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Is Your Deck Summer Ready?

Summer cookouts, parties, family gatherings. If any of these are on the horizon for you, now is the time to get your deck ready for all that Summer entertaining. Winter can be very hard on decks, especially wood ones. Is your deck summer ready? Let’s find out!

First thing you should inspect your deck for any rotting wood, damage, loose boards, popped nails, sagging or loose railing. The damage needs to be repaired first before getting it looking great again. MWP Building Supply offers Weyerhaeuser Framer Series™ Lumber to repair any deck damage you may find. Weyerhaeuser Framer Series™ Lumber is protected with an effective anti-stain agent that provides sapstain and mold control, giving the product a freshly milled appearance.  Although this lumber arrives untreated, MWP Building Supply is one of only a few companies that is able to have the lumber treated locally before it is sold making it the perfect choice for your deck repair project.

Once you’ve inspected your deck and made any necessary repairs cleaning is the next step. Make sure to remove everything from your deck including furniture and make sure there aren’t any clogs between the boards. You want the cleaning solution to flow through the space between boards. To clean your deck, you can use a mild bleach solution or purchase a product specifically for deck cleaning. Test the surface first to make sure the cleaner won’t discolor your deck.

deck stainingNow that your deck is clean, decide if it needs a sealant or new stain. Decks should be re-sealed or re-stained every 2-4 years depending on use and weather. There are many stains/sealants on the market to choose from including clear to adding some color to your deck. At MWP Building Supply we have a wide variety of sealants and stains and all the tools you’ll need to make your deck look fabulous for your next gathering.

Once you’ve finished getting your deck ready, you might want to consider adding some new furniture or décor to your deck to give it that polished look. New cushions for existing outdoor furniture can give your outdoor space a whole new look. You can add patio lights, planters or even add a built-in bench.

Make your deck stand out this Summer! If you need the materials to get your deck summer ready, just come by MWP Building Supply’s showroom or order online.  Happy Summer!

Opening Your Pool or Spa

family poolWith Memorial Day just around the corner, it is time to open up those pools and spas for the season.

MWP has all of the chemicals and supplies needed to treat existing pools and spas. You can come into our showroom and we’ll assist you or we can deliver what you need to your door. Don’t want to do it yourself, we offer maintenance plans for pool openings and closings.

  • Pick a time to open your pool. You want to make sure the temperatures are warm enough for pool use.
  • Stock up on your pool maintenance and chemical supplies. We have a staff that is skilled and knowledgeable about installation and maintenance of hot tubs, spas and pools and are ready for your call.  We offer pool and spa repair service to help resolve any issues that may arise AND maintenance services to keep your water clear and clean off of your busy schedule.  We make pool closings and openings a cinch AND super quick if you sign up for one of our maintenance plans.
  • Make sure to drain and remove your pool/spa cover. You want to have at least two people so you don’t dump what’s on top of the cover into your pool.
  • Look for any leaks or repairs that need to be made. If anything needs to be repaired now is the time instead of mid-season when the pool is in use.
  • Remove all gizzmos, plugs from inside the pool
    You will need to remove all items plugged for winter, such as skimmer and return fittings.  Add water to the middle of the skimmer.
  • Start up Filter Equipment
    Re-install the plugs for the filter, pumps and heaters.  Install the baskets in the pumps and skimmers.   Open the skimmer, main drain and return valves.  Put the multiport valve in the ‘waste’ position to clean out the lines, then put it back in the filter position.  Note: Always have pump off when moving the multiport valve position.   You may need to prime your pump by adding water into the pump basket.  This may take several times to get all the air out of the plumbing.  Start up pump. 
  • Put Back all deck equipment
    Inspect diving board, ladders, handrails etc. for wear and damage.  Do not install a diving board if there are any visible cracks.  Stainless steel should be cleaned with car wax to help protect them from corrosion.  Note:  Salt pools may create extra corrosion  which will need to be watched and maintained throughout the season.
  • Test Water
    After starting up your pool equipment, let it run for 24 hours before taking a water sample.  Be sure that you take a sample from at least 1 foot below the surface.  Test the water or take it to your local pool professional. 
  • Vacuum
    Brush and vacuum your pool manually or with your automatic vacuum.

Don’t have a pool, spa or hot tub yet. Now’s a great time at the beginning of the season. Stop by our showroom and speak with our staff about getting set up today!

