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The Hardware Store or Semco Outdoor?

Here’s the skinny, if you want a retail experience that’s unlike any hardware store in Columbus, where the staff are actually helpful, you want to come to Semco Outdoor. We know that dropping by stores like Lowe’s is convenient, but how valuable is convenience when they don’t have the quality products that will last for years (and look better!) or the staff to answer your questions about installing them?

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We’re not bragging, nor are we picking on the chain hardware stores, we’re just the experts at what we do. The difference between Semco is like the difference between your dentist and your general practitioner, both are perfectly qualified doctors, but when you need a cavity filled, you call the dentist. The big box hardware stores are like the general practitioners, they have all the tools you need and can help you when you need a huge range of varied products and can give fine general advice, but you want to talk with the specialists who have the largest selection of what you’re actually seeking already in stock at Semco when you’re installing a new patio.

Every day, Semco helps people get the patio installations that they want. We’re the best in the business, and that’s why many of Columbus’s exterior remodeling and lawn & landscape contractors choose to work with Semco Outdoor (the next time you talk with one, go ahead and ask about us). We also work directly with individuals who are taking on home improvement projects themselves, and our inviting indoor retail showroom is where they come to shop, buy and get expert advice from Semco’s dedicated team of DIY pros. Customers tell us that seeing what the stone and pavers look like installed helps them visualize how their home will look using the same products. Many of our products are actually on display, installed, and featuring images of what other installations look like around the Columbus area, something you’ll almost never find at a hardware store.

Semco offers everything you need for installation, just like a hardware store would, but Semco will also deliver it directly to your house with a mobile-forklift-equipped truck. Our team will put your stone, pavers, boulders, polymeric sand and any tools you need right you request that they be placed – no more lugging heavy rock around to the back yard a piece at a time! Or, if you prefer, we’ll load up your own truck with as much or as little product as you need, and you can drive right through our brand new masonry lodge to get any installation products you need loaded too.

Our research has shown that one of the biggest problem people have with the hardware store is how difficult it is to find someone knowledgeable about specific products and the installation of those products. It makes the whole experience really frustrating for customers, and the end result is that quality can severely suffer because of that frustration playing out during installation, inferior product quality and a lack of knowledge. Whereas those who work with Semco are happier with the end result of their installation, and they’re not frustrated meaning they tend to do a better job of installing the products, especially when they know one of Semco’s DIY expert staff by name and can contact them at any time with questions.

We’re not trying to harp on the hardware stores here for doing a poor job, we just think it’s important that do-it-yourselfers understand the difference between the specialists at Semco Outdoor and their local Home Depot – where one shops has a big impact on the final result of project. With all of our products viewable online, and many installed at our retail showroom on the south side of the metro, we’re proud to offer the best retail experience with easy to understand pricing and the experts who can offer real advice while helping you pick products that are just right of you.

It’s worth the trip to Semco Outdoor to get your annual home upgrade done right, with the right people and the right products. This year, come by and experience what the contractors have known for years – the best place to buy the products to finish your patio are right here at Semco Outdoor!

Outdoor lighting

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Daylight savings time may be coming to an end, but shorter days doesn’t have to mean less time spent outside. Instead, why not add lighting to your existing outdoor space? Depending on the type you choose, lighting can go a long way in helping set the tone of your space and creating a place you can enjoy whenever the weather allows.

The first step in choosing appropriate lighting is determining what type of space you have and what type of entertaining you do. Remember, anything you do now will still be useable next spring and summer, so think long-term. Do you typically have large social gatherings? If so, consider installing bright lighting that will provide the most visibility. While bright lights provide the most visibility, they are also the harshest, so you will probably want to keep bright lights to a minimum and supplement with softer lighting.  One benefit of adding permanent, bright lighting is the increased safety and security it provides to your home in return, increasing your home’s property value.

If your space doesn’t lend itself to bright lighting or you’re not interested in making the investment, then soft, dimmer lighting may be the solution. You can either choose permanent lighting with subtle, low wattage bulbs or you can rely on candles and lanterns strategically placed around your space to add ambiance and warmth as well as needed light.

