Building Products
Serving Central Virginia Building Contractors & Homeowners
Better Living Building Supply is Charlottesville’s independent building supply store located on Route 29 North in Charlottesville and 136 Better Living Drive off Route 250 West in Zion Crossroads. We offer a full range of building products such as Andersen windows and doors, ThermaTru Exterior Door, Masonite Interior and Exterior Doors, PPG paints, FLOOD Stains, DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee power tools, and much more at competitive prices. Whether you are a custom home builder, spec builder, remodeler, commercial building contractor or a homeowner planning to remodel your home, kitchen or bath, Better Living Building Supply has the products and service to help you get the job done right.

Call or stop by our Charlottesville store on Route 29 for a free design consultation.

Customer satisfaction is a top priority.

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Decking

Trex is the world’s #1 decking brand and the inventor of wood-alternative composite decking. From the beginning Trex has been committed to helping create a low-maintenance, durable, high-performance backyard retreat that can handle the outdoors. Quality time should be spent relaxing on your deck, not repairing it. Read more »

Hardware

Better Living Building Supply makes it quick and easy for you to buy top brands of tools, hardware and building materials at great prices. We offer expert advice, installation and delivery on selection items. Want better service from your building supplier? Better Living delivers the best.

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Sidings

One of the best ways to save time on home maintenance and improve the value of your residence is to add siding. With today’s options, revitalizing you home’s exterior has never been easier. Read more »

Power Tools & Generators

Better Living has always been a great source for power tools. Our Power Tool Center showcases high quality power tools and accessories that appeal to professionals and serious do-it-yourselfers. We carry a large inventory of products and are ready to meet your job needs. Read more »

Windows & Doors

Better Living is Central Virginia’s BEST RESOURCE for high-quality windows and doors. You can choose from our wide selection of standard sizes to one of a kind designs. We can also special order windows to meet your specifications. Read more »

Engineered Wood Products

TJI® Joists
Trus Joist developed the wooden I-joist 50 years ago and Weyerhaeuser continues to build on that legacy. Engineered to provide strength and consistency, these joists are a key part of making a high-performance floor. The dimensional stability of Trus Joist TJI joists help them resist the warping, twisting, and shrinking that can lead to squeaky floors. TJI joists are lightweight and come in long lengths, which makes them faster and easier to install than traditional framing and saves you both time and money. Read more »

Flooring

Better Living also has a selection of Flooring available for your building needs. We carry unfinished Red Oak Flooring in stock and have Reclaimed Flooring available through our Custom Mill Shop as well as Special Order Hardwood and Laminate Flooring available through our vendors. Read more »

Paint

UGL
Concrete block, cinder block or foundation block are all cost-effective building materials for buildings, planter walls, privacy walls and trash enclosures.  However, the appearances of these blocks are drab and unattractive. DRYLOK® Masonry Waterproofer has many solutions to waterproof and just as important beautify your space.

Thoroseal
Cement-based waterproof coating for exterior below-grade concrete or masonry. It can also be used as a base coat above-grade on concrete or masonry. ThoroSeal Foundation Coating is not intended as a decorative finish.  Mix ThoroSeal Foundation Coating with water and Acryl 60.

Outlast Q8 Log Oil
Outlast Q8 Log Oil is a penetrating, oil-based wood preservative and exterior finish that stands out in the marketplace. This fantastic product is now being used by many of the major log home manufacturers in the USA. Here are some of its great features:

  • Perfect for exterior walls, decks and railings
  • No oily residue that attracts dirt
  • A wide variety of colors
  • Easy to apply
  • Q8 Log Oil is an EPA registered Wood Preservative with Copper 8 Quinolinolate
  • Safe for surfaces where kids and pets play

Top quality oil based preservatives for sidings and decks. We will tint to selected colors.

Alcatraz
A complete line of foundation coatings, asphalt fence paint, floor paint, roof coating… and more!

Minwax
Penetrating oil-based Minwax wood stains are available in 22 colors. Minwax Gel Stain is a gelled oil-based stain that can be applied to wood, plywood, veneer, fiberglass, molded fiberboard, and metal surfaces. Minwax water-based wood stain offers 74 colors that can be used on any wood surface.

Flood
Flood Pro Series stains and wood care products help protect and preserve fences, decks and siding. This line offers excellent coverage and unlimited color choices. We also color match. Better Living is a stocking dealer of Flood solid stains and semitransparent stains. Product warranties are among the best in the industry. 6-10 years on deck stains, 8-25 years on siding stains. We offer three different pallets: Clear, Semi and Solid.

Paint Supplies
WE HAVE A LARGE SELECTION – painting tools, brushes, sanding products, drop cloths, tape, cleaning supplies, caulk, spackling, ladders and more.

Lumber

Find everything you need to complete any building project at Better Living Building Supply. We sell only high quality, brand-named products, from framing lumber, to 80 different types of moulding, you’ll be impressed with what we deliver. Read more »

Roofing

Better Living offers roofing in a variety of colors and designs including Owens Corning and Certainteed shingles with product warranties from 25 years to a limited lifetime.
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What our customers say
Better Living has a wonderful kitchen remodeling showroom and a great selection of windows and related installation needs. Add in some unique hardware and tool offerings and you have the makings of a wonderful niche hardware store. But Better Living gears its business to the pros, so individual do-it-yourselfers will do well to be advised that the hours aren't anywhere near as convenient as its national chain neighbors. With that in mind, though, Better Living is definitely worth a stop, if for no other reason than for its much better kitchen selections.
Better Living helped us every step of the way. The first step was computerizing and printing the building plans which we used to get our building permit. Our panelpackage consisted of factory built roof trusses, exterior wall panels, and interior framing panels. Panels included the blocking for our kitchen cabinets, as well as openings for our specific doors and windows. Each wall panel on our computer plan was numbered to match the physical panel delivered to our jobsite. Exterior and interior walls went up with ease. Liz and I set the last 16' exterior panel on the second floor by crane. It was the center-most panel and we had already set panels to the left and right. I'll admit we were nervous that it might not fit, but it slipped into place like a piece in a puzzle. We were amazed at how well everything just fit!