How Often Should You Refinish A Wood Deck?

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A deck is a great way to expand your living space outdoors. Keeping the finish in good condition not only ensures its beauty, but it can also extend the life of the structure.

Over time, various natural elements such as the sun, rain, and fluctuating temperatures can cause your deck finish to deteriorate, and the boards and structure to warp, cup, splinter and crack.

Most wood decks should be resealed every 3-4 years. To determine if your wood deck needs to be refinished, simply sprinkle some water and wait to see if it is absorbed quickly or beads. If absorbed, it’s time to refinish. If it beads, perform another status check in 6 months.

The benefits of refinishing your deck are tremendous. Refinishing your deck means that you will apply a protective layer of sealant to the wood. This will ensure that moisture does not penetrate into the grain of the wood or the cracks. The sealant will help prevent the formation of mildew and cracks or warping. Additionally, refinishing the deck will help to restore the color of the wood in areas where it has faded. Moreover, re-staining the wood will help bring out the grain/color and ensure that your deck looks great.

How to Choose Paint Colors

Colorful Living Room

How to Choose a Paint Color 

Picking paint colors can be confusing, time consuming and stressful. However, you can follow these 10 tips to make the process much more enjoyable and ensure that you settle on colors you will love for years to come. 

1.    Start Small 

If you’re not sure where to begin with color, experiment in a small area, such as a bathroom or an accent wall. If you’re doing your own painting, pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see your judge the results more quickly. It’s best to look at the process as an adventure.

To get started choosing a color, draw inspiration from your favorite piece of artwork, a rug, a dish, or accessory.

2.    Think About Mood 

When selecting a color, consider the mood that you wish to establish in your space. For example, in a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a calming feeling, while stronger, deeper colors add drama.

Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.

3.    Pay Attention to Lighting 

Ever wonder why paint stores have light boxes? The reason is that different lighting can significantly impact your perception of a color. For instance, 

  • Natural daylight shows the truest color
  • Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows
  • Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone

So, a strong color might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

4.    Learn About Color 

To select a color, it can help to understand some terminology used to describe color. 

  • Hue is what we call a color. Red is the hue; blue is the hue. 
  • The value of the hue is how light or dark it is. 
  • Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is. As we go from red to pink, the red hue becomes less dominant. 
  • Intensity is the brilliance of the color. The pure colors such as red are more intense than the combined colors such as yellow-green. A stronger intense color usually has a more dominant hue.

If you want a more active space, consider introducing stronger, more intense color. Even if you want a light-colored room, choose colors that are slightly more saturated than off-white or light pastel. Very light color can feel bright and stark when it appears on all surfaces in a room. However, two or more medium-light, closely related pastel colors create a luminous effect when used in the same room.

5.    Test Your Color Choice 

Boost your confidence by testing colors on poster board or large areas of a wall. Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone: Consider strong, vivid colors or soft, deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors. Or add drama with a stronger color on the ceiling. Tinted ceilings can dramatically change the whole look of a room.

 6.    Add Interest with Faux Finishes

Transform otherwise flat or dull walls into interesting and personal spaces with subtle or dramatic visual texture and breaks of color. Burnished mineral/metal finishes and layered colored glazes add depth.

7.    Consider Room Flow 

Consider walls as planes of color, and see how they interact when viewing one next to the other in adjacent rooms. Approach it like a composition: You’re in one room, but you’re going to see a piece of another room through it. So as you’re choosing colors, consider how they will flow from room to room to create your picture.

8.    Utilize a Color Wheel 

A small color wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colors. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colors, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations function beautifully together, and you may even become attracted to entirely new color palettes. The color wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a color. Draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to the red-violet; you’ll see that all the colors on the left are warm and the colors on the right are cool.

9.    Play with Monochromatic Schemes

If the idea of one color seems boring to you, create bold or subtle variations with contrasting paint finishes. For example, use closely related colors, or try a single color in different finishes, for walls and trim in one space.

