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Is Benjamin Moore Stain… Still Stain?

School is nearly out. Days are longer, and the weather in Atlanta and North Georgia has been beautiful so far in 2016. Summer is upon us. I bet you’re going to be spending more and more time outside with friends and family. Cooking out on the grill. Watching the kids swing. Planting some annuals around in the flower beds.

Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT Stain in Gwinnett and Hall CountyHow’s Your Deck Looking?

The Georgia sun is brutal on horizontal painted and stained surfaces. Most folks want their decks to have that semitransparent / woodgrain look that you can only achieve with stain, but unless you enjoy re-staining your deck every year or so, the less opaque your finish, the less time it is going to look its best.

But let’s face it, Georgia weather is often the punchline of jokes. If you don’t like Georgia weather… just wait 30 minutes.

In the fall and winter we can go from freezing temps to upper 80s in less than 24 hours. We can go from hail and thunderstorms to ‘gotta use sunscreen’ weather in less time than that.

Your home and your deck needs protection against all the elements that Georgia weather can throw at it.

So let me ask you this…

If It Can Outlast Seasons of Weather and Wear… Is It Still Stain?

Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT is ranked the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Exterior Stains” by J.D. Power.

That means that Benjamin Moore received the highest numerical score among exterior stains in the J.D. Power 2016 Paint Satisfaction Study, based on 16,128 responses from 9 companies measuring experiences and perceptions of customers who purchased and applied exterior stain in the previous 12 months, surveyed in January-February, 2016.

Now, your experiences may vary… gotta say that, but all things being equal, we believe that if you prep and apply ARBORCOAT the way recommended by Benjamin Moore, you will not only LOVE the way your deck looks, you’ll be able to enjoy it longer because it will continue to look great while offering superior protection against the Atlanta and North Georgia weather. 

We sell Benjamin Moore paints and stains at our Duluth and Oakwood stores. Come in and check out the sample colors, or better yet, get a sample can of paint or stain, so you can see what your unique styles look like on your home.

For more information check out BenjaminMoore.com or visit our Duluth or Oakwood stores.


Traeger Sales Event – Duluth Store – Saturday April 9th

Kinda last minute… but we just decided to have a cooking demonstration and sales event for Traeger Grills this Saturday at our Duluth Store.

If in the area, stop by between 9 and 2ish and we’ll have a wide variety of sampling food all from the Traeger Grills. There will be:

  • Peach Cobbler
  • Pizzas
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Smoked Chicken
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Captain Rodney’s Chicken Dip (amazing on chips)
  • Did we mention Peach Cobbler?

All of our Grills are going to be on sale that day… in fact the 2015 models are going to be WAY discounted with some free accessories thrown in as well. All While Supplies Last.

If you’ve been considering a Traeger… don’t miss this.

Traeger Tailgater on Sale Traeger Pro Junior on Sale Traeger Texas Elite on Sale Traeger Pro Texas on Sale

We are BIG Traeger Fans. If you want easy cooking + unbelievable food… you gotta try these out.


Honda Holiday Sales Event – Discounted Super Quiet Honda Generators

Honda Super Quiet Generators On Sale

It’s that time of year again and if you’ve been paying attention to Honda Generator’s sales events over the past few years… you know that November and December are the best time of the year to get a deal on a super quiet Honda Generator.

From now until December 31st, you can score big savings on the best generators available. From now until December 31st, you can get up to $200 off a Honda EU Series Generator. They are super quiet. Reliable Power for work, home and play.

You may have heard the radio spots that have been blanketing Atlanta and North Georgia from Chuck Oliver and Joel Williams talking about the deal. Some of us are visual learners… check out the ad below.

2015 Honda-Generator-Sale-Atlanta-North-Georgia

But Why Should I get my Honda Generator at Howard Brothers?

