metal roofing and what are the advantages or disadvantages of all these things? Questions and more questions. Luckily, there is a lot of technology out there that you can take advantage of to help educate yourself and even get design help. Take a look at these sites and you should be ready to make your roofing decision.

Recent Posts

  • Is it time for a new deck? Posted 2 months ago
    Water has started to rot the frame of this deck Is it 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 ...
  • Replacing your exterior door Posted 4 months ago
    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. It pays off It’s not an inexpensive project, but the good news is that it’s ...
  • How to Keep Kids and Pets Safe on Your Deck Posted 5 months ago
    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! Ways to keep your kids and pets safe on the deck: Block off the stairs with a ...
  • Millwork - Easy Upgrade Option Posted 6 months ago
    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. Sales associates at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks are ...
  • Is it time for a new roof? Posted 7 months ago
    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 ...
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