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July 2, 2014
DaVinci - Composite Slate Roof

Slate roofing tiles are arguably the most beautiful roofing product available! They are also fire resistant, environmentally friendly and they can last a long time. Unfortunately, natural slate tiles can be easily damaged and are a significant investment. Fortunately, there are DaVinci Slate shingles! These synthetic slate shingles have the beauty of a natural slate without the shortcomings. DaVinci Slate roofs are:

  • Extremely durable
  • Natural slate appearance
  • Easy installation
  • Fraction of the cost of natural slate
  • Maintenance free

DaVinci Slate products include three lines of composite slate: 

  1. Single Width Valore
  2. Multi-Width DaVinci
  3. Bellaforte

The DaVinci slate roofing materials are manufactured from a state-of-the-art engineered polymer, fashioned to look like genuine slate roofing, and are available in a broad palette of beautiful and distinctive colors and blends. You can even create your own custom color scheme!

Click here for a complete DaVinci Slate Comparison Guide

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June 30, 2014
Dale's Corner - DIY Deck

Have you always dreamed of building your own deck? While building a deck is a fairly large and complicated construction project, it is possible to do-it-yourself. You will need several tools including (hammer, tape measure, level, cordless drill & saw) and a desire to invest a little sweat equity. Here are my tips and recomendations for those interested in building a deck onto their home.

  1. Check with City or County ordinances for set-back requirements.
  2. Based on your design, determine the size of footings and the size of joists to carry the weight so the deck doesn't settle.
  3. Install proper flashing where deck attaches to the house, to prevent the deck from rotting the wall.
  4. Use correct fastener spacing when attaching framing members and decking as per building code.
  5. Stairs if needed must be installed according to the building code for safety of the user.
  6. Hand rails & railings should be installed at proper locations & heights for safety.

Once your deck is complete, sit back and enjoy the rest of the summer!



June 10, 2014
Andersen Window Rebate!

Andersen Windows has an awesome rebate going on now through July 12, 2014! Replace your windows and they'll replace your cash! 

  •  $25 rebate for each 400 series window purchased
  • $100 rebate for each 400 series patio door purchased

Andersen® 400 Series windows and doors provide a classic blend of engineering and craftsmanship, featuring extensive sizes, shapes, styles and colors.

Contact us at 320-529-4800 for your free window replacement quote!


May 16, 2014
4 Great Bathroom Ideas!

It may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but the bathroom is still a room you can customize to meet your needs and lifestyle. Here are a few bathroom products that would be a great addition to any bathroom. Whether you are looking to completely remodel your bathroom or just make minor improvements, we can help! Need inspiration? Click here for bathroom photos.



Kohler Nighlight Toilet Seat

Pefect for kids, seniors or anyone who needs to use the bathroom during the night!

Vanity Storage & Organizers

An angled drawer organizer is great for viewing cosmetics and keeping the drawer tidy!





Pivot Toilet Paper Holder

Pivot toilet paper holder designs means no spring (yay!) and makes changing the roll super easy for everyone...including guys & kids!

Kohler Moxie Showerhead & Speaker

Like to sing in the shower? The Kohler Moxie is just the thing for you!

April 28, 2014
Tool Time - Level

A level is one of the many tools we use on a regular basis. Since it is such an important tool for our trade we thought we'd do a little research on the level. Did you know...?

  • A spirit level or bubble level is an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb).
  • Melchisedech Thevenot invented the spirit level sometime around February 1661. 
  • Early spirit levels had two banana-shaped curved glass vials at each viewing point and were complicated to use.
  • In the 1920s Henry Ziemann, the founder of Empire Level Mfg, Corp., invented the modern level with a single vial. 
  • These vials have a slightly curved glass tube which is incompletely filled with a liquid, usually a colored spirit or alcohol, leaving a bubble in the tube.
  • Alcohol instead of water is usually used because alcohol has low viscosity and surface tension, which allows the bubble to move and settle.
  • A colorant such as fluorescein, typically yellow or green, may be added to increase the visibility of the bubble. 
  • A traditional carpenter's spirit level is usually made of wood, aluminum or composite material with a small window in the middle where the spirit level is mounted. Two markings designate where the bubble should be if the surface is level. 
  • There are a variety of other types of spirit levels including: surveyor's leveling instrument, torpedo level and electronic level.