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Tough Winter for Exterior Wood Doors

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Scheduled Maintenence, Second Slider with 0 Comments
Tough Winter for Exterior Wood Doors

When Mahogany Turns Yellow Check this one out. It is a beautiful, and just two year old, mahogany entry door to a sweet three season porch. It was a tough winter for exterior wood doors here in Vermont. Lots of snow piled up against the door and froze, and then the sun baked the bejeebers […]

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Is Rain Water Beading up on Your Ipe Deck?

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Deck Maintenance, Second Slider with 0 Comments

It should be. When water beads up on your ipe deck (or any deck for that matter), that means the finish is repelling moisture and doing its job. The finish on your deck sacrifices itself to the elements in the process of protecting the wood. If your deck is not beading up rain water, then […]

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Topcoat Trim Replacement Makes JLC Cover

Written by on October 5, 2014 in Carpentry, Home Maintenance, Scheduled Maintenence with 1 Comment
Topcoat Trim Replacement Makes JLC Cover

Most of our clients know that we offer carpentry services, particularly in the areas of rot repair, trim replacement, siding repair, etc. But it was certainly an honor to see our carpentry program make the cover of the Journal of Light Construction for their September 2014 issue. The cover photo features Todd in the act […]

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It’s About Time…

Written by on June 11, 2014 in Outdoor Furniture, Transformations with 1 Comment
It’s About Time…

My wife and I have an 8 year old son, and one of the lessons we work hard to reinforce is that the most important gift that people give is the time they spend with you, not the material items. I hear every day from customers about the spaces that they want to fix up. […]

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A Recent Door Refinishing Project

Written by on November 13, 2013 in Home Maintenance, Scheduled Maintenence with 8 Comments
A Recent Door Refinishing Project

Door refinishing is one of the many specialty services we offer out of our shop. Our clients enjoy the convenience of Topcoat being able to pick up doors, transport them to our shop, strip, refinish, deliver and rehang them looking better than new. Recently, we completed a set of 8 foot tall antique oak doors […]

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Redwood Deck Restoration in 4 Not so Simple Steps

Written by on October 19, 2013 in Deck Maintenance, Project Resources with 2 Comments
Redwood Deck Restoration in 4 Not so Simple Steps

This was one of our favorite and much anticipated projects of 2013 at Topcoat Finishes. It was a decade or so old custom redwood deck in a harsh lakeside location with a badly failed Sikkens coating on it. The process of stripping a failed film forming coating is not for the faint of heart. Once […]

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Painting Older Home Exteriors

Written by on October 17, 2013 in Home Maintenance, Lake Champlain Exteriors with 0 Comments
Painting Older Home Exteriors

Exterior Paint Restoration – Topcoat Style While Topcoat has been a leader in painting custom new homes for the past 20 years around Lake Champlain, a considerable part of our business focuses on painting older home exteriors. We were fortunate in 2013 to build many new client relationships in which we have provided exterior paint […]

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Deck Maintenance Season

Written by on July 20, 2013 in Deck Maintenance with 0 Comments
Deck Maintenance Season

At Topcoat, deck maintenance season runs from about April until early November. That is a testament to how popular decks are in Vermont, but also to how harsh the weather exposures on decks in this region really are. I was with a customer yesterday, inspecting a deck for first time service from us. This deck […]

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Preserving Outdoor Wood Furniture

Written by on June 18, 2013 in Home Maintenance, Outdoor Furniture with 0 Comments
Preserving Outdoor Wood Furniture

Preserving Outdoor Wood Furniture As wood snobs beyond repair, we do find ourselves called upon several times per year to preserve outdoor furniture. This is another of those specialty services that separates a great paint company from a not so great one, because maintaining large quantities of dirty outdoor furniture is detailed, at times painstaking, […]

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Reliability and Blackout Dates

Written by on June 17, 2013 in Home Maintenance, Scheduled Maintenence with 0 Comments
Reliability and Blackout Dates

Home Maintenance One of the things we enjoy the most at Topcoat about our home maintenance accounts is being a part of helping families prepare their homes and properties for annual traditions and summer events. It is rewarding for us to create the visual setting for these memories. Worth Waiting For, but we Try Not […]

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