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A Look at Our Stock Decking for Spring 2022

The arrival of spring means a changing of tides within the business industry. As homeowners begin to focus on how to make the most of the great weather, builders often find themselves swamped with deck-building projects. This can present a challenge, as decking has been one of the building materials most affected by supply chain delays. That’s why it’s so important to work with a supplier that has inventory on hand to help you meet your project deadlines on time and allow you to keep building throughout the busy spring and summer seasons. National Lumber has significantly increased our stock decking for spring 2022, bringing you some of the most popular brands to build out your decking projects. Let’s take a look at our stock decking options.

Fiberon

Fiberon is an industry leader in composite decking options, with a variety of colors, textures, and a commitment to sustainability. National Lumber currently stocks two collections of the Fiberon Good Life line, the Weekender collection, and the Escapes collection. The Weekender collection is designed to imitate the color palette and style of traditional deck boards, while the Escapes collection features more vibrant splashes of color and texture that emulates the appearance of tropical hardwoods. Let’s take a look at the colors we currently carry.

Weekender – Cottage

This medium gray deck board calls to mind peaceful summer afternoons in the backyard. Its grain texture emulates the look of traditional wood that homeowners love in painted wooden deck boards.

Weekender – Cabin

For homeowners that prefer a darker traditional decking color option, Cabin is a great selection. This medium brown can blend beautifully with a variety of outdoor furniture options.

Escapes – Cabana

Allow your backyard to transport you to an oceanside resort with this wonderful medium tan deck board that effortlessly calls to mind tropical vacations and cold drinks on a warm day.

Escapes – Beach House

With an attractive subtlety, Beach Life is an ideal color for pairing with other backyard elements. It’s a great option for those who want more muted tones within their backyard setups.

All of our Fiberon Good Life decking comes in 12′, 16′, and 20′ grooved boards, as well as 20′ square edge boards.

Trex

Trex has long been considered the industry standard-bearer, and your clients may even know the name. Trex deck boards come with reliability, durability, and an affordable price. We carry colors in both the Trex Enhance Naturals and Trex Select product lines.

Enhance Naturals – Foggy Wharf

One of Trex’s most popular options, Foggy Wharf is the perfect balance of standout wood texture combined with subtle color. Homeowners love its distinctive medium gray tone. Available in 12-20’ grooved and 20′ square edge.

Select – Saddle

Saddle is a delightful, sunny medium brown that incorporates a subtle wood grain pattern to create an outstanding visual package. Available in 16’ square edge only.

Select – Pebble Grey

Embrace blue skies, a great book, and a comfy chair complemented by a decking color that strikes the perfect balance between flash and subtlety. Available in 16’ square edge only.

Wolf Home Products

Wolf is a long-time partner of National Lumber, and we’re proud to stock their fantastic decking options for our clients. Additionally, we offer excellent railing options through Wolf that pair perfectly with a variety of colors and textures. Currently, we stock one color option from the Wolf Perspective Decking line, as well as two railings from the Wolf Traditional collection.

Perspective – Acacia

A flexible, appealing dark brown that compliments a wide variety of different home exteriors. Acacia is a home run decking color that excels on all fronts. Available in 12-20’ grooved, and 20’ square edge.

Traditional – Vinyl Railing

This sturdy, classic vinyl railing offers a breadth of customization options. You can choose baluster options, including square or round aluminum for extra support. Currently, we stock 36” rail height only. Be sure to chat with your National Lumber sales rep about customization options for vinyl railing.

AFCO

We also stock AFCO aluminum railing options for those hoping to explore a different style of railing altogether.

100 Series – Aluminium Railing

This sleek aluminum railing option has balusters available for 36” and 42” rail height. Typically, 42″ rail height is a special order that comes with an 8 week minimum lead time. But at National Lumber, you can find this as a stock product.

Drink Railing Options

We also offer two drink railing options on special order, one from Wolf Home Products and another from AFCO. Speak to your NL sales rep about having these products delivered to you.