There are many types of lighting options available for your outdoor space. Take the time now, before winter arrives to think about what you want and what you need to make your patio or deck useful and enjoyable year-round.

2013 Hardscape North America

Semco Stone and Semco Outdoor want you to join us at the 2013 Hardscape North America trade show on Oct. 24 and 25.

Held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky this event is devoted entirely to the hardscape industry. Indoor and outdoor exhibits feature state-of-the-art tools, products, services and equipment specifically for the hardscape industry. Test drive tools and equipment before you purchase and attend seminars and certifications led by industry experts.

Stop by booth #3216 to see new products and demonstrations from Semco Stone and Semco Outdoor. Go to www.hardscapena.com to register or contact your local Semco dealer for more information.

We’ll see you there!

Enjoying Labor Day Weekend Outdoors

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Ah, Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer and a long weekend for many. If you’re one of the lucky ones to enjoy a three-day weekend, why not utilize your outdoor space and spend the weekend in the comfort of your own home? Whether you decide to have a large gathering or just a few friends and family, here are a few tips for making the most of the long weekend.

1. Dine outdoors. Enjoy your outdoor space while the days are still long by planning an outdoor meal. Keep things simple by doing your entire meal on the grill. From a juicy steak to veggies on the side to grilled peaches for dessert, you can easily plan a menu that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters.

2. Set the mood with lighting. Hopefully you and your guests will be having such a good time the party will still be going on when the sun goes down. If so, you’ll want to have lighting to set the mood and create an ambience. To create a warm peaceful glow you can place lanterns and tabletop candles strategically around your space. Want to add something a little more permanent to your yard? If so, a fire pit or fireplace is a great addition to any space. It not only provides light but also warmth and a central gathering place for your guests.

3. Enjoy the sounds of nature. The sound of water is one of the most peaceful and relaxing sounds. To add this sound to your outdoor space year round consider the addition of a water feature from Semco. From elaborate waterfalls to bubbler boulders, Semco has the perfect water feature for your home to suit the size of your space.

4. Make your space comfortable and practical. Have you ever gone to a party or get together that was beautifully decorated and catered but there wasn’t enough seating for everyone? Keep this from happening at your party by making sure to have plenty of seating. Whether you use chairs, cushions or benches, like this Brentwood Bench, make sure there’s plenty of seating for everyone and that it is comfortable to ensure your guests will want to visit longer.

5. Stay safe. Most importantly when entertaining or spending time outdoors, make sure you are providing a safe atmosphere for you and your guests. Keep your grill away from structures or high traffic areas, never leave fires unattended and always have plenty of cold, non-alcoholic drinks on hand for your guests to prevent dehydration.

With a little planning and a little preparation you and your guests can enjoy a relaxing long Labor Day weekend in the comfort of your own home.

The Soothing Sounds of a Water Feature

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Are you looking for a way to add peace and tranquility to an outdoor space? Maybe you just want to give your existing landscaping a little extra oomph. If so, why not consider the addition of a water feature using natural stone?

Whenever water and outdoors are mentioned, the initial thought is a swimming pool. But there are so many ways to add the peaceful sounds of splashing water to your backyard. Whether you want a water fountain or a waterfall, there are many benefits to installing a water feature in your outdoor space. In addition to be aesthetically pleasing and creating dimension to any landscaping plan, a water feature also creates a soothing soundtrack to outdoor entertaining.

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Depending on the size of your space, many different types of water features are available. If you’re looking for something grand, consider installing a cascade waterfall like this one using Holey Limestone Boulders. Maybe you have a smaller space or don’t want to make such a large commitment. No problem, you can always do something more simple like this feature using Weathered Limestone Ledge.

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No matter what size space you have or what type of feature you choose, the most important thing to remember when installing a water feature is to use a stone that complements your landscaping and your existing outdoor space. Ideally you want all aspects of your landscaping from stone to plants to mulch to blend together seamlessly. Semco offers a wide variety of natural stone boulders to help you create the perfect water feature for your existing outdoor space.

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