My Deck is Rotting – 6 Deck Problems & Solutions

Who doesn’t love a beautiful deck in the summer?  It’s a place to relax on after a hard day and sit a coffee or glass of wine.  But while you are out there, I’m sure you’ve noticed and thought to yourself, “My deck is rotting”.  Let’s go over 6 deck problems and the solutions.  Click on the middle of the image below to play the full video.

 

My Deck is Rotting

My deck is rotting.  Have you said that to yourself every spring or summer?  Here is a list of free solutions you can apply to keep your deck from rotting:

  1. Proper Ventilation – if your deck is built close to the ground, you will need proper ventilation.
  2. Leaves – Remove any leaves that are sitting on your deck or collect around the base of your deck or deck pillars.  
  3. Trees – Trim back trees.  They can attract ants and other bugs.  
  4. Sap – Clean of sap every week.  This can be hard to remove if left to bake on.  The sap will make such havoc for your deck.
  5. Downspouts – Downspouts tend to collect water around and near your deck.  Make sure all downspouts are directed far enough away from your deck.
  6. Potted Plants – Have all potted plants elevated off of the horizontal boards (deck floor and benches).  

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Final recap – Sometimes simple maintenance around your backyard can have a tremendous impact on how long your deck will last.  Taking care of these few items can keep your deck board from rotting.  Just remember, water on a deck, over and over, day after day, will cause rot.  

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on replacing doors in house, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

Replacing Doors In House – 3 Reasons Why to Install New Doors

Are you considering replacing doors in house?  The video below gives you 3 reasons why it might be a good idea to go forward with this project.  Click on the video below to play the full video:

Replacing Doors in House

A really easy and effective way to make your home start to feel like it has had a facelift is to replace the interior doors.  Let’s go over 3 reasons why it’s a great idea:

  1. Update the Design Style – You probably have the “builder special” type of interior doors.  Nowadays, there are beautiful choices that really make your home look updated.  You can replace painted doors with painted but with a new design.  Or replace painted doors with stained doors or stained doors with painted doors.  The ideas are endless.
  2. Current Doors are Worn – If you have a busy house with many kids, dogs, traffic or entertaining – there is a good chance some or many of your doors are being worn out.  Updating doors will make your house not look like a ragamuffin!
  3. Hinges & Door Handles – If you have worn-out doors, then chances are your hinges and handles are started to become loose, broken, or not working properly.  If you are going to take off the doors and replace the mechanical parts, it’s a good time to replace the doors too.

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Final recap – updating your interior doors can give you a huge return-on-investment.  Take your time and don’t think you have to do it all at once.  I’d suggest buying and having all the doors needed delivered.  That way, if this project takes you half a year to complete, the doors will all look the same.  You won’t have to worry about a style not being available.  Take your time and do 1-4 doors per weekend.  Before long, it will all be done.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on replacing doors in house, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

How to Paint Exterior of a House – Roller or Brush for Exterior Painting

A Is there really a defined way of how to paint exterior of a house?  The video below talks about the correct ways to paint the exterior of the house and the methods to follow or don’t use.  Click on the video below to play the full video:

How to Paint Exterior of House

So many homeowners get confused and don’t know if they should paint or stain their house siding.  If you have aluminum or vinyl siding, you would be applying paint.  Any wood siding, you would use a wood stain.

Most homeowners that have a cedar home are using a solid body stain.  These tend to last longer than what was being applied years ago, semi-transparent.

So let’s go through a few basics to get a good exterior painting or staining of your home:

  • Wood homes – use an applicator with a thicker nap roller
  • Roller size needed – it depends upon how many inches wide your siding panels are.  
  • Aluminum or Vinyl Siding – you would apply paint and make sure the surface is good and clean
  • Spray Application – I do not recommend applying paint or stain with a spray application.  You can have too much over-spray and it is just not a good idea in general
  • Going Lighter in Color – going lighter in color will attract less light from the sun.  A homeowner can gain an extra 1-2 more years before needing to be painted or stained again.  The darker the color, the sooner you will need to do the project again.