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Choosing Paint Colors

Choosing The Best Paint Colors

We all have a room that looks out of date.  A fresh coat of paint can help with that, but did you also know that the color you choose could have a profound impact on your environment?  MWP carries the Benjamin Moore brand of paints. A “paint like no other.  So we’ve got what you need!

How do you choose the best color for your room?

 

There are several things to consider. What is the room’s primary use? What kind of mood do you want the room to set? Did you know that color accounts for about 60% of our response to an object or place. There are lots of theories out there called color psychology. Effects of color can be subtle, significant, physical and psychological. The best use of color is really important especially in our homes.

One suggestion is to pull a color from an object in the room…fabric, curtains, upholstery. Narrow your choices down to a couple and get samples to audition your colors. Usually you can pick the perfect color from this exercise. You can paint your colors on a foam board and move around the room to see how the light affects the color.

You can add interest by painting stripes of two different colors or patterns with multiple colors. The stripes can be symmetrical or of differing widths.

Benjamin Moore Paints has several great tools on their website for choosing the perfect color. They have colors by family and collections and you can even upload a photo of your room and audition colors. They even have sample rooms you can color. Still not sure, check out their color search function.

https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color

You want to love the colors that surround you. So when imagining (or reimagining) a room, remember the influence color will have on the mood of the space. The effect may be subtle or dramatic. It can encourage tranquility or boost energy, even make you feel optimistic or more introspective.peach living room

To begin to understand color’s emotional impact, start with these color groups:

  • Pales – Their light, airy qualities make pale hues feel uplifting.
  • Neutrals – It’s no surprise that earthy, nuanced colors keep you grounded.
  • Whites – Pure and pristine, these timeless colors offer a blank canvas to express your style.
  • Deeps – Bring drama to a room with colors that are rich and mysterious.

Whatever feel or mood you want in your room, we have the perfect color to make it happen. Still need help? Come on into our showroom and we’ll help you pick out the best color that you’ll love!  MWP Building Supply is an authorized Benjamin Moore Retailer and we have the trained staff to make sure you get the best paint and advice to get your job done right.

Decking Materials

What Decking Materials Are the Best Value?

As thoughts turn to warmer weather and outdoor gatherings many homeowners are thinking of building a deck or renovating their current deck. There are a lot of decking materials out there. What is the best choice? A couple viable options are cedar, pressure treated lumber and composite decking materials.
First you need to assess your needs and decide which material has the most durability and features for your home and your usage.
The advantages of cedar and pressure treated lumber are a natural wood look, but they require sealing and staining and cleaning as part of their regular maintenance. Composite decking on the other hand does not require staining or sealing, just periodic cleaning.
While composite decking may be a bit more expensive, the low-maintenance of it can pay for itself in the long run. It has been shown that composite decks are much less expensive to maintain over a 20 year period as compared to its cedar and pressure-treated counterparts.
If you want a deck made with true wood, consider MWP’s sustainable building solution in Weyerhauser lumber. Weyerhaeuser’s patented computerized grading system — the result of 10 years in testing — goes far beyond visual grading capabilities to ensure that every piece of lumber starts straight and stays straight. It stays so straight, it comes with a warranty. You’d have a beautiful and natural deck to entertain on.
If you feel composite decking is more your taste, we carry two high quality brands.
Zuri® Premium Decking by Royal® goes beyond wood decking by combining the aesthetics of exotic timber while holding its beauty far longer than any wood could. Which means you get to create a thoroughly distinguished outdoor environment.
AZEK decks are 100% Smarter Than Wood™. They are designed to inspire and engineered to last beautifully. The incorporate the latest in materials science innovation to protect your deck. AZEK engineers the best high-performance building materials available.
If you are still in doubt, come into our showroom and we’ll be happy to assist you in picking out the materials that will create a deck that you will enjoy for many years to come. Want a hot tub on your great new deck? We can help with that too!

Great Home Life Hacks

Need a few life hacks to make your home more organized and add personal touches? MWP Building Supply to the rescue are 5 quick tips to help around the house.

