Making An Impact With Reclaimed Wood

Make any room beautiful

The look of natural, reclaimed barn or aged building wood for interior walls can make a room stunning, though the problems with reclaimed wood cladding keep many people from adding it to their décor.

The perfect solution: manufactured cladding. It’s virtually indistinguishable from reclaimed wood, and provides years of beauty and worry-free protection.

Manufactured Cladding
Using only heat and steam, manufacturers like Thermory use a thermal modification process to enhance natural wood and create an attractive, durable, long-lasting board. The resulting cladding is true wood that is highly rot-resistant without sacrificing strength or pliability, boasts reduced absorbency, and provides real longevity with rich, beautiful color.

Why Manufactured Cladding?
You want durable and reliable natural wood cladding, but you want it to be gorgeous, and age beautifully as well. You want real, natural wood.

Reclaimed wood—sustainable, strong, and beautiful—has become very popular. Recovered from old barns, factories and warehouses, it is aged, recycled wood. It sometimes requires a large amount of processing, and there’s wide variations in quality, stability, and reliability. It can be attractive, solid, and strong, but there are also a lot of unknowns, even with the most expensive brands, and they don’t always live up to expectations.

That’s where manufactured cladding really excels. Made from real wood, manufactured cladding, creates a brand new product combining the elegant, refined look and texture of reclaimed wood, with unrivaled stability and durability, and rich, beautiful color. These new products perfectly simulate the weathered look, texture, and distinctive patina of reclaimed wood, without all the risks and uncertainty that age, weather, reclamation, and processing bring. Manufactured cladding also gives you a choice of natural colors, and the boards fit with no unnatural gaps, so it’s much more stable on your walls. It also provides an insulative layer that mismatched wood does not.

A rich, stunning look can be yours. Create a sophisticated space anywhere in your home with this unmatched cladding.

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Making An Impact With Lighting

Create a beautiful space with dramatic and functional lighting design

Every room inside your home, and the outside as well, can benefit from better, more dramatic lighting. Make a bigger impact in every room with these simple tips.

Lighting Design Tips
How do those famous decorators take a home from drab to dramatic with a few simple lighting changes? They replace or add light fixtures for more style, more drama, better accents, and better functional lighting for everything you do.

1. First Impressions
The outside and inside of any entryway is where you make your first impression. Choose fixtures that match the style of your home, and accent your décor from the moment your guests enter. Chandeliers, stylish ceiling fixtures, and sconces can all be chosen or combined for the size and style of your entryway.

2. Overlapping Zones
Think of light from the top down: start with general area lighting, then accent each “zone” in your room. Overhead light gives you room-wide coverage, then task lights (tables, desks, beds, countertops, vanities) can make functional and stylistic statements. To add a decorator’s touch or create focal points in any room, use reflected or spot lighting to make top features stand out, like spotlighted artwork, under cabinets, or reflected on the ceiling.

3. Make Your Statement With Style
Hanging or pendant lights add dramatic spots in your room (which can also be functional), and can take your décor up a level with bold and dramatic styling. Multiple lights at different levels, or one dramatic design can give you countless ways to express yourself. Adding dimmers in any room can give you flexibility for lighting just right for the time of day, task, and mood.

4. Make Morning Magical
From the moment you step in your bathroom, your vanity and fixture lighting becomes functional and emotional, lighting your face for makeup application, and grooming. Include bright lights that won’t cast shadows, and add wall sconces for a dramatic flair.

5. Match Lighting To Your Surfaces
Have a larger table or long countertops? Light along their length with a series of pendants or undercabinet lighting. Make sure you place them for uniform illumination, and colors to fit the mood of each room and surface.

6. Go With The Flow
When traveling from room to room in your home, your light fixtures should feel as if they all work together. While they don’t need to match, they should coordinate stylistically, and the color temperature and quality of light should be consistent throughout.

With your own sense of style, and some help from the experts when you need it, you’ll be making your home into the showpiece you’ve always wanted.

