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Preston Feather Building Centers is pleased to announce Carolyn Andrews, kitchen and bath designer with the Traverse City Showroom, has recently been designated by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) as one of 30 young professional designers under the age of 30.
Earlier this year the NKBA began a nation-wide search for 30 outstanding individuals under the age of 30 who are passionate in their profession and forward-thinking toward their success in the kitchen and bath industry. The purpose of the NKBA program is to engage and recognize young people who are the voice and next generation of kitchen and bath professionals.
Carolyn is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a major in Interior Design and a minor in Construction Management. In addition to her formal education, she also holds Green Build Certification, is a certified Home Inspector, and recently joined the board for the Northern Michigan Chapter of the NKBA and the Grand Traverse HBA.
Carolyn’s past experience has included a job as an estimator for a large national building corporation, a building material sales representative, and manager in the cabinetry and appliance field. Her focus in the past five years has solely encompassed kitchen and bath design. A combination of her prior experience in the construction and building industry and education, have contributed to Carolyn’s extensive expertise in kitchen and bath business and production. One of Carolyn’s recent kitchen remodels was selected and featured in the magazine, Northern Home & Cottage Magazine, which showcased twelve impressive kitchen designs throughout Northern Michigan. She joined Preston Feather Petoskey in January of 2012, transferring to the new Traverse City location one year later.
Carolyn is dedicated to getting the job done, while operating as quickly and efficiently as possible. With her knowledge of construction techniques, she can confidently assess the installation of her project design. Simply put, she believes that there is nothing as satisfying as overseeing the seamless transformation of a project from beginning to end. Carolyn states “I am ecstatic that I was chosen to participate. I am really looking forward to meeting all the other recipients and build professional relationships. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am eager to learn!”
Carolyn and the other 30 Under 30 up-and-comers will be recognized during KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) 2014, February 4 – 6 in Las Vegas. Carolyn has been awarded full travel, accommodations and conference sessions at KBIS 2014.
“We are excited to present our 30 Under 30 young professionals at KBIS 2014 for the second year in a row,” says Nancy Barnes, NKBA Director of Learning. “The program launch in 2013 was a huge success with the group, which included enthusiastic entrepreneurs, forward-thinking CEOs, and cutting-edge designers who are all still in their 20s.”
About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With nearly 60,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit the NKBA Press Room or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522). KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Vinyl siding just doesn’t get the respect it deserves, at least not when it comes to installation. Perhaps its very familiarity—It has been cladding American homes since the 1960s and is the most used product on new home exteriors, a ranking it has held for 20 years—has led contractors to give vinyl siding’s installation less consideration than it is due. It is so familiar that many people, recognizing the ease of installation, take on the task without the proper training.
Installing vinyl siding may not be a science, but there are proper installation techniques that installers should follow for optimal results. If it’s not installed properly, vinyl siding will cause problems for the homeowner. Here are 5 common mistakes and how to avoid them:
1. Nailing too tightly. Vinyl siding needs room to move. To accommodate that, installers should nail “loose” rather than drive the nails home. It is generally best leave 1/32 of an inch between the fastener head and the vinyl.
2. Leaving too much space between fasteners. Placing fasteners farther apart invites the wind to cause waviness in the material.
3. Overlapping too much. The industry standard calls for an overlap of 1 inch to 1.25 inches where two panels meet. Too much of an overlap restricts movement and can cause oil canning.
4. Creating visible seams. It’s an eyesore rather than a functional glitch, but applying panels so they begin and end evenly all the way up the wall—instead of staggering them in a zipper-like pattern—can draw too much attention to the straight seam. Some manufacturers are making 16- and 20-foot pieces; using them will reduce the number of seams. Longer lengths are not that much more expensive plus fewer seams make a more eye-appealing project.
5. Skimping on flashing. When the roof of a one-story garage meets the vinyl-clad wall of a two-story house, it creates the need for a piece of metal flashing. Flashing is typically fashioned in the field from aluminum and helps divert water that runs off of the roof. Water should run down on the outside of the vinyl and not behind it, where it can soak the sheathing. Metal flashing is also needed to keep water from penetrating the intersections of walls and windows, and of vinyl with brick or another cladding that might cover part of the same house. It is recommended that contractors conceal the transition from brick to vinyl with aluminum head flashing, which is installed under the vinyl and over the brick for a minimum of four inches at their meeting point.
Preston Feather Building Centers offers vinyl siding products from CertainTeed. We invite you to visit any one of our four locations throughout Northwest Lower Michigan and talk to one of our sales associates. They can help you choose the right siding for your project.
