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Deck Coating

Wood Deck Resurfacing Ideas for the Perfect Spring Project

Your deck is the perfect place for you to relax and enjoy the sunshine after a long day, but what if your deck becomes cracked and full of splinters? Which type of wood deck resurfacing is best?

It’s an old argument, and it’s revisited every spring when homeowners realize that their decks have survived the winter—but just barely. It’s then that they are faced with a deck that needs a facelift and that recurring challenge: Do I paint or stain my wooden deck? What are the best wood deck resurfacing options for my deck?

Well, you can relax. There isn’t a right or wrong answer. Both products will give you what you want—a fresh look for your deck—and there are even other ways for you wake up that sleepy-looking structure before the summer entertaining season arrives.

Here are some ideas for wood deck resurfacing and coating; whether you have a new deck, or an old one. Most of them are do-it yourself ideas, although you may want to call in a professional if you’re not comfortable in that area.

Getting Bold with Paint

Painting your deck gives you the option of being creative with unique designs. Whether you’re coating a new surface or giving an old one a bold and refreshing update, exterior paint and some painters’ tape is all you need. Start by painting a single hue, and then try more bold patterns in a variety of colors. Just always make sure you’re using paints or stains made specifically for outdoor use. Here are five examples of creative designs:

    1. The outdoor rug: The best rugs for your deck are the kind that can be swept—with an ordinary broom. Simply tape off a rectangular design, then apply exterior paint in colors of your choice, and you’ll have a “rug” that can be hosed off.
    2. Abstract designs: If you have an artist’s touch, you can try freehand painting on your deck. Let your imagination be your guide.
    3. Geometric patterns: Designer Brian Patrick Flynn taped off large hexagons and used a palette of fuchsia, turquoise, and white to bring color to this outdoor space. Anyone can follow these step-by-step instructions.
    4. Stripes: You can use paint in many colors to create stripes. In this case, an entry deck was added to a kids’ playhouse and painted in alternating black and white stripes.
    5. Checkerboard pattern: You can make your wood deck resurfacing coordinate with the shutters or siding on your home’s exterior. That’s what the owners of this house did with their wooden porch boards in this checkerboard pattern.

Acrylic and Oil-based Stains: Which is Better?

If your deck looks worn out, you may need to replace it, but more than likely a new wood deck resurfacing coating will do the trick.  Here are two to consider:

Many homeowners prefer to use a semi-transparent stain with lightly pigmented coatings that can either change or maintain the color of your wood without hiding its grain. These water-repellant coatings contain ingredients that keep mildew in check. Semi-transparent coatings typically last about 18 months.

Solid-color stains have more pigment than semi-transparent products, so their color tends to hide the grain of the wood. But that added dye provides extra UV protection and better durability. So solid-color stains last longer—often three to five years.

Many homeowners who have used oil-based stains in the past have been switching to acrylics. Wood decks that have been tested at the Paint Quality Institute have shown that those treated with acrylic-based stains have to be recoated less often than their oil-based counterparts. They found that oil-based coatings quickly degraded, wore away, and often required a new application after one year.

Urethane Deck Coating 

A polyurethane coating sits on the surface of your deck rather than penetrating it. It is about fifty times thicker than paint, but it rolls on just the same. Proponents point out that it is a uniquely engineered urethane deck coating that is a long-lasting and reliable alternative to paints and stains and that it adheres to any properly prepared surface.

Opponents, however, warn that rain and harsh UV rays will cause polyurethane to fail quickly, which will subject the wood to weathering. If you do decide to use a urethane coating on your wood deck, you can better protect your deck from harsh weather conditions in summer and winter.

Wood Deck Resurfacing & Restoration Coating

Homeowners often choose wood restoration acrylic coatings for their severely weathered or neglected decks. They are made from an acrylic base material to which can include a tint along with UV inhibitors and solids (aluminum oxide or sand) to provide texture.

These deck coatings are very thick and can fill in and conceal cracks up to ¼-inch deep. They also create a slip-resistant finish that also resists future cracking and peeling. The prep work is extensive, and you’ll need a power washer, a bottle of deck cleaner, a roller, masking materials, and a roller extension.

While many homeowners are happy with the look of their deck after applying the restoration coating, others complain about the expense, the hard work, its roughness on bare feet, and its tendency to peel.

Installing a Composite Deck

You might think that it makes more sense to spend the money (and it takes quite a bit of it) on a composite deck and be maintenance-free forever. Composite decking ranges from $7 or so per square foot to double that and more depending on various factors.

Although these non-wood materials do not require the same amount of upkeep as wood decks, they are not totally without maintenance. They are susceptible to mold, scratches, fading, and warping, just like wood.