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Making An Impact With Doors

Transform your home with made-to-order interior doors

The look of custom interior doors can transform your home’s interior, and create the elegant, unique look you’ve been working to achieve. The simplicity of custom-designed interior doors requires that every detail be perfect. You can find that elusive look with designer-created, hand-matched surfaces, profiles, textures, and character for every interior door, from different species of natural wood to custom materials, panels, designs, and treatments. Firms like Marvin’s TruStile custom doors has been creating made-to-order interior doors for decades, creating exquisite doors from clients’ visions.

Beautifully designed doors must match your sensibility, your home’s architecture, and your desires. That’s why you start with a design tool to create exactly the right doors: choosing materials, shapes, colors, panels, textures, opening style, windows, arches, and more, right down to the hardware.

All doors will be made with premium materials to achieve the perfect look, from super-refined MDF to hand-selected veneers and lumber, and the highest-quality metals, leather, and glass. Your imagination is the limit for transforming your home into the one-of-a-kind masterpiece you deserve.

Make more of an impact, and turn your imagination into reality with innovative, custom-designed doors fashioned with old world craftsmanship.

Learn more by contacting one of our experts for a personal consultation.

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Choosing the Right Type of Door

Sliding doors in this contemporary camp provide a better view and easy access to the deck

Creating a home both beautiful and functional

The doors you choose for your home may seem like a minor detail, but you’ll actually look at and use them daily. The doors you choose for your interior and exterior will have a lasting impact on the look, feel, and usability of your home. Learning about the different types of doors, from those that allow entry from the outside to the interior doors that provide privacy within your home, can help you make the best choices for your needs.

8 Types of Doors
The materials your doors are made from will vary based on where the door is intended to be used and its purpose. Wood, glass, fiberglass, and other materials affect a door and make it more suited to indoor or exterior use. The features, materials, and style of the door all help determine if it is ideally suited for use in your home. Here we cover the most popular types, their features, and uses.

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Exterior/Entry Door

Exterior or Entry Doors
Exterior doors come in a number of styles, depending on the location. Entry doors, including front doors and side doors, are most often hinged single doors, while porch or patio doors are more often sliders (or gliders), or French doors to let in more of the view. Since they connect to the outdoors, they are better insulated, heavier duty materials and construction, and feature solid cores or double-pane insulated glass.

Hinged Single Door

Hinged Single Door
The most popular interior door, this lightweight door is mounted on hinges, and swings. This type of door can also be used as an exterior door, but will be thicker and heavier, and have three hinges instead of two.

Flush Door

Flush Door
A slab or panel made of lightweight materials, sometimes with a veneer or thin slice of hardwood. If this door has a veneer, it could be stained; otherwise it is generally painted to match your home. An interior flush door is usually hollow, while an exterior door will be heavier and made from fiberglass, metal, or a combination of materials.

Panel Door

Panel door
The traditional front door with several panels providing depth and interest, this door can also have surface modeling and details. Depending on the materials, a panel door can be modern or traditional, and used inside or out.

French Door

French and Hinged Patio Doors
This is actually two doors in a set, usually featuring glass panels. Often used to highlight a beautiful room or more commonly, a magnificent view, they work well for patios, decks, and porches. French doors fit well with most décor styles.

Hinged French doors provide easy entry from the porch in a Victorian home

Bifold Door

Bifold Door
Used primarily for closets more than 5 feet wide, a pair of bifold doors allows full access to the space. It does not need the swing room that a traditional hinged door requires, making it ideal for smaller spaces. Louvers, glass panels, and wood panels are just a few types of bifold doors.

Storm Door

Storm Doors and Screen Doors
Storm doors, often featuring glass, a screen, or both, can enhance security, and allow you to eliminate drafts and enjoy the view. The screen door allows air flow while keeping bugs and other critters out. Choose a storm door that complements your existing door, and your home style.

Sliding Door

Sliding or Gliding Patio doors
Typically used to give you access to the outdoors, sliding doors are made of large panes of glass to let in light and allow you to take in the view. While they may take up as much space as a pair of French doors, only one side slides open.

