How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior's Color Palette

How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior’s Color Palette

How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior's Color Palette

Outdoor entertaining season is in full swing! Delight your guests with siding that creates eye-pleasing symmetry and utilizes harmonious color combinations. According to LP Siding, there’s no reason your siding can’t be the true focal point of your home’s exterior, with landscaping and other outdoor elements supporting its aesthetic.

The best part? Creating a colorful and dramatic home exterior and backyard doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor! It’s easy to re-side your home on a budget. Just ask the experts at GNH Lumber for more information.

Here are some tips and tricks from LP Siding to ensure your home’s exterior and outdoor elements complement each other perfectly this summer:

Tip #1: Go for Greens, Browns or Beiges

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The greens, browns and beiges of nature are colors that are easy to integrate with outdoor focal points like a garden, shed or fencing.

 

Tip #2: Muted Tones are More Versatile

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Grays and muted colors are more versatile than pure pastels and bright hues. You don’t have to exactly match plant and paint color with these subtle shades. Fence and shed colors should also be muted.

 

Tip #3: Keep Undertones Together

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Keep color undertones together. A “cool” house color like blue, green or purple works well with cool plant colors and complementary fence and shed colors. Conversely, “warm” house colors like light yellow, pink or apricot harmonize with “warm” outdoor elements.

 

Tip #4: Use Caution with Complimentary Colors

In some cases, you can match colors that are on opposite ends of the color wheel (like red and green), but they need to be muted shades accented with gray. Otherwise, your home may stand out for all the wrong reasons (and end up looking too much like Christmas).

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Source: https://lpcorp.com/blog/4-tips-to-harmonize-your-home-s-exterior-and-outdoor-color-scheme


Invest in Beautiful, Low-Maintenance Siding!

Tired of staining or painting your home’s wood siding? Maybe your siding has seen better days and the color is outdated? Get started today on your re-siding project! The experts at GNH are here to help you match your home’s style and keep your siding project in budget! 

Spring is here! That means it’s time to start your gardening projects in time to have delicious, fresh veggies and herbs, or a bountiful flower garden all summer long! Not enough space in your backyard for a big vegetable or flower garden? Raised garden beds are the perfect solution for gardeners with limited space! In this blog, we’ll run through a step-by-step guide on how to create a raised garden bed for vegetables or flowers. 1. Choose Your Materials Select your bed frame materials. This can be as simple as regular 2x4’s or even patio retaining wall blocks. The size is up to you! The height of the bed should be at least 6 inches high, which gives the plants’ roots plenty of room to grow. Check out some great YouTube videos on how to build wood raised garden beds.   2. Mark the Perimeter Once you’re done putting together your raised garden bed, it’s time to select a sunny spot ideal for growing and relocate the frame. Remember, if you’re growing vegetables, you need to find an extra sunny spot with plenty of late date sunlight. Using an edger or spade, mark the ground around the perimeter of the frame.   3. Prepare the Soil Now that you’ve created the frame and marked the perimeter, set it aside so you can start preparing the soil. Use a sod cutter or grub hoe to skim away the grass layer, if one exists.   4. Anchor the Raised Garden Bed Once you’ve leveled it out, dig a 5- to 6-inch deep hole for each of the corner posts. Then sink each post into the ground, using a 4-foot level to level it out.   5. Add a Layer of Hardware Cloth to Keep Out Pests Gophers and moles can sometimes be an issue with garden beds. To keep them out of your garden, add a layer of hardware cloth before you pour in your planting soil. Rake an existing soil at the bottom of the bed to level it out. Then smooth it out. Line the bed bottom with hardware cloth, making sure the cloth is flat against the bottom of the bed and touching each side. Secure the cloth by stapling it to the sides of the bed.   6. Add Your Soil Fill the bed with a 50/50 mixture of planting soil and compost. Once the bed is full, rake the soil smooth and moisten it with a slight spray from the hose.   7. Plant! Now it’s time to plant your vegetable, flowers and herbs! Plant anything you like that works in your area.   7. Water Regularly Don’t forget to water your plants often! After all, you’ve spent a long time putting together your garden bed, so you want to make sure you are taking good care of your vegetables and flowers.   Now get started on your spring garden bed project and start enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables and gorgeous flowers and plants!     Click Here to find everything you need to create your beautiful garden with help from GNH Lumber. And contact us if you have any questions about your garden or landscaping project!