Get Ahead of Spring Lead Times

At National Lumber, we’re making a determined effort to help our builder partners stay stocked with all of the decking materials you need during the busy spring and summer seasons. Our team is dedicated to your success, and beyond our stock options, we can help you order the decking products you need to get your project finished.

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Why Builders Should Plan Ahead in 2022

Back in summer 2021, you could be forgiven for thinking that the building materials market was finally settling back down and approaching some sort of normal. However, as the new year begins again, it’s apparent that things are more chaotic than ever. That’s why our message to our valued building partners is this: let’s work together and plan ahead so that we can all have a successful building year in 2022. 

In this blog and accompanying video, we continue our efforts to keep you updated on the state of the supply chain for the construction industry, and market fluctuations for lumber and other building materials. Please keep in mind that while we try to keep this information as current as possible, the situation is evolving day by day and what’s accurate today may not necessarily be reflective of the situation tomorrow. 

The Current Market Situation

The market is again undergoing rapid fluctuations, with price spikes and limited product again arising at the end of December. In summer, the situation seemed to once again be on the track towards steady prices, but due to another winter COVID surge, struggles are being felt across the industry. Again, the same culprits are emerging. COVID spikes lead to labor shortages for lumber mills and product fabricators, a trucker shortage leads to extensive transit delays, and all of these issues coincide as housing demand remains high. 

What was once a lumber problem has seeped into the entire building material supply industry. Prefabricated materials such as cabinetry, windows, and doors are facing pricing uncertainty and massive production and delivery delays.

The situation in the industry has been volatile and has the potential to change again without notice.

The Inflation Effect 

One aspect that has significantly affected the lumber market are issues of inflation. In our video highlight, you can see a practical example of how the pandemic has changed lumber prices, even despite recent declines in cost. This comparison shows what $2,000 could get you in the material in February 2020, just before the start of the pandemic, vs what $2,000 gets you in February 2022. As you can see, the difference is quite substantial.

Prices began to spike in April 2020, and have not dropped down to pre-pandemic levels since. Even within the last year, we’ve seen progress reversed and prices skyrocket once again. Since September 2021, prices have risen 45% for lumber and other materials. These fluctuations are not within the industry norm. In fact from 1950 through 2019, lumber prices changed marginally (10-20%) each year. We are now seeing prices fluctuate by 4% every single day. This unprecedented uncertainty and inflation are creating difficulties for builders. It’s our goal to help you plan ahead and meet challenges as they come. 

Allocation and Lead Times

When high demand and limited product coincide, it creates a scenario where manufacturers begin limiting purchase amounts and dole out significant lead times. Several specialized product types are on allocation from various manufacturers, particularly cabinetry, windows, and doors. This allocation process feeds into significant lead times for builders. Window and cabinetry products that used to take 4-8 weeks to ship are now taking as long as 16-20 weeks. These allocation and lead times challenges truly highlight the need to plan ahead in 2022 more than ever. 

Transportation Challenges

Supply chain difficulties have been felt in industries across the globe. And one substantial cause is the lack of accessible transportation as the pandemic again surges. Pandemic-driven delays have exacerbated a years-long trucker shortage. As highlighted by Vox, “the United States is experiencing a shortage of more than 80,000 truck drivers, according to an estimate from the American Trucking Associations. The ATA also estimates that about 72 percent of America’s freight transport moves by trucks.” This mismatch between large amounts of freight moving by truck (especially true in the case of the lumber industry) and a shortage of truckers is a recipe for logistical disaster. Truck companies are attempting to remedy the challenges, but are facing supply chain limitations of their own. As Business Insider discovered, “less than a month into the new year, some dealers say they have already sold out of new semi-trucks for 2022.

While transportation limitations are frustrating, National Lumber works hard to ensure our end is properly managed. We maintain a fleet of local delivery vehicles that get your products to you directly at the job site. At National Lumber we have an open roll call for qualified drivers to join our fleet, and we’re targeting an expansion of available vehicles in 2022. We strive to provide top-tier delivery that gets your products to you on time as soon as possible. 

