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...]

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...]

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...]

Comparison Guide: Pressure Treated Wood Vs Composite Deck.

Decking and Railing Remodel It’s time to get outside enjoy some backyard and relaxing on your deck with your family.  Whether you have an older deck that is due to be replaced or updated or are looking to build a brand-new deck you are probably starting to think about what kind of deck you should get. A deck is a significant investment and you want to make sure you do what is the best fit for … [Read more...]

What should I expect during an initial VIRTUAL project visit?

Master Suite Remodel In remodeling, prices can vary greatly on a project-by-project basis. No two homes are alike, no two yards are alike, no two homeowners are alike so the first step in getting your project started is to meet with our team, so we help you determine specific needs and designs. Typically, we like to do this first visit in person but getting started virtually can be a great … [Read more...]

How Can I Keep a Composite Deck Looking Good?

Our clients love composite decking like Azek by Timbertech because it is low maintenance, easy to clean and last a long time. Be care not to mistake “low-maintenance” with no-maintenance” everything needs some level of TLC. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your composite deck in good shape. Even composite decks need a good cleaning every now and then. You can wash down your … [Read more...]

What 5 Questions Should I Ask A Contractor?

Bathroom Remodel, Milton Ma We talk to a lot of homeowners who tell us “I wish I’d known what to ask”. So as we start of the new year, and people are thinking about what projects to tackle at home I thought now was a great time to revisit some important initial questions to ask before you consider doing business with them. Here they are: 1. Are you licensed? How many other people on your … [Read more...]

Getting to know Craig Guido

Craig H Guido I joined the Almar team in 2004 as a Carpenter and have held several different positions in the company since that time to get a well-rounded view of Remodeling and Sales. In 2002 I moved to Massachusetts from West Virginia where I was born and raised, having studied Communications and Theatrical Lighting Design at West Virginia Wesleyan College. I worked for several years in … [Read more...]

Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process. The more knowledgeable and prepared you can be, the better. The team at Almar is always happy to help with questions and guide you throughout the process. Here are some things you should do while preparing for your remodel: Kitchen Remodel, Whitman Ma Research your project. Taking time … [Read more...]