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Final recap – If you want to have an exterior staining or painting project last a long time, make sure you are using the right tools, picking out the right colors, and getting the surface properly cleaned and nail holes filled correctly.  I hope this video helps you out.  If you are hiring a contractor, maybe watch this video before he comes out to give you an estimate, so you can ask him more questions on how to paint the exterior of a house.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your house painted or stained, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

 

Sanding House Before Painting – House Painting Tips for Exterior

Why do some homes peel?  Well, there are many reasons, but one of them is totally not having your exterior of the house prepared properly before painting.  This video gives you one of the most important steps:  sanding house before painting.  Click on the video below to play the full video and tips.

 

Sanding House Before Painting

Of course, before painting your home or sanding the house, the first step is you need to properly clean the whole home with a pressure washer.  Once that is done, follow these steps:

  • Step 2:  Remove any loose & flaking paint that didn’t come off with the pressure washer.  After all loose paint is removed from hand-tooling, go to step 3
    • Tip:  Use a Purdy 5-in-1 Tool to get the job done right!
  • Step 3:  Sand the remaining edges down.  You want to feather-sand those thick edges of paint down
    • Tip:  Use a palm sander or just a hand sander
  • Step 4:  Follow up with a good quality primer and paint

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Final recap – Many painters take short-cuts when pressure washing, caulking and scraping and sanding house before painting.  Make sure you get a detailed contract.  Find out what day they are doing each step, and go out and take a gander to make sure things are being sanded and scraped properly.  This should last you for many years.  The most important thing to remember is your preparation is one of the most important steps to do in order to get the paint to adhere properly for many years to come.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting the sanding house before painting, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

Mudroom Ideas for Dogs | Dog-Friendly Laundry Room

As dogs become more a part of our family, I find most of my clients are looking for mudroom ideas for dogs.  Let’s make it a dog-friendly laundry room.  Check out my video below:

Mudroom Ideas for Dogs

Now that homeowners are starting to utilize their laundry rooms or mud rooms for pets, I thought you’d want to see some great suggestions how to make that part of your home more pet-centric!

There is a whole industry that is moving towards catering to pets.  Let’s go over a few neat things to consider for your mudroom:

  • Lockers or cubbies – great to store food in airtight containers.  Another place to store toys, leashes, jackets and dog bones
  • Dog crates built into cabinets – this is a great place to have your dog crate – hidden away and under your laundry room folding station!
  • Dog washing station in the laundry room – if your dog gets mud or dirt on his paws, it would be a great way to rinse off his paws or give him that occasional bath.  Would totally save on grooming fees.
  • A place to Store Dog Bowls – train your dog to drink and eat in the mudroom too!

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Final recap – I have three dogs.  They are a huge part of our family.  But honestly, they need a place, just like the kids, to store all their toys, leashes, bones and food.  But I really have enjoyed having their dog crates stored away to keep the smell down in the rest of the home.  My wife enjoys the fact we have a dog washing station in the laundry room too.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your mudroom remodeled to accommodate your dog, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

How to Repair Water Damaged Wood in Bathroom and Kitchen

Out of sight, out of mind.  Because of window treatments and blinds, most of us don’t even notice that we are having wood being damaged by excess water.  The video below shows you how to repair water damaged wood in bathroom and kitchen.  Click on the middle of the video below to play the full video:

How to Repair Water Damaged Wood in Bathroom and Kitchen

So let’s get right into it.  Let’s first figure out why this could be happening to you.  Excess water on wood trim and window sashes have to come from somewhere.  But where?  Typically it’s from poor ventilation, too much water pooling on the bathroom floor, or water being splashed constantly in the kitchen near the sink.  

How do we repair water damaged wood trim?

