Apr 13 2017

How to Remove Mold on Decks

Mold is a general term used for fungal growth. It will grow on just about any exterior surface including decks. Wood is not naturally resistant to mold infiltration. Even pressure treated pine will get mold on it if the conditions are right. Most decks have seen their fair share of mold depending on climate, humidity, and sun exposure. Shaded areas of decks are typically more prone than sunny areas. Even some deck stains can be more prone to mold than others.

Mold and wood do not mix. Mold will win every time. Spore infiltration may be surface mold or it could go deeper into the wood fibers. Damage can range from unsightly appearance to major structural damage. The good news is that mold on decks can be removed safely before damage is done. Most decks should be cleaned and re-stained every year or two to keep a maintained appearance. Regular maintenance will increase the deck’s longevity. Knowing how to remove mold on decks does not include any big secrets. If you follow a general cleaning method you will remove mold in the process. Read More

Apr 3 2017

Water Based Deck Stains 2017

If you are looking for a quality deck stain to ease the hassle of deck maintenance while adding a beautiful finish, look no further than water based deck stains. With high-tech newly-blended formulas, the 2017 line of water based deck stains are becoming a popular choice by many do-it-yourself homeowners and professionals alike.

Water based deck stains are becoming increasing popular because they are particularly environmentally friendly. With stricter VOC laws many oil based stains cannot be shipped or bought in some states. Water based stains, however, are low VOC and compliant in all 50 states. In addition, the technology going into the design of these stains really has them competing with, and in some cases outperforming oil based stains. Read More

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.