DIY: Painting or Staining Outdoor Wood Furniture

DIY Painting Outdoor Furniture

With smart planning, painting and staining your outdoor furniture can take place in less than a weekend.

There are many different types of outdoor furniture types—wicker, wrought iron, aluminum and plastic—but wood is by far the most popular. Whether you go with an opacity that allows your wood furniture’s natural grain to show through or opt for an opaque solid in your choice of 3,500+ colors, a fresh stain on outdoor furniture will yield a great new look.

Staining and painting outdoor furniture is a lot easier with expert advice from Benjamin Moore to guide you. Follow these steps to achieve the best results. And, when in doubt, don’t forget to ask the paint and stain experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips!

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Step #1: Prepare the Surface

The first step in staining or painting outdoor furniture is to make certain that the wood is absolutely dry and free of mold and mildew. Be sure to check the undersides, too.

If the old surface has stains from mold or mildew, you can properly prepare the surface by using a premium cleaner like Benjamin Moore® Clean (318). For mild cases, you can mix up your own solution using one part of household bleach to three parts water (it’s best to do this outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.) Be sure to rinse the furniture and allow it to completely dry before applying the stain.

If the weather is cold, move the furniture indoors to dry; in milder weather, it’s enough to place the furniture in a garage, carport, or other shelter from the rain. Don’t cover the furniture with plastic or a tarp, as that will not allow enough air circulation for thorough drying.

 

Step #2: Sand

The next step is to sand the surfaces to be stained. If the old finish is in fairly good condition, it’s enough to just roughen the surface. Start with coarse-grade sandpaper, working with the grain. An orbital hand sander is the perfect tool for this job, if you have one. If the old finish is in bad condition, you may choose to remove all the old finish down to the bare wood. This can be accomplished with a quality wood stain remover such as Benjamin Moore® REMOVE (315).

 

Step #3: Prime

If the old painted or stained surface is still intact after sanding, you can skip priming. However, if you’re going to apply a lighter color over a dark one, if the wood is exposed, if there are knotty sections, or if any stains remain, you should use a high-quality primer formulated for outdoor use, such as Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start® High-Hiding All Purpose Primer (046) or Arborcoat Oil Primer (366).

For all priming, brush on the primer working with the grain using a high-quality Benjamin Moore Nylon/Polyester brush.

 

Step #4: Stain

If you are staining outdoor wood furniture, consider a product that’s strong enough to protect decks: ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stain. Formulated to protect against the harshest weather conditions as well as UV rays, ARBORCOAT offers a range of colors and opacities, including:

If you’ve primed the surface, one coat of stain will be enough. If you skipped the primer, you may want to apply a second coat. Let the furniture dry in a clean, dust-free, well-ventilated area. Don’t leave it outside to dry, as wind and air may deposit dust and particles onto the wet surface.

Once the furniture is dry, you’re good to go. Situate your furniture where it won’t be under a drip line from a roof or tree limb. An occasional light wash with dish detergent and warm water will help you enjoy your outdoor furniture for years to come!

 

Source: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/interior-exterior-paints-stains/how-to-advice/exteriors/painting-outdoor-wood-furniture

 

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A fresh coat of paint or stain can protect, preserve and make a dramatic improvement to your home’s appearance.  The experts at GNH are here to answer your questions and provide guidance and tips for each step of the project! Get your painting project started!

Raised Garden Bed

DIY: How to Create a Raised Garden Bed

Raised Garden Bed

Spring is here! That means it’s time to start your gardening projects in time to have delicious, fresh veggies and herbs, or a bountiful flower garden all summer long!

Not enough space in your backyard for a big vegetable or flower garden? Raised garden beds are the perfect solution for gardeners with limited space!

In this blog, we’ll run through a step-by-step guide on how to create a raised garden bed for vegetables or flowers.

1. Choose Your Materials

Select your bed frame materials. This can be as simple as regular 2×4’s or even patio retaining wall blocks. The size is up to you!

The height of the bed should be at least 6 inches high, which gives the plants’ roots plenty of room to grow. Check out some great YouTube videos on how to build wood raised garden beds.

