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. […]
Deck Maintenance and Preservation in Northeast exposures.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Wood Decks in Vermont To live in Vermont, you have to find ways to make the long winters tolerable – if not downright fun – in order to enjoy the other 3 short seasons. This tends to draw most of us outdoors as much as possible between April and November. Winter causes us to bring […]
Lake Champlain Deck Stain Maintenance One of the most common items in our Topcoat paint maintenance program (Ounce of Protection), is deck stain. We probably do as many initial coatings and maintenance on custom and exotic decks as anyone on the east coast. By custom and exotic, we mean decks that are built with visually […]