What You as a Builder Can Do

While the challenges seem significant, there still plenty of steps we can take to ensure 2022 is a successful year for the building industry. Our mantra through the pandemic and into 2022 is this: prioritize communication, plan ahead, and work together. Our sales team is here to help you address challenges as they arise. Whether you need to find a great replacement material, want to plan ahead for projects later in the year, or simply want an update on prices and the availability of materials, we’re always just a phone call away. By working together and planning ahead for the rest of the year, we can all continue building incredible projects together.

To get started on your next project, reach out to the National Lumber team today.

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A Tour Through the History of National Lumber

For over 100 years, National Lumber has been a cornerstone of Baltimore. We pride ourselves on our history and deep ties to the community, and the incredible companies we’ve been able to partner with throughout our time in business. We’ve been around to see Baltimore, and the world, grow and change. But we’ve kept some keepsakes from the journey along the way. Arnold Fruman, co-owner of National Lumber, was kind enough to take us on a tour through his office. It doubles as a museum to the long and interesting history we have, and the challenges we’ve faced along the way.

A Short History of National Lumber

Our company was initially founded in 1919 as a lumber yard. Our original location was in the heart of Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood. If you visit the area today, you can still see a wall decal with our faithful mascot Pop.

National Lumber original shop in Little Italy
A painted rendition of the original National Lumber shop in Little Italy.

Our company was founded by Alexander Fruman. Five generations later, the business is still owned and operated by the Fruman family, today consisting of father Arnold, and his two sons and co-owners, Neal and Kevin. Throughout its history, National Lumber Company has experienced growth and expansion, including acquiring  P.M. Womble Lumber Company in 1958. The company has passed through five generations of the Fruman family, from Alexander to Isadore to Leonard to Arnold, Neal, and Kevin. In that time, Baltimore has grown into quite a different place. The items in Arnold’s office show how a building material supply company operated in days gone by.

A Tour of Arnold’s Office

Many of the items displayed in Arnold’s office showcase how business was once conducted. A prized piece is the Dalton adding machine that served as the company’s only piece of office equipment up until 1933.

National Lumber historic typewriter

This adding machine was an essential item to the operations of National Lumber for many years. Arnold’s father would bring it home with him at the end of each day to keep track of the company’s books. While office equipment may have received an upgrade in the years since, this beloved adding machine will always serve as a reminder of what times were like before.

NL horse carriage lumber delivery

Another iconic call back to the old days, this image depicts how lumber used to be delivered across the city. Before box trucks and moffetts, we had horse-drawn flatbed carts where lumber would be loaded and distributed city-wide.

Throughout the office, there are more iconic and historic items, including one of Isadora’s business cards, a piece of wood from the legendary Wye Oak tree (which was once the largest oak tree in the country), journals of handwritten transactions going back to the 1940s, and more insights into our long history in Baltimore.

Recognition

Filling out the walls of the office are some of the articles that have been written about National Lumber and its legacy in Baltimore over the years. Feature articles from the Baltimore Jewish Times about the business accompany a write-up from the Baltimore Business Journal acknowledging National Lumber as one of Baltimore’s oldest family-owned businesses still in operation today.

Arnold’s office is a time capsule, allowing us to step in and appreciate all of the hard work that’s been done over the years to keep National Lumber as one of Baltimore’s staples. We’re happy to have the privilege today to continue to supply incredible builders across the Baltimore and DC metro areas. If you’re ready to get building your next project, contact the team at National Lumber today.

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A Look At Our Multi-Family Division

At National Lumber, we like to think of ourselves as partners to the builders we work with, helping them accomplish their building goals by delivering the materials they need. But we also understand that the scope can vary greatly for different builders, with larger-scale projects requiring careful coordination and planning to successfully execute. Multi-family projects are a huge piece of the housing construction market across the Baltimore and DC metro areas, as housing builders try to keep up with huge demand. We wanted to take the time to highlight our Mult-Family Division here at National Lumber, a team dedicated solely to meeting the needs of multi-family builders across the area.

What is the Role of the Mult-Family Divsion at National Lumber?

