Porch Flooring Options

Choosing the right flooring boards

When you are building or rebuilding your porch, the flooring you choose has to last for years. You want porch flooring to look beautiful while it endures the traffic of many feet, holds up in sunlight, cold, possibly rain, and more. JAY-K Lumber offers a number of options in wood and composite for any porch.

Porch flooring is almost always tongue-and-groove, with each board fitting tight to its neighbor. Flooring board width is most often 4” (actual width 3 1/2” including the tongue, 3 1/4″ across the face). Thickness is either 1” (actual thickness 3/4”) or 5/4” (actual thickness 1 1/8”).

JAY-K stock offerings in the most popular choices are shown below. There are other sizes, colors, species, and options available. If you’re looking for something different, please speak with one of our experts about other options.

Aeratis

Aeratis Heritage Porch Flooring is a solid-extruded cellular PVC tongue-and-groove porch plank. Aeratis gives you the flexibility for covered and uncovered environments, while providing traditional and historical design options. JAY-K Lumber stocks grey, which needs no finishing or maintenance (other than as-needed cleaning).

In stock: gray 1×4 & 1×6, 12’ & 16’ 


Fir

Fir flooring is the classic, traditional porch flooring, known for beautiful, tight, straight vertical grain, dimensional stability, and superior strength. Although fir porch floors are frequently painted, they can also be stained with clear or tinted stain.

In stock: 1×4, 5/4×4 clear vertical grain, 6’-16′


Dark Red Meranti

Meranti flooring is mahogany with dense, fine grain and rich, creamy brown color tones. Hard, durable, and dimensionally stable, it’s a good option for high traffic applications and unfinished applications. Meranti is often left natural/unfinished, which will weather to silver with exposure, or finished with a clear stain, which will help maintain the rich colors.

In stock: 1×4, 7’, 8’, 10’, and 12’


For more porch flooring options and more information, start on our Lumber Department page, then stop in to our Lumber Department for expert advice. Have questions before then? Ask one of our experts about the best approach to your project. 

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Larson Storm Door Rebates

Order by October 13, 2019

If you’ve been putting off replacing your storm doors, now is a great time to consider replacing them. The weather is still pleasant, winter hasn’t moved in yet, and one of the biggest names in storm doors, Larson Storm Doors, is offering their final promotion of the year, which includes their top storm doors.

JAY-K Lumber offers a wide selection from Larson. Stop in to find yours, order by October 13, 2019, and you could qualify for a rebate.

  • Buy $100, Get a $10 rebate
  • Buy $200, Get a $20 rebate
  • Buy $500, Get a $50 rebate
  • Buy $1,000, Get a $100 rebate

Save money with Larson rebates on their storm door selection. Ask our door experts about how you can take advantage of this promotion while it lasts.

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Katz Roadshow

Frame to Finish Remodeling Carpentry Clinic

Join us for a Katz Roadshow event: a Master-level hands-on clinic for professional remodelers by carpentry specialist Mike Sloggatt. This clinic will focus on providing remodelers with both high-tech and seasoned techniques for tackling today’s tough jobsites. Contractors, increase your productivity, improve your bottom line, and hone your skills.

  • Free registration
  • Free hot breakfast
  • Free lunch
  • Great prizes, giveaways, and more

Frame to Finish Carpentry Clinic
Monday, September 16, 2019 | 7:30am-2:30pm
Daniele’s Banquet Specialists

Hot Breakfast – 7:30am–8:30am

Session 1 – 8:30-9:30am
Water Management
Housewrap technology
Material movement
Best practices—roof-to-wall flashing
Wood trim and siding requirements

Session 2 – 10:00-11:00am
Installing Exterior Pre-Fit Doors
Preparing the rough opening
Storm-proof sill pan details
Jamb flashing and brick mold
Alternative trim details

Lunch – 11:00am-12:00pm

Session 3 – 12:00-1:00pm
Decks and Stringers
Code-approved deck ledgers
Deck hardware requirements
Story poles for framing
Precision stringer layout

Session 4 – 1:30-2:30pm
Radius Exterior Trim
Simplified radius math
Layout techniques for circular work
Site built layout tools
Elliptical trim and arch fabrication

Continuing Education Credits & Certification are available for all events.


RSVP required!

To guarantee a seat, please RSVP to: Kevin Countryman at 315-731-5513 or kcountryman@usawood.com, or register online. See you then!

