When To Use Pressure Treated Lumber

When To Use Pressure Treated Lumber

Are you gearing up for a home improvement or DIY project that uses lumber? Choosing the correct lumber for your project is an important part of getting the job done right. Lumber either comes pressure treated lumber or is non treated. The benefits of choosing pressure treated lumber includes a longer life span due to resistance to rotting and insects, but this does not mean that it is a one size fits all choice.

Not sure which choice is the right choice for your project? Don’t worry! The team at Wright Building Center is here to help you decide what is best for you.

Moisture Contact

If lumber is going to be used in a situation where the wood will be in direct contact with a moisture source, pressure treated lumber should be used. What does this mean? Well, in short, this means that if the wood is buried underground or in contact with masonry.

Contact with People or Pets

If your lumber is going to be touched, it is best that you use non-pressure treated lumber. While treated lumber keeps out moisture, the chemicals that it is treated with are harmful to humans and animals. When inside the home or on an outdoor surface that will have lots of contact with people, it is important to use non-pressure treated wood.

However, if pressure treated wood is needed for a project such as building a deck that will be exposed to a lot of moisture, there is an option that can ease some of the risks. Using an oil based sealant is a great protective measure to take. These sealants prevent the harmful compounds from reaching the surface. 

So, ready to purchase your lumber and get your project started? Come to Wright Building Center in Murphysboro or Sparta to get everything you need. 

Jami Wright Named to Southern Illinoisan’s 20 Under 40

Jami Wright Named to Southern Illinoisan’s 20 Under 40

Recently, Wright Building Center owner Jami Lee Wright was named to the Southern Illinoisan 20 Under 40 list for 2021. The 20 Under 40 list is composed of individuals under the age of 40 who are nominated by readers for making a difference in their communities. Included on this list of some of the best leaders, entrepreneurs, and civic volunteers. 

Jami Lee Wright

About Jami

Since she was a young girl, Jami Lee Wright has always known that she wanted to work in the family business. Her grandfather opened the family business, Wright Building Center, in 1964, and it has since grown to two locations, Murphysboro and Sparta, and a team of over 50 members. Wright is committed to her family’s business and making sure that it is here to stay successful for generations to come. 

Jami is constantly learning from her peers and colleagues. She recognizes that many of her team members have been in the industry for over 20 years and know the industry very well. Because of this Wright has worked hard to build an infrastructure that works for her and the team, allowing them to provide their vital input and help everyone to find success.

In addition to learning industry from her peers and colleagues, she has also learned what traits she admires in others. Jami admires individuals who are honest, open to change, and have a good attitude. She finds that being open to change is so important because it allows us to know where we are falling short and improve.

Thank you to the Southern Illinoisan for taking the time to recognize Jami for all of her hard work by naming her to the 20 Under 40 list for 2021! This award is an amazing honor, so congratulations to Jami. To read the full article from the Southern Illinoisan, click here.

Getting Your Deck Ready for Spring

Getting Your Deck Ready for Spring

Spring has sprung, so you’re probably gearing up to start putting your deck to use again as the temperatures grow warmer. But, did you know that the harsh winter months can be rough on your deck? Winter and the weather that comes along with it can cause your deck to splinter, warp, crack, or even just simply accumulate dirt and debris. However, there’s no need to worry! Wright Building center has rounded up some deck maintenance tips to help make sure that your deck is in tip top shape to be enjoyed.

Inspect for Damage

Do a thorough inspection of your deck. Be on the lookout for any loose or damaged boards on the floor of your deck. And, make sure that the railings aren’t loose and are free from any splinters or raised screw or nails, as these cause safety concerns. If your desk has any of this damage, repair or replace the damaged areas. Even though composite or vinyl decks typically don’t require the same amount of maintenance as wood decks, it is still important to inspect them as well. Start by looking at the structure of your deck and ensuring that the structure does not seem weakend. 

Clean It

There’s a good chance that your deck could use a good cleaning once the winter months clear up. First, you should clear off any furniture, grills, or more off of your deck to make cleaning easier. Then you can sweep off the debris that has accumulated on your deck. To get an even better clean, you can choose to power wash your deck or use a mild bleach solution or other deck cleaning products.

Reseal It

Making sure that your deck is properly sealed or stained can help to ensure that your deck’s materials last longer. It is recommended that you restain or reseal your deck every 2-4 years. A nice stain color is a great way to cover up weathering on your deck or give it a brand new look. 


Once your deck has been inspected for damage and cleaned, you can redecorate it to get it ready for the warm spring months. Go for something simple, like brand new plants, or go big and replace your deck’s furniture. Simple switches or additions can go a long way to make your deck ready for the season.