  1. Use old door knobs for hanging coats or towels.– It’s easy to transform drawer knobs to useful wall hooks by changing out the screws and utilizing drywall anchors.
  2. A hinged painting is perfect to hide the thermostat.– If you hate looking at your alarm panel or another thin panel that hangs on your wall you can attach a painting or photo canvas with a hinge to keep the panel out of sight.
  3. A shoe organizer is perfect for the pantry.– Hang one on the back of the pantry door to corral little items that would usually get lost, such as spices, sandwich bags, or snacks.
  4. Hide your spare key in a medicine bottle with a rock glued to the end. Then bury it.  Much safer then a key under the welcome mat!
  5. Use a rubber band for stripped screws.– A rubber band may aid in providing enough grip to remove, or at least loosen, the screw. Place a wide band rubber band in between the screw driver and the screw, then apply hard, but slow force as you turn.

If you need any ‘serious’ building supplies, you know where to find them.  MWP Building Supply offers all the best brands and we’re dedicated to providing personalized and outstanding service to our clients.

Wainscoting Appeal

Add appeal to your home with wainscoting. But many people use wainscoting and beadboard interchangeably, so the terms can be confusing.

Wainscoting is a kind of wood paneling used for centuries as both decorative accents, insulation and to prevent (and cover up) water damage on walls. Originally riven oak boards would cover the entire wall, but in the 1700s panelling began to cover only the lower part of the wall.

True beadboard is the traditional material used to construct wainscoting along the bottom portion of walls in bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms or any room of the house. Beadboard gains its name from the fact that when the pieces are fastened together, they create a bead between them. There is such a thing nowadays as imitation beadboard. This basically consists of 4 by 8 foot sheets of vertically patterned paneling, usually no thicker than 5/16 inches. When glued to a wall, it resembles a series of tongue and groove slats, but it is not proper beadboard.

Wainscoting is particularly well suited to rooms that take a lot of wear and tear. Such as-

  1. Entries

In mudrooms, where boots, backpacks, and wet umbrellas can damage walls, beadboard makes a good choice because there are fewer prominent edges to dent and ding. The walls in more formal foyers are often clad in paneled wainscoting.

  1. Stairs and hallways

The walls of these narrow passages benefit from wainscoting’s scuff and mark protection. The horizontal rails and the cap generally follow the pitch of the stair; the stiles or beadboard remain vertical.

  1. Eating areas

In dining rooms, tall wainscoting topped with a grooved plate rail displays fine china and serving pieces. For more casual kitchens, wainscoting capped at chair height with a prominent top rail safeguards walls from being marred when diners push back from the table.

  1. Family rooms and dens

Adding wainscoting to areas where kids—and pets—congregate can have a calming effect, the architectural equivalent of a shhh. Rec rooms benefit too, with a cap rail that’s wide enough to perch a drink, Ping-Pong paddles, or pool-cue chalk.

  1. Baths

A traditional alternative to pricey tiled walls, wainscoting made from warp-resistant wood, specially treated MDF, or solid surfacing helps protect the drywall or plaster underneath from water damage. It also has a warming effect in this room, where cold porcelain fixtures, ceramic floors, and tub enclosures can predominate.

 

5 Safety Items Every Do It Yourselfer Should Have

When working with tools, it’s important to keep safety in mind. DIY is all the rage. Everyone knows they need tools, but not everyone thinks about what they need to safely use those tools. Here are 5 safety items every do it yourselfer should have.

 

 

Fire extinguisher- This item should be at the top of everyone’s list. That’s why it’s at the top of ours. Fires in the kitchen, candles left burning, flat iron left on in the bathroom, dirty barbeque, etc. Even if you are not a DIY person, a fire extinguisher is very important.

Work gloves- You use your hand all day, everyday. It’s so automatic that we don’t realize how much a hand injury can affect you until you have one. Gloves can protect you from heat, sharp objects, water, chemicals, etc. Make sure you have the right gloves for the job and that they fix correcting. Ill fitting gloves will do more harm than good.

Safety goggles- Eyes are very sensitive. The smallest piece of debris can cause a lot of pain. And you can’t just close your eyes while using tools.

Ear plugs- When noise is too loud, it begins to kill the nerve endings in the inner ear. Prolonged exposure to loud noise destroys nerve endings. As the number of nerve endings decreases, so does your hearing. So make sure to have hearing protection when using power tools.

First aid kit- Having a box of Band-Aids doesn’t count… The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers

Everyone’s needs are different, so fill your kit with what you think you’ll need in your home.

5 Basic Household Tools

hammer and nails on a wood board with sawdust shavingsBeing a homeowner can get overwhelming. You are the one responsible if anything breaks or needs work. If you don’t already have an assortment of tools, you may find yourself needing something quickly and realizing you don’t have it. Here is a list of 5 basic household tools everyone should own.