 

2. Mark the Perimeter

Once you’re done putting together your raised garden bed, it’s time to select a sunny spot ideal for growing and relocate the frame. Remember, if you’re growing vegetables, you need to find an extra sunny spot with plenty of late date sunlight.

Using an edger or spade, mark the ground around the perimeter of the frame.

 

3. Prepare the Soil

Now that you’ve created the frame and marked the perimeter, set it aside so you can start preparing the soil. Use a sod cutter or grub hoe to skim away the grass layer, if one exists.

 

4. Anchor the Raised Garden Bed

Once you’ve leveled it out, dig a 5- to 6-inch deep hole for each of the corner posts. Then sink each post into the ground, using a 4-foot level to level it out.

 

5. Add a Layer of Hardware Cloth to Keep Out Pests

Gophers and moles can sometimes be an issue with garden beds. To keep them out of your garden, add a layer of hardware cloth before you pour in your planting soil. Rake an existing soil at the bottom of the bed to level it out. Then smooth it out. Line the bed bottom with hardware cloth, making sure the cloth is flat against the bottom of the bed and touching each side. Secure the cloth by stapling it to the sides of the bed.

 

6. Add Your Soil

Fill the bed with a 50/50 mixture of planting soil and compost. Once the bed is full, rake the soil smooth and moisten it with a slight spray from the hose.

 

7. Plant!

Now it’s time to plant your vegetable, flowers and herbs! Plant anything you like that works in your area.

 

7. Water Regularly

Don’t forget to water your plants often! After all, you’ve spent a long time putting together your garden bed, so you want to make sure you are taking good care of your vegetables and flowers.

 

Now get started on your spring garden bed project and start enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables and gorgeous flowers and plants!

 

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Click Here to find everything you need to create your beautiful garden with help from GNH Lumber. And contact us if you have any questions about your garden or landscaping project!

yard cleanup

5 Things to Include on Your Yard Cleanup List

yard cleanupCan’t wait to get back out into the garden? Well, here’s the good news! It’s time to get a head start on your spring cleaning checklist, and that includes taking care of your yard and garden beds.

To look and feel its best after the harshest winter months, your yard and gardens requires spring cleaning the same as the inside of your home. Taking a weekend to clean up as the weather begins to warm will save you time later, and it helps prevent some problems further down the road in summer.

First, look over your yard before creating a specific checklist of what needs to get done to be ready for the season.

To help you get started, don’t forget these 5 things when cleaning up your yard this spring:

1. Clean Up Around Plants

To help your plants and shrubs get ready for new growth, clean up any debris left over from the winter months. Make sure you rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage, since this can smother your plants and help foster disease. Don’t forget to cut down any mums or other fall-season plants that you haven’t had a chance to cut down due to the snow and ice.

Toss your yard waste into a wheelbarrow for easy disposal and cleanup (ideally, this is done after the threat of frost has passed). Next, you’ll want to remove existing mulch to set the stage for a new layer after spring planting. You’ll also want to push heaved plants back into flower beds and borders. To encourage new growth, you can also spread a pelletized fertilizer tailored towards your existing plantings onto the soil’s surface. Spring rains will then carry these nutrients to the root systems.

2. Prep Your Lawn

The first step to a gorgeous lawn all spring and summer long is a good feeding now. Fertilizing your lawn with Scotts STEP-1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food can improve a lawn’s ability to absorb water & nutrients. Apply to your lawn for a fast green-up after winter. It also controls crabgrass for up to 4 months!

Apply in early spring, anytime between February and April when temperatures are still cool (under 80F). Step-1 prevents crabgrass before it can germinate. It also feeds to green up a winter-weary lawn, too. Learn more.

In mild climates that experience little to no snowfall, winter lawn damage is usually minimal. However, that’s not the case for us here in the Catskill Region. As a rule, it’s best to avoid walking on soggy areas of the lawn until they are dry so the grass doesn’t become damaged. But there is usually some damage from snow removal, ice prevention, shoveling and the mud of thawing.

Remove any turf damaged by salt, plows, or disease to prepare for the seeding that should follow in a few weeks. Resume mowing once the grass grows to 4 to 5 inches tall and only trim it back to 3 to 4 inches. But don’t start mowing too early! Mowing too early in spring, or trimming your lawn too low, results in weak grass that is more prone to summer damage during dry periods.

