By Matt Weber We’re all aware of the wonders of wood as a building material, but to preserve its natural good looks when used outdoors, it’s necessary to apply a stain/sealer to protect it from Mother Nature. From mold and ultraviolet rays to insect infestation and rot, the threats to wood are plentiful. Choosing the right sealant, prepping the wood […]
In this two-phase project old windows are upgraded with energy-efficient vinyl replacements, plus the surrounding wood trim is protected with aluminum wrap. By Matt Weber
Keeping water where you want it. By Rob Robillard
By Monte Burch From East to West, North to South, flooding has been a major problem across much of the United States. You can’t do much about major catastrophic floods, but you can solve many basement flooding or dampness problems. First, determine if the moisture is simply dampness caused by condensation or if water is […]
Special Advertorial Section Concrete is gaining in popularity as a building material for driveways. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 68% of new homes in 2006 had a concrete driveway installed. That is an increase from 60% in 2001. Concrete is a durable material that will give years of life. While it is basically man made rock, […]
Properly sealing your brick walls is critical to protecting the materials that hide behind the facade, here are steps you can take to ensure your home is properly maintained.
Q: What’s a strong finish sealer to use on outdoor furniture? A: For an exceptionally weather-protective finish, use a multi-phase process that’s commonly used in the boat business. Prep the surface by sanding with 220-grit abrasive and wiping with a tack cloth. Apply a tinted oil-based stain, if desired. Once dry, apply a primer coat of two-part resin epoxy […]
Use a masonry waterproofer to conceal stains and prevent water intrusion.
I live in Ohio which is an area that can have tough, cold winters and hot, dry summers. Ohio’s severe weather swings take their toll on driveways and sidewalks, and make it common to see these surfaces in some phase of deterioration. In minor cases, the deterioration shows up as small circular spots of concrete that lift off or “spall”, […]
Protect the look of interior brick walls.