~ Kyle Sircely, Preston Feather Building Centers, Gaylord Michigan
Vinyl siding has come a long way since it was introduced in the 1950’s and manufacturers have made strides in research and development efforts for design and performance. Nearly 350 vinyl siding colors have been certified for color retention, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI). The variety offers homeowners a virtually endless palette of fade-resistant colors, combined with complementary trim, accents and accessories. Additionally, the texture and attention to detail on the siding panels make high-end vinyl siding nearly indistinguishable from wood clapboard, cedar shake shingles or other traditional materials. At Preston Feather Building Centers, we have chosen to offer siding products from CertainTeed.
Color Selection: Thanks to these advancements in color and technology, vinyl siding has become a focal point of renovation and new-build home designs. And many historical societies across the U.S. have turned to vinyl siding for historic home renovations because of the wide selection of period colors, architectural details and low-maintenance benefits.
Trim Options: A common misconception about vinyl siding is that trim options don’t offer a high-end look like authentic wood. Though in recent years, siding manufacturers such as CertainTeed have made significant strides in the design of low maintenance, holistic finishing solutions for windows, doors, eaves, gables, columns and more, introducing trim and mouldings made from cellular PVC.
These trim packages are designed to look and function like real wood, accentuating the best features of any architectural home style, but eliminating the need to clean, replace or stain in years to come. With today’s trim options, even the most discerning homeowners will find there’s no need to compromise beauty to get low-maintenance curb appeal.
Durability: Don’t let the light weight of the product fool you. These products have been put to the test and withstood the elements in recent storms such as Super-storm Sandy, the category 3 hurricane of October 2012.
In addition to holding its own against Mother Nature, vinyl siding puts up a pretty good fight against Father Time. The product has tremendous longevity, in many cases lasting 30 years or more with very little maintenance and low cost of ownership. Vinyl siding does not need to be painted and it can be cleaned with simple soap and water.
If you believed the myths above, don’t be discouraged. One thing that is undeniably true is that vinyl siding will continue to lead the way in exterior home design. Stop in to one of our locations in Gaylord, Traverse City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey, to learn more about the many beautiful options available, both in stock and by special order, from CertainTeed vinyl siding.
~ Rob Blair, Building Material Sales, Petoskey
AZEK composite masonry is the first composite material in the world, made almost entirely of recycled materials with the physical strength, durability and natural appearance to replace concrete. AZEK composite masonry utilizes up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials (scrap tires and plastics), requires 94% less energy and releases 96% less carbon dioxide than concrete product manufacturer. AZEK Pavers help projects earn LEED certification easier than any other pavement.
- 95% Post-Consumer Recycled Content
- Installs Three-Times Faster
- One-Third the Weight of Concrete
- Engineered to Last
Try the AZEK Challenge to become more familiar with the characteristics of this earth-friendly product:
1. STAIN RESISTANCE. Apply a small amount of ketchup and cooking oil to both the AZEK Paver and the concrete paver.
Allow liquids to sit on the AZEK Paver while quickly wiping off the ketchup and oil from the concrete paver. Notice the stain marks left by the liquids on the concrete paver. Wipe the ketchup and oil from the AZEK Paver to reveal no stain marks left behind.
2. SCRATCH RESISTANCE. Use the flat end of a screwdriver and push across the surface of an AZEK Paver and a concrete paver. Notice the concrete paver scratches easily while the AZEK Paver resists scratches.
3. DURABILITY. Use a hammer or another brick to hit a corner of the concrete paver and see what happens to the edges. Strike the AZEK Paver or throw it on the ground to see its durability for yourself. AZEK Pavers resist degradation over time and retain their outstanding appearance longer than that of traditional concrete pavers.
4. WEIGHT. Stack enough concrete pavers to equal 64lbs. You will notice this only equals 11 pavers and covers only 2.4 square feet of space. Stack enough AZEK Pavers and grids to equal 64lbs. You will be excited to learn this equals 32 pavers, 4 grids, and covers 7.1 square feet of space. Enjoy the ease of carrying up to three times the amount of AZEK Pavers as concrete pavers.
5. CONSISTENCY. Look at the edges of each type of paver. Compare the aesthetic quality of the broken edges of the concrete paver to the smooth clean edges of the AZEK Paver. Think about the wear and tear on hands while working with sharp edges versus AZEK edges.