To explore the role of our Multi-Family Division at National Lumber, we spoke with Brian Fackett, a sales specialist within the department. Brian explained that the department was established to meet a growing need by multi-family developers for a team tailored to their specific project type, capable of managing large material orders and helping facilitate the delivery throughout the project. Many multi-family projects rely on rolling timelines, so it’s crucial to have a team dedicated to managing each step of the material orders and deliveries so builders can stay on track.

Capabilities of the Multi-Family Division

Our team is tailored to handle a large scope of multi-family projects, from small-scale consisting of only a few units to massive undertakings of 500 units or more. Our work handles different job types as well, whether it be remodeling existing units or full new builds. Team members are specialized in each build type. For instance, Brian works with new build clients to ensure their needs are met.

Products Supplied

Primarily, our multi-family department handles interior packages that consist of trim, cabinetry, countertops, interior doors, and more. Our Multi-Family Division works in tandem with other departments should our clients require additional items for their builds, from framing and structural lumber to windows and exterior doors. Internal collaboration allows us to organically scale to meet the needs of projects as they change and adapt.

Collaboration

A goal of ours is to ease the process of your project by acting as a resource. Our multi-family team works closely with builders, providing product staging, material tracking to ensure deadlines are being met, and consistent communication to ensure you always know the status of your materials. We believe that collaboration should always be a priority when working with builders.

The Advantage of Having a Dedicated Multi-Family Team

Multi-family projects are complicated endeavors. That’s why we believe it’s important to have a trusted, dedicated team to help you manage. In this industry, problems can arise. Having a team ready to meet each challenge as it comes is extremely beneficial to keeping projects on track. From field visits to comprehensive quotes to constant communication, the team at National Lumber is here to help you stay building. Contact us today to get started.

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A Look at the Construction Supply Chain for Fall 2021

With fall in swing and winter on the horizon, the construction industry typically prepares for a seasonal downtrend in production. However, extenuating circumstances have created industry-wide challenges that have resulted in huge lead times, high prices, and material shortages. Let’s take a look at the construction supply chain for fall 2021, the issues that are being experienced, and provide an outlook for when we can hope supply chains should catch up.

The Current Situation

Since the outset of the COVID pandemic, the building industry has been in a state of flux, with rapidly inflating material prices, material shortages, and labor shortages all compounded against a skyrocketing demand for housing. Today, the lingering effects can still be felt from the pandemic and have been exacerbated by other global supply chain issues. Material shortages, labor shortages, and transportation delays are just some of the issues currently afflicting the supply chain.

These challenges have led to a slowdown in building across the board. As highlighted in this article from a California news station, some builders are estimating that project materials that would take four to five weeks to ship can now take as many as 20 weeks. This is representative of the situation across the country that builders currently face. Newer crises are driving even further delays in prices and deliveries. For instance, floods in British Columbia, one of the largest production areas in North America, are currently hampering output and may cause prices to rise further.


Despite the current challenges with prices and delays, the outlook predicts a steady market. Industry experts predict that to remedy a trend of underbuilding since the Great Recession, the home building market should stay booming for years to come. Additionally, builder confidence rose again in the month of November by 3 points, up to 83, its third month over month increase as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

What’s Creating Supply Chain Shortages?

The shortages for building materials are just one piece of a larger global shortage of various products, from semiconductors and dairy products to chicken wings and herbicides. Building materials have faced a long trend of supply shortages stretching back to mill closures at the pandemic’s start. Issues with import slowdown and labor shortages compacted together. While the pandemic’s effects are still being felt, there are other factors at play driving these struggles, including “record-level congestion at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach that has spread to the East Coast, the widespread power outages across China, shortages of truck drivers and service workers, and COVID-19-fueled infections and restrictions,” according to Tinglong Dai, a business professor at Johns Hopkins University in comments he recently made to USA TODAY. The compounding of elements is having a particular effect on the building industry.

