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How to Care for Wood Floors

When it comes to floor surface coverings, natural hardwood flooring is a favorite choice. Hardwood floors are timeless and strong and create a sense of warmth and luxury. Wood floors add enduring beauty to all types of homes and can meet the needs of you and your family’s busy lifestyles.

As with any type of flooring, hardwood floors require proper upkeep in order to maintain their appearance.  Preserve the aesthetic appeal of your flooring investment and follow these steps to protect and care for your hardwood floor.

Sweep and dust daily
 One of the most important hardwood floor maintenance tasks is frequent sweeping and dusting. Use a microfiber dust mop or cloth which acts like an electrostatic magnet to pick up dust and debris. When your dust mop head is dirty, simply throw it in the laundry and reuse it.

Vacuum weekly
Vacuuming will help you clean up particles that have made their way into the nooks and crannies of your floor. Use the bare floor setting on your vacuum to protect your floor from the beater bar – the rotating brush at the bottom of your vacuum that can damage your floor’s finish.
 
Use area rugs and runners
Adding runners or area rugs will help protect the floors from scratches in high-traffic areas.  A rug by your outdoor entry doors can collect mud, sand and other debris that people and pets bring in after being outside. Be sure to use rug pads to prevent slipping.
 
Finish your floors with a urethane or polyurethane coat
No wood floor is indestructible but a coat or two of urethane or polyurethane will provide an extra layer of protection. These finishes add durability and scratch- and water-resistance to your floor, while enhancing the wood grain.
 
Clean accidents pronto
Spills and other accidents and messes are facts of life – especially if you have children or pets. Clean up any mess immediately before it has a chance to dry. Use a damp cloth and then rub the area dry. The longer any type of food or fluid sits on your floor, the greater the chance your wood will stain, warp or start to dull.

Watch what you use on your floor
Some cleaners can harm rather than help your hardwood floor. Water, ammonia and vinegar can dull your floor and soap and wax can leave residue. When in doubt about what you can or can’t use on your floor, ask your wood floor dealer for cleaning recommendations.
 
How to choose a hardwood floor
If you currently do not have a wood floor but are thinking about having one installed, consider these family-friendly ideas:
 

  • Choose a solid hardwood species – Softwood species like American Cherry or pine are not recommended for high-traffic areas used by people or pets because this type of wood can scratch and dent easily.

 
While no wood is completely scratch proof, harder wood species such as Brazilian Walnut and Hickory are a better choice if you want to protect your floor from your scruffs and abrasions.

  • Camouflage with graining or distressing – Distressed wood or woods like oak that have grain and knots can add character to your floor while hiding dents and scratches.
  • Finish with a low-sheen – A high gloss finish reflects light which can make pet hair, dirt and scratches more visible.
  • Lighten up – Lighter woods tend to hide scratches, dents and other imperfections and damage.

How we helped a homeowner with a hardwood floor challenge
When it comes to wood flooring, Riverhead Building Supply is a flooring supply leader. Every day we help our customers solve their most pressing home flooring challenges, such as the one described below.

The problem…
One of our customers wanted a dark wood floor but has grandchildren and a dog and was concerned about scratches. She was afraid any scratches would go through the stain and show the lighter wood underneath.

The solution…
Our team introduced her to roasted red oak. The wood is gently cured with heat and the entire board takes on a rich dark color all the way through. There is no stain color that can be scratched or worn off.

The result…
While this is a special process and adds to the cost of the flooring, it was worth it to the homeowner. She felt that it suited her lifestyle and was the best choice to achieve the look she wanted.

Discover gorgeous hardwood flooring for your home. Contact us today.
Wood floors can fit into your active life, all it takes is a little pre-planning and everyday maintenance.  If you’re looking for the perfect wood floor that will look amazing for decades, contact Riverhead Building Supply. We can help you find a beautiful hardwood that will work for you and your family.

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Must-Have Tools for Everyone

Spring and summer are popular seasons for home improvements. If you’ve got a bunch of interior and exterior tasks on your to-do list, put some power behind your projects with these must-have power tools.

These tools are also on sale at upcoming tool shows! Stop by these Riverhead Building Supply locations on the following dates to enjoy exclusive show savings on some of the highest quality power tools from brands including Makita, Paslode, DeWalt, Bostitch and more:

2019 Tool Shows

East Hampton, NY – May 9-10
Greenport, NY- May 16
Mineola, NY – May 17
Westerly, RI – June 12
Middletown, RI – June 13

Save time, improve results with the right power tools
 
Want to repair, renovate or construct something new? These are a few power tools that can help you save time and produce optimal results.