A large kitchen blends glass walls and windows with swinging French doors for a magnificent view

Our experts can help you choose a door that complements your home, fits into the space, and is made from the right material for the job. Together, we’ll make sure you’re delighted with the finished project, and enjoy your doors year after year.

For more information, start on our Doors Department page, then stop in to our Doors Department for expert advice.

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Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Create your dream outdoor kitchen

The perfect outdoor kitchen starts with outdoor cabinets designed to create an appealing space that can survive the elements. Make your outdoor space more functional, efficient, and attractive. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your grilling area, or even just looking for storage solutions in your garage, patio, deck, pool, or boat dock, choosing the right cabinets makes all the difference.

You want your new outdoor kitchen to give you a place to store cooking utensils and plates/napkins/eating utensils, as well as special cabinets for a propane tank, sink, built-in grill, and more.

We carry Wolf Endurance Cabinetry, made specifically for the outdoors. They’re built to hold up to temperature changes, and all the elements under Florida conditions like hurricanes and salt water spray, so they can easily handle our local weather.

Your outdoor cabinets…

  • Are made from lightweight, durable aluminum in 3 colors of weather-resistant powder coat
  • Have solid core doors with stainless steel hardware
  • Feature storage, sinks, grill enclosures, and more
  • Can be bolted down with cables on the underside of the cabinets
  • Are fully encapsulated storage
  • Have rubber seals around door and drawer openings
  • Offer soft-close drawer glides
  • Have doors that snap closed
  • Feature doors and drawers that are designed to prevent small-to-medium-sized animals from getting inside
  • Carry a Limited Lifetime warranty

Like conventional kitchen cabinets, outdoor cabinets do not come with their own countertops, and we always recommend using a material that is UV-resistant, like granite. Quartz is not UV-resistant and will fade in sunlight, and so is not recommended for outdoor use. We can help you source your countertops, or provide suggestions for DIY solutions.

With cabinets built for the purpose, your gorgeous new outdoor kitchen will be the perfect centerpiece during the warm weather, and raise the bar for outdoor fun.

Other Outdoor Cabinet Uses
If your outdoor kitchen is already finished, or you don’t need cabinets to improve your outdoor cooking game, you can still use cabinets to upgrade any outdoor space, and make you more efficient.

  • Garage: store tools, gardening supplies, soil, seed, and more
  • Boat dock: store life vests, ropes, buoys, and fishing equipment
  • Indoor/outdoor pool area: always have a place for snorkels, kids’ toys, pool chemicals, pool noodles, and more, without the expense of a pool house
  • Other outdoor storage: store everything from lawn chair cushions to animal feed, depending on your needs

Choose the Right Configuration
Outdoor cabinets come in a number of modular units that give you the freedom to configure the right mix for your space. If you’re not sure what will fit the style of your space and your home, how many cabinets will work, or the best way to configure your cabinets, stop in to see our designers—we can help. We’ll make sure you get attractive, durable cabinets for your outdoor storage needs, all to fit your budget.

For more information, start on our Kitchen Department page, then stop in to our Kitchen Department for expert advice.

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How to Approach Roof Repair

Installing and repairing shingles to eliminate leaks

We have many requests for assistance with roof repair, from water leaks to damaged shingles, ice dams in the winter, and more. While we do have roof repair advice and products, our first recommendation is to make sure your roof covering (whether it’s new or a replacement) is done right to prevent leaks in the first place.

Preventing Roof Leaks: Installation
Whether you’re doing the work yourself or hiring professionals, proper installation of a water barrier and shingles is crucial to preventing or reducing future leaks. Most leaks occur for one of four reasons:

  • Old shingles disintegrating or curling
  • Poor or improper installation/sealing of surfaces, edges, and roof protrusions (including vent pipes and roof windows)
  • Damage from sources like hail or tree branches, or even protruding nails
  • Seeping water syphoning beneath the shingles from ice dams on the roof edges

Proper roof installation and sealing begins with installation of an underlayment, like Grace Ice & Water Shield, which we carry. Almost every licensed and experienced roofing company, when building or installing a new roof, uses this type of product, which seals the roof deck from outside water, or even water seeping upward from ice dams. It will be used on roof edges, all the way up to roof openings like skylights, and often in the “valleys” of our roofline, where downward-sloping sections meet. Next, all the eaves, roof windows (skylights), vent pipes, vent stacks, chimneys, and other breaks in the roof deck are sealed with a rubberized asphalt around their edges.