Deck Maintenance with Wright Building Center

So, for the products and supplies that you need for your deck maintenance project, visit Wright Building Center in Murphysboro or Sparta. We are more than happy to assist you with your project and answer any questions that you may have. Contact us today, or shop online for everything that you need.

Windows: When to Replace Them

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Windows: When to Replace Them

Having a home is a big commitment. It is essential to make sure you are taking good care of it. If it has been awhile since you have replaced or inspected your windows, it may be time to start taking a closer look at them. Whether you’re replacing your old window with Wright’s windows or are looking to get them inspected, there are important things to look for first before making a final decision. 

Wright’s Windows Functionality 

Are your windows functional? Checking the performance of your windows is the first thing you should look for. If it is difficult to close or open windows or lock them, it may be time to replace the old ones with Wright’s windows. If air is making its way through your window, then you should definitely question the lifespan of your windows. 

Wright’s Windows Style and Appearance

Having damaged or poorly looking windows can impact the value of your home. If your home’s windows have deteriorated to the point that they affect the look of your home and decrease its value, you may be in need of new windows. 


Heating and cooling is the most significant factor when it comes to your energy bill. Many people overlook the fact that a home’s windows plays a role in the efficiency of a heating and cooling system. Old windows begin to lose their energy efficiency, as they fail to properly retain heating and cooling. Wright’s Windows can be installed in the place of older windows to promote temperature retention, and reduce energy cost. 

Have Questions? 

If you have any more questions regarding when to replace your windows or any of wright’s windows options, contact Wright Building Center today! Our team would be happy to help you with your next project, so give us a call or check us out on Facebook.

Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

Interior Design Kitchen by Wright Building Center

Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

There are many people looking to get some kitchen remodeling done in the coming year. While most of them will successfully create the kitchen remodel of their dreams, others may fall short. There are many costly mistakes people make while kitchen remodeling that can cost a lot of time and money. It is important to know the problems people face while doing a kitchen remodel to ensure your next project goes exactly as planned. 

The Main Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

A lot of work goes into a kitchen remodel, which means a lot of problems can occur throughout the process. Some of the most common remodel mistakes seem obvious at first, but being aware of them is going to really help you on your kitchen remodeling journey. 

It’s Pretty, but is it Functional?

Surprisingly enough one of the most common kitchen remodel mistakes is focusing too heavily on looks. You could have designed and built the most beautiful kitchen you have ever seen only to find out that you can’t open your dishwasher and cabinets at the same time, or the fridge is on the opposite side of the kitchen from where you prepare food. A lot of times homeowners forget to think of these small things only to end up disliking their kitchen design, not because it looks bad, but because it creates much more work than necessary. While having a great looking kitchen is always a plus, it is at the end of the day a workspace. 

Forgetting Something?

When doing a kitchen remodel it is very important to make a list of things you will have to have done by the end of the remodel. More often than not, homeowners will forget a crucial aspect of design, and by the time they realize it is too late. How many outlets do you have, how much counter space, cabinet space, does the style match the connecting rooms, do you have proper lighting, etc. When remodeling your kitchen make sure you have all of these things figured out before you get too far in. Know what appliances you want, and how the kitchen is going to fit with the rest of the house. Make sure the kitchen makes your daily life easier, and know that the things that you personally find important may not be the same things your designer finds important. Make your preferences known, so that you can ensure your kitchen remodel, makes things easier, and feels good, not just one or the other.  

One Color Overload

Having all stainless steel appliances sounds great, and you had them picked out the whole time, and they work so well. True, but when you walk into a kitchen and half the room is chrome, it isn’t that appealing to the eye. Make sure when picking colors and styles, you think about everything in your kitchen, not just the walls and cabinets. Have some diversity of colors and styles, to find a good mix. Know how your appliances are going to fit and look like in your kitchen. 

Need Help?

Did we throw too much information at you? Don’t worry, the team at Wright Building Center will happily take any questions you have, and help you get the design process completed in no time. You will know exactly what you are getting before we even lift a finger, so Contact us today, and let’s make your dream kitchen a reality! 

Rentals Done “Wright”

Wright Do It Center in Murphysboro IL.

Rentals Done “Wright”

Are you in need of tools, but don’t want to break the bank buying one? Leave that hassle behind! At Wright Building Center in Murphysboro Il, we know how to do tool rentals, Wright! 

In need of tool delivery? we can take care of that too! For only $10, Wright will deliver your tools within a ten-mile radius, and we’ll deliver trailered equipment for only $50. Even if you are a little past ten miles, don’t sweat it. We’ll go as far as you need for only $1.50 per mile after ten miles.  

What Do We Offer at Wright Do It Center in Murphysboro IL?