3. Clean Walkways and Patios

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The early spring is a perfect time to neaten up your hardscape surfaces, too. This includes both walkways and patios.

Make sure to rake escaped gravel back into your walkways and patios, and purchase more gravel to spread if needed. Refill joints between flagstones by sweeping in new sand or stone dust; water with a hose to set it, then repeat. Use a pressure washer with a low-pressure tip to remove any algae spots or leaf stains.

4. Replace and Paint Worn Wood

Remove badly rotted or damaged pickets or boards in your fencing, then scrub the wood clean by mixing water, bleach, and liquid soap. Once you’ve fully cleaned it, allow it time to dry before continuing. You can patch rotted sections with wood epoxy, and subsequently install new wood as needed.

Check to make sure that you don’t have any wobbly fence posts that need to be replaced. You should also scrape off old paint, sand the wood, and apply a new finish coat. Once temperatures go above 50° F, brush on a new coat of paint or stain.

5. Prune Dead and Damaged Branches

Many non-flowering shrubs, trees and woody plants respond well to spring pruning, which cleans up their appearance. Prune back to live stems if damaged, and shape hedges with hand pruners rather than electric shears. Electric shears have the tendency to cause a thick outer layer of growth, which prevents sunlight and air from reaching the shrub’s center.

How to Care for Vinyl Windows

How to Care for Vinyl Windows: “Dos and Don’ts”

Wondering how to care for vinyl windows? Maybe you’re considering new vinyl windows for your home and want to learn what kind of care they require.

Atrium windows and doors are designed for easy care and maintenance. Just a tiny bit of elbow grease from time to time will extend the life and beauty of your windows and doors.

Below are some quick and basic tips for caring for your Atrium windows and doors.

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Here are a few easy care and maintenance tips to keep in mind to extend the life and performance of your vinyl windows:

Product Care “Dos”

  • Do vacuum soil and debris from the sill or track prior to washing.
  • Do use a mixture of mild dish soap or any non-abrasive soap and water to gently clean window and door frames.
  • Do rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft absorbent cloth.
  • Do make sure any weep holes are clear of obstruction and draining properly.
  • Do remove the screens and wash them with a soft brush on a flat surface with mild dish soap and water.
  • Do periodically check the weather stripping around all window and door sashes.
  • Do occasionally lubricate all moving parts, including rollers and tracks with a silicone-based lubrication (any lubrication should be tested on an unseen part of the window to ensure no staining)

Product Care “Don’ts”

  • Don’t use abrasive or caustic cleaners or solvents as they may damage the finish of your windows and doors.
  • Don’t wash windows in direct sunlight, if possible.
  • Don’t use a high-pressure spray to wash the windows as it may damage the insulation and glass seal.
  • Don’t use sharp instruments or abrasive pads to clean the glass.
  • Don’t attach anything to the glass, such as masking tape, as heat from the sun may bake the adhesive into the glass.
  • Don’t use a silicone spray on plastic parts as it may damage them; use a non-wax furniture polish instead.

 

Seal Out the Winter Chill!

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Sources: https://www.atrium.com/homeowners/window-basics/understanding-condensation/

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How to Clean and Prep Your Deck or Porch

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If your wooden deck is grey, dull and weathered, or if it no longer repels beads of water, then it’s time to clean and treat it! Pressure-washing alone isn’t enough. Regular maintenance, combined with select cleaning and restoration products, will help protect your wood deck surface, ensuring a longer lifespan and many years of enjoyment. Plus, it looks amazing!

So, why not restore your deck to its original glory for the outdoor entertaining season? With a little bit of time and effort, your rough-looking old deck can look brand new again! 

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If your wood deck looks rough, but most of the boards are still intact and the structural components are sound, then you are a prime candidate for deck restoration. Here’s our step-by-step guide for how to clean and prep your deck or porch:

1) Sweep & Repair

How-to-Clean-and-Prep-Your-Deck-or-Porch---RepairBefore you apply a cleaner or bring out the pressure washer, you must first sweep the deck surface free of any debris or leaf matter and give an initial rinse with your garden hose spray. Also, cut back any vegetation that has begun to encroach on the deck surface from shrubs, bushes or low-hanging tree branches.