Consequences for the Building Industry

Consequences are being felt industry-wide. Supply chain shortages have helped fuel higher prices, slower deliveries, and most notably, extraordinary lead times. Compounding the issue is that builders are still facing huge demands from home buyers, who continue taking advantage of lower mortgage rates that have not yet risen back to pre-pandemic levels. Homebuilders are facing higher material costs universally across the board. But the biggest pain has been faced in the realm of lead times, where specialty or pre-fabricated materials such as cabinetry, countertops, and composite decking are all on months-long backorders. However, the shortages and slowdowns extend past the residential industry, as commercial builders face a similar downturn in production driven by supply chain shortages.

What Steps Can You Take as a Builder?

Throughout the pandemic, the message has been the same for builders: communicate about material needs early and often. Though it’s tough for anyone to anticipate how lead times might change or when prices will spike, the team at National Lumber does our best to provide you with up-to-date information as we receive it. By reaching out to us and defining what you’ll need for each product ahead of time, we can do our best to keep you up-to-date and stocked with the materials you need to keep building.

If you’re ready to keep building, contact the team at National Lumber today. Our expert staff is standing by to help you make informed decisions about the materials you need, and keep your project goals on track.

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Builder Highlight: Smithouse Construction

As a leading local builder material supplier for over 100 years, National Lumber has had the privilege of getting to form relationships with builders across the Baltimore and DC metro areas. It’s our pleasure to highlight the great work they do. We spoke with Shawn Saffran, a Project Manager for Smithouse Construction, about their company and the latest project they’ve undertaken.

About Smithouse Construction

Founded in 2005, Smithouse focuses on home renovation and large-scale remodeling projects for clients across the Baltimore metro area. Smithouse’s guiding principle is improving the quality of people’s lives by improving the quality of life in their living spaces. They are a full custom remodeler who works on a variety of project sizes. Additionally, Smithouse is a design-build company, meaning they can take a client’s project from concept to completion all in-house. Their designers work hand-in-hand with the building team to ensure each project achieves the vision that was conceptualized with the homeowner.

Product Selection

Product selection is a crucial task for any builder, and Shawn explained Smithouse’s preference for products that bring longevity and quality to each build. Instead of simply letting price guide their product choice decisions, the Smithouse team incorporates products that will stand the test of time. This mindset is applied to product selection throughout the process, down to the framing lumber. Even if the items aren’t part of the visible finishes and facade the client directly interacts with, it’s still important to the Smithouse Construction team that they select products that will bring out the most potential in each project.

Current Project: Timonium Large-Scale Remodel

We spoke with Shawn at the job site of their current project, a large remodel and home extension that touched nearly every room of the house. The project began as a main house kitchen and master suite renovation but soon evolved to include a full addition in the form of a suite for the owner’s mother. Built above the newly added three-car garage, the space was tailored for aging-in-place, and to allow ample space for the whole family to co-exist. Additional elements continued to emerge organically, including a new second-floor deck, a sunroom, full window replacements, a covered porch featuring an outdoor fireplace, and outdoor hardscaping. The added suite features a full kitchen as well. The project is a perfect encapsulation of Smithouse’s ability to handle large-scale renovation projects. It also highlights the flexibility of their design-build process, which is able to meet the challenges of a remodel that evolves over the course of the project.

Work With National Lumber

Smithouse has worked with National Lumber to supply materials for a variety of their jobs over the years. For their current Timonoum project, National Lumber provided framing lumber, trim, and decking materials. Shawn highlighted the service provided by Andy on our sales team, who stepped in to manage their needs after their previous rep departed from the team. Throughout the pandemic, his responsiveness and clear communication helped prep the Smithouse team to predict lead times, and get orders in at the right time during tumultuous price fluctuations. We’re proud to supply a great team like Smithouse Construction, and we’re excited to see the great projects they have in store in the future.

We’d like to thank Shawn Saffran of Smithouse for taking the time to speak with us. If you’re ready to get started on your next project, the team at National Lumber is here to meet your building material needs. Contact us today to get started.

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Kitchen Design Trends for Fall 2021

A crucial piece of thoughtful kitchen design is monitoring incoming and outgoing trends, and incorporating these trends into the designs offered to homeowners. At National Lumber, we make it our mission to keep track of what’s new in the world of kitchen design so you can create modern, inspired spaces that will appeal to homeowners. Here is our round-up of kitchen design trends for fall 2021.

