Choosing between Cortex Plug and Clip System for your deck project

Plug System You are ready to build a new deck or recover your existing deck with Composite deck. That is so exciting because composite material has come along way since the first generations. But now you have some more choices and options, like railings, lights, trim, custom benches/shelves/storage, etc. You can also choose how the decking is installed. Two popular choices are: Cortex Hidden … [Read more...]

What you should know about Icynene (Spray Foam) Insulation

Icynene or “spray foam” insulation is a good way to increase with the R-Value (resistance to heat flow) when building an addition or new home. Most homes in our area are traditionally insulated with either Fiberglass, or Cellulose Insulation. The spray foam is a “continuous insulation and air seal plastic material that is sprayed on walls, roofs, into gaps and corners, and on all contoured … [Read more...]

How utilizing the online project portal will improve your project.

Our team is pleased to be able to offer homeowners access to our cloud based system thru BuilderTrend. Why have we chosen to use this system? We find it gives you a better remodeling experience Having a system like BuilderTrend allows our team to deliver the digital experience you expect. When you work with Almar you will enjoy:   Visibility into the status of your project through an … [Read more...]

Why cable rails might be right for your deck.

Cable Railings Spending time in your outdoor living space you may want to be able to see as much of the nature that surrounds you as possible. While most homeowners choose to select the standard balusters if you are looking for a safe option with more of a view one option to consider would be Cable Railings. Although the price point on cable rails is higher (because of both labor and … [Read more...]

How do I prepare for my kitchen remodel?

Once you have done the research and made the commitment on who will be a good fit to guide you through your kitchen remodel. Now comes preparing for having everyone into your home. Making improvements is an exciting event, but soon you will probably feel like you cannot wait to have the project done and the crews gone. Here are some ways you can prepare for your upcoming kitchen … [Read more...]

Comparing Schrock Entra and Trademark Cabinets

Trademark When choosing kitchen cabinets many manufactures have several different lines that each offer different features and have differing base pricing. One of the popular manufactures that we work with is Schrock and although our supplier offers three lines, many of our homeowners decide between two of them. Typically, the Schrock Entra and Trademark lines. So, if you are just getting … [Read more...]

When will my project get started? (COVID-19 Version)

When you decide to move forward with our team at Almar we usually can give you a good idea of a start date for your project, but with recent developments in the work with COVID-19, that has become more of a challenge for our Production Team. Our production department is working daily to organize and update the schedule daily to help keep our projects moving and making the necessary preparations … [Read more...]

Who wouldn’t want a flat railing to put their drink on?

Drink Rail Almar is proud to have been the first contractor in Eastern Massachusetts to have installed Azek/TimberTech new drink rail system.   The new drink rail takes the best of the TimberTech railing line and allows you to install a 6” Azek decking board to the top for a flat deck rail that will allow for you to set your drink on.   Part of the Classic Composite … [Read more...]

How long will my renovation take?

Azek Front Porch In remodeling, timing can vary greatly on a project-by-project basis. Everything is custom and special because no two remodeling projects are alike. No two homes are alike, no two yards are alike, no two homeowners are alike, and supply availability is changing constantly. Your contract will list a general window we think the project will be completed in. For those of you … [Read more...]

What’s Next?

What happens after your initial virtual meeting? Framing in progress Our team is excited at how well our virtual project meetings have been going. We have met with a lot of people online and are working hard to develop some scope of work for their Remodeling Projects. From kitchens and Bathrooms, additions, and exterior projects like decks and siding we have been able to help clients start … [Read more...]