Ideally, a wooden deck should undergo a thorough sweeping and rinsing every year to remove accumulated debris. It’s a good idea to clean between the cracks of the deck boards with a putty knife to remove any leaf matter that might be caught there, which can cause rotting boards over time. Next, repair or replace any broken boards, as needed.

2) Cleaning the Wood

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Next, apply a deck cleaner and work the entire deck surface with a long-handled, poly scrub-brush. For regular maintenance cleaning, we recommend Benjamin Moore “CLEAN” concentrated formula to remove mold and mildew from your wooden deck surface. (If you have weathered stain or paint on the deck, you’ll want to begin with their Benjamin Moore “REMOVE” product to remove it and then you can skip the CLEAN product).

It’s easy to apply the cleaner with a garden sprayer. Mix the CLEAN solution with water in a garden sprayer according to the product container instructions. Apply in sections, allowing the mixture to penetrate the wood for 10-15 minutes, and then use a stiff poly brush to work the mixture into the surface of the wood. This helps remove as much of the mold and mildew as possible.

Finally, rinse well with a pressure washer or hose fitted with a nozzle.

Repeat this step with the Benjamin Moore “RESTORE” and “BRIGHTEN” products.

RESTORE helps restore old, severely weathered wood using a non-bleach formula that is gentle on the wood and surrounding environment. And BRIGHTEN removes the tannin and rust stains in the wood. It also breaks the “mill glaze” on newer wood so that it will accept the oil stain. It also counteracts the darkening caused by the previous step.

Allow the deck to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

3) Sanding

When the deck is fully dry (36-48 hours after washing, depending upon humidity and weather conditions), it’s time to sand the surface.  You can use a pole sander with an 80-grit sandpaper to remove all the loose wood fibers that were lifted by the pressure washing. Or, try using a DeWalt 5-inch variable speed random orbit sander with an 80-grit sandpaper to really smooth out the surface.

When you’re finished sanding the entire deck, use a leaf blower or the reverse outlet of a wet vac to remove dust from the surface and between any cracks.

4) Staining

The best time to stain your home’s exterior, deck siding, or outdoor furniture is when temperatures are moderate (above 50°F, but below 95°F), the humidity is low to average, and there is no rain in the immediate forecast. Ideally, you should have three to four consecutive dry days prior to beginning any exterior staining project.

Another tip: apply stain to the deck floor using a 5-inch stain brush versus deck pads or rollers. A brush like this makes it easy to get the stain between the spaces of all the deck boards.  And it’s quicker than you think! Pick up Bravo Stain Brushes at GNH Lumber in Greenville and Windham.

When applying the stain, work in four-foot sections of 3-4 boards while maintaining a wet leading edge. Then allow the stain to cure for 24-48 hours before placing furniture or allowing water to meet the deck surface.

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And there you have it! Restoring a wood deck is a satisfying job that reaps huge rewards. Dedicate a couple of weekends to the project, and you can completely revive your old wooden deck, ensuring many more years of outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.

Is Your Deck Beyond Repair?

Is it time for a brand-new deck? Get your deck project started today by requesting a project quote or scheduling an appointment at GNH Lumber to discuss your project. Get your staining project started!

Sources: www2.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/how-to-prepare-exterior-wood-for-staining; https://www.aburstofbeautiful.com/2016/06/revive-wood-deck.html/; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qz87D1jmjw

Prepping Your Deck for Staining

Prepping Your Deck for Staining

 Prepping Your Deck for Staining

Are you planning a deck or porch staining project? Adding a few coats of fresh stain to your wooden deck or porch is one of the easiest ways to beautify your outdoor space! It also protects and preserves it for years to come. But there are several important steps to take to ensure a good result when prepping your deck.

Inadequate prep is the most common reason for deck stain failure.

Set your deck up for success with these deck prep guidelines from Duckback Stain.

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Follow these guidelines to prepare for applying stains. Make sure the surface is clean (no dust, dirt, wood fibers or grease), dry and free from mildew. When a surface is not cleaned and prepared properly, the coating and project are at risk to fail.

