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  • Fireplaces add value

    Posted on : 24-11-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Fireplaces add some obvious benefits to your home. They add warmth and charm to any space. They create a gathering space within your home for your family and loved ones. They can be a beautiful architectural addition to any space.

    Beyond that they add value. Surveys have shown that 46% of home buyers would pay more for a home with at least one fireplace. Wood and gas fireplaces tend to add more value to a home while electric ones add minimal value. Beyond that it’s estimated that the value of your home could be between $1,220 and $12,000 in some locations. Fireplaces in colder regions like ours are much more desirable.

     

    If you’re looking at starting a fireplace renovation, adding one to a new home build or just sprucing up your existing one talk to one of our in-store experts. We sell a full line of stone and stone veneer to surface your fireplace with as well as stone mantels.

    We also stock Firerock stone fireplaces which cost far less than traditional brick & mortar, and is precision engineered to draw properly. They install in less than a day compared to traditional brick and mortar options.

     

    If you’re looking at adding some warmth to your space with a fireplace. We can help.

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  • Adding Insulation Is the Perfect DIY Heading Into Winter

    Posted on : 24-11-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Canadian winters are magical but also cold and long. With the long cold nights headed our way and outdoor projects wrapping up now is the perfect time to tackle something that will not only increase your comfort over winter but save money. When it comes to energy-efficient renovations, an often overlooked home upgrade is insulation. 

    Insulation is not stylish or attractive but adds a level of comfort. Generally heating your home accounts for 50% of energy expenses in Canada. So maintaining that heat in your home is crucial.

    Your basement or crawl space is a prime source of heat loss that is often overlooked. Basements can account for 20 – 30% of your house’s energy loss.

    Blown-in insulation in your attic is another fix that is passed over for luxury or designer upgrades to your house but can be one of the best investments you make. Not only does it prevent heat loss, lower chance of ice dams in your gutters, but you’ll just be more comfortable in your home. 

    If you’re considering upgrading your insulation talk to one of our in-store experts. 

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  • Installing a stone veneer backsplash

    Posted on : 28-10-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    A stone veneer can add an elegant rustic look to your space. It’s a little more time intensive than a tile backsplash but well worth the investment for the longevity and durability of the product.

    Make note of any specific manufacturer’s installation instructions prior to beginning. They may require a specific adhesive, spacing or grout instructions.

     

    Measure your space
    Get a proper measurement of how many square feet you’ll need to cover. Buy extra as you will waste some cutting to fit in areas.

    Be Safe
    Turn off your breaker and remove any electrical plates. You many need to at plate extenders you your electrical boxes. These can be found at any hardware store.

     

    Prepare
    Prep your space. Ensure you’re working on a smooth clean surface. Remove existing tile, wall paper and sand rough patches.

     

    Dry fit
    You can dry fit your stone on the floor before installing on the wall. This will save time and ensure a proper fit and spacing.  Mix the stones in the batch for even colour distribution and try to avoid harsh seams.

    Mark your wall
    Mark the first row of veneer to be installed This is especially crucial if you need to cut your first row because the countertop is not level.

     

    Start applying
    Apply manufacueres recommended adhesive to the back of the stone. And place your first row. Ensure that it is level. If you’re leaving space to grout use a spacer between stones otherwise place them tight to each other.

    Continue
    Continue this method staggering joints as you go until you have covered the whole area. Make cut where needed by measuring and marking stones for a tight fit. If you are grouting the seams for a bricked look you will do this once all the stone is applied and set to the wall. Grout the seams using a small trowel and wipe away any excess.

    Stone veneer adds an elegant rustic look to your cooking space and is a great way to protect your kitchen walls from heat or spills.

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  • Your Fall To-Do List

    Posted on : 21-10-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    There are some essential tasks you should complete before winter hits. Here’s a checklist to help you get it all done.

    Seal
    Walk the perimeter of your house and seal any foundation cracks or re-apply caulking around windows and doors where it has weathered away. This is a crucial step to protecting your home.

    Rake
    Clean leaves from pathways and lawn. You can use these leaves as ground cover to protect the soil in garden beds over winter if you’d like.

