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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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  • 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. Or, if you are buying for someone who is a fan of all things luxury, why not consider marble countertop installation?
    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! Although, it is important to remember that some renovation ideas that need completing in and around your house may need the expertise of professionals, like plumbers for example. This is particularly important if you are making changes to your kitchen and bathroom, where there is a lot of appliances. With that being said, you may want to take a look at this guide from somewhere like Sharp Plumbing (sharpplumbing.com/6-methods-for-finding-your-expert-plumber/) so you can be sure to find the best plumbers for your renovation project. You’ll be glad that you did.

    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 adorn planters and window boxes. Also, consider decorative logs or stones to make the garden look more appealing. If you’re not sure how to do this, contact a landscaping Wirral company (or a company that operates in your local area). Landscaping can be difficult if you’ve never done it before!

    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. If you spend the majority of your time entertaining on the patio, you’ll want to make sure that it’s even and properly sized, as it could become a problem in the long run if it’s not. That’s why you should make the decision to look for “hardscaping contractors near me” in plenty of time so you can get any problems fixed before you decide to entertain next to your stone fire pit.

    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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