Walk-In Pantry

The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns made many homeowners deeply aware of how space is utilized and maintained throughout their homes. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and excessive clutter can sour the feelings we harbor about one of the most essential places in the house. While a walk-in pantry may not at first seem like a necessary design piece, a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 81% of homeowners identified this feature as either essential or desirable in their kitchen builds. Walk-in pantries can utilize smart design decisions, such as the build-out shown above from our friends at Done Construction, which adds both pantry space and hidden appliance compartments.

Double-Sinks

That same NAHB survey identified another item of particular importance to consumers: the double sink. In fact, over 4 in 10 consumers say a double-sink is an essential feature for their kitchens. This is not necessarily surprising. Maximizing space is important for any kitchen design, and a double-sink helps make it easier for homeowners to keep kitchen spaces decluttered. It’s a multi-function design piece that adds value to any home and attracts the attention of homeowners.

Wood Grain Finishes

For a while, it seemed like the trend was to conceal authentic woodgrain textures behind colored finishes to add a flourish to kitchen buildouts. However, for the kitchen design trends for fall 2021, we want to highlight the resurgence in embracing wood grain finishes. More and more we’re seeing homeowners embrace cabinetry that offers an authentic wood style, while still maintaining an elegant appearance. These wood finishes offer a unique way to set your kitchen builds apart from where the general consensus remains.

Handleless Kitchens

In many ways, modern kitchen design is about how it can differentiate and distinguish itself from previous iterations and trends. One of the most prominent examples of this is in handleless kitchen designs, which move away from the distinct hardware pieces that normally accompany cabinetry. Instead, we’re given smooth, free-flowing surfaces that use push-open or recessed handles to operate. This trend may not be for everyone, but it does present some indication of the direction cabinetry may be headed down the road.

Greens Take the Spotlight

We love this shade from Wolf Home’s Classic line

In our blog about kitchen design trends for 2020, we highlighted how blues were becoming a prominent color scheme for kitchen cabinetry, as well as backsplashes and other elements. This year, we’d like to highlight the turn towards greens as a great color scheme to bring kitchen designs alive. Greens help highlight the emphasis on thoughtful, natural builds that give the kitchen a distinct identity within the home. Whether a softer palette green or something more bold and bright, we think green is a color that can readily be brought into kitchen builds. It’s a great example of how the kitchen design trends for fall 2021 offer tons of flexibility to builders in creating unique visions for a finished product. However, don’t wait on finding the right cabinet options for your builds. As one of the most in-demand building materials, some brands are seeing lead times as long as six months for cabinet orders. Be sure to chat with the kitchen experts at National Lumber to stay up-to-date on the latest lead times.

Embracing new design trends can be a great way for builders to attract homeowners, and explore new design philosophies. Regardless of your preferred design method, it’s always important to have the best materials suited to each job. The team at Design Center by National Lumber works with builders and homeowners to bring their kitchen design visions to life. Contact our team today to get started on your next project.

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Why Builders Choose Masonite Doors

The quality of your finished build can be impacted by the quality of the products you choose. Many builders go through a process of trial and error to select the products that best benefit their projects. At National Lumber, we work with our builders to identify which products will best meet their needs. Today, we want to highlight one such manufacturer that has become the builder’s standard for interior doors (while also carving their own name in exterior doors). Today, let’s look at why builders choose Masonite.

About Masonite

For over 95 years, Masonite has provided celebrated interior and exterior door products to builders and homeowners across the country. Since its inception, Masonite has believed that doors can do more. By focusing on design, durability, security, and functionality, Masonite has long been a pioneer in door technology, creating door products that meet the changing needs of builders and homeowners.

An Overview of Masonite’s Products

Masonite offers a diverse lineup of products tailored to the individual needs of your project, budget, and build type. Let’s take a look at some of the product lines on offer at Masonite

Masonite Classics

Masonite Classics offers molded panel door designs that can complement any space, offering design flexibility, a higher density profile, and enhanced durability helping it resist cracking, warping, and shrinking. Choose from smooth or textured styles that will fit your aesthetic needs.