    Plant
    Put bulbs in the ground now for colourful spring flowers. Seed any grass now before it gets too cold as well as the layer of grass will help protect the soil.

    Clean gutters
    Clean out gutters and downspouts to prevent blockages and ice build up during the winter months.

    Store
    Store outdoor furniture, hoses, planters, rain barrels and tools for the winter. Give them all a good clean so they’re ready for use in the spring.

    Winterize 
    Cover any items that should be protected from snow and ice. AC units, outdoor grills, water fixtures etc.

    Safety
    Test all safety alarms, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to ensure they’re in proper working order.

    Heating
    Test your furnace, clean or replace your filters. Consider having someone come in for a regular maintenance.

    Check
    Check all windows and doors, Make sure they are sealed correctly. Make repairs where needed. Caulk any seams or gaps on the interior. Winterize or replace older windows now.

    Be prepared
    Don’t get left unprepared. Make sure you have salt for driveways and pathways. Find your shovels now and test your snowblower.

    Taking these steps now will help secure your investment and keep your home safe, dry and comfortable.

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  • Mulch one more time before winter

    Posted on : 30-09-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends

    Adding an extra layer of mulch before frosts penetrate the ground can be one of the most beneficial decisions you can make for your garden. In spring and summer  we use mulch to retain moisture in the soil, keep the weeds at bay and add a beautiful, consistent texture to our landscaping.

    In the winter, mulch acts as a protector from the freeze thaw cycle and protects vulnerable roots.

    Plants enter a dormant mode during winter months. This helps protect them from frosts. However, the winter sun is intense and can heat up the first few inches of soil by mid-day.  New plants put in the ground in fall and plants with shallow roots are especially vulnerable to this.

    You might have seen early blooms from plants. This is why. They’ll begin to exit their dormant mode expending energy making new growth.  This can damage plants and even cause them to die in spring.

    One last layer of mulch in the fall will keep the ground from warming too much under the winter sun. Shallow roots will be protected and your garden will be healthier come spring.

    Contact your local Ferrell Builders Supply to discuss mulch options for your garden this fall.

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  • 3 DIY stone veneer projects for your home

    Posted on : 23-09-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Think of updating the look of your home? Stone veneer offers an elegant solution to transforming outdated areas of the interior of your house. Stone veneer is a versatile, durable product that can be used in many ways. Here’s a few DYI ideas you can tackle yourself to modernize the look of your home.

    Fireplaces

    Fireplaces in home are a luxury we all love. Just like the rest of your house they can sometimes use a little TLC. Bring your house up-to-date and modernize the look of your fireplace. Stone veneer offers the look of traditional stone still but can completely transofrom your space. Resurfacing your fireplace with veneer is a

    Backsplashes

    A new backsplash can instantly transform the look of a kitchen instantly and since it is rarely more than 30 square feet in size, it’s also the perfect DIY project for any homeowner. To make the installation easier, consider finding a stone that can easily fill the typical 18-inches of space without multiple cuts.

    Accent Wall

     

    Add a focal point to any room with a stone veneer feature wall.  Stone is a versatile product with many looks and styles. You can easily achieve the updated look you want for any room and create an attractive modern look that will be the envy of all your guests.

     

    Stone veneer is a durable low maintenance product that is lighter weight than bricks or other natural stones and easier to handle and install. The lighter weight stones can be installed on any structurally sound wall, including interior walls. The cut stones are equally as durable, water resistant, and diverse in color and texture as the stones from which they are cut. Your options to upgrade your home with this beautiful product are endless.

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  • Build your inspiration board

    Posted on : 31-08-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Have an idea of what you want to do in your backyard but you’re not quite there yet? Visit our Pinterest account to build an inspiration board for your latest professional or DIY project. Many of our thousands of products have been pinned on our account.

    You can mix and match textures, styles and colours. Add photos to your own board of your existing backyard or outdoor features. Create pleasing combinations and styles. You’ll also find DYI’s for many of the projects you may want to undertake in your backyard.

    When you have an inspired board of natural stone, ground coverings, landscape material and patio slabs show it to one of our helpful in-store experts. They’ll be happy to guide you through the final selection process and finalize your outdoor plans.