  • Let’s get off any loose or flaking stain or paint.
  • If you have mold, this must be treated.
  • If the water damage is too bad that the wood has become much darker in color, this must be treated more extensively.  You have to sand, then treat the wood with bleach to pull that darkness out of the wood
  • After the surface is clean and dry, you will need to apply a stain and sealer, and then a top coat.
    • Sometimes you can do this with a simple touch-up method.  Other times, it just pays to go and treat and stain the whole window for that over-all finished look.

TIP:  Check the humidity in your home.  If water is condensing on the window, you will have problems down the road and need to repair water damaged wood trim.  Dial down that humidity if needed.  

TIP:  If water is condensing in the bathroom on the windows, then you will probably need to replace your ceiling exhaust fan for a more updated model.

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Final recap – Put on your calendar twice a year to go and check on all your windows in your home.  But especially check the bathroom and kitchen windows.  If you notice excess water or wood starting to either look worn down or darker than normal, then you have issues happening.  You can address what is causing it and fix it.  And it is just a matter of repairing water damaged wood trim.  If you repair the wood trim quick enough, it won’t be an issue.  If you wait too long, you might have to repair the wood pieces all together.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your water damaged wood in the bathroom and kitchen repaired, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

Kitchen Countertop Edge Profiles – 8 Cambria Countertop Edge Profiles

Who knew that kitchen countertops can be so complicated?  Well, they actually aren’t anymore. This video goes through 8 Cambria quartz kitchen countertop edge profiles.  Click on my video to watch the full vlog, Season 1, Episode 33 on this topic. 

 

Kitchen Countertop Edge Profiles

Cambria has put together some amazing quartz edge profiles for your kitchen countertop and island area.  Each one has a unique look and price-range as well.

  • Waterfall Edge – a nice, big sheet of quartz that seems to fall off the edge of the island, down like a waterfall all the way to the floor.  Stunning look.  Very expensive because of the size of quartz needing to be used to get this look.
  • Seacliff Edge – the edge is beveled at the top;  very squared off.
  • Marine Edge – this is a unique style because it has an edge that rolls up and then down, creating somewhat of a well.  This keeps water from rolling off the sides.  This actually is not a Cambria product.  
  • Cascade Edge
  • Bryn Edge
  • Square Edge
  • Bullnose Edge
  • Double Ease Edge

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Final recap – replacing your existing countertop with a beautiful piece of quartz is the quickest way to make your kitchen really look amazing.  Don’t get lazy and pick a typical edge profile.  There are many kitchen countertop edge profiles to choose from.  

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your kitchen remodeled or just to have your kitchen countertops and island replaced, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

Affordable Finished Basement Ideas – 3 Tips for Walls, Ceiling & Floor

I know you really want that basement finished off so that you have more living space.  Well, let’s talk,  Affordable finished basement ideas, including painting basement concrete walls, painting the ceiling joists, and acid staining the basement floor is something you can have.  Watch the video below for the full video vlog Season 2, Episode #72 of Burning Questions:

 

Affordable Finished Basement Ideas

What are some of the most inexpensive basement finishing ideas?  I find if most people don’t want to spend too much or are planning on putting their home on the market, the following are great options to choose from for affordable finished basement ideas:

  • Painting Basement Ceiling Joists – You can paint the ceiling joists as well as the pipes and ductwork in a flat, black finish.  This creates a void above the light fixtures.  Very simple solutions and many commercial retail stores apply this technique.
  • Painting Concrete Basement Walls – If you are going to paint the basement walls, I’d suggest going a lighter shade of paint on the walls due to the fact you don’t have natural lighting in the basement.
  • Painting Concrete Basement Floors – You can paint the basement floors or acid stain the basement floors.  This keeps the dust down.  Also, if your basement has a tendency to flood, you don’t have to tear up the carpeting or tile. 

