July Lumber Market Update – The Platinum Tape, a Blog by Kelly Fox

Friends and neighbors,

During this time of year, we typically see increases in lumber and commodity pricing based on several factors.  What we are seeing now is almost beyond belief in the pricing increases.  My hope is not to scare you about why pricing is going up but rather, to educate you on the reasons and to provide some clarity on why we are following the market.

All of us who sell commodity lumber waited all winter long for the current administration to decide what to do with the expired softwood lumber agreement, (the counter veiling duty).  We all got to experience the inflated pricing to protect the mills from the possibility of a retroactive tariff when it was finally announced at 19.88% in late April.  Moving ahead a few more months and the next big run up was caused by a separate issue between the US and Canada and the subsequent anti-dumping duty at 6.87% effective June 30, 2017.

Per Investopedia, an anti-dumping duty is a protectionist tariff that a domestic government imposes on imports that it believes are priced below fair market value. Dumping is a process where a company exports a product at a price lower than the price it normally charges on its own home market.

Nearly all the lumber we sell at our stores is domestically produced and not subject to the tariffs and duties.  Unfortunately, the panels and cedar products are imported so the combined tariff means higher prices.  The additional duties put pressure on the domestic supply and tend to dry it up quickly as the volume buyers and traders look for the best deal.  Once that supply is gone, and it is now, the domestic producers raise prices based on limited supply with a very strong demand.

Further adding to the limited supply issue and the role of import lumber in keeping prices stabilized is the threat of fire in the Provincial forests in Canada that is keeping logging at a minimum.  We also had a mill fire that took an OSB mill out of commission along with normally scheduled summer maintenance at some mills.  (Some suppliers we talk to think the fire threat is gamesmanship being played based on the CVD/ADD from the US.)

The real estate market around the country is very strong with very little inventory so builders are experiencing a boom when they have the labor to get the work done.

Our guess is that the market remains strong with higher than normal pricing through the building season with prices holding in the weeks ahead.  If the rumors are true about a new ten-year softwood lumber agreement, we could see pricing stabilize with some market correction before the end of the season.

If you have any questions about the lumber market or would like to know more, please contact me at kellyf@lumbertradersinc.com or follow our blog.

Thanks,

Kelly

How to Properly Stain a Deck

A deck is a huge investment for any home owner. Making sure it stays clean and protected will insure it has a long life. With the proper cleanup and a proper application of stain you can avoid costly repairs and regular degradation that many wood deck owners experience.  Once completed you can restore your old deck or further protect a newer deck.  Taking this time on an annual or bi-yearly basis will have you dodging the need for major repairs, leaving it protected from weather and allowing the natural look of wood to shine through.

Prep and Cleaning

This is the most important part of staining your deck.  Do it correctly and be patient with drying and you will be rewarded with an easy staining experience.

Clear your deck of all your potted plants, outdoor furniture and other obstacles on your deck. Blow off or sweep the deck clean of any debris, leaves and dirt.  Cover all perimeter plants and shrubs located around the deck with painter’s plastic or drop clothes.

Once fully cleaned, check the deck boards that may need to be replaced. Deck boards that are rotten, severely warped or have large splits should be replaced.  Look for nails that may have raised up and use larger nails to re-secure the boards. Minor splits can be sanded down using an orbital sander to smooth the surface.  Check you gaps between boards for buildup of old leaves, pine needles and dirt removing with a flat plastic putty knife or straight edge. Re-sweep the deck and hose the surface down to remove any stubborn debris.

Suit yourself up with the proper protection with gloves, old clothing and eye protection when working with any chemical cleaners and following the manufacturer’s directions, apply a wood cleaner such as 30 Second Cleaner or SuperDeck Wood Cleaner with a pressurized garden sprayer being careful not to let the solution dry.  Agitate the cleaner into the wood with a long handled stiff bristled brush for 10 -15 minutes and then rinse off with water. Allow deck to fully dry.

