For a Better First Impression, Think Outside the Mailbox

unnamedIt’s one of life’s great mysteries. Why do so many people living in upscale subdivisions have mailboxes fit for an Old West ghost town? Posts are slanted like old tombstones, mailboxes are rusted, and the posts look like something you’d hitch a horse to.

They spend so much time and money on flower beds, siding, and exterior painting, and yet the very 1st thing that 1st time visitors see, when finding the house for the 1st time, is a mailbox that makes a bad 1st impression.

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Deck Restore – How to Stain Your Deck Less Often

Deck restore St. Louis ideas. Fix St. Louis blog
Image: abram via Flickr

Can you never really enjoy using your deck unless you choose not to look at it? There are splinters and cracks you don’t quite know what do about. And it looks like it needs to be stained but you don’t want to spend that kind of money too often.

Well, the deck industry has actually been working quite hard to meet the needs of deck-owners like you, even though they haven’t done a particularly good job telling you about it. They realize most people don’t really enjoy spending the time and money to stain their deck, and are willing to trade-off maintaining its natural appearance for the opportunity to stain it less frequently.

Below you’ll find our “6 Degrees of Restoration” if you are seeking to stain your deck less often!

The 6 Degrees of Restoration When it Comes to a Deck Restore

1. Transparent Stain: Highlights the wood’s natural appearance, but provides the least protection. You may have to stain every single year to protect the deck from weather.

2. Semi-Transparent Stain: Contains some pigment and more protection. So, prepare to stain every other year.

3. Solid Color Deck Stain: Now we’re getting more serious about protection, and less serious about highlighting the wood. Ought to last 4-5 years before you need to stain again.

4. Deck Paint: So, let’s forget about the wood’s natural appearance and concentrate more on overall color and protection. Maybe we’re up to every 5-6 years now.

5. Deck Restorer: Oh, there’s wood under there? Now we’re talking about layering a new thin surface over the deck boards, perhaps even filling in all the cracks and masking the wood’s overall texture. Some manufacturers claim this product will last for 12 years.

6. Composite Decking: If you like the look of wood but don’t care whether or not it’s real, NEVER want to stain your deck again, and your financial situation is comfortable, this is the right solution for you. Replace your wood boards with these. Call us and we’ll show you samples.

If you want to stain less and enjoy your deck more, give us a call and we’ll figure out the right solution for you.

Dr Steve
Fix St Louis

It’s Time to Repair, NOT Stain, Your Deck

This recent warmer weather is now drawing people into their backyards, where they catch their first glimpse of the condition of their wooden decks. And for many, it ain’t a pretty sight.

If you don’t like the deck you see, your first instinct might be to stain or paint it, thinking it will cover-up all your problems, so you can go on enjoying it again. Oh, if only life were that easy.

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Kick the habit of not fixing the small stuff

Time for some tough love.  Why do you continue to live under the same roof as those small things that never get fixed?  They irritate you, and you can never get them out of your mind.  Why can’t you ever seem to summon the will to kick them out of your house for good, vowing never to think about them again?  Is this one of those strange dependency things you often hear about?

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Storm Doors: That door that hits you on your way out

Hey, what’s with that extra door that blocks your front door? That flimsy thing that’s always in the way when you carry bags in and out, and every once in awhile gives you a smart whack on your backside. Why are you hiding your attractive front door behind something that at best is invisible, just glass and a thin frame? And, what joker came up with this idea anyway — the guy who invented plastic slip covers?

The truth is, storm doors are a lot like tonsils. If they become a problem you can live without them. But they can perform helpful functions.

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