For quality and beauty, wood is hard to beat. It does require more upkeep than composite materials, but the outstanding results from regular sealing, staining, and cleaning make it a good choice for homeowners. Next time you are asking this question after wintertime, remember these wood deck resurfacing ideas!

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Roofing

How Roof Coating Can Reduce Emissions, Save Money and Keep Your Home Cool

 As we move forward into warmer months, we may start thinking how the sun is affecting our roof. Luckily, with roof coating, you can protect your roof, reduce emissions, save money and keep your home cool.

Your roof is an investment, and you want to take good care of it. That means ensuring it stays in the best possible condition, no matter what. You’re looking for a way to make your roof more efficient, while prolonging its lifespan. A new roof coating is just what you need, and here’s what can do for your home.

What Are the Benefits of Roof Coating?

As it sounds, roof coating involves coating your roof with a barrier between it and the elements. These coatings are usually painted on, so they won’t put any extra stress on your roof or take long to do. Once it’s done, it’ll be able to protect your roof and improve your curb appeal at the same time, too.

1. Extend Your Roof Life

There’s no denying that replacing your roof is expensive. It’s probably one of the most expensive jobs for your home, with the average roof replacement costing around $20,000. This is something that will need to be done every 15 to 20 years, and even though there’s a good amount of time between replacements, it’s still very costly. Of course, you’re looking for ways to put off replacing the roof for as long as you can.

Using a roofing coating will make all the difference to your roof, as it will help it last longer than it would without it. This is thanks to the barrier it puts up between the roof and the elements at large.

    • Shingles won’t be pulled off by the wind and so need replacement
    • Water won’t be able to get in and cause mold and rot

Having that barrier will save you money in the long run, as you’ll need less repairs and will be able to keep the roof for longer.

2. Reduce Your Cooling Bills

Another very good reason to have your roof coated is because it will help reduce your cooling bills. How can it do that? It’s thanks to the reflective properties the coating has. Without the coating, your roof will absorb heat in the hot summer months, making your home hotter. In turn, you’ll need to run the AC higher, for longer, in order to cool it back down. It’s bad for the environment and your energy bills.

With the coating, your roof will be able to reflect the heat back into the atmosphere, rather than bringing it into your home. This means you won’t need the AC on for as long, and it will make your home so much more comfortable. You can pair this with other measures, such as properly venting and insulating your attic to manage energy in your home. It’s well worth having installed, as the coating will soon pay for itself in reduced energy bills.

3. Stop Roof Fading

When you had your roof installed, you will have chosen the materials in part due to their color. This is important as the color will contribute to the overall look of your home. Whether you’re concerned about curb appeal, or you just want your home to look good, you don’t want to see that color fade over time.

The problem is, the color will fade thanks to UV rays. If you leave the roof as it is, you’ll see the color wash out and look less vibrant. That’s where a good roof coating comes in. There are many coatings that dry clear, and so won’t interfere with the look of your roof. As the coating is reflective, it’ll reflect those UV rays away stopping the color from fading as fast. It’s a small benefit, but it makes all the difference to the look of your home.

4. Can Be Used On Many Roofing Types

The joy of roof coating is that they can be used on all kinds of roofs. You can have your roof coated if it’s made with asphalt shingles, metal, wood, and more. It’s very versatile, so even if you think your roof won’t benefit from a coating, it’s always worth checking first.

If you do decide to have a roof coating applied, you’ll need to check that applying it won’t void your warranty first. If you’re good to go, you can go right ahead and apply it.

5. Reduce The Need for Repairs

As mentioned earlier, a roof coating will do a lot to reduce the damage done by the elements. As it creates a seal on your roof, things can’t get in, such as water. You’ll also see less splitting and cracking of shingles and tiles thanks to the reflective properties reducing heat damage. The wind will also find it much harder to get under shingles and pull them off.

Because of this, you’ll have to do much less repair work on your roof over its lifetime. No more having to replace multiple shingles or treating water damage. It’ll be much easier to take care of, so you can get back to doing the important things around your home.

6. More Environmentally Friendly

You’ve already seen that you will be helping the environment with a roof coating, as you’ll be keeping your home cooler and so won’t have to worry about energy bills. It’s also worth considering that you’ll be helping the environment by not replacing your roof as often too. This is because you’re not contributing to landfills when you tear off your old roof.

This is great news for those trying to lower their carbon footprint and be better to the planet. If you’re not having the roof replaced as often, you’re not creating nearly as much waste overall. This should be enough to convince most home owners to coat their roofs.

As you’ve seen, there’s so many reasons why you should use a roof coating. They’re great for the environment, keep your roof looking good, and reduce repairs needed. The best part though, is that they last much longer with a coating on them. If you’re convinced, look into getting your roof coated as soon as possible, so you can reap the benefits.