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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 Stone veneer offers an elegant solution to transforming outdated areas of the interior of your house.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. 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.

    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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