Trex Company recently announced the release of their Deck Color Visualizer App for the iPad. The App let's users explore all the deck color options available from the wood-alternative decking and railing company. It also makes it easier to share ideas with others and get feedback.
The App uses "photo-realistic representations" of three Trex outdoor living spaces. App users can swap colors in and out of the various deck elements illustrated in the photo to get an idea of how color combinations would work in an outdoor deck setting. The different deck components that can be fiddled with include top and bottom rails, balusters, posts, post caps and post skirts. Additionally, the deck itself can be altered for color.
It's a nifty little way to explore the offerings of one of the leaders in decking materials. Buying/building a deck is a big commitment. It's not a project a homeowner wants to take on once every few years, so getting it right the first time is crucial.
Would you use the Deck Color Visualizer to pick your deck colors?
The phrase sounds a bit forced. "Sustainable pressure washing." Sort of like attaching "green" to every verb or noun, slapping it on a product label and counting on undiscerning consumers.
But in this case, there's something to the claim. Green Earth Technologies has released a line of sustainable/reusable collapsible pressure washer cleaning solution bags, called their G-CLEAN line. Filled with biodegradable, ultra-concentrated detergent, the bags are lightweight, space-saving and free-standing. They can be placed on the ground or hung on the pressure washer and are filled with 12 ounces of detergent. Consumers need only add water to fill the 1 gallon bag. Each bag of detergent is good for a total of 21 gallons of mixed solution.
The product comes in three different lines: Siding & All Purpose Cleaner, Concrete Cleaner & Degreaser and Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. Bags of this stuff can be found at Home Depots across the nation.
And just in time for Spring Cleaning. Nice to see more Earth-friendly products hitting the shelves.
For those who aren't familiar with the practice of pressure washing, watch this How To Video on Pressure Washing for decks, concrete and siding to get the idea.
Memorial Day has come and gone, but for those of us who hosted a BBQ or gathering may have more than the memory lingering on. I can practically smell all the ketchup stains worked into those decks.
The return to work today might be a valid excuse for putting off the necessary deck cleaning for a few days, but sooner or later there's going to be another outdoor party, and no one likes walking on a dirty deck.
So when you're ready to get that wood or composite deck looking like new again, take a moment to read up on the best methods for deck cleaning and deck maintenance. Everything from best pressure washing practices to picking out a cleaner for your composite deck is covered.
What do you do when your wood deck is faded, rotted and splintering? Why, roll out a new one, of course.
Maintaining a wood deck is a pain. On a visit to my brother's home in Virginia a few years ago we spent our "quality time" together sanding and staining the shoddily-constructed and poorly maintained deck that came with his house. The sand paper was routinely shredded by overlooked nail heads and our staining job was undone by a freak and sudden rainstorm that passed through.
The looks-like-real-wood product was created to "say goodbye to deck maintenance," which was a similar goal of the composite and plastic decking manufacturers. "Say goodbye" turned into "see you in a little while" with some of them.
ProFekt is a little different. You're not replacing your real wood deck. You're just covering it up. The ProFekt rolls out over the faded, rotted and splintering deck to present a "Real Wood Look Surface" that extends the life and look of the deck and basically eliminates the need to ever again rent a sander from Home Depot.
The 3 mm. thick, 5.5-inch wide material comes in 40 ft. long rolls, each retailing for $69.99. Available colors include Cedar, Redwood, Sea Coast Gray and Natural Tobacco Barn. A handy online chart helps you determine how many rolls you will need for your deck size. The ProFekt website also has some videos that demonstrate installation.
The product is allegedly available online at Home Depot, ProBuild and ArchaDeck, but I couldn't find it.
My feeling is that ProFekt will have its share of proponents and willing buyers, particularly as it is an alternative to actually maintaining that wood deck. There's part of me that compares this to throwing a coat of paint over an old, rusty car, but even in that case the painting sure beats working the rust out.
Do you love the look and durability of tropical hardwoods but hate the idea of destroying the rainforest? The Norwegian based company Kebony has found a solution. Their "kebonization" process is a non-toxic treatment that gives softwoods that exist outside of the rainforest like maple and pine the strength of teak and ipe.
The kebonization process involves soaking the wood in furfuryl alcohol, a waste byproduct from sugar cane, that is completely non-toxic, unlike other pressure treating methods. The resulting wood can be used for siding, roofs and decking and is so strong the company claims roofs built using it can last 30 years.
Alas, the company has not yet opened an American office. Until then, the material must be imported from Europe. Kebony, come to the U.S.!
I have to tell you about a product that saved my butt last weekend. Here's the scene: It's a beautiful Saturday in late August, the Bluefish are running, the boat is gassed up, and out of no where my wife requests that I clean the exterior garage door seals. "I'm sorry, the what?" I didn't even know we had such things.
After they were enthusiastically pointed out, I could see they were stained, covered in mold, and discolored by years of weather. I told her it was a great look -- they have a rustic feel. This fell on deaf ears so I hurried to fill a bucket with soapy water and scrubbed as the Bluefish ran without me. Useless. So I dug through our cleaning supplies and found a bottle of CLR (Calcium Lime Rust remover) we once used on rust stains in our bathroom. I followed the directions (spray, let soak, wipe, and rinse), and in no time the EGDS (exterior garage door seals, we're on a nick-name basis now) were like new -- and I was off.
Check out my before and after pictures. This stuff was amazing. Tip: It's a pretty strong solution, so wear gloves and don't let it near your face. Have you had any mold and dirt breakthroughs lately? Let us know your tips.