    We’re here to help make your backyard dreams come true.

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  • James Hardie Siding – Protect your home in style

    Posted on : 21-08-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Hardie board siding is a cement board siding for your home. It’s been around forever and is one of the most durable and siding solutions to your home. These fiber cement products combine beautiful design with high performance.

    Unlike other siding materials James Hardie products are engineered to withstand damage from moisture and rot, and withstand the elements such as rain, sleet, or snow.

    This siding is fabricated from 90% sand and cement which makes it fire-resistant. The cement construction also makes it far less susceptible to insects and pests you’d normally have issues with in common siding products.

    Hardie board siding can be customized to look like any other siding material, including wood lap boards, cedar shingles, and wood shake siding. Your choice of colour is nearly unlimited. This allows you to get the desired look you want while still having a highly durable product.

    For longevity, durability and a stylish look this product is unmatched by any other siding product.

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  • Patio Paver Tips

    Posted on : 27-07-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Looking to build that perfect summer patio? Here are some tips often overlooked when installing pavers.

    Call before you dig

     

    Call your local utilities before you dig. You don’t want to break any lines. Most products you will need to excavate 8” to 12” to create a level base.

     

    Start from the bottom

    Find out what you should do to prepare a level base for installation. Every manufacturer has a recommendation for how to best install their stones.  A level bedding layer is critical to all patio stone/slab installation.

    Use an edge

    Installing edging along your patio is a crucial part of the stability and longevity of your patio.

    Allow for drainage

     

    You’ll need to have a gentle pitch to drain water away from your patio or your home.

    Keep the extra

    Pavers are incredibly resilient and low maintenance but something may happen in the future and you may need to replace one. Keep extra concrete pavers from your project’s installation on hand to replace damaged pieces when spot treatment becomes necessary.

    If you have more questions about installing pavers talk to one of our in-store experts.

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  • Hardscape vs Wood

    Posted on : 20-07-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    If you’re looking to expand your outdoor entertaining and relaxing space this season the two common ways to go. A raised wooden deck or a hardscape patio. Both offer a relaxing enjoyable space but there advantages and drawbacks to both.

    Wood allows you to have the classic backyard deck. It offers almost limitless design possibilities. They will need to be raised above ground level. Another consideration is the maintenance of a wooden deck. Wood is a porous material and will degrade over time from the elements and can provide a suitable home for a number of insects. Wood decks require regular staining to maintain longevity.

    Hardscape patios are often flush with ground level. They can be made from poured concrete or pavers. Utilizing pavers or stones you can create intricate patterns that bring your patio to life. Modern concrete offerings come in a variety of styles, textures and finishes so the completed project can look like anything from granite to marble or even wood. A properly installed  patio will last for decades without any significant maintenance. There is no need to seal/reseal or restain concrete slabs or pavers, and the seams between these blocks will help protect your patio from cracking as a result of the ground settling or extreme weather.

    Cost varies between the two choices because of the wide range of different materials you can choose from. Make your choice based on what best fits your space. It may be a combination of the two.

    If you need more information or help designing your patio contact one of our in-store associates.

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  • Ground Coverings

    Posted on : 22-06-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    There are a lot of different ground coverings you can use along paths, in garden beds besides your standard mulch. Let’s have a look at a few and see if you get some ideas for your space.

    Red Cedar Bark Mulches

    CEDAR BARK MULCHES have all the benefits of cedar mulch, plus come in a vibrant red colour or a golden colour which accents the natural golden colour of cedar and retains its appearance for a longer period of time.

    Shredded Pine Mulch

    SHREDDED PINE MULCH – reddish brown in colour with a minimal amount of wood fiber, having a pine fresh fragrant aroma that contributes toward making this our most popular ground cover mulch.

    Pea Gravel

    Pea gravel are round, small and smooth compared to regular gravel. These small stones are great because they don’t decompose like lots of mulches but they can be difficult to contain without an edge on the garden bed you’re putting them in.

     

    Pumice Rock

    Also known as lava or volcanic rock. This is a great substitute for common mulches because it retains water and aids with extra aeration to the soil, prevents fungi and mold from growing, and is an unsuitable living environment for insects. This rock can retain a lot of heat and damage some plants in hot environments.