Next are the shingles, almost all of which now come with 25-50-year (or lifetime) warranties. The warranties cover against defects for that long, but not damage or natural weathering and aging. Properly installed, all of the shingles we offer will give you long-term protection from rain, snow, and wind.

Repairing Roof Leaks
In our region, most leaks occur in the winter. Aside from damage (fallen trees or branches, mostly), leakage occurs when ice forms on the roof edge (which generally has no insulation), and melting snow has nowhere to go. This ice buildup is called an ice dam, and when water backs up, it can syphon upward and sideways underneath the shingles, often traveling quite a distance before finding an opening into which it enters our homes. This makes locating leaks especially difficult, as the point of entry is rarely where the water starts. Plugging one hole may stop that one drip for the time being, but doesn’t solve the bigger problem. The next more prevalent leaks come from dried, cracked, and crumbling seals around the roof protrusions like vents and skylights.

Vent pipe, chimney, and skylight leaks can all be resealed with a plastic roof cement. This trowel-consistency product will seal the leaks, and once dried, last for years. These types of repairs may involve temporarily lifting or removing the shingles around the edges, and replacing them afterward.

For larger repairs around damaged areas, protruding nails, or when installing new vent pipes, a layer of roof cement, followed by a roofing membrane like a fiberglass mesh, followed by another layer of roof cement, can provide a serious and long-lasting seal.

Replacing Shingles
When you see your shingles cracking, curling at the edges, or delaminating, it may be time to replace them. Check your warranty to see if they’re failing before their time. If it’s time to replace them, it’s also the time to replace your underlayment with a new, more versatile product that will seal better, and prevent some of the problems we’ve talked about here. Most shingles will show some minor surface disintegration over time without losing their integrity, so check for more serious damage before making the call to replace your entire roof. Take pictures to show one of our roofing experts, or consult a roofing installation professional for informed advice.

Choosing the Right Roof Repair Products
Our experts can help you find the right repair and replacement products for your roof. Share with us the details of your issue, and we’ll make sure you have everything you need to get the job done. For more information, start on our Roofing & Siding Department page, then stop in for great advice from a JAY-K Lumber expert.

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How to Choose the Right Window Style

Find the right windows for your home

The windows you choose will have a lasting impact on not only your comfort and enjoyment of your home, but your curb appeal as well. Choosing the right windows from the start ensures you get the look, qualities, and style you want and will enjoy for years to come. From selecting the styles that best match your home’s architecture to determining your privacy and home interior needs, these tips will help you choose the perfect windows for your home.

Learn the Different Window Types and Names
Do you know what you like, but not sure what it’s called? Learning the names and styles of the most popular windows can help you relay your preferences to your installer(s).

Popular Window Types

Double Hung: The most common type; both the top and lower pane can be moved.

Single Hung: Only the lower pane moves.

Casement: A casement window is hinged and opens like a door.

Awning: An awning opens from the top, providing cover but allowing air to enter.

Glider: Panes slide to open—a clean look and great space-saving design.

Bay: Both types of bay windows extend outward, allowing maximum light to enter the home.

Corner: Turns a corner—ideal for showcasing an amazing view.

Specialty (shapes): Designed to highlight specific features or add light where it is needed most.

Round top: A decorative window with a curved top, often above a door or all types of windows.

Tilt Turn and Hopper: A multifunction Euro Style window that tilts in or out.

Contemporary Studio: Large, modern styles that can span entire walls and let in more light.

Consider Your Architecture
Your home has a distinctive look and design that makes it stand out; the windows you choose should complement this style. The types of windows you choose can conflict with your home’s exterior or elevate it to new heights—considering the overall design of your home ensures you love the finished project.

