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    Protecting Your Outdoor Wood Deck

    Last updated 20 hours ago

    With sufficient exposure to moisture, your wood deck can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Fortunately, there are a number of products that can protect your outdoor wood deck from moisture and the wood-destroying organisms that can grow on it. Read on to learn more about what you can do to protect your outdoor wood deck.

    Regularly sweep your outdoor wood deck with a soft-bristle broom to keep it looking nice without damaging the wood. We also recommend washing the surface of the wood with soap and water once or twice annually using a soft brush.

    Painting and Staining
    Paint is a good way to protect a wood deck while keeping up its attractive appearance. If you have a deck made from specialty woods, keep in mind that a semitransparent stain is more effective than paint at showing off the character of the wood.

    Avoid Moisture and Plants
    To keep your wood deck from accumulating moisture, remove any possible sources of moisture and ensure the stain applied to it has not lost its water-repellant properties. Avoid planting shrubs or hanging flowerpots too close to your deck, as they invite moisture.

    Apply a Wood Preservative
    Wood preservatives contain chemicals that kill fungi and insects that destroy or discolor wood. Technically they are classified as pesticides, so it’s important to handle them with care and dispose of them properly.

    Use Water Repellents
    Water repellants are a type of penetrating wood finish. Water repellant treatments contain waxes or oils that prevent water from soaking into your wood deck, which makes growth difficult for organisms that could harm your wood deck. It’s also great for stabilizing the wood, which reduces cracking and warping. We recommend applying a water-repelling wood preservative to your wood deck every year or two.

    At Southern Lumber of San Jose, CA, we have a vast selection of hardwood decks and flooring. If you want to work on your deck, we also have plenty of woodworking tools and supplies. Call us at (408) 297-9663 or check out our website for more information about our selection of specialty woods and woodworking tools.

    Determining if a Wood Entry Door Is Right for You

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Wood entry doors are durable, secure, attractive, and can be found in a wide range of designs. If you want to add a classic focal point to the facade of your home, nothing beats the charm of an Entry Door made from specialty woods. Find out if a wood entry door is right for you and which exterior door style you should get.

    Can You Care Regularly for Your Wood Door?
    An exterior door made out of specialty woods can hold up as long as the house itself—but only if it’s routinely maintained. Wood entry doors need a fresh coat of paint or polyurethane every two to three years. For many people, this is a small price to pay for a beautiful wood door, but others would rather forgo all maintenance and opt for a door made of steel or fiberglass.

    How Important is Security?
    There is a misconception that wood doors are easier to break through. But thick wood entry doors are actually quite secure, especially if you opt for a thicker door that’s about 1-3/4 inches thick. Secure the hinges into the door jamb with 3-inch-long screws, order hurricane-rated glass, and invest in Mortise locks if you want to ensure your home is safe from a break in.

    What Elements Would the Door Be Exposed to?
    Wood doors hold up best and require less maintenance when they are protected from rain. The roof should project outward from the house by at least half of the height of the door to ensure adequate coverage. Sun exposure should not exceed four hours a day on a wood entry door, as sunlight fades the wood quickly.  If your door does not have any protection or it has a high exposure to the elements, you may want to opt for a Steel or Fiberglass Door.  Some Fiberglass Doors are available in a wood grain finish so that you can have the best of both worlds, but you can expect to pay more for the better looking wood grain finish.

    To learn more about wood entry doors and to find out which one is best for you, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663 or visit our location in San Jose. We have been in business for more than 100 years and will be happy to find a wood door that’s perfect for your needs. Southern Lumber offers full residential Door Services and is a California Licensed Contractor (#645097).

    Painting Dark Stained Wood Interiors

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If you have a dark stained wood interior that you find distracting, one way to solve the problem is with paint. Using lighter paint can help brighten up a room and make it appear larger than it is. Another option is to paint the ceiling, cabinetry, and mouldings the color of your choice, but to leave the doors in their dark shade for an attractive contrast. To determine if you should paint your dark stained wood interior and how to do it, watch this video clip.

    If the task of painting your wood interior is overwhelming, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. We offer skilled services, woodworking supplies, interior and exterior doors, and specialty woods. With more than 100 years of experience serving Northern and Southern California, we are happy to help make the wood in your home beautiful. Visit our website for more information about our wood products, wood-cutting services, and woodworking tools. 

    New Decorative Handles from Sugatsune America!

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Featured in over 50 North American showrooms, these Sugatsune distributors/ retailers now have a display with our most sought after handles.

    With over 100 handles, knobs and pulls for applications ranging from doors to appliances and cabinetry. Our display tower is sure to have something for your next project!  

    Get started today by contacting Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663 to learn more about our Sugatsune handles!


    Brand New Designs from Cambria!

    Last updated 11 days ago

    As the premier brand of natural stone surfaces, Cambria® is back with 13 innovative new designs that are immediately available.

    These beautiful additions across our Coastal, Waterstone, Jewel, Marble, and Desert collections present a broad range of trend-setting tones, movements, and color combinations to complement virtually any design preference or decor.

    With 20 stunning selections launched this year alone, Cambria now has more than 120 distinctive designs and continues to be the preferred source for more possibilities than ever.

    See Cambria's 13 new selections and order samples at or

    See all of Cambria’s 122 designs, including our 13 new selections launched this fall, on the Cambria App available for iPhone and iPad at the Apple® App Store.

    You can also contact Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663 to learn more about the new Cambira quartz and the bathroom countertops we offer!

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