    Beach Pebbles

    Landscaping stone 1 inch to 3 inch size pebbles. Rock is large, smooth, rounded stone used primarily for decorative applications around ponds and landscape areas.

    Enviro Stone

    EnviroSTONE blends a scientifically designed crushed stone with the plant-based glue to stabilize larger joints of flagstone and paving stone applications.  When installed as per the guidelines set out by Envirobond, joint sand loss due to wind and rainfall erosion is substantially reduced while nuisance weeds and ant infestations are effectively controlled.

     

    Rubber Mulch

    Rubber mulch is made almost entirely from recycled tires. It is excellent for retaining moisture in the soil but there are concerns that chemicals could leak in the soil and they aren’t great for wildlife due to the fact that they are made from recycled tires.

     

    Leaves

    Using a leaf mulcher on your raked, fallen leaves is one of the most economical ways to promote healthy plant growth. They aren’t as attractive as most other mulches and infected leaves can transfer fungus to other healthy plants. But they do still make an excellent natural mulch.

     

    Hay or Straw

    This will provide a natural rustic look. Like most of the other natural alternatives, it works well to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and release nutrients into the soil. It needs to be replaced regularly as it decomposes quickly.

    Artificial Grass

    Imagine the most perfectly manicured, lush, solid green lawn. Made of 100% recyclable material, this strong, long lasting, polyethylene grass will provide years of enjoyment.

    Selecting the right ground covering is crucial to your landscaping. If you need any assistance one of our in-store associates will be happy to help you. Feel free to browse our ground coverings on our website.

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  • Building a raised garden bed

    Posted on : 29-05-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Now is the time to start prepping for garden season. A project you may have been considering is raised garden beds. There’s lots of advantages to raised garden beds. They are great for growing small plots of veggies and flowers. Your plants are closer to you and easier to work with. They help keep weeds out of the soil. They’re better for drainage and help prevent soil compaction. They also help prevent pests such as snails and slugs from getting at your plants.

    First you need to plan a spot for your garden bed. Keep in mind the type of plants you’d like to plant in it. How much sun do they need? How does this garden bed work with the rest of the space and how you’ll use it.

    Decide on a material for your garden bed. The two most common types are wood and stone. There’s plus and minuses to either option. Stone is far more durable and long lasting but wood is a much quicker and cheaper solution. If you’re going to go with wood, educate yourself. Treated wood will last longer but some treated woods do have chemicals in them that will release into the soil.

    Also decide on a height. You could create walls or small living pillars that frame a patio.

    Prepare your base and clear any sod and weed beneath where you’re putting your garden bed. You’ll also want to lay a barrier cloth of some kind to prevent weeds from growing into your new raised bed.

    Build your box. Be it with wood or stone. Make it level and fill it with a mix of high grade soil and compost to give your plants the best start.

    Raised garden beds are a weekend project you can easily tackle and are easier to maintain than a traditional garden bed. Contact one of our locations today for the materials you need to get started now!

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  • COVID19

    Posted on : 29-05-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    TO OUR VALUED STAFF, CUSTOMERS AND VENDORS

    FERRELL BUILDERS SUPPLY is committed to safely provide essential needs required to complete your building projects. Some of the changes we have implemented will take longer to service you compared to what you are used to from FERRELL BUILDERS SUPPLY. We appreciate your patience through these difficult times and together we will be successful in overcoming this virus separately.

    Effective Monday April 6th Ferrell will accommodate all sales orders by phone, email, text OR in person at all our Branches. Ferrell will be limiting each branch to a maximum of 5 customers per Branch. Please note that you will be able to come in to select your Supplies for All your Building needs.

    Ferrell will provide Delivery Service and provide Curbside Pickup for all your requirements. Please provide 24 to 48 hours notice if at all possible so that Ferrell can service your needs accordingly.

    FERRELL IS PLEASED TO OFFER A 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS TO FRONT LINE WORKERS!!
    (Proof of place of Employment Required).

