Newsletter February 2020 Print

President's Report

Greetings from your new NARI PNW President. I want to thank you all for trusting me to lead the NARI PNW chapter this year. As we move into the year 2020, I am excited about the opportunity to work with our Board of Directors to set the long term direction of our chapter. It was just a couple short years ago our organization was struggling to survive and embrace our national affiliation with NARI. My goal this year is to move our chapter forward by setting a longer term vision and aligning our committees to help achieve that vision. Along with that goal will come more communication and transparency which you will find in our newsletters and at our monthly events. I encourage all of you to think about the contribution of the ORA and now NARI in the success of your business and how NARI can contribute to your future success. I want your ideas and feedback on our direction and I would love to see a big turnout at our chapter meeting on February 13 where we will present the 2020 committees, members, and programs of NARI PNW Chapter. To those of you that I know, I look forward to continued communication and to those that I don’t, I look forward to meeting you and getting your input on our organization. Happy 2020 to you all and see you at our next meeting,

Steve Stewart
NARI PNW President

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Welcome New Members

This month we are excited to welcome the following members to our organization:

Craftsman Construction & Homes
9850 SW Denney Rd.
Beaverton, OR 97008
Chris Pete, CR  503) 988-8027
The Sashwright Co.
911 N. Monroe St.
Portland, OR 97227
Stephen Colvin  503) 290-8467
Capital One Spark Business
3629 Ebbets St.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Carley Lehr  503) 686-8412

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NARI PNW Chapter News

Membership Drive!

We are having a Membership Drive during the month of February!
A great meeting to bring your guest to is the February Membership Meeting, where we will be talking about all the different benefits of being a NARI PNW Member. If your guest or membership prospect signs up and pays dues any time during the month of February YOU will receive $50 cash! There is no limit to how many prospects you can sign up.


Congratulations to the 2019 NARI PNW Annual Buzz Awards Recipients!

NARI PNW Appreciation Award - Ashley Fleschner, Fleschner Construction LLC
Supplier of the Year Award - Brandy Callaghan, Area Floors
Sub-Contractor of the Year Award - Victor Armendariz, Oregon City Garage Door
NARI PNW Community Service Award - The team at Olson & Jones Construction
NARI PNW Rookie of the Year Award - Troy Brownrigg and Rick Rosenberry, Premier Choice Insurance
NARI PNW Leadership Award - Nathalie Roloff, Roloff Construction
Don't forget to congratulate them when you see them!

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Upcoming Education and Events

February NARI PNW Membership Meeting:
Topic: NARI Pacific NW 2020: Benefits, Committees, Board of Directors, Service Providers Spotlight
Hosted by: Contract Furnishings Mart - Beaverton
Date: Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at 5:30pm 
Click Here for information and registration
March NARI PNW Membership Meeting
Topic: Workforce Development
Hosted by: Caesarstone at the EleMar Showroom
Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at 5:30
Click Here for information and registration
March Lunch & Learn Seminar 1 CEU
Topic: Latest products and installation tips and tricks for siding and decking. 
Be ready for spring's new jobs! Includes lunch and worth 1 CEU.
Hosted by: Lakeside Lumber
Date:  Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 11:30am-1:00pm.
Click Here for information and registration
April NARI PNW Membership Meeting
Topic: TBA
Hosted by: Medallion Industries
Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 11:30am-1:00pm
Click Here for information and registration
NARI PNW Seminars 6 CEUs 
Topic: Tim Faller from Remodelers Advantage will be here to present two classes, 
worth 3 CEUs each.
Hosted by: TBA
Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2020 from 7:30am-4pm
Click Here for information and registration

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NARI PNW Spotlight on Member Service Providers

Swag Doctors is your one-stop shop for all things logo to help you promote your business!  We do everything from logo apparel - screen printed or embroidered - to coffee mugs, key tags, pens and everything in between. With 24 years experience we can definitely help you find what you are looking for and help you get the best bang for your marketing bucks!  Our turn around times and customer service are excellent too so check out our website at

Contact Information:

Joseph Henderson
Swag Doctors

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Pre-Finished vs. Site-Finished Flooring

Straight Talk from a Flooring Manufacturer,
By:  Ben Deumling, Zena Forest Products

When choosing hardwood floors for your home, there are two primary types: pre-finished and site-finished. While the underlying wood is the same with both options, there are big differences in how the floor gets installed and how it will perform over time.

Site-finished flooring is the traditional type of flooring. Bare wood boards are nailed down in your home, the floor is sanded flat and smooth, and a finish is applied to the wood. This floor becomes nearly waterproof, as the joints between the boards are sealed, and the floor can be refinished occasionally, ensuring that it will last for 100 years or more. Constant innovation and the development of new technology means that floors can be sanded with zero dust left behind, and new VOC-free finishes are extremely durable and long-lasting.

Pre-finished flooring is a compromise of convenience and durability. The boards are sanded and finished in the factory, and therefore only need to be nailed down, no further work required. Installation is faster and cheaper with this type of flooring, but performance and long-term durability suffers. Pre-finished flooring is built with a “micro-bevel” between each board, to mask the slight variation in thickness between boards. This unfinished gap catches dust and debris, and will let water spill right through, getting trapped beneath the floor. The initial factory finish can be more durable than a site-applied finish, but when it needs to be refinished, the floor must be sanded down below the micro-bevel for new finish to be applied. At this point, much of the wear layer has been removed, and the floor’s lifespan is dramatically reduced.

If you are looking for a quick and low-cost hardwood floor option, pre-finished will work for you. If you are looking for a more adaptable floor that will perform well for multiple generations, then a site-finished floor is the optimal choice.

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NARI National News

The NARI National Spring Meeting will be held April 22-24, 2020 at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Details and registration will be available early February.

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ReFIT Project Spotlight

ReFIT wants to thank Square Deal Remodeling for giving Mr. Ortega his dignity and independence back with his new shower!  You are interested in helping a disabled person stay living in their home email Laurey at [email protected]


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