During the Riverhead Building Supply tool shows and sales, you can find the kinds of power tools that you’ll reach for again and again for home Improvement projects.

A cordless drill and Impact driver kit is a great all-around combination for every home. Use the drill for creating pilot holes, then switch to a flat- or Phillips-head bit to drive screws.  Projects like repairing drywall, hanging shelves, or assembling furniture and cabinets becomes so much easier.

Here are a couple kits that will be on sale, with savings from 20% – 35%

  • DeWalt 2 pc Drill/Impact driver kit: This kit packs extra power with a 20 volt Max XR battery for long run time.
  • Makita 2 pc Drill combo kit: This drill/driver combo kit combines a lightweight tool with a powerful 18 volt lithium ion battery.

The Fein MultiMaster is the ultimate multitasking tool.  Use this precision-crafted oscillating tool for precise sawing, efficient sanding, filing, scraping, even polishing.

Other useful accessories on sale during the Power Tool Show and Sale including kits from Kreg Tools to help you to create the perfect pocket holes for strong and hidden fastening, and sawhorses and worktables from Protocol Equipment.  Even at under 15 pounds, the Protocol 47″ sawhorse is strong and sturdy and folds compactly to stow away when not in use.

There are many other tools, kits and accessories available at special prices only during the power tool shows.  This is the time to do your research, decide what you want, and shop for the most powerful tools at the best prices.  Pick up something for yourself, or grab a gift for a new homeowner or for Dad for Father’s Day.

Experienced DIYers and Pros will enjoy using these tools
 
Sliding compound miter saw

A compound miter saw is an indispensable tool for cutting crown moulding, pictures frames, and wood for projects that require angled cross cuts. The blades pivot and tilt so you’ll have the ability to make both miter and bevel cuts.  While stationary and sliding compound miter saws are similar, a sliding compound miter saw increases your cutting capabilities. You’ll also be able to cut thicker materials, such as lumber, which can be useful if you are constructing a fence.
 
The DeWalt DWS780 Sliding Compound Miter Saw is an excellent sliding compound miter saw choice. It is durable, lightweight and designed for optimal cutting accuracy. It has a 15 Amp motor and an exclusive back fence design that cuts up to 2×16 dimensional lumber at 90° and 2×12 at 45°. See us at a tool show for special savings on this saw and get a bonus heavy duty stand with its purchase.

Cordless circular saw kit

A cordless circular saw kit is ideal for experienced DIYers and professionals who need to rip and crosscut wood including solid hardwood, MDF and hardboard, plywood and dimensional construction lumber. With a suitable blade, a circular saw may also be able to cut glass tile, metal, brick and other materials.

Cordless circular saws combine performance with portability. Simply charge the battery and take your tool wherever you need it without being tethered to an electrical outlet. You also won’t have to worry about a cord getting in the way of your cutting.

Ready to unplug for your next cutting project? Consider the Makita XSH06PT1 Cordless Circular Saw Kit to make maneuvering easy. It is compact, lightweight and comes with two free additional batteries for extended work time. It includes a dual port rapid charger, 24T ultra-coated saw blade, hex wrench, dust extracting attachment and carrying bag. Take advantage of special show savings of more than $140.

Framing nailer

Home builders already know the benefits of a framing nailer. This time-saving power tool easily drives nails into a framing assembly.  Framing nailers are much stronger and more powerful than a hammer so you can get your job done in a fraction of the time.  Plus, since they are lighter and more comfortable than a hammer, you can work for long stretches of time without fatigue.

While it may be warm now, nailing during the colder months can be challenging. Some framing nailers will freeze up.  If you’re looking for an all-season solution, try the Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer. This tough tool drives nails into a variety of harder woods and works well in temperatures as low as 14 F°.  Save almost $100 when you purchase this framing nailer at one of the upcoming tool shows.

If you need a higher holding capacity, a coil framing nailer could be right for you. Coil framing nailers have a magazine that can hold hundreds of nails which will minimize reloading interruptions. The powerful Bostitch BTF83C Coil Framing Nailer has a 200 magazine capacity and its low profile design enables it to fit between studs under 13” tall. Stop by and see this nailer at a tool show and add this to your tool arsenal at a savings of over 50%.

We hope to see you at a tool show where you can meet the Riverhead Building Supply team and take advantage of show-only pricing, giveaways, free lunch and more. See our calendar for more information about these and other upcoming events.

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RBS’s PreHung Doors | Build Smarter, Build Better Series

What is Plumb, Level, Square and True Worth to You?

