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Prepping for Your Next Window Installation or Deck Staining Project

25 April 2020

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 4.25.20.

Full frame window replacement affords homeowners the ability to evaluate their current window styles and make adjustments that allow more natural light to enter the home.  When comparing full frame window replacement vs insert, it’s critical to know that full frame replacement allows a contractor to address dry rot and make insulation upgrades.  Furthermore, the window is custom manufactured for the specific opening it’s being installed in, allowing them to excel in the realm of energy efficiency.  When comparing window manufacturers and contractors, it’s vital to understand the warranties they offer prior to making a commitment.

If windows are only one component of your home renovation, it can be advantageous to work with a general contractor that can help you navigate the entire process. This is particularly true if you live in a historic home where exact replacement components may not be available, but modern replicas that honor the home’s architecture often are. If a project needs to be done in phases for budgetary reasons, a quality contractor can help you evaluate where your priorities should be.

wood deck

Many times, wooden decks are attached historic homes.  To keep them looking their best, routine maintenance is needed.  If you’ve not ever power washed your deck before, start with the lowest setting and increase pressure as needed.  A power washer on too high of a setting can leave permanent indentations in your wooden deck.   It’s best practice to continue with a deck stripper, like Penofin® Pro-Tech, that will remove previously applied stains, sealers, and paints.   After that, a deck cleaner can be used to eradicate stains, sap, and mineral deposits.  This step also targets mold and mildew.  Next, a brightener and conditioner, we recommend one from Behr, can be used to open the wood’s pores.  Penofin stain can then be used to complete the project.

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