I’m glad you asked! Here at the Wright Do It Center in Murphysboro Il, we offer an incredibly wide range of tool rentals to choose from, all at an affordable price. Browse our selection of tools from our various categories: 

  • Nailers 
  • Hand Tools 
  • Power Tools 
  • Drywall 
  • Plumbing 
  • Concrete 
  • Earth Movement 
  • Lawn and Garden
  • Flooring 
  • Miscellaneous 


Wright Building Center offers anything from brad nailers to finishing nails to nailer accessories. We are here to help with any project you may need doing, whether it is crafts, repair, or a full makeover, trust the experts at Wright to get you the best nail gun rental at the best price. 

Hand Tools

We offer heater wrenches, flaring tools, master keys, levels, sweepers, pick-up magnets, and more all at Wright do it Center in Murphysboro Il. At Wright, you are guaranteed to find the hand tool you need for the job. 

Power Tools

Grab you saws, drills, and screw guns at Wright Building Center. The right power tool can make the difference between a smooth project, and disasters. That is why right is here to help you get the power tools you need at a price you’ll love. 


Drywall can be a real hassle, which is why Wright is here to help. Contact Wright’s to find a great selection of drywall lifts, scaffolding, texture machines, sprayers, and more. Drywall is a breeze with Wright on your side. 


Cleaning, repair, and everything in between, Wright Do It Center in Murphysboro Il, has what you need. Get the equipment you need to make your plumbing project easy, without having to buy it yourself. Let the experts at Wright get you a quality rental, that will help you get the job done right.


A hard concrete project can seem daunting, but with the tool rental available at Wright, you can leave the idea of buying expensive equipment in the past. Wright has mixers, drills, saws, and hammers. Anything you need to get your concrete project underway, you can find for rent at Wright.

Earth Movement

For heavy jobs, you need heavy equipment, and no one will give you better heavy equipment rentals than the experts at Wright.  We carry lines of Bobcat products, along with augers, trenchers, and so much more.  Excavation has never been easier, at Wright’s!

Lawn and Garden

Looking to have your garden be the talk of the neighborhood? Let us help! Wright can supply all the seeders tillers, post hole diggers, and whatever else you need at a great price. Make you garden one of a kind, with tool rentals from Wright!


Make your floor shine, with flooring tool rental at Wright! Cleaners, fans, staplers, and more are all easy to rent and use at Wright. Whether you are cleaning, repairing, or replacing, you can be a DIY master with Wright.  


Needing emergency tools, Wright can get you what you need when you need it. From generators to dollys, to heaters, leave the worry behind with Wright. Our experts here to help you no matter what situation may come up, so contact us today!

No matter what you need, Wright has you covered. Call or visit us today at Wright Building Center in Murphysboro, IL. Check us out on Facebook to see how you can get the rentals you need for your next project. 

What to Look for in an Interior Designer?

What to Look for in an Interior Designer?

Home remodeling projects are stressful, especially when trying to find an interior designer. It is hard to know what questions to ask and what to look for. Luckily, things get much easier once you know what you are looking for. 

Home Remodeling with an Interior Designer Who Knows You

When looking for an interior designer for your next home remodeling project, make sure you choose a designer that you can work with. Interior design is about bringing a room to life. But, it can be hard to get your vision across to someone you dislike or someone who doesn’t understand what you want. Many designers are different and bring their own unique style to a home remodeling project. It is recommended that you meet with more than one designer to make sure they work with you as well in person as they do on paper. Ideally meeting with at least three designers will ensure you get one that really suits you. 

While finding an interior designer you like and believe you can work with, start asking some questions to eliminate some of your options. Ask them about the project timeline, design style, budget/expenses, payment options, and more. Asking plenty of questions is a great way to narrow down your search to find the best choice for you.

Being Honest with Your Interior Designer

It is important to be forward and honest with your designer. They need to know what you have to work with. Additionally, they need to know what you are looking for in a finished project to get you the best results. The best way to do this is to show your designer sources of inspiration and your personal style. These can be images, a Pinterest board, magazine cutouts, or a floorplan, among other things. Anything that you show the designer will help them to learn what you are looking for.

Once they have an idea of what you want, it is important to discuss the budget. Home remodeling can be expensive, so it is important to be upfront here. A lot of time is wasted in interior design coming up with elaborate plans that fall through due to them not fitting within the client’s budget.

Interior Design at Wright Building Center

Wright Building Center offers interior design services right here in Southern Illinois. Our talented team of designers would love to transform your space during your next home remodeling project. Contact us today to learn more!

Wright Kitchen Design and Remodel

Wright Kitchen Design and Remodel

So, 2020 wasn’t what we expected by any means. Maybe while spending so much time at home, you have decided that your kitchen needs an update. Whether you are looking for a full remodel or just a facelift, even small makeovers can change the look of your kitchen immensely.