Hammer – A 16-ounce hammer with a curved claw for pulling nails. Wooden handles are fine, but a fiberglass handle will help to cushion the shock of driving nails.

Tape measure – 25-foot tape measure is your best size choice. It’s still small enough to be easily held in one hand, but will allow you to measure almost any room from wall to wall. Be sure the tape is broad and strong enough that it won’t droop when it’s extended.

Using pliers to cut a wireScrewdrivers – You can start out with a single screwdriver with interchangeable bits that will do for most jobs around the house. Inclusive sets that contain an assortment of heads (flathead, Phillips and square) are readily available.

Pliers – Often available in sets of three – needle nose, wire cutting and small slip joint. The needle noses are amazingly useful for getting into narrow spaces and a necessity for doing any wiring work. The wire cutters will not only cut wire but they can double as wire strippers.

Utility knife – with retractable and replaceable blades. Safer to use than an ordinary knife (since you can retract the blade when it’s not in use), and the replaceable blades mean it’s always sharp.

A red metal toolbox with tools on a white backgroundBonus Tool Stud finder – When hanging heavy objects on your wall, like shelves or mirrors, you always want to secure it to a stud. Drywall is not strong enough to hold nails in place for an extended amount of time, and you risk the nail shifting or falling out, resulting in broken possessions.

You should also invest in a tool box. Something to simply keep all your tools in one place. That way when you need one, you know exactly where it is!

 

Tips Winterizing Garden and Lawn

Baby it’s cold outside!  Before long, your plants and garden will be at the mercy of the elements so MWP Building Supply wants to offer you a few tips for winterizing your garden and lawn.

Autumn leaves and a rake on backlight, horizon format

    1. First things first, clean up your garden. Cut back all perennials AFTER the first hard frost, and pull any weeds. They are very handy for compost. But never compost diseased plants.

 

    1. Of course we want to rake up the leaves. They keep the grass from getting sunlight and water.

 

    1. If you have a tiller, use it to deeply work the ground and turn under the remaining plant residue. Tilling is needed if you are mixing amendments into the soil. It is also helpful if you have severely compacted soil that needs to be broken up or any type of soil that needs to be broken into finer bits for planting seeds.

 

    1. Gardening ToolsPlanters can fill with water, freeze then crack. So be sure to cover any outdoor containers, or bring them inside.

 

    1. Once your garden is closed for the winter, disconnect hoses and turn off the taps. If you don’t, the pipes could freeze and burst. This is also a good time to tune up your garden tools. Cleaning them before storing is important, but don’t forget to sharpen blades.

 

  1. Some plants, like boxwood trees, should be wrapped for winter. Wrapping plants with burlap is a relatively simple way to protect the plants from winter frost, snow and ice. It also protects plants from winter burn, a damaging condition caused by a combination of winter sunlight and depleted soil moisture. Burlap is more effective than plastic because it allows the plant to breathe so air circulates and heat isn’t trapped.

There you have it!  We hope we’ve made it easier for you to prepare your garden and yard for winter.  We at MWP Building Supply wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your family, friends AND turkey!!

Fall Interior Upgrades

Composition with sofa and armchairsFall is a great time to make small upgrades and improvements on the interior of your home. Whether you’re planning to sell your home,  just want to personalize it more, or need to get yourself organized, these few tips can change the feel of your home!

Upgrade fixtures. Light fixtures are a pretty common change, but also think about your sinks. Simply changing the faucets can transform the look of the whole room.

Add color. Add a pop of color to every room. You don’t always need to paint the walls to make a difference. Just a small change like a pillow or wall art is enough to make a statement.

Glass can open a room. Mirrors, glass shower doors, even glass vases can make a room feel more open.

Crown molding. It can really change the look of a room. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot. You can also layer it to make a custom look.

two 5 year old kids sleeping on bookshelvesDeclutter. Pretty self explanatory. “Stuff” accumulates everywhere. Clean out closets and drawers, toss the trash, donate things you don’t use or need.

Add storage. You can add shelves, cubbies, and hooks anywhere in your home to make room for all the things you didn’t clear out when you decluttered. Also having furniture that has built in storage is quite helpful.

 

If you need any supplies for your Fall projects, MWP is the place to go. We provide quality building materials and stellar support to our customers in Central Virginia.  We are passionate about our products and the service we provide.

MWP Building Supply  – 322 Washington Street Madison, Virginia 22727