“If there’s anything to get excited about this spring, it’s the opportunity to beautify our home and outdoor living spaces,” says Kim Williams of Williams Lumber and Home Centers. With multiple locations, including two kitchen and bath showrooms in Pleasant Valley and Rhinebeck, Williams has been a go-to for home improvement in the Hudson Valley since 1946. With Williams’s help, we rounded up five projects that will help add years of enjoyment to your outdoor space.
Freshen Up Your Paint and Stain
Your outdoor space should enhance your home, so start by sprucing up its exterior. If you can’t remember the last time your house or deck was treated to a fresh coat of paint or stain, now is the perfect time. If the job is approachable enough to tackle on your own, Williams recommends investing in a premium paint like Benjamin Moore, which has a complete line of durable exterior paints and stains. They even have an app called Color Portfolio that lets you experiment with different colors using photos from your phone, so you can envision your project before you commit.
Add Low-Maintenance Decking
Creating a deck might sound like a large investment, but Williams recommends selecting durable materials that will survive the elements and require little maintenance. Popularized by high-performance brands like Trex, composite decking made from pressed wood (wood chips, sawdust, wood fiber) and plastic has seen enormous growth since its introduction in the ’90s. “So often people think that composite is out of their price range,” Williams says. “While the upfront price of pressure treated lumber is low, an investment in composite decking like Trex breaks even after a few years,” Williams says. “It doesn’t have the annual maintenance costs associated with wood like sanding, staining, and painting, so it costs less over its lifetime and lasts longer too.”
Trex is a high performance, durable, eco-friendly alternative (95% recycled material, made in the USA) to wood decking. Trading up from wood to Trex means ditching hours of annual upkeep that
costs you way more than you bargain for. Williams points out that although the upfront costs maybe more with Trex over a wood deck, the time, labor and money for maintenance will add up over the years on the wood deck. You may even break even today or be ahead with the escalating treated lumber prices. Trex offers a variety of decking and railing collections so that everyone can build their dream deck.
With seven convenient locations in the Hudson Valley, including their kitchen and bath showrooms in Pleasant Valley and Rhinebeck, visit Williams to improve your outdoor space and “Nail it Right the First Time!”
6760 Rte 9, Rhinebeck
2424 Rte 44, Pleasant Valley
317 Kyserike Rd, High Falls
908 Rte 82, Hopewell Junction
3679 Rte 9, Hudson
9-11 East Market St, Red Hook
34 Bloomer Rd, Tannersville
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