For an accent color, select a warmer or cooler color to complement your main color group. For a quieter ambience, make sure your colors are not extremely bright. White or an off-white tint can be a striking accent when used as trim with a monochromatic color group.

10. Choose Different Finishes 

A single color used on walls and trim takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For example, wall and trim colors can remain the same hue, but use an eggshell (matte or otherwise less reflective) finish on walls and a satin or semigloss on trim. The color will appear slightly different on each surface. It’s a good way to create a cohesive look in rooms with many windows and doors, and relatively little wall area.

Can You Paint Tile?

Painted Tile

You sure can! But before you go to the store and pick up some paint, be sure to read the preparation/application tips and considerations.

If you just don’t want to replace or remodel that old outdated ceramic tile in your kitchen or bath, paint it! Painting over tile is a simple project that can create amazing results. Follow the steps below for a superior application:

Step 1 – Repair Any Damaged Areas

Before you begin, examine the tile for damage. If there are any areas that are cracked, shipped, or rough, use a quick-drying epoxy to fill in the area. Allow the filler to dry for a few days before applying step 2. 

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When Should You Use a Primer?

Prime Walls

You may not be familiar with primers, however there are many painting applications where using primer is not just optional, but mandatory for creating a beautiful finished project.

Primer’s purpose is to:

  • Provides a uniform and attractive paint finish.
  • Blocks tannin, water, grease and smoke stains that can bleed through your topcoat.
  • Improves adhesion of the topcoat 

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Can You Paint Vinyl Siding?

Painted Vinyl Siding

You sure can! But before you go to the store and pick up some paint, be sure to read the preparation/application tips and considerations below.

All vinyl siding will fade somewhat, and after 10 to 15 years, the change can be significant. When that happens, or if you simply want to change its color, vinyl can be painted.

Be sure to check with your siding manufacturer before you paint as many companies void their warranty if siding is painted.

To get started, wash the siding using a pressure washer or a scrub brush. Mix up a 5 gal bucket, containing 3 gals water, about 4 cups of bleach and a good amount of dish detergent.

If your siding is really dingy, you may wish use a professional cleaning product. TSP is a wonderful siding cleaner, but it will slightly glaze or etch windows. Never allow any bleach or any cleaner to dry on the surface. This is the biggest cause of paint adhesion failure. Rinse, rinse, and rinse some more.

When choosing a color, you should be aware that your color range is limited to those similar to the existing color. This is because dark colors absorb more heat than lighter ones and can cause the vinyl panels to expand and buckle.

Vinyl siding in good condition can be top coated right over. If it is really old or has a chalky surface, it’s best to use a general-purpose latex primer. For the top coat, choose a latex paint that is recommended for vinyl siding, such as Benjamin Moore Aura or Regal Select.

How to Much Paint Do You Need?

Paint Buckets

Homespree provides a great tool to help you determine how many gallons of paint you need to paint walls, ceiling, trim, siding, etc. 

However, it’s important that you know some basics about paint coverage to get a better sense of your project requirements.

An average gallon of paint will cover 350 square feet.  Use the steps below to calculate how many gallons of wall paint a typical interior project requires.

1)   Calculate total square feet of walls

  • You can determine the surface area using this formula [2xLxH] + [2xWxH] (L = length, W = width, H = height)

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How Does Epoxy Differ From Paint?

Garage Floor Epoxy

In general terms, an epoxy polymer is a tough plastic-like material containing an epoxide group that reacts with a hardener.

It is employed to make chemical and water-resistant adhesives, patching materials, insulating materials, auto finishes and paints. It is commonly used for interior commercial and residential floor surfaces.

Most epoxy patching compounds, adhesives, sealers and paints are prepared by combining two components on-site, just before application. Some epoxy sealers are 100% solids, some are two-component water-based acrylic, and some are one-package water-based products.

The most common application for epoxy for homes is in various types of garage floor finishing systems.