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Final recap – everyone loves a fully remodeled basement.  But let’s get real – most cannot afford $25,00-$40,000 for a basement.  Especially if you are planning on selling your home.  With a little sweat and time and a few gallons of paint, you can have your ceiling, wall, and floor painted in no time.  It is a very inexpensive and affordable option.  

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your basement ceiling, walls or floor painted, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

 

How to Clean Aluminum Siding – Pressure Washing Techniques

Is your aluminum siding looking hazy or chalky?  If this is happening, then you have something called oxidation.  Watch my video below on how to clean aluminum siding, with the correct pressure washing techniques.

How to Clean Aluminum Siding

So if your aluminum siding appears chalky, then oxidation is happening.  Oxidation means that the paint on the siding is breaking down.  Let’s cover the way to get the aluminum siding cleaned properly.

First, let’s get a cleaning agent/product at the hardware store with oxalic acid in it.  I like to use Simple Green.

Then you will need to have a pressure washer.  I tend to prefer the gas-driven pressure washer.   Make sure you use a pressure washer with 2,500-3,000 psi and a wide fan tip.

Take your pressure washing wand and move it constantly back and forward or up and down.  The main point is to make sure you use a consistent flow pattern.  You do not want to apply too hard of pressure on the house because you will see the cleaning patterns in the siding.

Also, make sure your consistent flow pattern for cleaning is done at a 15-degree angle downward.  You don’t want to pressure the water up under the lap siding boards or between the seams.  The goal is that you don’t force water behind the siding.  

Keep in mind, ideally, you will want to clean your home at least once a year.  Twice a year is ideal.  What are you trying to clean off?  Let’s look:

  • bird poop
  • bird nests near the gutters & siding area
  • spider webs
  • dirt in the air
  • dirt if you live near a metropolitan area

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Final recap – make sure you are cleaning your aluminum siding at least once a year.  If you can afford it, clean it the beginning of the season, right after winter, and then again at the end of the fall season.  This twice a year maintenance of your aluminum siding will keep your home looking spic and span, but you will also notice anything going wrong with your home that needs a little bit of maintenance.  

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your aluminum siding of your home pressure washed, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

Professional Epoxy Floor Coatings vs. DIY

So it’s time to install a coating on your garage floor.  The question comes up:  professional epoxy floor coatings vs DIY?  Watch my full video below for all the details of how to decide which one is best for you.  Click on the arrow in the middle of the image below to start the video.

Professional Epoxy Floor Coatings – Pros and Cons

Let’s go through a quick list of things to consider when having a professional contractor install your epoxy or polyaspartic foor coatings:

  • Multi-layered application
  • Solvent-based
  • Dries within hours
  • Extremely durable
  • Diamond-ground surface
  • Hairline cracks and imperfections repaired prior to installation
  • Colored flakes are spread by a machine, so you will have an even appearance
  • Project completed in most cases in 1-2 days
  • You can walk on the floor within hours
  • Cost – Professionally installed epoxy floor coatings and polyaspartic floor coatings are by far more expensive than a DIY project.

professional epoxy floor coatings

DIY Epoxy Floor Coatings

So let’s go through the things to consider if you want to install the epoxy floor coatings yourself in the garage area:

  • Water-based – most in the store are water-based
  • Preparation – you’ll need to acid-wash and clean the floor properly and thoroughly prior to installing
  • Tends to chip a bit easier than the professional grade epoxy since the store-bought version is water-based, it evaporates very quickly when being put down
  • Color flakes are harder to sprinkle, so you might not have an even appearance
  • Preparation of the flooring prior to installation should take around three days
  • 5-7 days of curing time before walking or driving on it

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Final recap – I actually had my garage floor finished off and I choose to have a professional install it.  This now has been over 10 years, and the epoxy coating has held up like a dream.  I would highly suggest if you have it in your budget to have a professional install your floor coating.  It does cost quite a bit more, but if you don’t prepare the surface properly, you will have a huge mess on your hands.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your garage floor finished off with a professional epoxy floor coatings, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

 

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