Once fully cleaned let’s bring back the color and vibrancy that you remember when the deck was first installed. SuperDeck Wood Brightener should do just that. Hopefully you still have all your protective gear so make sure your pressurized garden sprayer is cleaned of any previous chemicals and use it to apply the wood brightener in the same way as the cleaner. Don’t let the solution dry and agitate the cleaner into the wood with a long handled stiff bristled brush for 10 -15 minutes and then rinse off with water.

Rinse off the plastic you used to protect the surrounding plants and store away for use when staining.

Allow deck to dry fully for at least three days before moving on to staining.

Staining the Deck

If you don’t have a favorite stain and color there are many to choose from so we advise getting some advice in our stores from one of our paint specialists for your proper environment and for maximum protection.  Take advantage of our annual exterior stain sales that starts around Memorial Day and runs through June. It will undoubtedly save yourself some needed cash and allow for some new deck accessories.

These are the most popular of exterior deck stains we stock and sell. Click images for direct link to manufacturer’s website.

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Cover the plants to protect them from any splattering.

Stir the stain thoroughly and pour the stain into a paint tray. Apply a THIN coat of stain using a paint roller attached to a long handle rolling it in the direction of the boards making sure the stain does not puddle or pool.

With a paint brush get all the ends of the boards stained and allow the deck to fully dry.  Repeat this process at least two more times utilizing multiple thin coats rather than a single heavy coat.

Once you have completed the process inspect the deck fully for any areas you might have missed, paying attention to the ends of boards, stairs, railings or other attached wood structures.

Now is the fun part!  Remove the plastic protecting the plants, return your outdoor furniture to its place and start planning that summer bar-b-que to show off your hard work.

If you clean and stain your deck every 1-2 years you will have a deck that will stay protected, looking new and perfect for your outdoor enjoyment. Have questions? Come in and ask to talk with one of our paint & stain specialists or give us a call.  We’d be happy to help!

Celebrating Outside Salesman Chance Lee

After 12 years of incredible work as an Outside Contractor Sales Professional, Chance Lee of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. will be retiring.  We have all appreciated the efforts and broad range of knowledge in the building industry that Chance has brought to our store and our customers.  We wish Chance the absolute best in his retirement!

If you would like to pop in and share in Chance’s small retirement gathering, we will be celebrating at Angeles Millwork Thursday May 18th @ 10am

Angeles Millwork is located at 1601 South C Street  Port Angeles, WA 98363

Kiln Dried 5/4 Radius Edge Cedar Decking

If you are like most of us with an outdoor space you’ve had visions fueled by images online and in magazines of that beautiful sprawling cedar deck.  We believe the greatest materials for a real wood deck starts with cedar. Whether you are the home owner willing to do the proper research and prep or the contractor that builds decks often, you don’t want to be using materials that will leave your deck unsightly or needing repairs in a short amount of time.  That is why Angeles Millwork and Hartnagel Building Supply stock Kiln Dried 5/4 Radius Edge Kiln Dried Cedar Decking.

Kiln dried cedar will leave you a happy deck builder and have your boards laying flat and straight.  Kiln drying ensures the lumber you purchase is straight, free of splits, and that it will remain so well after you have secured the last fastener. Kiln drying begins after the wood has been cut and the wood is heated in a controlled environment to approximately 125 degrees. This creates reduced moisture in the board leaving it extremely stable and dry so it won’t warp once installed and will even allow sealing and staining after completion of the build.

Kiln dried cedar should most always be used when building a deck and as long as it was installed with the proper knowledge it will have very minimal expansion gaps, warping or checking.

So don’t be fooled by competitor’s green cedar which will need to season before a sealant or stain is applied. Stop on in and talk with one of our sales professionals about using Kiln Dried 5/4 Radius Edge Cedar Decking and get yourself a deck worthy of a photo shoot full of great grain patterns, exceptional color, and beautiful knots.

All of the following sizes are available in our yards for immediate pick up or for prompt delivery to most anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula.

