Concrete in residential construction

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    Concrete is one of the most versatile products used in construction. From the well known like foundations and walkways to the more innovative uses found in countertops and exterior siding concrete products are proving that they are cost effective, durable and worth a second look.

    If you are building a foundation you may order cubic yards by the truckload or you can quickly build up walls with Pre-Cast blocks.

    Pre-cast concrete is also used for …

    Steel and Wood Beams

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        Steel and Wood beams are used throughout homes and commercial buildings to provide proper distribution of floor and wall loads. There are a few different types of beam designs and various materials that can be used but the most important factor is matching the structural rating of the beam to the loads being supported. For this reason under most conditions Beams will need to be specified by an Architect or Structural Engineer.

      Mid-span Beams are the most common type used …

      HowTo – Staining Your Deck

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        With proper maintenance your deck can last years longer so taking a half a day to paint it should not be looked at as a nasty chore but a protection of your investment.

        Penetration into the wood is the main difference between Paints and Stains.

        Paints can be thought of as a thick outer shell that will fail once it is chipped off. Stain will enter into the wood and continue to protect the wood …

        Planning your Deck Project

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          Every good project starts with a good plan and although Decks are a pretty simple project you will probably need to submit plans to your Building Official to get a permit for construction.

          For specifications of how detailed your plans need to be you should call your local permit office and ask them what they will need from you.

          Most areas will require:

          • A Plot Plan of your homes lot showing the location and …

          Flooring Manufacturers

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            Flooring Manufacturers

            Laminate Floors

            Abet Laminati
            Alloc, Inc.
            Armstrong World Industries
            BHK of America
            Bruce Laminate Floors
            Classen USA
            Columbia Forest Products
            Duramar
            Faus Group, USA
            Faus Floor
            Kaindl Flooring
            Kronotex
            Mannington Mills
            Mohawk Laminate Flooring
            Pergo
            QuickStyle Industries
            Quick Step Laminate Floors
            Roysol
            Shaw Laminates
            Uniboard of Canada
            Hardwood Floors

            Anderson Wood Floors
            Authentic Pine Floors
            Award Wood …

            Lumber Manufacturers

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              Elk Building Products (composite lumber) www.elkcorp.com

              Georgia Pacific  www.GP.com

              Louisiana-Pacific  www.lpcorp.com

              TimberTech (composite lumber) www.timbertech.com

              Weyerhaeuser  www.weyerhaeuser.com

              Paint Manufacturers

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                Behr  www.behrpaint.com

                Benjamin Moore  www.benjaminmoore.com

                DuPont www.dupontrefinish.com

                Dutch Boy  www.dutchboy.com

                Glidden  www.glidden.com

                Martin Senour  www.martinsenour.com

                Olympic www.ppg.com

                Ralph Lauren http://rlhome.polo.com/rlhome/products/paint/default.asp

                Sherwin Williams www.sherwin-williams.com

                National Trade Organizations

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                  American Forest & Paper Association www.afandpa.org

                  Association of Millwork Distributers www.nsdja.com

                  Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association www.compositelumber.org

                  International Code Council (BUILDING CODES) www.iccsafe.org

                  Western Wood Products Association www.wwpa.org

                  Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association www.wmmpa.com

                  Windows and Door Manufacturers

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                    Anderson Windows and Doors
                    100 Fourth Ave. North
                    Bayport, MN 55003-1096
                    V: (651) 264-5910

                    Atrium Windows and Doors
                    3890 West Northwest Hwy
                    Suite 500
                    Dallas, TX 75220
                    V: 214-630-5757

                    Boman Kemp Basement Window Systems
                    2393 S 1900 W
                    Ogden, UT 84401-3215
                    V: 801-731-0615

                    CertainTeed Corporation
                    750 E. Swedesford Road
                    Valley Forge, PA 19482 …

                    Window Blind Manufacturers

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                      There are many Local window blind manufacturers
                      The following list is for large national manufacturers that sell through chains or retail

                      Bali Blinds www.baliblinds.com

                      Graber Blinds www.graberblinds.com

                      Hunter Douglas  www.hunterdouglas.com

                      Levolor www.levolor.com

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