6. INSTALLATION EASE. No need to take the time to string lines to ensure aesthetically pleasing straight runs of concrete pavers. No more setting individual pavers using a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer to create a level surface with concrete pavers. Concrete pavers may individually shift or move until sand is placed between them. AZEK Pavers insert easily into the specially designed grid system to ensure perfect alignment every time while securely holding them square and consistently spaced. Overlapping AZEK Pavers from grid to grid, ties the entire system together making it uniform and secure.
7. CUTTING AND WORKABILITY. AZEK Pavers are easily handled and cut in the field as compared to concrete pavers. AZEK Pavers do not require the need to rent or purchase expensive specialized cutting equipment. There is no need for a water source to cut AZEK Pavers as is often required for cutting concrete pavers. There is no worry of inhaling airborne concrete dust particles when cutting AZEK Pavers. AZEK Pavers can be cut individually by using a traditional miter saw (with proper blade) or cut in place after being installed using a traditional jig saw (with proper blade). A video demonstration of cutting techniques, including radius cuts possible using a jig saw.
With five color optionsand several pattern guides, AZEK pavers can be incorporated into many different residential and commercial projects. Visit one of our four locations to learn more about AZEK pavers and how they might be part of your next exterior beautification project.
~ Rob Blair, Building Material Sales, Petoskey
A relatively new product is available for landscaping and resurfacing projects. AZEK Pavers® are breaking the traditional mentality that landscape pavers must be made from concrete or clay. Made from up to 95% recycled materials, patented AZEK Pavers are the most technologically advanced and socially responsible paver alternatives in the industry.AZEK Pavers help projects earn LEED certification easier than any other pavement. AZEK Pavers can outperform other pavements – such as pavers with fly ash – by more than ten-times. AZEK composite masonry is the first composite material in the world, made almost entirely of recycled materials with the physical strength, durability and natural appearance to replace concrete. AZEK composite masonry utilizes up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials (scrap tires and plastics), requires 94% less energy and releases 96% less carbon dioxide than concrete product manufacturer.
- 95% Post-Consumer Recycled Content
- Installs Three-Times Faster
- One-Third the Weight of Concrete
- Engineered to Last
No need to take the time to string lines to ensure aesthetically pleasing straight runs of concrete pavers.No more setting individual pavers using a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer to create a level surface with concrete pavers.
Concrete pavers may individually shift or move until sand is placed between them.
AZEK Pavers insert easily into the specially designed grid system to ensure perfect alignment every time while securely holding them square and consistently spaced.
Overlapping AZEK Pavers from grid to grid, ties the entire system together making it uniform and secure. Installation guides
CUTTING AND WORKABILITY
AZEK Pavers are easily handled and cut in the field as compared to concrete pavers.
AZEK Pavers do not require the need to rent or purchase expensive specialized cutting equipment.
There is no need for a water source to cut AZEK Pavers as is often required for cutting concrete pavers.
There is no worry of inhaling airborne concrete dust particles when cutting AZEK Pavers.
AZEK Pavers can be cut individually by using a traditional miter saw (with proper blade) or cut in place after being installed using a traditional jig saw (with proper blade). Radius cuts are also possible using a jig saw. Cutting videos
Visit one of our four locations to learn more about AZEK pavers and how they might be part of your next exterior beautification project.
~ Rob Blair, Contractor Sales, Petoskey Michigan
Preston Feather enjoys researching new products and we are pleased to introduce Boral TruExterior™ Trim, a new category of exterior trim features a poly – ash composite that does not require sealing or gluing the ends of the boards. TruExterior Trim offers real workability exceeding that of wood trim. It also maintains a high level of dimensional stability during periods of temperature and moisture change. As a low maintenance product, TruExterior Trim provides contractors additional freedom while resisting moisture related issues that typically plague wood trim, such as cracking, splitting and rotting as well as termite attacks.
Applications & Workability
Designed to be used in non-load bearing applications, TruExterior Trim is approved for ground contact making it ideal for exterior trim applications such as:
• Rake boards
• Garage door casings
• Window surrounds
• Batten strips
• Door trim
• Frieze boards
• And other exterior trim applications
TruExterior™ Trim – Facts• Maintains high level of dimensional stability
• 70% recycled content with a poly-ash composite
• Installs with standard tools and methods
• No need to glue joints
• No cracking or splitting from moisture
• No need to prime end or field cuts
• Resists rot and termite attacks
• Easily accepts paint of any color
• Accepts a wide variety of fasteners
• Boards are reversible with a wood grain and smooth side
• 20-year warranty
TruExterior Trim is reversible with wood grain on one side and a smooth finish on the reverse. It comes in 16’ lengths and is available in both 4/4 and 5/4 thicknesses (3/4” and 1” actual, respectively). LEED Sustainablity Information can be found here
We invite you to stop in and discover this exciting and affordable exterior trim product. Preston Feather Building Centers is stocking this product in all four locations: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Gaylord and Traverse City. Click here for maps and contact information.