Yeah, you can go to any Honda Dealer in Atlanta or North Georgia, but at Howard Brothers we also have financing available that allows you to use the True Value Credit Card. That means that if you can purchase the generator after November 27th, you’ll get no interest till January 2017!


True Value Credit Card 2017

Which means you can enjoy your clean, efficient, quiet power now and not have to pay anything until January 2017! Plus you get a ton of other benefits when you sign up for the True Value credit card!

Now’s the time to come in one of our stores and get one of these very reliable generators which will last you many years if properly maintained. You’ll never be left in the dark again when storms come or when you’re ready to get a charge at the camp site or tailgate.

Where can I buy a Honda Super Quiet Generator in the Atlanta area?

We’ve got stores in Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth, or Oakwood. Give us a call or email us if you are interested.

  • Howard Brothers Alpharetta – 770-754-4114
  • Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500
  • Howard Brothers Duluth – 770-476-3006
  • Howard Brothers Oakwood – 678-450-0500

Ventrac Rough Cut Video with Doug Howard

We recently had a customer who was interested in some further training and information on how to best use the Ventrac in a rough cut environment. This gave Doug Howard the opportunity that he was looking for to do some clean up on a property around the corner from our Duluth, Georgia store.

Doug spent a few hours clearing an area under a power line. Some of the debris was 4-7 foot tall and had everything from weeds, to grass, to small trees, to (as you’ll see in the video…) silt fence, linoleum flooring, drain pipe…

This was Doug in his element!

Check out the video for some great tips/tricks from Doug on how to best attack a project like this.

As you see, it would take multiple people, multiple days doing this by had with trimmers and bush cutters. The Ventrac tackled it with ease in a few hours. Doug was able to expertly work his way through the lot using all his senses to search for problem areas and danger spots.

For more info on the Ventrac, visit one of our stores or fill out the form below so that we can get our Ventrac Salesman to contact you.


I am interested in the Ventrac Compact Tractors and am interested in more information and possibly a demo.
Doug Howard Rough Cut Demo with Ventrac Compact Tractor
Doug Howard Rough Cut Demo with Ventrac Compact Tractor

Benjamin Moore Paint Stands Up to Life’s Wear and Tear

Did you know that our Oakwood store is now a Benjamin Moore authorized dealer?

Check out this great video about Regal Select Benjamin Moore Paint.

I so want to try this out!

For a paint that actually repels dirt and grime, a paint that stands up to life’s wear and tear Benjamin Moore® Regal® Select is your can. Benjamin Moore, Paint like no other.™

So if you’re in Oakwood, or Gainesville, or Flowery Branch, or Braselton, Or Dawsonville, Or Chateau Elan… Or anywhere in Hall county near Lake Lanier, check out Howard Brothers Oakwood for your Benjamin Moore Paint needs.

Benjamin Moore Paint. Regal Select. Only This Can.
Benjamin Moore Paint. Regal Select. Only This Can.

Makita Tools on the Space Station

I admit it. I’m a space junkie. Anything NASA related… I love. I closely follow commercial space ventures and can’t wait for the United States to get their act together so that we can send up our own missions and people on our rockets with our ships.

In the 1990s, NASA started using the Makita 6213D on the international space station. Apparently they’re still in use or have been upgraded to newer NiMH battery. I wonder if they have any Lithium Ion tools onboard.

Check out this video from Russian Colonel Maksim Surayev, who has recently started sharing candid videos on YouTube of life onboard the International Space Station.

Who hasn’t picked up a cordless drill and pretended it was a gun?

Cool stuff

Makita Cordless Drill on the International Space Station
Makita Cordless Drill on the International Space Station

Howard Brothers is now a Weber Gas Grill Authorized Dealer

For a while now, we’ve been on the hunt for a premium gas grill that we’d feel as much pride with as the Big Green Egg and Traeger product line. We have found that product… and the sad thing is we didn’t have far to look. They were stocked in our True Value Warehouse, and we’ve often thought of them as an option, but we kept looking…

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