Summertime. Time to be out more than in. Relax. Kick your heels up. Enjoy the beauty of your backyard.
But what if your deck is less than lovely after a long winter?
It’s time to refinish it! For even the toughest of woods, it is recommended that you apply some sort of finish, paint or stain, to guarantee longevity.
Deciding between painting or staining your deck can be a tough choice. Below, I’ve outlined the pros and cons of each approach and given you some tips on getting the job done easily and quickly so that you can get out there and enjoy it all sooner than later!
Painting Your Deck
Pros of Paint:
- Tons of color options.
- Protects wood.
- Fills gaps in wood.
- Thick; covers well.
Cons of Paint:
- Difficult to clean.
- Slippery when wet.
- Masks the wood’s natural beauty.
Staining Your Deck
Pros of Stain:
- Beauty of wood grain shines through.
- Not slippery.
- Available in wide variety of colors.
Cons of Stain:
- Doesn’t last as long as paint.
- Requires regular maintenance.
- Won’t conceal cracks or repair damages.
Still unsure which option to choose for your deck? Don’t be afraid to ask your local paint or hardware shop for tips and advice. Depending on the type of wood, age and overall condition, the experts will recommend whether paint or stain will provide the best coverage for you.
Prepare for the Job
After you decide to paint or stain, first you must prep. It is important you make sure that the deck is clean and a water test is completed before applying any product. Look for deck cleaning products that are specific to your type of wood or one that removes mold or mildew.
While most of us are familiar with the outcome of a coat of paint, not everyone is as familiar with stains. Before selecting a stain, be sure you know the different types. For staining a deck, choose a product for the appearance and durability you desire. Clear stain offers little protection from the sun but allows you to see the most wood grain. Toners add a little bit of color while also highlighting the wood grain. Semi-transparent stains are very durable with a nice color saturation allowing natural wood grain to show. Finally, solid-color stains cover blemishes in wood or ugly wood grains and are extremely durable (great for composite decking).
Use the Right Supplies
To properly prepare and finish your deck or porch, make sure you have the proper tools and supplies, including the following items:
- Safety glasses
- Garden hose
- Drop cloth
- Sanding sponge
- Stiff synthetic-bristle brush
- 4″ brush
- Brush holder
- Extension pole
- Cleaning products
Here’s to a beautiful deck and a summer filled with lounging around on it!
Food is so much more than sustenance. It symbolizes love, family, the feeling that you are cared for. But millions of pounds of food go to waste every year. Wasting food is something that we are all guilty of; however, with a few simple tricks, it’s something we can fix.
Saving food can save money, promote healthier eating, and reduce the guilt that comes from wasting. Here are a few tricks to help you avoid wasting food.
Read the source article at Apartment Therapy
Accidents happen. But if you’re a homeowner, neglecting safety features in your home can be more than just an “oops” type of accident. It can be life-threatening to you, loved ones or guests.
This summer, let’s take the time to make sure our homes are safe! SafeWise Report names the following as the top 9 reasons for accidents in a home.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
For more details on what to look for and how to prevent any of these becoming issues in your home, read the full article from SafeWise here.
Take the time to go through your home soon and prevent accidents wherever you can. Keep your home safe and it really will be your home, sweet home.
It is safe to say that fathers can sometimes be the hardest people in your life to shop for. This Father’s Day, get a gift that your dad, spouse, or son that will love and use all the time. What fathers really want these days are gadget and greeting cards. What dad wouldn’t like the newest, high tech gadget to show off to all his buddies at work? Also, don’t be fooled with that tough guy façade; fathers love a nice greeting card. Dads want to know they are loved and appreciated. So don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get your friend or family member a gift that he won’t forget. Click here to learn more about what fathers really want on Father’s Day.
Your outside furniture space deserves to have a little fun this summer! HouseBeautiful predicts some beautiful summer styles for this year that will easily transform your outdoor space. Spruce up your space by adding:
- layered blankets and throw pillows
- splashy patterned pillows
- soft coastal Maui blues and ivory/bisque
- woven styles and crochet designed furniture
- distressed light blue
- natural materials like a solid teak table
- a mosaic table
Take your outdoor space to a whole new level this summer.
Source: HouseBeautiful April 10, 2017
In need of some new items in your home but not sure when to get the best deal on them?
Check out Consumer Reports “Best Time to Buy Things” listing. They’ve compiled stats on a wide range of products and then categorized them in the month when they are the least expensive to purchase.
This month, if you’re in need of any of the following items, you’re in luck. Go get ’em now while the price is right.
Saving money where you can is always a good idea. If you’re doing work around your home right now, be sure to click here to look at the full listing to see if you should wait a month or two before making your next big product purchase.
This Mother’s Day, why not spoil Mom with some homemade specialties instead of fighting for reservations at a pricey brunch spot nearby?
These recipes from Taste of Home are sure to delight her. And maybe even surprise her that someone else spent time in the kitchen!
From all of us at Skyline Home Loans, we hope that you take time this Mother’s Day to show the mothers in your life how much you love them.
And, if you’re a mom reading this – sit back and relax. Let someone else do the work for a change. You deserve it.
This is the conventional wisdom: for a small space, light colors. Dark colors can make a space feel heavy and oppressive, and they tend to soak up light, which is usually at a premium in a smaller space. But dark colors can actually make a small space seem larger—it just all depends on how you use them.
The key is, instead of painting the entire space in a dark color, to just paint one wall (or a single element like a bookcase). Dark colors read as receding from the viewer, so the accent wall visually enlarges the space (and sets up a nice contrast that can make the rest of the space seem brighter by comparison). Let’s check out a few examples.
Read the source article at Apartment Therapy