Quality control is important to us, and it is imperative to you.  We found that getting door orders shipped in from different suppliers added too much handling to the materials, and too much potential for damage.  Sometimes pre-hung doors arrived racked and skewed and out of square.  That simply is not acceptable to ship out to you on a jobsite.  Our craftsmen routinely would refuse orders, and fix (or replace) the problems that had occurred in transit.  It added time to the whole order-to-delivery cycle, and a lot of labor, too. Then we thought, why not just make them here, so that there is less handling and we can set our own quality standards to follow?  We have been creating pre-hung doors in our shop for over a dozen years, so you can depend on the level of quality you are going to get in every order. If you’ve tried us out for pre-hung doors, we’re pretty sure you’ve stopped hanging doors on your own on the jobsite, because your time can be spent on other important things.

And if you have never tried out Riverhead Building Supply, what are you waiting for? Why spend your time cutting jamb legs and heads, applying hinges, and hanging a door in a frame, then messing around with your level and shims in the rough opening until it swings jussst right?  We’ll ship you the door of your choice, in the frame of your choice, with the hinges you want. You tell us what stops you want, and we’ll hand apply those, then make sure the swing is correct, the boring is correct, and it is all plumb, square and true.  You can still mess around with the level and shims on the jobsite, but that’s about all you’ll have to do to get perfectly hung doors.

  • Door styles – choose from a wide range of styles, such as panel doors, louver doors, even specialty glass pantry doors
  • Doors can be fully primed or unfinished
  • Door frames can be made in any size and any species you need, you tell us your specs
  • Hinges – we start with Emtek, but you can change or upgrade to any type of fine hardware from suppliers like Baldwin, Ashley Norton, Deltana and others
  • Stops applied – our standard OG or eased edge, or any profile you can think of
  • Pre-hung doors for special applications, such as access doors, clipped corner doors for under stairwells

This video gives you a peek at our shop, so you can see how we assemble your order.  Interested in seeing more?  Let us know if you would like a tour of our manufacturing area where we are pre-hanging doors, milling mouldings, making custom cabinetry and custom doors, assembling windows, and more.
For any questions, please give us a call at (800) 378-3650 for our New York locations or at (800) 874-9500 for our New England locations!

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RBS Same Day Delivery | Build Smarter, Build Better Series

We are asked often about our motto, Build Smarter. Build Better.  It’s not just a string of words that we threw together. That phrase is a guiding principle for you, as much as it is for us.  You have much to gain by using the smartest methods, tools, and operations. Smart estimating and planning means a better schedule on the job. Smarter choices for products result in a better finished product. Making smarter choices when you hire, buy a new truck, replace power tools – just about anything you do – will give you better outcomes.  The same goes for our business.  We strive to make smarter and better choices every day, to give you what you need for a productive and successful build.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be exploring the topic, and what it means to all of us. This week we’re starting with something you may have heard about, maybe you don’t know why it’s special.

Same Day Delivery

  • Delivered: one more square of GAF American Harvest Nantucket Morning roofing shingles, from Hauppauge to Bay Shore, to finish off a roof
  • Delivered: 1 header and some framing lumber, from Middletown to Portsmouth, because the homeowner saw the opening and decided a door would look much better than the window you were installing
  • Delivered: 16 LF of crown moulding from Port Jefferson to Belle Terre, because your new helper cut twice but only measured once
  • Delivered: 2 boxes of coil nails, because the ones you picked up are for a different tool

Same Day Delivery is available to help you out when you get to the job and have one of those forehead-smacking, “I-forgot-the-milk” moments. We’ll take the manpower hit for you, so you don’t need to leave the job during the day to pick up the stock items you need.  We know your time is valuable, and depending upon your jobsite and how many people are working on it, you may not have the luxury of sending someone back to the lumber yard to pick up forgotten items. On those days, give us a call and try out same day building supplies delivery.  Call by 11 AM, and we’ll have it there before we close for the day.

Same Day Delivery is for in-stock items from your local Riverhead Building Supply location. And when we say in-stock, there are plenty of items that are in stock at each location, from your building basics like framing and sheathing, to roofing and siding. Of course, every location has a slightly different array of day-in, day-out stock.  We try to stock the most popular items for each locale. In East Hampton that might mean 18” Perfections, and in Hauppauge it might mean Exterior Portfolio vinyl siding.  While same day delivery can’t take the place of your normal job planning and preparation, we can help you out when you need to change the framing for what was going to be a window into framing for a patio door. Plan ahead, make your materials lists and get your orders set up like you always do; pre-planning is just good business, and a smarter, better way to use your resources. But when you forget something and need it on the job to keep your work moving along on schedule, call us at either (800) 378-3650 for our New York locations or at (800) 874-9500 for our New England locations!