What Do You Want Them to Do?
While all windows let in light and allow you to see a view, they can also allow you to access the outdoors or let in a breeze. It is easier to choose the types of window panes that will serve you best if you know what you want most.

Consider Both Mullions and Frames
Choosing from the distinct types of windows is just the start; consider your frames and mullions as well. (A mullion is that vertical support in a window that separates panes or sections.) These add both color and detail to your home, and can be designed to enhance your existing exterior.

Light and Ventilation
If you have areas with low light—like a basement—a window can add light or allow for ventilation without wasting power. When choosing among the types of windows, consider the amount of ventilation and light you’d like to naturally enter this space.

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Choose the Right Types of Windows for Your Interior
The exterior of your home may be the primary factor in your decision-making process, but the types of windows you choose will also have an impact on your home’s interior. Consider your home décor, view, and more when you look at different house windows types.

The right windows will enhance your home both inside and out, keep you comfortable year round, and satisfy your needs. If you have an idea of the look you like or the functionality you want, start there—and then check with your installer and JAY-K Lumber expert to make sure the windows you like are truly the right ones for your home. You’ll live with these windows for a long time, so taking the time to choose the right ones is the best way to ensure you’re happy with your home.

We’ll help you find the right windows to fit your budget, and to fit every room in your home. For more information, start on our Windows Department page, then stop in for great advice from a JAY-K Lumber window expert.

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Memorial Day Paint Sale

Get your painting done before the holiday

Ready to start that paint project? We want you to relax on Memorial Day, so we’re having a sale in our Paint Department from May 18-26, 2018, with specials on paint, stain, supplies, and more. That way, you can get your jobs done before the holiday (we’re taking the day off, too!)

Our paint store within a store is where you’ll find great service, the perfect paint and stain, and any supplies you need to complete your project.

Take advantage of our promotions all week:

  • Buy 4 gallons or more of ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains, and receive a free brush1

  • Buy 6 gallons or more of Benjamin Moore Exterior Paints or ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains, and receive an additional 5% off2

  • Buy 12 gallons or more of Benjamin Moore Exterior Paints or ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains, and receive an additional 10% off2

Start your paint project now, and be ready to relax on the holiday weekend.

Have a question about your paint project or any home improvement job? Just ask—we’re here to help!

1 Good on 123STAIN (oil products) and F51194 (water based products)
2Aura brand excluded. Purchases must be on one invoice. Paint and stains are non-returnable. No additional discounts apply.

3 Great Ways to Use Landscape Fabrics

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Make outdoor spaces low maintenance

Whether you’ve already put landscaping fabric to good use or not, you may believe, like most people, that it’s simply an easy way to reduce weeds when mulching around your home. You’ve seen (and maybe purchased) the classic fabric rolls of differing sizes and qualities. Or at the very least, you’ve seen professional landscapers do it, and wondered how you can put it to use for yourself, and save time pulling weeds come mid-summer. Make the best use of your time with these 3 great ways to use landscape fabric.

1. Planting And Landscaping
When you’re planting flower beds, spreading mulch, landscaping with shrubs, or using decorative stones, landscape fabric makes the perfect base on which to put your final layer of soil, mulch, or stone. When spreading the fabric in these applications, full coverage, with minimal breaks for stems of flowers or shrubs, will keep weeds to a minimum, and save you time and effort over the rest of the growing season. These are all excellent and traditional uses for landscape fabric, but better fabrics, and more expanded outdoor living choices, provide even more opportunities for putting it to use.

2. Make Outdoor Living More Stable
More and more, we are living outdoors in good weather, expanding our seating, eating, and relaxation areas. Most of the outdoor living and home improvement shows are showing you better ways to make the outdoors more relaxing, enjoyable, and beautiful. Commercial grade landscaping fabrics are now a big part of creating these areas so that they stay clean, attractive, and low-maintenance. Use it as a layer beneath outdoor hardscaping, grilling and seating areas, fire pits, and covered porches. You can install the fabric beneath pavers to minimize weeds between stones and stabilize the soil. Brands like DeWitt can help you separate and stabilize soils on serious hardscaping jobs.

