Mar 19 2017

Best Deck Stain and Sealers 2017

It can certainly be hard to pin down the best deck stain or sealer for 2017 but fortunately, there are a few that stand above the rest. As far as the best deck stain there are several choices. Deck stains are typically semi-transparent to transparent opacity stains that come in different tones. Oil based deck stains like TWP, Messmers, Timber Oil, or Armstrong and Clark provide water repellency, UV protection, and fungal resistance in a tinted formula. Defy deck stains provide the same great protection in a tinted water based formula.

Deck stains not only protect exterior wood surfaces they can also enhance the wood grain’s natural beauty. With enhanced beauty and protection from the elements, these deck stains will give your wood surface a longer lasting beautiful finish. The oil based deck stains are easy to apply and recoat as needed. The water based deck stains like Defy are more eco-friendly and clean up with soap and water. Both types of these brands of deck stains offer the same great weather protection. Read More

Mar 12 2017

Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods Review

Hardwoods need special attention due to their overly dense nature. Many hardwoods are now used for decks, fences, and other exterior wood surfaces. The exotic hardwoods such as IPE, Mahogany, Massaranduba, Meranti, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Teak, Pau Lupe, and Brazilian Redwood are tough to penetrate. Only a specially formulated stain like Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods can be used for adequate protection. Messmers for Hardwoods is a high performance natural wood finish that resists UV degradation, water damage, and fungal growth.

An updated Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods review uncovered the special penetrating formula as a top choice for protection, beauty, and wood conditioning. The blend of grade A oil-based stain helps nourish the cellular structure of the wood with natural oils. The superior UV Plus additive helps to block out harsh UV rays that cause graying and fading of exotic hardwoods. The excellent water repellency sheds away water and moisture to eliminate board warping and cracking.

It is normal for an exterior hardwood surface to be recoated every 6-12 months; it is just the nature of these dense woods. Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods makes regular maintenance easy. With no peeling like film forming hardwood stains, Messmers can be washed and recoated as needed with little to no buildup. This oil-based stain is available in two colors (Natural and Red Mahogany). The semi-transparent formula only highlights and naturally enhances the beauty of the wood grain without masking it.

During testing and an official Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods review, coverage rates were outstanding at 300+ square feet per gallon. Messmers can be applied with a brush, roller, stain pad, or sprayer. There is usually no need for back wiping due to excellent penetration. It can be cleaned up with mineral spirits. Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods is a low 250 VOC blend that is compliant in all states. Use Messmers Hardwood Stain for a professional finish that protects and beautifies exotic hardwoods of all types.

Jan 25 2017

Stain Your Deck in the Spring 2017

If you have a wood deck you know that deck care and maintenance is crucial to the appearance and integrity of the wood. Knowing when to stain your deck is important. Too many people let time slip by and before they know they have neglected their deck. Whether it is every year or every other year, make it a point to stain your deck in the spring. Spring is the time of year for all kinds of outdoor projects. From lawn care to landscape maintenance spring is the season for sprucing things up. Make your deck care part of that routine and you will never neglect your deck again.

Spring is a great time because the air temperatures are usually perfect for staining. Most deck stains, like TWP 100 should not be applied in temperatures cooler than 50 degrees or hotter than 90 degrees. It should never be applied in the heat of the day in direct sunlight as this can jeopardize the performance of the stain. Spring may be rainier than other seasons but with a little planning, it can be done. Normally all you need is a 2-3 day window of dry weather to stain your deck in the spring.

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Apr 12 2012

Types of Concrete Sealers

Concrete Sealers

Concrete Sealers

The concrete surfaces around your home are quickly destroyed by harsh weather conditions and excessive traffic. It’s important to protect a concrete surface with a long lasting concrete sealer to help prevent cracking, chipping, and pitting. A high quality concrete sealer is recommended for better protection and longer lasting results saving you money on frequent resealing. Always consider the benefits of a longer lasting finish in conjunction with the initial price.

There are many different types of concrete sealers to meet your specific needs. Defy Heavy Duty Water Repellent is an excellent product that creates a barrier of protection on concrete surfaces. It gives excellent freeze/thaw protection and it blocks out road salts and de-icing chemicals which can quickly deteriorate concrete. The Defy Concrete Sealer also repels water and many other stains and oils. It’s non film forming and won’t alter the appearance of the cement.

Another recommend concrete sealer is SuperSeal. It comes in a matte finish as well as semi-gloss and gloss. The matte will slightly darken the surface but has a reduced shine. The more glossy finishes give the surface a “wet look” while still providing plenty of protection. SuperSeal is good on all concrete surfaces and brick pavers. It blocks out moisture and helps preserve the appearance of colored concrete as well.