Masonite Select

Available in Riverside, Saddlebrook, and Cheyenne variations, Masonite Select doors bring timeless design to the table, offering the authenticity and gorgeous look of authentic wood doors while offering the structural and durability advantages of composite wood options. The smooth surface is perfect for those looking to customize the doors with colors of their choice.

Livingston

With Livingston, you get a unique, timeless design that perfectly fits the needs of any home. Available in a full range of passage and bifold door options. Customers can customize with a Safe N Sound solid core construction, to improve durability and increase soundproofing.

Safe N’ Sound

Masonite’s Safe N’ Sound solid core door technology can reduce sound in a home by as much as 25%. Ideal for bath and bedrooms where privacy is key, these eco-friendly engineered doors can increase a homeowner’s resale value over hollow-core doors.

West End

Chic and modern, Masonite’s West End collection is inspired by European design philosophies. Embrace a clean, simple design that can fit a variety of home and decor styles.

Heritage Series

This trendy flat-panel-designed series helps complement a variety of decor, combining the classic lines of wood shaker doors with the durability and advancements of composite doors.

Vistagrande

One of Masonite’s premier exterior door offerings, the Vistagrande series integrates flush-glazed construction with a clean, contemporary style, yielding up to 18% more viewing area. Its True Square-Edge construction creates a beautiful, authentic wood appearance while not sacrificing any of the advantages of composite doors.

Belleville

It’s not hard to see why builders choose Masonite when you consider beautiful designs such as the Belleville series. This exterior door offers the durability and protection of a fiberglass build with a smooth surface ideal for painting.

Steel Doors

With a decorative panel design that imitates real wood doors, Masonite’s steel door offering ensures you don’t have to choose between durability and style. Get the ultimate level of door security at an economic price.

So, Why Do Builders Choose Masonite?

These varied offerings are just some of the door series Masonite offers. They bring to the table flexibility, customizability, and options tailored to any kind of project build you have. As the leader in innovative door technologies, Masonite has stayed ahead of the curve in offering its customers doors that serve as more than just an entryway.

If you’re ready to start building with Masonite products today, contact the team at National Lumber. Our door experts will help you select the Masonite options perfect for your next project.

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Builder Highlight: Four Twelve Roofing

It’s always a privilege to collaborate with talented builders making their mark on the Baltimore and DC areas. For this builder highlight, we spoke with Sam Frank, Co-Owner of Four Twelve Roofing about their growth across Baltimore.

About Four Twelve Roofing

Founded in 2013, Four Twelve provides roofing, decking, and exterior remodeling services to clients across the Baltimore metro area. Initially, Four Twelve began with fix-and-flip remodeling services. However, during this early process, the Four Twelve team identified a need for quality roofing services across Baltimore and pivoted their focus to specialize in roofing and exterior remodeling. They have experienced exponential growth in the last few years, identified as the fastest growing roofing company in the country and the 122nd fastest-growing company overall on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list. Their growth was also celebrated with the top rank on the 2020 Baltimore Business Journal Fast 50.

Project Focus

Within the roofing space, Four Twelve has carved out a focus on flat roofing projects. Baltimore is a city largely made up of rowhomes, and due to their structure, older flat roofs can present many difficulties for homeowners. Four Twelve has built up an expert team that can handle flat roofing projects of any capacity, from narrow single h0mes to commercial-scale projects.

In the realm of exterior remodeling, Four Twelve is well-known for its creative and efficient deck-building services across the city. National Lumber works with Four Twelve to provide the decking materials they need to complete beautiful, thoughtfully-designed decks.

The Value of a Deck in Baltimore City

Sam Frank discussed with us the value homeowners across Baltimore place on decks, and in particular rooftop decks. He expressed that there is a certain sentimentality attached to adding a rooftop deck onto a home, allowing residents to take in views of the city and create an outdoor space in areas of the city where yard space is not common. Additionally, it lends extra livable and entertaining space to narrow rowhomes that may have limited options.