  • Thoroughly sweep the deck to remove debris.
  • Liberally apply cleaner using a roller or pump sprayer (wear protective equipment to avoid contact with skin and eyes).
  • Allow the cleaner to set for 15 minutes. Mist your work area with a garden hose to keep it wet while the cleaner soaks into the wood.
  • After 15 minutes, work the cleaner into the surface using a stiff synthetic-bristle brush. Scrub to remove residue thoroughly.
  • Use a garden hose to completely rinse the cleaner from the wood.
  • You may apply stain or coating once the surface is clean, dull and dry.

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Is Your Deck Beyond Repair?

Is it time for a brand-new deck? Get your deck project started today by requesting a project quote or scheduling an appointment at GNH Lumber to discuss your project particulars! Get your staining project started!

Sources: https://www.superdeck.com/2016/10/10/choosing-right-deck-stain/, https://www.superdeck.com/2016/10/13/82/

How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

 How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

If your wooden deck is fading or peeling, a new coat of stain goes a long way to restoring it to beautiful condition! But how do you choose and apply deck stain?

You may be overwhelmed by all the choices in staining products, or by the prospect of a deck staining project. Well, it’s easier than you think to choose and apply deck stain.

As an additional bonus, staining your deck regularly will help protect the wood from moisture, traffic and sun damage, extending the life of your deck.

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The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve. Not sure which stain to choose for your project? Here’s a quick guide from Duckback:

1) Transparent Stains

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Transparent Stains provide a light color that highlights wood grain and provides good durability.

 

2) Semi-Transparent Stains

Semi-Transparent Stains provide very good durability as well as a rich, pigmented color that allows moderate hide while enabling the natural wood grain to show through.

 

3) Solid Color Stains

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Solid color stains help cover up wood blemishes or unsightly grain while offering maximum durability with opaque opacity.

 

How to Apply Stain:

Follow these steps to protect your outdoor living space while enhancing the beauty.

  1. Ensure your deck has been cleaned properly. Before applying stain, sprinkle some water on the deck. If the droplets sink in, the wood is ready to be stained.
  2. Working with the wood grain, apply an even coat of stain using a 4-inch brush. You may also use a roller to first apply the stain, and then work into the wood with your brush.
  3. Always read the product data guide. This guide provides complete product details and instructions. The Product Data Guide can be found online at Superdeck.com.
  4. For best results, avoid staining at midday or in direct sunlight.
  5. Depending on temperature and humidity, allow 24 – 48 hours of dry time before using your beautifully stained deck.

Is Your Deck Beyond Repair?

Is it time for a brand-new deck? Get your deck project started today by requesting a project quote or scheduling an appointment at GNH Lumber to discuss your project particulars! Get your staining project started!

Sources: https://www.superdeck.com/2016/10/10/choosing-right-deck-stain/, https://www.superdeck.com/2016/10/13/82/

Choosing Deck Railing

Tips for Choosing the Right Deck Railing

Choosing Deck RailingThe deck railing system you choose will be your deck’s most visible feature, so making the right railing choice is key to having your finished deck look as good or better than you imagined it at the start.

Are you in need of a partial or full deck renovation? GNH Lumber is ready to help you transform your old deck into an outdoor space your friends and family will enjoy all season long! Visit us in Greenville or Windham to discuss your decking project.

If you’re unsure where to begin the deck railing selection process, don’t worry! Here are some tips from TimberTech® that will help you choose the ideal deck railing for your backyard decking project:

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1) Check with Your Local Zoning Board

Before you start thinking about your deck or its railings, check with your local zoning board first to see if there are any codes or regulations you need your project to adhere to.

For instance, most townships require the balusters on the deck’s railing to be spaced no more than 4 inches apart. This is required so that children can’t slip between the balusters or get their heads stuck in them. In addition, in most areas, a permit will be needed for decks built higher than 24 inches off the ground.

Every township has its own laws and regulations, so always check yours before you start work, because the last thing you want is to wrap up installation only to have the inspector fail the build because you’re not compliant with local laws.

 

2) Choose the Right Height for Your Deck

Choosing Deck Railing

Height is one of the most important aspects when it comes to your deck railing. Usually, a deck’s railing should be anywhere between 36 to 42 inches. Any shorter in height, and it could be unsafe. Any higher, and it will restrict your view of the surrounding area. Therefore, keep it within that sweet spot for the best (and safest) results.