Surebond Water Repelling Sealer is an excellent water based penetrating sealer that works well on retention walls, concrete, and brick pavers. Its natural look won’t affect the appearance of the surface and it’s both fast drying and environmentally friendly.

For protecting stamped concrete, decorative concrete, brick, stone, and masonry surfaces MasonrySaver Decorative Concrete Sealer is a great choice. This non-yellowing acrylic polymer blend sealer is designed for stamped and decorative concrete. It can be applied over both water and solvent based sealers with no adhesion issues.

These are just a few products that stood out as the best concrete sealers that should meet any of your concrete sealing needs. Protect your investment and maintain your property value by sealing and preserving all your brick, masonry, and concrete surfaces.

Mar 25 2012

TWP 100 Series

TWP 100 Series

TWP 100 Series

When it comes to preserving any exterior wood surface, it’s important to know that the wood stain you use can make all the difference. For the do-it-yourselfer there isn’t anything more essential than getting good results. Whether it’s a wood deck, fence, cedar shakes, wood siding, or other wood structure, choosing the right deck stain will make or break the project.

When searching for the right deck stain for your situation you should consider many different factors – overall appearance, stain longevity, ease of application, price, and so on. What you want to avoid is using the wrong exterior stain. Many of the deck stains sold at the home centers are inferior in comparison to a contractor grade stain.

Try to steer clear of deck stains that are heavy pigmented and color solid. Also stay away from stains that are 100% acrylic and/or have silicone in them. These types of wood stains stay on top of the surface and form a film similar to paint. Climate and temperature changes cause these film forming stains to crack, flake, and peel leaving your deck or other wood structure in worse shape than it was. Once this type of deck stain does fail, it’s extremely costly and labor intensive to remove but a necessary evil to restore the wood. It’s best just to avoid these types of deck stains all together.

Most wood experts agree a better choice is a semi-transparent deck stain such as TWP 100 series. This non film-forming deck stain protects against water and UV damage by penetrating deep into the wood. TWP 100 deck stain is mold and mildew resistant to prevent wood rot, decay, and structural damage. The TWP Stain is an easy to apply formula which makes it the perfect deck stain for the enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer looking for professional results.

With over half a dozen tones to choose from, you’ll get the look you want and the protection you need. See why the experts recommend TWP 100 series deck stain. Experience lasting results and protect your investment for years of enjoyment.

For a low VOC version visit TWP 1500 Series

Mar 20 2012

Properly Preparing a Wood Deck for Stain

Deck Cleaned

Deck Cleaned

When you’ve come to the decision to refinish your deck it’s important to understand the right and wrong way to do it. Cleaning a deck is the most crucial step in the wood restoration process. While some people may think the only thing that matters is the brand or type of deck stain they use, it’s really the preparation of the wood surface that makes the most difference.

A properly cleaned deck will hold a deck stain for a certain amount of time. If that same deck is not cleaned correctly and the same deck stain is used, it’s certain it won’t look as good or last as long. So regardless of the deck stain, the surface preparation is what will determine a lasting finish.

This isn’t to say that the brand of deck stain you use isn’t important or that the application methods don’t matter. Those are important factors as well, but it starts with the prep work. Get the prep work wrong and you might as well throw in the towel.

The few common mistakes that homeowners will make in preparing their wood deck for a new finish is not cleaning the deck at all, not using the right deck cleaners, or not using a deck brightener.

First of all, let’s be clear, you have to clean the wood before you stain it. This doesn’t mean to blow it off with a leaf blower or rinse it with the garden hose. A contractor grade deck cleaner should be used with a pressure washer or a stiff broom. This will loosen the dirt and gray wood fibers to reveal new wood. If an old stain is present, you need to use a deck stripper instead of a cleaner. The deck stripper will soften the old stain as well as remove dirt and gray wood fibers.

After cleaning or stripping the deck, whichever is the case, the wood then needs to be brightened back to the proper pH so the deck stain will penetrate properly. This is not a hard step but a very necessary step. After washing the deck, a deck brightener is applied, allowed to dwell, and then rinsed off. Now the wood is prepped correctly. After it dries for several days the deck stain can be applied.

Skipping any of these steps, or not using a quality 2-step deck restoration system will give you poor results. The deck won’t look as good and the deck stain won’t last as long. Do the right prep work with quality cleaners and use a good deck stain and you’ll get results like the pros.