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Preparing for Summer? Choose Aluminum for your Deck or Porch Railing

Screen Shot 2018 03 07 at 10.50.53 AMNow that winter is on its way out the door, this is a good time to think about preparing for summer. For some, that means visions of BBQ grills and backyard pools. For others, it means beautiful decks and porches to spend endless summer nights on. If this sounds like you, check out how these unique railing ideas can add some flair to your outdoor sanctuary.

Thinking about railings for a deck or porch may be a non-issue for some homeowners. Instead, they worry about stain colors or board layouts. However, the railings are what bring the entire project and design together. The professionals at Fischer Lumber recommend aluminum railing to enhance your home’s deck or porch and here’s why:

Aluminum is both strong and classy which makes it the most ideal railing material. It is a high-quality product that is versatile, stylish, and comes in a number of custom designs to suit anyone’s taste. The numerous style options available is what makes aluminum so ideal for many homeowners. You can select railings that are traditional or something more modern - whichever peaks your interest. By choosing this aluminum for your railings, you’ll be sure to give your deck or porch the most elegant finish.

Think about having a wood railing. Can you focus on the maintenance it would require? Dealing with rotting, warping, and splitting does not sound like something most homeowners want to worry about. With aluminum railing, all upkeep worries disappear as it is virtually maintenance-free. This long-lasting material can stand up to the harshest weather. Hail, wind, snow or ice? No problem. Not even the best wood products can sustain these hurdles. After just one season, wood can start to show dramatic wear and tear. Oh, and did we mention that aluminum even resists rust and corrosion? It doesn’t get any better than this! Think long-term; put your money into aluminum railing - it will stay beautiful for years.

Convenience is key. No one wants to spend days, even weeks waiting for wood installations, staining, waiting, then staining some more. Once aluminum railings are installed, the work is done. You can spend your summer enjoying the space and not having to worry about anything else. And speaking of installation, it’s a breeze and doesn’t require much time or any special tools. Your finished railings will be quality products that were installed in half as much time as wood.

If you’re ready to commit to aluminum railings, call Fischer Lumber. Not only can we can jumpstart your deck or porch project, but we also sell Superior Aluminum products! Regardless of how elaborate your project is, we have the right materials and the professional expertise you’re looking for. Stop by our warehouse and showroom at 210 N. Shamrock Street in E. Alton today!

Project Checklist: Buying Lumber

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It’s not too early to start thinking ahead to those warmer weather projects. Spring will be here before you know it and if you want to build a deck, patio cover, or retaining wall, you need to know your lumber. Buying the lumber is an important part of your project, but you can’t buy just anything. You need to know the particulars to ensure you’re purchasing the right wood for your project. This project checklist will help you get to know your lumber, before you buy it.

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Ways New Replacement Doors Will Transform Your Home

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If transforming your home has been on your mind, but you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money, think about replacement doors! While new siding or a major interior remodel will certainly make a noticeable difference, many homeowners don’t realize how even a subtle change can and will revamp your living space.

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Invigorate Your Kitchen with These Stylish Ideas

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In most homes, the kitchen is the heart of the household. It’s essentially where all social gatherings take place. That being said, you want your kitchen to stand out from all the rest. You want yours to be stylish and classy; a space your guests talk about long after they’ve left your home. Creating a unique and functional kitchen design takes work, but we have some ideas to help you achieve the look and feel you’ve always wanted.

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Refresh Your Kitchen with an Island

Screen Shot 2018 01 03 at 8.55.22 AMKitchen islands have been a rising trend in the home industry, and for good reason. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, more than 70 percent of homebuyers want an island in their kitchen, and of those, 50 percent consider an island a must-have. An island can serve a variety of purposes in the “heart of your home.” It not only breaks up the room and is visually appealing, but it also increases the functionality of your kitchen, adding more space for storage, utilities and conversation. When investing in an island for your kitchen, the options are truly endless. It is important to take the time to consider what design features you need or are looking for.

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Storage Solutions to Consider During a Kitchen Remodel


Are you finally in the midst of that kitchen remodel you’ve been dreaming of? In addition to selecting countertops, cabinets and flooring, there is so much more to think about. Custom storage, for example, can be quite easily forgotten when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. Fortunately, we have plenty of unique options and an expert staff who can help you along the way.

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Energy-Efficient Features Every Home Should Have

EnergyWhen buying, building or remodeling a home, there are many aspects to consider besides the number of bedrooms or the color of the interior walls.  In fact, homeowners are spending more money on energy-efficient features rather than on high-end, decorative finishes. 

An energy-efficient home is an investment worth making, as it truly will save you money for years to come.  At Fischer Lumber, our knowledgeable staff will help you find energy-efficient ways to make your living space environmentally friendly and economically sustainable.

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