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5 Warning Signs of an Unsafe Deck

Prepping Your Deck for Winter

While the weather is still warm, it’s a good time to check your deck to make sure it can withstand another brutal New York State winter. Snow loads can get very heavy, and you want to make sure your deck will hold up to be ready next spring. If you’re planning to upgrade, expand, or improve on your deck next year—or if your inspection reveals that you need to rebuild—this is also the best time to start planning.

Use this handy infographic from our deck connector supplier Simpson to determine if your deck is safe, or whether you should consider starting that next deck project.

For more information, start on our Decking Department page, then stop in to our Decking Department for expert advice. Have questions before then? Ask one of our experts about the best approach to your project.

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Timothy Clark – Cabinetmaker/Chairwright

Turning inspiration into craftsmanship

Tim Clark is an experienced, respected cabinetmaker and chairwright—and boat builder—in Vermont. His work adorns many homes, offices, hotels, and public institutions, and has even been included in art installations. We take a small bit of pride in Tim’s accomplishments, as his early training and inspiration were under the tutelage of our own Monica Brien when he worked several summers as her apprentice and helper in the JAY-K Lumber Custom Wood Shop in the early 1980s.

“She inspired me to become a craftsman and devote my work life to building furniture,” Tim said of Monica, his former mentor. Tim’s workshop is located just outside of Middlebury, Vermont, where he lives with wife Mimi and son Ben.

Tim, a Master Furniture Maker, handcrafts traditional and modern Windsor Chairs, Windsor rocking chairs, Windsor benches, and Shaker-inspired furniture designs. His chairs, benches, bed frames, cases, and tables are built for comfort and beauty, and made to last for generations.

He builds his furniture from native hardwoods, with an eye for graceful elegance and simplicity that is evident in his work. Tim, a member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, is known for his attention to joinery, wood selection, details, and ergonomics. He also passes on what he has learned over the years in occasional wood-crafting workshops.

See more of Tim’s amazing work at TimothyClark.com, and bring your own custom woodworking requests to the JAY-K Lumber Custom Woodworking shop.

Have a project you’d like expert advice on? Stop in or ask one of our experts online.

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Making Sure Your Deck is Strong

New products make building to code easier

Keeping Your Outdoor Fun Safe

When you’re planning a new deck, safety should come first, and it turns out that it goes hand-in-hand with proper maintenance. Structural wood connectors like the ones we carry from Simpson Strong-Tie are designed with both safety—building to code—and maintenance in mind. Knowing your finished deck or other wood structure is safe for you, your friends, and family means you can relax after your build, and you can maintain it easily for many years to come.


Safety Concerns

Did you know that there are more than 50 million decks in the United States, and that roughly half of them are believed to be past their useful life, and in need of repair or outright placement?

Failing or collapsing decks account for a large number of home accidents and building concerns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more than 20,000 people were injured due to deck structural failure or collapse between 2003 and 2007 alone. If you have a current deck that needs work, or are looking to build a new one, preventing these kinds of accidents should be one of your top concerns.


Building and Strengthening Decks

Key to building a safe, code-compliant deck are the design, lumber quality, and most importantly, the structural connections between various parts. For both building new decks and strengthening existing decks, we recommend Simpson Strong-Tie’s line of connectors and fasteners, designed to code, for those crucial connections. To make sure both DIY homeowners and professional deck builders choose the right connectors and fasteners, our pros can help you with your design, lumber or composite choices, and your entire parts list.


Learn More Before You Build

Keep your family and friends safe every season with strong, safe connections on your deck. Read more in the Simpson Strong-Tie PDF Guide, Build a Safe, Strong Deck.

For more information, start on our Decking Department page, then stop in to our Decking Department for expert advice. Have questions before then? Ask one of our experts about the best approach to your project.

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Stone Siding

Add a new dimension to your next project

When you want that striking difference in your home, inside or out, stone can be the perfect choice. Coronado Stone Products®, offers a variety of forms for architectural use, like manufactured stone veneer and thin brick. Architectural stone veneer can be used to greatly enhance the look and feel of a project.

Coronado has a selection of beautiful, durable choices in all these categories, and their stone products are handcrafted from natural stone in a process that makes the two hard to distinguish. Simulated stone siding and veneer makes a project much easier—with lighter materials, lower costs, and enough uniformity to blend beautifully—and still captures the natural elegance and beauty of genuine stone. 