  • 5/4 X 4 X 8
  • 5/4 X 4 X 10
  • 5/4 X 4 X 12
  • 5/4 X 4 X 14
  • 5/4 X 4 X 16

 

 

Angeles Millwork Becomes Premier SIPs Dealer

To fill the client’s desire for SIPS on a custom Ked-Ter Construction Inc. home,  Angeles Millwork has become a preferred dealer of Premier SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels).  The anatomy of a Premier SIP  is a composite of three materials.  OSB, InsulFoam EPS and a Laminating Adhesive. SIPS will be a welcome addition to our quality building products and will allow homeowners and contractors the ability to build homes and commercial buildings with the potential to save money on labor and create stronger, more energy efficient structures.

Stronger.

Imagine buildings with large soaring roof lines, open vaulted ceilings and no truss system. When buildings are constructed with Premier SIP roofs, the roof structure alone is strong enough that it doesn’t need an engineered truss system.  Without the need for trusses, Architects and Designers have the opportunity to use their design creativity like never before.

The strength of a Premier SIPS structure gives building owners peace of mind that their new home or building is strong enough to last for years to come. Just ask the Premier SIPS homeowners who survived the Kobe, Japan earthquake (6.5 magnitude) in the 1980’s.  Their Structural Insulated Panel framed buildings were some of the few that remained standing after this earthquake.

Straighter.

Premier SIPS are delivered to the jobsite pre-cut ready for assembly. The large wall, roof and floor panels can be installed much like a puzzle.  The speedy installation not only saves builders time in the framing process, but the straight panels offer features that save other subcontractors hours (and even days) in their trades.

Straighter wall and floor panels mean the walls do not bow and curve, ensure faster installation of cabinets and counter tops, enable flooring contractors to lay tile, wood and other flooring products…all without the need of endless shimming and cutting. Straight walls help doors, windows and millwork go into place seamlessly, and offer lighting experts a flat surface to showcase interior lighting effects on a flat surface. And don’t forget the building and homeowners, who are able to display art and photographs on flat walls that do not bow or bend.

Greener.

The environmental benefits of choosing Premier Structural Insulated products are huge. As if significantly lower energy bills and reduced jobsite construction waste wasn’t enough to convince you that Premier SIPS are the cream of the “green” building products available today.  Then consider that Premier SIPS offer the use of materials made from rapidly renewable resources, better indoor air quality and temperature control and available tax credits & environmental certifications for the builder and homeowners.  We think you’ll agree that Premier SIPS are one of the best environmental framing products on the market.

SIPS Advantages to the Home Owner

  • Structurally Superior: Compared to non-engineered 2×6″ lumber.
  • Sound Investment: Appraisers now recognize advanced building materials and sustainable features in home values.
  • Strong Warranty Offers Peace of Mind (you won’t see this with stick framed lumber).
  • Reduced Heating/Cooling Costs: Up to 60% less!
  • Better for the Environment: Less energy used, reduces green house gas emissions.
  • Healthier Home Environments: Large panels with far fewer joints than stick framed construction mean fewer pollutants are able to enter the walls.
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ):  Tighter and better insulated structures enable the occupants to regulate the air quality with simple ventilation techniques.
  • Faster construction time: SIP panels come precut from the factory per your custom plans.  Much like a jig saw puzzle, SIPs are installed in days rather than weeks.  Therefore, a SIPs house can be dried in and ready for siding/roofing much faster than traditional 2×6 framed construction and batt insulation.

Check out the first eleven minutes of the video below shows the production of SIPS and tests their ability to hold up to loads, sheer and storm damage.

Learn more about the advantages of SIPS…

 

The Perfect Gift

Sometimes it can be difficult to buy the perfect gift for someone when you have no idea what they really need. And let’s be honest. No one wants to brave the crowds of last minute shoppers in stores shortly before Christmas. That is where the gift card comes in.  Both Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply have gift cards available to you, making it easy for them to pick out exactly what they need, when they need it.

Let’s make shopping easy.  Come on in to either of our locations and get a gift card today!