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RBS Premium Lumber | Build Smarter, Build Better Series

Today’s homeowner is a smart and diligent person, with access to global resources in the palm of their hand. Your clients have done their homework, and know the basics of what is going on behind the drywall. How do you think they feel when they see the materials delivered to their home for their new nursery, the finished basement that will become a playroom for the kids, or the long awaited spa-like bathroom renovation?

The choices are no longer about just the structural specifications of the framing material (which, of course, is specified by your local building code anyway). The conversation now is about what the lumber looks like, how much moisture content it has, how straight and true each piece of material is, does it have a full face for driving nails and screws, is it going to stay straight once installed, is it contributing to potential mold growth?

If you don’t think your clients notice what you’re putting in their walls, think again. This discussion thread, with user photos, is from a Houzz.com member questioning precisely what is going in the walls of her new addition.

What’s more interesting than the homeowner’s concerns are the replies from some of the builders and carpenters, saying in effect, “that’s what all lumber looks like now.”

No, folks, that is NOT what all lumber looks like, at least not at Riverhead Building Supply. Selling premium lumber products is not just a point of pride to us, it’s a good business decision for us, for you, and for the people who live in the homes that it goes into.  We take the time to find premium lumber from certified and trusted mills and suppliers.  Just as you hold us accountable for the materials you buy from us, we hold our suppliers accountable for what we receive from them.  You can shop around and price out framing material and come up with a range of prices, and we know ours won’t be the cheapest. We’re not aiming to sell you cheap lumber. We want to offer you the best product available for your framing package. And, in our opinion, you get what you pay for, not just when you’re building the home, but after the drywall is up and a few years have passed.

Clean, bright, dry framing material looks good when it is delivered, looks good when it is being used, and creates a more consistent framework for your sheathing on the exterior and your drywall inside. It has little or no wane, for better attachment points for screws or nails. Kiln dried material brings a much lower threat of the studs twisting inside the wall cavity. It has a lower moisture content that makes it more stable in the long run. Over time, you’ll see less settling, fewer nail pops or dimples over screws from studs shrinking or twisting, fewer cracks in the drywall. Over the whole build, combining the prices of all the materials needed for new construction or remodeling, such as framing, sheathing, windows, doors, decorative hardware, and trim, the difference of using just any dimensional lumber and our premium dimensional lumber will be minimal.  Isn’t your reputation, and your time, worth a little added insurance up front to avoid tear-outs, do-overs and callbacks, or damaging word-of-mouth comments from your clients, after the job is complete?

If you want to take deeper look, to peel-back-the-bark so to speak and get your lumber geek game on, here are the facts about dimensional lumber:
Dimensional lumber is the collective term used to describe “2 X” through “4 X” lumber, in certain widths.  This guide from the Western Wood Products Association explains how dimensional lumber is graded.

Dimensional lumber is graded for its strength and use as a structural piece of material. In that sense, anything graded and stamped as dimensional lumber (and all structural lumber must carry a grade stamp) will perform to the specifications the WWPA has set forth for that grade. Premium or Appearance lumber is the same material that has been further sorted by how it looks. It is accumulated by pulling the best appearing product from the run of lumber. It has fewer and smaller knots, and no wane.  No wane allows the full surface of the board for attachment points for drywall, cabinetry and trim, giving you a better finish. Premium lumber takes a little more effort to select, and results in a brighter, cleaner and better performing piece of lumber in the long haul.

In our Long Island locations, we are transitioning our inventory from Green Douglas Fir (GDF) to Dry Douglas Fir in our 2X4, 2X6 and 2X8 dimension lumber. (Our 2X4 and 2X6 pre-cut studs have always been kiln dried (KD) premium, in all locations, in case you were wondering.) What does this mean to you? Kiln drying is a standard practice in wood production mills that brings green lumber moisture content to a range that is deemed more workable and more stable.  With a lower moisture content, it is dry enough that it won’t warp or check while acclimating to its new home, but still has enough moisture to be easy to work with. Expansion and contraction due to moisture will be minimal. Green lumber, on the other hand, will tend to crack, warp and check as the board shrinks in a heated space.  KD lumber will stabilize in your home environment more quickly, and you are less likely to experience those problems.  Our premium lumber just looks better, too. You will have brighter lumber, without the discolorations of GDF.

We’re confident that this product will save you time by giving you more usable pieces of lumber in every unit. Buying premium lumber from Riverhead Building Supply is one more way to Build Smarter. Build Better. Contact us today at 1-800-378-3650 to start your order!