Category Archives: The Homestead Post

Joist Tape: A Must-have for Decking Projects

We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” But the small stuff—like joist tape—can make a big difference when installing decks made with pressure-treated lumber. Joist tape seals the tops of joists, beams, ledger boards, and stringers to prevent moisture penetration and rot. Why Use Joist Flashing Tape? Protects the deck’s structural integrity…

Business Building Breakfasts Delivered Much Food for Thought

Thank you to all who attended our 2024 Business Building Breakfasts! We enjoyed seeing you and giving you an opportunity to learn from—and ask questions of—knowledgeable product representatives from some of the most respected brands in our industry. Here are some highlights: January—Fiberon® announced the expanded color options available for their Promenade decking. February—Wolf® introduced…

Tips for Staying Resilient After Rejection

PART 3 IN OUR SERIES BASED ON THE BOOK TO SELL IS HUMAN In To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, author Daniel H. Pink describes the importance of buoyancy, the ability to stay afloat “in an ocean of rejection.” Selling doesn’t always have a successful outcome. Rebuffs and rejections come with…

Product Spotlight—Wolf® Serenity™ Decking Available in Grooved Boards

Wolf® Serenity™ Decking—already a fan favorite for its low maintenance, weather resistance, and enduring curb appeal—has become even more of a head-turner. Now available in grooved boards (with grooves channeled into both sides), it enables installers to use hidden fasteners (Ninja™ clips are highly recommended) for a seamlessly aesthetic deck surface. The grooved design also…

See You at Our FREE Business Building Breakfasts!

Breakfast is on us as product reps from our top manufacturers share helpful tips and info. Thursday, March 28 Topic: Superior™ Plastic Products Thursday, April 25 Topic: Key-Link™ Railing Products Where: New Holland Coffee Co., 832 W. Main St., New Holland, PA  When: 7 to 8 a.m. Reserve your seat: Email Jill at jill@homesteadoutdoorproducts.com or…

Product Spotlight: Laminated Veneer Lumber

Made by bonding thin layers of wood veneers together, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) delivers added stability and versatility to projects. Consider using LVL for beams to strengthen the structural integrity of roofs over decks. Benefits of LVL Stronger than conventional lumber Available in longer lengths than standard framing lumber Resistant to warping and twisting Fewer…

Considerations for Comparing Composite Decking

Price alone doesn’t determine the ideal product for a project—composite decking is no exception. These key points about the main categories of decking board can help your customers make an informed choice. Basic ($) Products in this category have lower prices. The typical trade-offs include limited color choices, an artificial look (strong grain patterns embossed…

Never Underestimate the Power of Attunement

Part 2 in our series based on the book To Sell Is Human In his book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Daniel H. Pink describes “attunement,” an often-overlooked superpower in the world of sales. “Attunement is the ability to bring one’s actions and outlook into harmony with other people and…

Product Spotlight: Two New Wolf® Serenity™ Decking Colors Soon Available

Starting February 1st, Wolf® will offer two new colors for its Serenity™ Decking line: Beechwood and Ashland.  Beechwood has warm brown undertones that mimic the richness of natural wood. It exudes a cozy ambiance suitable for both classic and contemporary design styles. Ashland brings a sleek, modern aesthetic that adds elegance to outdoor spaces. Its timeless…