Denise’s Story

Denise FoxAs we find ourselves deep into October we see the pink ribbons, football players donning pink on the field, and a rise in media stories about breast cancer.  It has been approached and promoted in a multitude of different ways to help people take notice and raise awareness for the disease that affects 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men.

At Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply many of us have been affected by breast cancer and we want to do our small part by sharing one of our stories with you.

You may have met Denise Fox, Angeles Millwork Paint Specialist and wife of our CEO, Kelly Fox. The compression sleeve she wears on her arm to help maintain swelling as a result of the removal of the lymph nodes starts off many conversations that lead to Denise revealing her past and current deniseexperience with breast cancer. Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 just days after Kelly had accepted his dream job of being CEO of Lumber Traders Inc., parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply.

Denise’s main goal before the family’s health insurance changed with the new job was to get all medical checkups that could be done, which included Denise’s first mammogram.  Getting a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming to say the least, but hers was combined with the already stressful plans to move her family with daughters ages 3 and 6 to a new town.  As much as the diagnosis made Denise and Kelly question their future plans, striving for a more challenging professional life and greater future for their family was always the goal and would remain so even in the face of cancer.  The decision was made between Denise and Kelly for him to move to Port Angeles to begin the new job, while Denise remained in Federal Way near friends and family to undergo bilateral mastectomies and chemotherapy.

Denise describes the initial months as absolutely terrifying, but coming with a silver lining of support and love, “you find out how much your family and friends really love you.”  Denise goes on to describe how the petty differences that we all can relate to having with friends and family completely washed away.  Surviving cancer was all that mattered.

denise-and-familyDenise’s mom, Lois, was vital to her daily health and getting better. Lois would do household chores, errands, take the kids to and from school and keep them entertained while Denise focused on beating her cancer. Friends and family would deliver home cooked meals, call with support, send friendly and frequent texts, and even pick up Chipotle, the comfort food that Denise craved.

Frequent and simple support from family and friends was the greatest help to Denise.  She shares, “People meant well when they said, ‘let me know if I can do something for you,’ but I was never going to ask them to go to the grocery store to pick up milk.  But if they called from the store and asked what they could pick up for me, or ‘I’m bringing over lunch, what do you want?’ I felt more able to accept the help and it provided great assistance and support when they just did it, rather than asking for me to reach out.”  As uncomfortable and scary as cancer is, most patients want to spare others feeling uncomfortable or being inconvenienced.  Taking the action to just do it for another is a major help to those experiencing a serious illness.

denise-and-kellyDuring Denise’s treatment Kelly would come back to Federal Way every weekend, for doctor appointments, chemotherapy, and on the fourth day after treatment.  This was the day that the effects of chemo and other medications left Denise the most fatigued and in the most pain.  On weeknights that Kelly would stay in Port Angeles Denise found great comfort in her dachshund, Sadie.  Before the cancer, Sadie would burrow next to her chest and now instinctively knew to burrow lower down to not cause Denise any discomfort.

Some of the most challenging aspects of fighting cancer for Denise were the depression and the feeling of being alone.  Even in the face of so much obvious support the loneliness was frightening and sometimes debilitating.  Learning to be “OK” in the face of such emotional and physical discomfort took and still takes a lot of effort.

Once treatment ended and doctors had declared N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) many assume the fight for Denise and Kelly was over.  Although the major battle was won, the fight continues.  Overcoming the collateral damage of treatment, finding a new normal, and struggling with the fear of recurrence is a daily challenge.  The family impact was huge but they were blessed to find themselves a stronger couple from the experience. The relationships with friends and family took on a deeper importance and “you look at your kids with a renewed sense of gratitude,” says Denise.

dsc05076-2Denise still undergoes quarterly checkups, and will continue to take medication for another 8 years to reduce the chance of recurrence.  She will continue to wear her compression sleeve with pride for the rest of her life.  Both Denise, Kelly and their daughters Annika and Tilly reside in Port Angeles and enjoy time in the outdoors.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply will have their annual Pink Saturday Sale on October 22nd. The two stores will be donating 5% of all retail sales for the day to local Port Angeles cancer support group Operation Uplift.  We would appreciate you coming by, shopping and joining us in support of those like Denise and the countless others affected by cancer.