3. Supporting Artificial Grass
Although rain is generally plentiful in our region, more people are complementing their outdoor living spaces with artificial grass or turf. Some have trouble growing grass in their soil, while others may want a grass-like surface in high-traffic areas. This is where artificial grass can be a great option. From pool surrounds, to softer play surfaces around your hardscape or patio, artificial turf, supported by landscape fabric, can keep weeds down and stabilize the underlying soil. Specialized landscape fabric just for turf use is also easier to install, so you’ll be saving effort during and after your installation.

Ask Our Experts
If you’re ready to take on a serious outdoor landscaping project, from hardscaping to artificial turf, start with the right landscape fabric. Ask our outdoor living experts for the best choices for your projects, and for installation tips. For more information, stop in to the store for expert advice.

5 Top Reasons to Choose Diamond Kote® Siding

Save yourself years of worry with the industry leader

Your home will be your fortress for many years to come, so you want to make sure you and your family are well-protected from the elements. You also don’t want to have to spend unnecessary time painting, repairing, or replacing the siding to keep it in good repair and looking great. Enter pre-finished siding made by Diamond Kote® pre-finished LP® SmartSide®.

What are the top 5 reasons to choose Diamond Kote siding?

1. Durability
Diamond Kote® leads the industry in pre-finished LP® SmartSide® products, and is backed by a 30-Year No Fade Warranty, and an overall 5/50-Year Limited Warranty. Their products are exclusively built on LP® SmartSide®, an engineered wood siding, and treated with a SmartGuard® process to withstand extreme temperatures, high humidity, freeze/thaws, fungal decay, and termites.

LP® SmartSide® products resist impacts of everyday bumps, stands up to harsh weather, and resists hail damage better than fiber cement and vinyl. NASA testing of LP® SmartSide® siding has also shown that it resists impacts better from baseballs, golf balls, river rocks, and marbles traveling at high speeds.

2. Appearance Choices
You can choose from 30 different colors, or create a custom color; you are only limited by your preferences. Diamond Kote re-manufactures LP® SmartSide® into a hidden fastener system. This uniform, attractive finish stands the test of time with no peeling, chalking or fading, and includes a DuoBlend Premium Collection that mimics natural and distressed wood. The Diamond Kote pre-finish process includes a proprietary paint, which uses the purest metal oxide colorants extracted from rocks. These natural, raw pigments don’t fade over time, and keep your siding vibrant while protecting it from destructive ultraviolet rays that cause synthetic tints to fade quickly.

3. Low Maintenance
Diamond Kote is designed to be low maintenance, and resists the buildup of dirt and grime, while also locking out moisture. It’s easy to clean, and the durable finish reduces your maintenance costs and labor over many other siding choices. Their coloring process provides consistent paint coverage by breaking down  the finish into smaller particles, allowing it to bond better for flawless coverage which can’t be duplicated with traditional onsite and flood coat applications. The product is finished by being sent through the oven to create a durable scratch-resistant finish.

4. Convenient Handling
Their packaging system reduces the risk of scuffing and scratching during transportation and handling. Their siding and shakes are packaged in 4-packs, their trim in 2-packs, and their one-piece corners are individually wrapped. Diamond Kote’s RigidStack™ siding is a great example of the smartly designed, durable options available to make installation faster and easier while maintaining superior strength and weather-resistance.

5. Ecological Responsibility
Diamond Kote paints are water borne, for low-V.O.C emissions, and their semi-trucks are powered by compressed natural gas, reducing greenhouse gas emissions up to 20%. The entire manufacturing process is also earth-friendly, and run in accordance with Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standards. They use wood from small, fast-growing trees for less waste and better resource use. This process uses the entire log, with no urea-formaldehyde, and low-emitting safe resins as a binder. And the zinc-borate in LP’s SmartGuard® manufacturing process is a naturally-occurring material.

Ask Our Experts
When you’re ready to use a more durable, low-maintenance siding, ask our siding experts or stop in to work out the details for estimating and ordering, and even for installation tips.

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