We also enjoy sourcing our stone from Coronado since they have a distribution center in New York State, which means it can be shipped to us very quickly. Most other stone products in the industry come from much farther away, so they incur high shipping costs and longer lead times. 

These products also give you a wide selection of profiles and colors, so you can create exactly the look you want. Ordering is convenient, with short lead times and competitive pricing. With stone products like those from Coronado, you can add stunning siding or accents to any commercial or residential project.

As pure architectural stone supplies have dwindled (and prices have risen), replicated stone has become much more desirable, since you still get the look and feel of real stone with much less time, labor, and cost.

Ready to add stone to your home or commercial building? Let our experts help you find the textures and colors to make your own architectural masterpiece.

Stop in or ask one of our experts for advice online.

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3 Steps for Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan Size

Know the dimensions of your space

Not only can a ceiling fan add a decorative touch to your room, but it can also help you save money on heating and cooling costs: in the warmer months by circulating cooling air, and in the cooler months by pushing warm air back down into the room.

3 Steps for Choosing Your Ceiling Fan Size

1. Determine the square footage of your room.
For example, a room that is 12 feet long x 10 feet wide = 120 sq. ft.

2. Measure your ceiling height.
Have a tall or cathedral ceiling?  Many ceiling fans work with 8- or 9-foot ceilings. If your ceiling is higher, you’ll need a downrod to extend the fan down from the ceiling. The rule of thumb is that fans should have a minimum of 7 feet of clearance between the bottom of the fan blades and the floor. This ensures your air is circulated efficiently, and reduces chances of collisions with the fan.

3. Determine the size fan you need.
The chart below can be a great quick guide to determining your fan size based on Steps 1 and 2.

Room Size Room Type Blade Sweep
90 sq. ft. or less   – small bedroom
– office
15” to 42”
90 to 100 sq. ft. – over a kitchen table
– laundry room
– large walk-in-closet
44” to 48”
100 to 150 sq. ft. – bedroom
– large kitchen
– dining room
50” to 54”
150 to 300 sq. ft. – great room
– master suite
– large outdoor patio
56” to 70”
Over 300 sq. ft. – lobbies
– restaurants
Over 70”

Still have questions? Ask an expert, or stop in to talk to one in person.

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New Stain: PPG ProLuxe

Protecting your deck

By Paint Expert Sam Rudolph

JAY-K Lumber’s paint department is always striving to provide best-in-class products for every job. We’re proud to announce the addition of PPG ProLuxe (formerly known as Sikkens) products to our line-up.

Their well-known siding products, like the flagship Cetol 1 and Cetol 23 Plus, give you a rich, durable, sun- and weather-resistant finish with the soft luster that Sikkens—now ProLuxe—is known for. For excellent durability in a two-coat siding product, the Cetol Log and Siding gives you great film build and soft luster. For a single-coat product, ProLuxe offers the Cetol SRD. Cetol SRD is great to protect both decks and siding.

Why coat wood with ProLuxe? Your wood deck and siding surfaces are exposed to moisture, the sun’s UV light, and a wide range of temperatures. Each of these natural processes can affect the condition, appearance, and longevity of your wood surfaces. The longer your unprotected wood surfaces are exposed, the more damage the wood can experience. In as little as 4 weeks, newly installed unprotected wood can show signs of damage.

For siding and decking, ProLuxe Cetol SRD has high-transparency trans-oxide pigments and resins that penetrate into the wood and provide powerful, long-lasting UV protection, water repellency, and a mildew-resistant finish. For vertical wood surfaces, the ProLuxe Cetol Log and Siding, Cetol 1, and Cetol 23 provide the same protections with flexible resin technology for a great, long-lasting finish.

With any exterior wood project, preparation is essential. Stop in to JAY-K Lumber, and we can help you with the information, products, and tools that you’ll need to do the job right the first time. JAY-K Lumber and PPG ProLuxe are the right partners to help you treat your exterior wood project with long-lasting protection and top-quality products.

As always, if you’re not sure about any part of your project, stop in and ask an expert—we’ll be glad to help.

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How To Find Your Light

Find your light for your home

There is no “one light fits all” solution when it comes to lighting a house. Each space can evoke a certain mood with its own unique style of both fixture, light color and quality, and bulb type. And we’re here to help you decide what works best in every area of your home.