~ Andy Herman, Window & Door Specialist, Petoskey Design Showroom
In short, there are vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl clad and aluminum clad options available; in very general terms, vinyl windows are the least expensive while aluminum clad is the most expensive. We will review all these differences in an effort to make it easier to make the right choice for your window project.
Vinyl windows can be found nearly everywhere these days. They are relatively inexpensive and there are many different manufacturers of this product. Vinyl windows are low maintenance, long lasting and very durable which are major benefits to these products. The problems
with vinyl windows are that they look inexpensive, offer lower value on your investment and are very limited in color options. They tend to fade over time and the vinyl can expand and contract in climate changes. Because of so many options and variations from manufacturer to manufacturer, you really have to do your research to make sure you are getting a quality vinyl window.
Fiberglass windows are fairly new to the window market but they offer many benefits to consumers. They expand and contract at the same rate as glass. Fiberglass is very energy efficient, low maintenance and durable. The strength of fiberglass is much greater than vinyl. On the downside, they offer a very limited color selection and because they are newer to the market, there is uncertainty of the long term durability of the windows. The window can be painted but usually needed to be repainted every 3-5 years.
$$$ Vinyl Clad
Vinyl Clad windows give you the option of having a wood interior giving you many options to match wood species to the interior of your home. Because they have a vinyl exterior they offer low maintenance, but exterior colors have a very limited selection. Vinyl colors do tend to fade over time and the wood interior will lead to maintenance to keep the wood protected.
$$$$ Aluminum Clad
Aluminum clad windows offer homeowners the greatest selection of color options on both the interior and exterior of the home. The color palate for an aluminum clad window is virtually unlimited. The aluminum paint is baked on so they offer lifetime finishes or can be painted if desired. Aluminum clad windows have been around for years, a plus if you need to match existing windows. On the downside, because the interior is made of wood there is more maintenance required and if ignored, could lead to rotting over time.
We hope this short review of the four major window types will help your understanding of the differences among them. Any one of the four windows we’ve discussed will fit the needs of your next project, whether replacing old windows or building a new structure. Just weigh the options, evaluate your budget and see what works best for your application.
To see examples of the windows we’ve discussed, we invite you to visit us at Preston Feather Building Centers and speak to our window and door specialists. Showrooms are located in Gaylord, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Traverse City.
~Kent Strawderman, Window and Door Specialist, Gaylord Michigan
There are many questions and issues that arise when one considers replacing their existing windows. Key among them is, “can I use standard sized windows or do I have to use custom sized windows?” In years past ‘custom sized’ carried a hefty custom price tag. Vinyl replacement windows really paved the way for affordable custom sized windows that were made to fit existing openings.When working with a person looking to replace their windows, I will determine the total scope of work to be done. Working together we evaluate whether it is just windows, or are there other exterior and interior modifications to be done? These factors will help drive the decision towards standard or custom sizes.The first step is to determine your brand of window. A trained and experienced salesperson can assist in the process. If the brand is still made and the sizes have not changed, then you can replace the units with standard sized windows. The easiest example is replacing the first clad Andersen casements made in the early 1970’s with new units today – same sizes, no worries. If the brand is not available anymore then you have a decision to make.
Standard sized windows today simply mean they have a common call number in a catalog. It takes no more time to produce a custom sized window than a standard sized. All window companies that we deal with are on a made to order basis; there is no inventory of windows waiting for someone to buy them.
Custom sizes work best when the homeowner wants the minimum of work altering the interior or exterior of the home. The additional cost of a custom sized unit is more than compensated for by the reduced labor of installing the unit. Custom windows also allow for some different and unusual grille patterns to complement the architecture of your home.
Working with a trained and experienced sales staff will demystify the process of ‘standard versus custom’. Preston Feather offers free in home measuring and consulting services. We will ask questions to discover what your window needs are and then provide the product that will meet and exceed your expectations.
At our Window and Door Showrooms in Gaylord, Traverse City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey, you will have the opportunity to see display widows from Andersen, Jeld-Wen, Eagle, Marvin and Integrity. The next article in this series will review the many different materials, from vinyl to wood, available for your window project.