Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring Sale!

To celebreate the changing of the seasons and the merciful end of Oregon's relentlessly cold and wet weather, we're offering 10% off on all orders greater than $500.

The South Sister Volcano, viewed from Elk Lake

This offer only runs through May 6th, so take this opportunity to stock up on all of the surface protection you'll need for the peak building season ahead.

Interested? Questions? Call us at (541) 633-7793, email us at or visit our website

Monday, April 20, 2015

Learn About Protecting Your Home During A Remodel

Visit our Slideshare page to learn more about the necessary steps and precautions you should take when protecting your home during a remodel project. In our slidehsare presentation, we cover the need for adequate dust control, ventilation, floor protection, and and finish protection.

DoorGuard in use
Check our our other Slideshare presentations where you can learn about carpet protection and dust control/lead containment. Be sure to stay up to date as we will be regularly posting new files to Slideshare.

If you have any questions about carpet protection, dust control, or any other products we offer, call us at (541) 633-7793, email us at or visit our website

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Controlling Dust

In any remodel project, however simple it may be, dealing with dust is a necessity. Some dust will always tracked throughout a house, whether it be on shoes, tools, etc... Yet allowing too much dust to leave the work area can cause substantial damage to hardwood floors, can permeate HVAC systems, and can leave carpeting ruined. Failing to account for dust can lead to hours of extra work and can cause hundreds of dollars in replacement costs.

The ZipWall dust control barrier in use
Standing dust on a hardwood floor can lead to unsightly scratches and can dull or even damage a floor's finish. A damaged hardwood floor typically costs $2-3 per square foot to sand and refinish. Prevent this damage by controlling dust with a ZipWall system, and by protecting your floors with a  temporary floor protection solution.

As dust leaves a work site attention needs to be paid to protecting carpets, as well. A common way to protect carpet is to place kraft paper on top. However, paper is a bad solution because it is easily torn (which allows dust in) by nearly all construction equipment, and it does not provide a spill-resistant barrier. Carpet films present a far better solution, as the film resists tears and and prevents liquids from seeping into a carpet.

To learn any more about dust prevention, floor protection, or carpet films, please email us at, call us at (541) 633-7793, or visit our website

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Building Green; A New Standard

Two years ago a seemingly normal six-story building was completed in downtown Seattle. What's abnormal, however, is in that two year span that modern-looking building has produced 60% more energy than it has consumed. That remarkable achievement has garnered the Bullitt Center a Living Building Certification. 

From the outside, nothing about the Bullitt Center looks revolutionary

The Living Building Challenge pushes builders and architects alike to create structures that actively aid in improving the environment. This is a far more difficult certification to achieve than the current LEED standards. As such, the Bullitt center is likely the most efficient building in the nation, likely consuming 50% less energy than the next leading building.

To learn more about the array of green surface protection products that we supply, visit the "Environmentally Friendly" page on our website. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Slim Building, A Future Trend?

A freshly proposed residential tower in New York is set to push the limits on just how slim a high rise can be.

The base of the 700' tower will only measure 50' x 54', an astoundingly small surface area. To create such a slim tower, all structural support will lie on the perimeter of the building, and only a single concrete core is to be placed inside. New York City's zoning laws allow slim buildings to reach virtually unlimited heights; the primary motivating factor behind building slim.

However, the lanky profile of the building isn't the only remarkable thing about it. It will feature multiple indoor parks, an astoundingly opulent feature. While we don't yet know how much any residential unit in this building will cost, it's a safe bet that I won't be able to afford one any time soon.

As always, for any building needs, fat or slim, call us at (541) 633-7793, email us at, or visit our website

Friday, March 13, 2015

RRP Re-certification May Be Moving Online

The EPA is currently undergoing considerations that would permit renovators certified under the RRP (Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting) rule to complete their recertification classes entirely online. Currently, recertification requires participation in a 4 hour long course featuring 40 minutes of hands-on training. The hands-on sessions require that renovators to travel to a specialized facility.

According to the EPA, moving recertification classes to an online platform will allow renovators to earn their certification in a less time costly manner than physically attending classes.
            “EPA officials want a 100% online recertification course because they believe it will make it easier to get recertified without reducing the course’s value. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) applauds the move, saying that hands-on training has resulted in significant travel costs.”
            Unsurprisingly, this move is not without opposition as some groups dispute the merits of online recertification. Namely, companies that currently operate recertification classes feel their hands-on training is a crucial element of RRP recertification.

Whether you’re supportive of a move to an online program or not, there will be nearly 10 months to wait before any final verdict is reached. Come July 1st, nearly 200,000 people will need to have their recertification already completed; thus online recertification will have to wait until next year at the earliest. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

We're Proud to be Helping the Central Oregon Biking Community!

We've recently donated hundreds of trail-marking signposts and signs to aid in the development of a new FatBiking complex in the Cascades! This new trail system lies high in the Cascades in the shadows of Mt Bachelor, 20 miles west of Bend, Oregon.

Mt. Bachelor wilderness area, viewed from the South. 
The new trails offer miles of great mountain bike riding in the summer, and great FatBiking snow trails in the winter. For those curious, fatbikes are essentially mountain bikes with five inch wide tires, rather than the standard 2.25-2.75 inch tire sizes on traditional mountain bikes. They are tons of fun to ride in the snow, because they just slide and roll over right over snow and ice.

A new Fatbike at home in the snow

If you would like to learn more about our involvement in the Central Oregon Mountain Biking community, read our latest press release.