Lighting Styles

Every lighting style reflects your design sensibility and the image you want to convey. Some of that style will depend on your tastes, and some is dictated by the mood you want to set for each room. Some more formal, some less so, some for safety, and some for comfort. Here we offer a brief guide to the characteristics of different lighting design styles. 

Contemporary

  • Clean lines
  • Smooth surfaces
  • Geometric shapes
  • Simple finishes

Modern

  • Geometric shapes
  • Pure colors
  • Large pieces

Industrial

  • Dense bronze
  • Galvanized steel
  • Bare bulbs

Traditional

  • Warm finishes
  • Deep wood tones
  • Inviting patterns

Lighting Categories

Fixture types also affect both the style and mood of your space. There are a number of different categories from which to choose.

  • Flush and semi-flush mounts
  • Pendants
  • Mini pendants
  • Chandeliers
  • Wall sconces
  • Vanity lights
  • Outdoor lights
  • Under cabinet lights

A Room-By-Room Guide

Every space can be enhanced with the right lighting designs and styles. Here we share some common designers’ preferences for every room.

Bedrooms – Mini chandeliers, pendants, and wall sconces are ideal for more modest spaces. Flush mount ceiling lights can create the illusion of more headroom.

Bathrooms – A light over the mirror and one on each side can surround your face with a flattering glow. Flush mount ceiling fixtures and lighted mirrors lend a clean look without taking up space.

Laundry/Utility Rooms – This is a task-centric room. Think ceiling lights, as well as above-cabinet and under-cabinet LED lighting.

Hallways – Walking down the hall should be a well-lit journey. Look at flush, semi-flush, and recessed ceiling fixtures spaced every 8 to 10 feet. Wall sconces are another nice option, spaced 6 to 9 feet apart.

Closets – If you have a walk-in closet, you’ll want more than one light source. A flush or semi-flush ceiling light is a good focal point. LED lighting is a smart choice for closets, as the bulbs don’t get as hot as incandescent bulbs.

Kitchens – A kitchen often contains a work area, eating area, and entertaining area. Functional lighting and welcoming environments are key. For something unique, try a linear chandelier over a kitchen island. Pendants have a wonderful versatility. Whether you’re illuminating an island or a corner spot, pendants can serve as accent lighting or task lighting to help you get the job done. Under-cabinet lighting can serve multiple purposes: as a night light, as a bright light that accents your flooring and your cabinets, and as late-night lighting. 

Living Rooms – Looking to step up your living room design? Add semi-flush ceiling lights, matching wall lights, or a striking chandelier or pendant as a focal point.


Benefits of LED Fixtures and Bulbs

The type of bulb you choose will affect your mood, convenience, energy consumption, and even your health. Some lights meet multiple goals. The newest bulbs are LED (light emitting diode) style, and have many benefits.

1. Money Saving

  • Today’s LED bulbs can be 60-70 percent more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights, and cut energy by up to 70 percent.
  • On average, a homeowner will save $75 per bulb over the lifetime of an Energy Star LED bulb versus a traditional incandescent.

2. Versatile

  • LEDs are used in a wide range of applications because of their unique characteristics, which include compact size, ease of maintenance, resistance to breakage, and the ability to focus the light in a single direction instead of spreading out in many directions.

3. Durable

  • There is a no filament than can be broken, reducing the chance of breakage before use.

4. Instant-On

  • Unlike compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), LEDs will turn on to their stated light output immediately; no waiting for the bulb to reach full illumination.

5. Environmentally Smart

  • LEDs contain no mercury (like CFLs) and have a much smaller environmental impact.
  • LEDs are UV-Free. UV emissions are suspected to be harmful to health after prolonged exposure.

6. Temperature

  • Incandescent bulbs release 90 percent of their energy as infrared radiation, making them hot to touch. While CFLs release 80 percent of their energy, a high quality LED produces no infrared radiation, keeping them typically cool to the touch. With little wasted energy, LEDs ultimately save homeowners on long-term energy costs.
  • LEDs are available in warm white, cool white, and daylight color temperatures.

Enhance your home life by choosing the perfect styles, fixtures, and bulbs for your next project. Get started today by stopping by our lighting cloud for an expert consultation, or ask one of our experts a question now.

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