3) Best Types of Deck Railing to Use

When it comes to choosing the right deck railing for your deck, you want to ensure that you’re using materials that are pleasant in appearance and built to last. TimberTech offers a wide range of high-end, low-maintenance options that can turn any deck into a masterpiece of beauty and function, including:

All of TimberTech’s railing products are backed by a 25-year limited warranty and most are available in a range of colors, so you can create a deck with striking visual impact.  

 

4) Use AZEK’s New Deck Designer to See Your Railing Before You Buy

If you’re in the midst of a deck design but you’re not sure which railing system is going to look best with your deck, you can get a glimpse of your finished project by using AZEK Building Products’ new Deck Designer program.  The AZEK Deck Designer is designed to help homeowners create their dream deck right from the comfort of their home using a desktop, laptop, or tablet.

The program features more than 140 interchangeable options, including the full array of TimberTech, as well as AZEK, decking, railing, and lighting products and accessories. This is a quick and easy way to see how the various deck railing systems will look with your deck design, so you can select the one that works best with your unique sense of style.

 

We hope you enjoy the process of designing your ideal deck! And don’t forget – if you’re thinking of building a brand new deck, or rethinking your existing deck, GNH Lumber will help you make your dream deck a reality!

Source: https://timbertech.com/blog/tips-for-choosing-the-right-railing-for-your-deck


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LP Siding

6 Colorful Ways to Compliment Neutral Trim & Siding

LP SidingThere are many benefits to choosing a neutral color palette for siding and trim. For one, neutral colors appeal to the broadest range of potential home-buyers, making your home more marketable when it comes time to sell.

Neutrals also may be the top pick in your particular neighborhood, and therefore necessary to help your home blend into its location. And because siding is something that will potentially grace your home for decades, neutral siding and trim colors are a timeless choice.

Even if your current siding color palette is quite basic, this doesn’t mean your home can’t have personality and curb appeal.

There are many creative ways to accent neutral siding if you’re looking for just a pop of color. Try these ideas to give your home a fresh new look!

1) Create a Welcoming Entrance

The entry door is a great candidate for color! If you want to paint an existing door, use a high-quality acrylic latex paint for maximum durability. Before painting, don’t forget to clean the door, use a sander or sandpaper to remove any imperfections, and apply a latex-based primer.

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4) Choose a Bright Garage DoorWays to Compliment Neutral Trim and Siding

Take it from DesigningIdea.com: “The color red brings intensity to a home’s character. It creates a strong impression and radiates a welcoming feel. Red garage doors are intense visual components which direct the attention away from the house. This is the ideal color if you want to make your garage door stand out from the rest of the features of your home.

“Aside from the popular ravishing red and fire red, there are less intense options like burgundy and maroon which work well as garage door colors for traditional houses. Red garage doors work well for neutral (white or beige) and earth toned exteriors. For more modern and adventurous applications, a red garage door can also be used for adding a punch of color for pale yellow or blue houses.”

3) Add Bold Shutters

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Whether functional or decorative, shutters add color and historic charm to a home. For the look of wood with the least amount of maintenance, look for shutters made of fiberglass, PVC or composite wood.

4) Try Creative Gardening

A neutral home can be the perfect backdrop for a riot of colorful shrubs and flowers. From blooming shrubs to lovely annuals and perennials, there are many plant options to make your home inviting. Ask your local nursery or landscaping company for recommendations.

5) Colorful Pavers & Pathways

You use winding, curvy pathways to contrast with and compliment the hard lines of your home exterior – why not also use them to add a pop of color? Try alternating brick red and light tan to create a host of interesting designs, patterns and effects.

6) Rock Some Unique Porch Chairs or a Swing.

Can’t commit to a bold shutter or entry door color? Take your color to something that can be moved, such as chairs, a swing or planters. You’ll get the same colorful effect that can be easily updated or removed when the mood strikes.

Learn more about using accent colors on your home’s exterior.

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Sources: https://www.upsidetosmartside.com/blog/4-bold-exterior-accents-compliment-neutral-trim-siding/; https://lpcorp.com/products/exterior/siding-trim/blog/siding-products-benefits/how-to-use-lp-products-to-create-a-custom-look/; https://designingidea.com/garage-door-color-ideas/