Backsplash with Style

 One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to freshen up your kitchen is a simple backsplash. Even though it is simple to put up, a new backsplash gives the kitchen a new dynamic. With your backsplash, the sky’s the limit. Starting with color, textures, and materials you can create a beautiful look. The backsplash helps make the most abused area of the kitchen easy to clean from spilled food and hot grease splatters.  Don’t have time to install a new backsplash? Add a coat of fresh paint to your kitchen walls! Even a new coat of paint can help bring some life to a kitchen. A Wright kitchen remodel using our team at Wright Building Center can help you find the right option for you!


Cabinet Concepts

The main focal point of the kitchen. Whether you want to completely re-do your cabinets completely or update them with a little color and/or accessories, Wright Building Center has all you need. This may also be your chance to try open shelving. Using an open shelving system can help where you lack in kitchen space. By using an open concept, you display your kitchen while creating needed space. 

Creative new lighting

When creating your dream kitchen it is important to factor in the lighting. For example, if you are installing dark cabinets with a light backsplash it will help to add that bright color by installing lights under the cabinet. It brings the eyes to the color contrast in a pleasing look. If you installed an island in your kitchen, use hanging lights to help show it off and brighten the space.  

Need help? Call us!

So, you have some new ideas for your kitchen and need some help executing them. But, you are in luck! With a Wright kitchen remodel, you’ll have a beautiful kitchen in no time! Contact Wright Building Center today to learn more.

Fun Projects to Make with Wood Scraps


Fun Projects to Make with Wood Scraps

Chances are, you probably have a pile of wood scraps laying around somewhere, taking up precious space. So, instead of letting the wood go to waste, Wright Building Center has some ideas to transform the scraps of specialty lumber into one of these fun projects!

Wall Mounted Wine Rack

This simple project is a simple build that can easily be customized to fit your space! First, you’ll need to gather your materials. For this DIY, you will need scrap 2×6 board, wood glue, screws, nails, and paint or stain (optional). To assemble the wine rack, determine the size that will work best. Then, assemble a square shaped frame for the rack using the wood glue, nails, and screws. Once you have finished building the frame, it is time to customize the color using paint and stain. Now, you have a beautiful wine rack that is both stylish and functional. 

Cutting Board

This DIY looks super complicated and impressive, but is actually fairly simple to make. All you need are scraps of wood and wood glue. To build the cutting board, simply glue these strips of wood together until you reach the size and shape cutting board that you want. Pro Tip- alternate with strips of different types of wood to create more interesting variation. Once you have the cutting board assembled, sand it and finish it with a food safe finish so that it’s ready for use!

Wooden Coasters

These coasters are much like the DIY cutting board. Using wood scraps and wood glue, create an interesting pattern from the scraps and glue them together. Once dry, sand the coasters and apply a finish to help keep moisture out of the wood. Now you have a set of new coasters for your home or to give as a gift!

So, if you have a pile of leftover specialty lumber from Wright Building Center laying around or scraps from a previous project, consider repurposing them for a new DIY. Don’t have all the tools you need? No need to worry! Rent them from the wide selection of rental tools that Wright has to offer. Or, swing by today to pick up supplies for your next project!

How to Choose the ‘Wright’ Hardware Store

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How to Choose the ‘Wright’ Hardware Store

Home improvement projects are expensive, and caring for your home is important. Naturally, you want to ensure that all that time and money is spent in the right place. So, here is a handy guide on choosing the ‘Wright’ hardware store.

Friendly, Attentive Staff

You may not be an expert, so it’s important to find a store that is open and easy to communicate with. Having friendly knowledgeable employees that are willing to be patient with you, and who have the knowledge you seek is the first major sign that a particular hardware store will fit your needs. One great way to gauge a store is to ask around. At Wright, you will find that our staff is here to help you with your project!

Product & Service Selection 

This may be a no-brainer, but make sure this store has everything you’re looking for. Gauge the quality of their products as well as their price to ensure you are getting the best value. Cheap most certainly does not make something a good deal, especially if that cheap material or product is being used in your home. Additionally, make sure that the store is willing to work with you. Do they have delivery options? Installation? Flexibility? Make sure everything you need to get your project done easily, at your convenience, and at the best price is available at the store you choose. Your home is important, make sure you get what you need from the business that best fits your lifestyle. At Wright Building Center, you’ll find that we’re more than just your average hardware store. We go above and beyond with our extensive line of rental products as well as our installation services.

Make the ‘Wright’ Choice

So, are you ready to tackle that home improvement project that you’ve been putting off? Choose the ‘Wright’ hardware store and shop Wright Building Center today! We are your one-stop-shop for all of your home improvement needs. Contact us to learn more!