    The following are the contact information:

    1549 Rymal Road E., Hamilton – Phone:905-387-1948; E-Mail: anthony@ferrellbrick.com; Text:9056454745

    5735 Colonel Talbot Road, London – Phone:519-652-2799; E-Mail: adam@ferrellbrick.com; Text:2263789213

    57 Schaefer Street, Waterloo – Phone:519-884-0861; Email: tracey@ferrellbrick.com; Text:5194656143

    50 Dartnall Road, Hamilton – Hardware – Phone:905-387-1923; Email: joe@ferrellbrick.com; Text:4162095312

    50 Dartnall Road, Hamilton – Steel – Phone:905-575-8524; E-Mail: jbell@ferrellbrick.com; Text:4162095312

    2560 Hwy 20 E., Thorold – Phone:905-892-2694; E-Mail: tmayhew@ferrellbrick.com; Text:2894073492

    Ferrell is committed to minimizing the risk of infection by following the following protocols:

    1) Social Distancing of at least 4 metres.
    2) Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    3) Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
    4) Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    5) Stay home if you are sick.
    6) All Branches have implemented a strict cleaning schedule everyday using proper PPE.

    Thank you.

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  • Spring Checklist

    Posted on : 27-04-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Cleaning up the yard is a task we all need to tackle every spring. You might be a little overwhelmed and not sure where to even start. Here’s a handy list to guide you through the process.

    • Clear lawn of debris (sticks and branches)
    • Rake any old leaves from garden beds and corners of the yard
    • Replace mulch once weather is warm enough
    • Tend to perennials (divide or transplant if needed) as they emerge from soil
    • Clean outdoor patio furniture and patio
    • Check grill and perform maintenance as required
    • Attach hoses to outdoor faucets and check for leaks
    • Apply fertilizer to lawn
    • Over-seed bare spots in lawn
    • Wash and re-stain and wooden features as needed (deck bench etc.)
    • Power-wash any patio stone
    • Perimeter check your house for foundation issues and caulking around the doors and windows
    • Clean gutters and downspouts
    • Attach any rain barrels
    • Fix/seal driveway or pathways as needed
    • Wash windows
    • Plan outdoor projects for the summer

    Make the most out of your yard this summer and get it ready now. Plan your big projects in advance so you can prep any outdoor spaces as needed. We’re here to help with all your landscaping plans.

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  • The right tool for the job

    Posted on : 17-03-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    ToolsIt’s an old cliche but an important one. Using the right tool for the job you’re doing makes life a lot easier. It also makes your job safer and go quicker.

    Whether you’re doing a renovation or working on a construction site you need to take care. A worksite can be a dangerous place and present many hazards if you aren’t cautious. One of the best ways to reduce any risks is to thoroughly assess the potential dangers with your team before even making a start on the project. Utilizing these tool box topics will help you and your team to customize specific safety talks that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, to refresh your mind if you need reassuring. This can help to significantly lower the possibility of injuries or safety breaches. Of course, this isn’t the only hazard that you need to think about.

    You don’t want to add additional risk by using the wrong tool for the job you’re doing or the right tool in the wrong way. This goes for all staff on the construction site. It’s vital that everyone knows what they’re doing, so they can do it correctly. Employees need to keep their coworkers safe and themselves. However, accidents can happen. If an accident does occur on a construction site and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to some worker’s compensation. When trying to gain compensation, you might want to get some help from Paige & Campbell, for example, to ensure you get the best compensation you can. Workplace accidents can be serious, so it’s important to get the compensation you deserve.

    Using the correct tool for the job you’re doing will also get the job done correctly and likely quicker than trying to use the incorrect tool. You’ll likely end up with a better-finished product as well. Cutting corners and making do with what you have may lead to an inferior product.

    Here are some safety tips for using tools on the job site.

    – Never use a cracked rusted, broken or splintered tool. Always inspect your hand tools before beginning a job.

    – Repair or replace worn or cut power cords.

    – Tools such as sockets and wrenches that are worn should be replaced to prevent slippage

    – Utilize tools with a properly designed ergonomic grip

    – Dull blades take more force to cut

    – Always wear safety equipment. Gloves, eyewear, ear protection for power tools and a steel toe welding boot pair, the necessary safety gear such as these work boots found on this store with cat workwear available, as well as hard-hats and high-visibility clothing should always be worn on construction sites and is even mandatory by law in the majority of locations.