Repairing a roof leak with Henry’s Wet Patch

Henry, Roofing, Patch, wet patch, port angeles, sequim, roof repair, roof leakThe coming fall and winter rains means that some of us will be discovering small roof leaks. Using Henry’s wet patch is the premium SBS modified bitumen compound for sealing roof leaks on wet surfaces. Made from heavy-bodied asphalt, Henry Wet Patch Roof Cement patches holes and cracks even in a driving rain or under water, and is so versatile it may be used whether the weather is wet, dry, hot or cold. It is especially easy to spread in cold temperatures and will seal around chimneys, vents, skylights and flashings.

Henry, Roofing, Patch, wet patch, port angeles, sequim, roof repair, roof leakBefore we get started it is of the utmost importance to make rooftop and ladder safety a top priority.  Please visit Everyone Needs a Roof on roof and ladder safety before going up on your roof.

How to safely & efficiently repair a small leak in a roof.

Small leaks and roof damage can become very costly if not handled immediately.  Not all roofing repairs are for the homeowner or do-it-your-selfer but small leaks and preventative maintenance can be handled by most able bodied homeowners. Please take all appropriate safely precautions as listed above when working on your roof.

Feel free to fast forward to the 1:28 mark of the video to skip the host’s introduction.

 

 

 

 

Composing and Presenting Your Photos – By Chuck Rondeau

Chuck-Rondeau-PhotographerNow that we’ve chosen a good digital camera, familiarized ourselves with it, and have learned enough about our wildlife subjects to get some photos, it’s time to think about the final product.

One of the most enjoyable elements of photography is the sharing of a striking photo that can take someone’s breath away.  These photos don’t have to be of exotic, rarely seen birds and animals.  They can be of creatures that we see everyday but are shown in a different way than what we normally see. By using the focal tools on the camera we can isolate the animal or bird and bring it into sharp focus while the rest of the background is soft and out of focus.  This is called creating Bokeh.  Bokeh is the wonderfully hazy backdrop to a crisp, sharp image of the subject.  The result is a photo that Chuck-Rondeau-Deer-Photography-Port-Angeles  leaves a lasting impression.

Another factor in creating spectacular photos is the placement of the subject.  rather than placing the bird or animal in the exact center of the shot, try to place it to one side or the other. With a bird in flight this can give the illusion of motion as the bird has an open area to “move” into.  The viewer’s eye will complete the scene and the results are impressive.

With most digital cameras you have a choice of shooting modes such as JPEG or Raw.  These are modes that allow different levels of editing once the shot is taken.  Editing can greatly improve a somewhat disappointing photo.  It doesn’t take too long to learn how to edit your photos and the time will be well spent.  Chuck-Rondeau-Goose-PhotographyWhether you wish to share the photo on social media or print them for framing, your editing program will have resolution choices that you can use to get great results.

The most important thing is that you’ve begun to see things differently and learned to use a camera to record the natural world around you.  Nothing will look as it once did and you will want to have that camera with you and ready all the time!  Enjoy the hobby and remember to share the beauty of our area generously!

We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Entries are open to all and the deadline of September 15th is fast approaching!  If you’ve missed any of his previous posts please click below.

Post 1 – Getting Started in Photography
Post 2 – Beginning Wildlife Photography

Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles.  You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.

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Thank You for Voting us Best Lumber Yards on the Peninsula!

Best-of-Blog-post-header 1We couldn’t be more grateful at receiving the honor of best lumber yards on the peninsula as voted by the readers of the Peninsula Daily News.  To all those that voted, thank you!  All the employee owners at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply feel that we have the best customers around and appreciate your loyalty and devotion to shopping local and continuing to support your hometown lumber yards!