Curb Appeal: 10 Ways to Update
 

Don't let passerby "passerby" your home without a double take!

Spend some time driving through a neighborhood and take a look at the houses. What is the very first thing you notice? You probably wonder if you would like to live there immediately deciding if it is aesthetically pleasing to your eye. It is not the size or location of the house as much as the color, style, and uniqueness of the home which justifies your decision. Whether selling, buying, or owning, paying attention to curb appeal can mean the difference between a passerby admiring your house or not noticing it at all. The outside of your home can be more than just a welcome mat. To do this, there are many simple tricks to keep in mind to enhance the look of your property from the outside.

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Creating a Walkway with Pavers - Save Time and Money with a Landscaping Contractor

Creating a Walkway with Pavers - Save Time and Money with a Landscaping Contractor

Whether you are thinking about making a decorative walkway from your driveway to your front door or from the deck to the pool or to the fire pit in the back of the yard, pavers are definitely the way to go. Sure, you could lay down those pavers that claim to create a great walkway on grass or any surface but this is the aesthetic and value of your home being affected here. You should also know that although laying pavers is wise decision for any home, it is certainly not the easiest project to handle yourself. This is a job for a landscaping contractor but not to worry, the install won't cost nearly as much as you would expect with this advice! 

          

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10 Design Tips for Your Patio Project

Creating an outdoor room is a great way to extend your living space and encourage your family to spend more time outside. To get the most out of your exterior space, design a patio that's perfect for your landscape and lifestyle. With these design tips in mind a natural, comfortable patio is easy to achieve.

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 Questions and Answers about sealing your deck

When is a good time to seal a deck?
Any time in the spring, summer, or fall when the temperature is at least 50 degrees

How often should I clean and seal my deck?
That depends on surrounding conditions. Decks in the direct sunlight tend to fade and dry out; decks in humid and shady areas grow algae and fungus spores. Both problems require attention anually or bianually.

How many types of deck preservatives, sealers, and stains are available?
There are clear and tinted water sealers, semi-transparent stains, and solid stains. Available in both alkyd (oil) or acrylic (latex) formulas.

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Can you wash and seal a deck in one day?
No. We allow at least 24 hours of dry time (Depending on weather conditions) before stain is applied.

How Long Does Stain Last?
Depending on your deck's exposure to direct sunlight and precipitation elements, we recommend restaining every 2-3 years.  Certain decks may require yearly maintenance.

How Long Does Water Sealer Last?

Typically 3- 6 months. Wood will still grey with the use of non-uv protection sealer.                                           

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What’s the difference between clear sealers and colored stains?
Clear sealants are mainly water repellents that don't carry UV light protection. They have no trans-oxide pigments in their formulae that filter out damaging sun light. Colored stains carry all the benefits of deck protection, including a UV light inhibitor. (General rule: the more color, the more pigment, the more UV protection)

Should all decks bead water after they are sealed?
Some products bead lots of water for a short period of time because they have lots of paraffin and carnuba wax in them. However, many of the best sealing products have little or no wax in them, making them not bead. They sheath the water instead. (Beading water is just a chemical property of water on wax. It has no effects on the preservation qualities of the product.)


Does power washing damage the wood?
Not when it is professionally done. Proper training and knowledge is a must when restoring a wood deck. Lots of home owners rent a machine and think it's that easy. Beware!! The damages and cuts into your deck which result from improper usage of a pressure washer may become permanent scars, and board replacement will become necessary.


Are the cleaning solutions that you use safe?
All of our products are 100% biodegradable and environmentally safe.

Does stripping the color off my deck do damage to the wood?
Not at all. When done professionally, a very small amount of dried-out dead fiber is removed, thus improving the quality of the wood.

Why does the color I chose look different on my deck than on the sample brochure?
Every deck will hold a color in its own unique way due to the porosity of the lumber you have. It also reflects the lightness or darkness of the specific kind of lumber. The sample swatches are just a reference, and may, in themselves, have variations because of printing inks.

How many coats of sealer do you apply?
Over-applying deck products can cause harmful effects. Stain that is applied too liberally may not dry evenly and lead to flashing (shiny dark areas.) All products are applied in different methods, but most are done with one full coat.

Should I seal the underside of my deck?
It is not necessary, but it will not hurt. Many home owners who have patios under their deck choose this option.

Do all planters leave black water rings on decks?
Most of them do, depending on the duration of time left on the deck.

solid color stain.gifWhy should I use a solid stain on my deck?

When you're looking for a painted-kind-of-look to match you home exterior, or to hide and conceal any cosmetic imperfections that the lumber may have.