    Stop by one of our locations to see our extensive selection of contractor grade tools.

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  • Renovations for winter

    Posted on : 13-02-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Being Canadians dealing with winter is just a reality of our lives. But their are definitely some home improvement projects you don’t want to complete during the cold winter months. Building a new deck for instance is ill advised when there’s a few feet of snow. But that doesn’t mean all projects need to stop. You may even get a discount if you’re using contractor as some have lower winter month pricing. Embarking on a full scale renovation takes a lot of consideration and planning. It’s not impossible but it may be smarter to tackle smaller projects that still have a big impact. Still, you should also take the time to check on critical parts of your home with a roofer kansas city, or based elsewhere, to make sure nothing is going awry.

    Here’s a list of home renovations projects to tackle during the winter.

    New countertops

    Installing new countertops can completely transform a kitchen and can be the perfect winter project. It’s an ideal project as you don’t need to go in and out of the house a lot and it has been proven that upgrading your kitchen is a smart investment for resale.

    New light fixtures

    Winter is the darkest time of the year. The lack of natural light can do a number on our mood, our skin, and overall health. Introducing better lighting in your home will not only improve the look of a room but may improve your mood by bringing more light into your house.

    The laundry room

    The laundry room is an often overlooked area of the house yet is used very often day-to-day. Some much needed shelving, cabinets and other organizational additions can make all the difference in how you use this space. Also, don’t overlook the style of the space. If it’s a beautiful space you want to be in you’ll likely get more accomplished in that space.

    Faucets

    Upgrading faucets in your house is an easy weekend fix. You may be hesitant to gut your bathroom in the cold winter months but changing a faucet can revive your drab bathroom and add a spark of life, and you can find the ones you want on sites like Anzzi fairly easily. If you want to go bigger, you may want to replace your shower or change the style of it, if you do, you’ll need to invest in good quality shower glass to make sure it stands the test of time, and use the correct sealant to keep everything intact.

    Backsplashes

    Modern interior. Spacious kitchen with white brick tile wall.

    Adding a backsplash can dramatically change the look of a kitchen or bathroom. Adding a splash of colour in your kitchen may be the cure you need in those drab winter months. Installing a backsplash is a relatively small job to complete and not very invasive to your day-to-day life. It’s the perfect weekend project in winter.

    Safety Features

    Man installing smoke or carbon monoxide detector

    Often overlooked is reviewing your homes safety. Colder months are peak seasons for home fires. Replacing, upgrading and testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be a regular routine you do at the start of winter.

    Attic and crawl space

    Fiberglass Roof Insulation

    Re-insulating your attic or crawl space is a perfect winter time job. Often these areas are too hot to work in during the summer so completing the work in winter when you won’t overheat is just smart. Not only that but it will greatly add to your comfort during the cold winter months.

    Whatever you decide to do over winter your reno plans don’t have to come to a complete halt over winter. The cold and snow may make it a little more difficult to get some tasks done but there definitely still many projects you can tackle around your home.

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  • Sand vs Salt

    Posted on : 30-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Salt on icy stone

    Icy driveways and walkways are something we need to contend with living in Canada. Your best method to avoid slips and falls is to  thoroughly clear your driveway of snow and ice. But that isn’t always doable and living in Southern Ontario temperatures often creep up above  0C and snow and ice melt and then refreeze overnight.

    Salt works well in temperatures above -12C and helps to lower the freezing point of water. Thus preventing freezing.  It is an inexpensive method to deal with slippery surfaces. Salt can be harsh on grass and shrubs so be cautious when using it around areas with lots of vegetation.

    Sanding icy areas during winter won’t help with melting or de-icing. It will specifically helps create traction on icy patches to prevent slipping. Sanding is an option for when temperatures drop below -12C. Be cautious to not over-sand as it can lead to clogged drains in the spring.

    Contact your local Ferrell Builders’ Supply to place get supplies so you don’t slip and fall this winter.