Product Selection

Four Twelve works with two primary types of decking materials, composite decks, and pressure-treated wood decks. Sam identified several differences between the two decking types. Composite comes at a higher price-point than pressure-treated but requires little to no maintenance over time. When building composite decks, Four Twelve utilizes the fantastic composite decking products provided by manufacturers like Fiberon and Wolf Home Products.

Work with National Lumber

Sam Frank stated that it can be difficult at times to find the right supplier that provides excellent customer service and communication in addition to delivering a wide selection of materials on time to job sites. However, he believes the National Lumber team is able to provide all of those aspects in a way the Four Twelve team hasn’t found with other suppliers. He recognizes that this dedication to quality funnels through the level of service the Four Twelve team is able to deliver to their clients. Sam also noted the NL team’s flexibility in being able to provide the materials needed to build fantastic decks, whether it’s top-tier composite products or great lumber for pressure-treated builds.

Outstanding Roofing with Excellent Materials

We’d like to thank Sam Frank for taking the time to speak with us. We’re proud to work with a great team like Four Twelve as they continue to grow and build. If you’re ready to get started on your next project and need the right building materials to get the job done, contact the team at National Lumber today.

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The Advantages of Fiberon Composite Decking

With so many options out there, choosing the right decking brand can be a daunting task for many builders. As traditional wood decking falls out of vogue, the competition within the composite decking space has grown immensely. Today, we’d like to highlight one brand that is making waves in the world of composite decking: Fiberon. What makes Fiberon composite decking products such a great choice? We’ll take a look at a few reasons they’ve become our go-to option.

Sustainability

As sustainability becomes a more important issue among consumers, products like Fiberon’s composite decking have stepped in to provide eco-friendly alternatives to traditional building materials. The composite decking is created from a combination of recycled plastic and wood waste left over from the production of other building materials. This approach helps reduce waste throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. Every year, Fiberon makes use of 100 million pounds of recycled plastic and reuses 98.5% of the waste created from the manufacturing process. This in turn helps save more than 1 million trees from being cut down each year. For comparison, the average wood deck uses about 11 Southern Yellow Pine trees. By opting for a recycled composite option, you’re contributing to the 15,000 football fields worth of healthy forest saved each year.

Builder-Trusted

Fiberon stands out as one of the decking brands builders trust most. This is due to several factors that make it a preferred product of the experts. Easy installation helps save you time on the job site. Despite having a very low amount of product warranty calls, Fiberon still offers a 25-year stain and fade warranty on their deck board products. This dedication to the quality of the product helps instill confidence from builders across the country.

Innovators in the Decking Space

Fiberon composite decking has ushered in some of the most substantial advancements within the decking space, leading other companies to follow suit. Among these innovations are the first multi-tonal and embossed decking boards, the first hidden fastener system, and the industry’s first stain and fade warranty for capped composites. The innovative design means the Fiberon team is always looking to deliver new advancements that help make an outstanding product even better.

Consistent Supply

As a builder, you want to get the job done on time, every time. The last thing you need is an unreliable supply of products that slows your job down. Fiberon’s efficiency of manufacturing and supplying their deck boards has helped National Lumber clients stay building.

A Wide Selection

It’s important to be able to meet the needs of your customers, from color preference to budget. Thankfully, Fiberon’s portfolio of decking options offers varied products across the spectrum of color and price choices to help empower you with flexibility when conceptualizing your next deck build.

Durability That Lasts

With Fiberon composite decking, durability and longevity is the expectation, not the hope. The tough composite material eliminates warping, cracking, splintering, fading, and rotting. This means you’re delivering homeowners a product that will leave them satisfied for many years to come.

National Lumber is Your Go to Supplier of Fiberon Decking

Fiberon is an outstanding product that we recommend to all of our builders. We want you to have the best materials to get the job done, so we stock Fiberon’s fantastic Good Life decking line in four unique colors. If you’re ready to get started on your next decking project, request a quote from the National Lumber team today.