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  • Stone or Veneer

    Posted on : 16-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, Products

    Natural Thin Stone Veneer

    Stone or brick veneer – which should you choose? This has been a question plaguing home builders and renovators for ages. These being the two most popular options many people have a hard time choosing between the two for their home cladding, fireplace, wainscot, and other architectural details. We’re going to outline  the pros and cons of each to help you make a more informed choice.

    If you’re thinking of veneer

     

    • It can go over almost any surface.
    • It comes in a vast range of styles and designs to suite almost any look.
    • Stone veneer is far more flexible of a product than natural stone and can be designed or cut into almost any shape.
    • It’s a lighter weight product which means it’s easier to transport and easier to install
    • Veneer is a more cost effective product because it is lighter weight
    • Veneer is a manufactured stone that is still strong, resilient and heat resistant
    • Manufactured veneer stone is too weak to be used structurally for building purposes. Veneer stone can hold up its own weight, but it cannot carry additional weight.
    • Veneer stone’s colors can fade over time.

    If you’re thinking of natural stone

    • A durable long lasting material
    • Weather proof and holds up great in areas with frost
    • Wide selection of styles, sizes  and looks to fit your needs
    • Highly fire resistant
    • Holds colour well and not prone to fading
    • Can be used structurally to support weight
    • More difficult to cut
    • Heavier to move and install

    Deciding between the two types of stone ultimately depends on the type of installation and the final look you want to achieve. If you’re still unsure of which to go with, you can talk to one of our in-store experts.

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  • All I want for Christmas is a home renovation

    Posted on : 18-12-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, News & Updates

    Christmas Gifts

    The holidays are fast approaching and yes even Ferrell Builders’ supply has you covered. Now, we aren’t suggesting you stock up on stone to wrap up for everyone on your naughty list but we do have some excellent options for you. So if you’re scrambling for the perfect gift for that loved one here are some options…

    Give the gift of landscaping

    Sure it’s winter but that doesn’t mean our landscape design team has packed it in for the year. Our Landscape Design and Install Program, including professional design, 3D renderings and video walkthrough is the perfect gift for someone that wants to spruce up their outdoor space.

    Expert tools

    From drywall to masonry,landscape and other specialty tools. We have your handyman’s gift covered.

    Custom engraved stones

    A custom address stone, company logo or almost any custom design can be engraved into stone by our stone engraving department.

    Granite Countertops

    Who wouldn’t want natural stone granite countertops for their kitchen? They’re solid, durable and beautiful. Anyone would be happy to have this feature gifted to them.

    We have many renovation ideas if you’re looking to spruce things up for the holidays! Also, don’t forget to stock up on salt at one of our locations so guests at your holiday parties don’t slip and fall!

    Happy Holidays!

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  • Winter Landscaping

    Posted on : 12-12-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, News & Updates

    Winter Patio

    I know what you’re thinking. You can’t landscape in Canada in the winter months. You’re right to an extent, there are definitely some tasks you shouldn’t even consider in the winter. But just because there’s a blanket of snow in your backyard doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Whether it be with help from a landscaping company or with your own two hands, garden maintenance should continue.

    Assess and plan

    Winter is the perfect time to look at your land and assess what needs to be added. Is there a missing focal point? Adding hardscape items like benches or stones might be the missing piece.

    Don’t ignore your planters

    Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your planters should sit empty or even worse fill up with snow. There are many evergreen options to adorne planters and window boxes. Also consider decorative logs or stones.

    Add some light

    Winter is the darkest season. Bring some light into your outdoor spaces with some accent lighting. Solar lights, spot lights or even string lights will brighten up your evenings.

    Warm up

    If you don’t have a stone fire pit on your patio consider adding an outdoor heater. Your patio can still be a great place to entertain friends and family in those winter months.

    Don’t slip

    One crucial element to your landscaping is making sure no one slips and falls on pathways. Make sure to apply salt or sand during those icy months to keep you and your guest safe. Safety is paramount when carrying out any work. If you are hiring any machinery to help with the work, it is always recommended that you get more information about transporting the equipment from professionals.

    Whatever you decide to do with your landscaping over winter, trust us, you’ll be happy you didn’t neglect this overlooked landscaping season.

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