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Arbor Coat on the Deck: Beverly, MA Painting Contractors

Restoring Your Deck and Patio for the Season

This may not be the summer we all had envisioned for ourselves. In fact, this may be the summer of staying home, or at least staying more local due to the global pandemic. If you want to make the most of the warmer months, it may be time to get your deck and patio area in tip-top shape to entertain close friends and family. Here are a few tips for restoring your deck or patio area back to the splendor it once had. 

Stress on Your Deck

You don’t have to be a carpenter or contractor to know that the New England climate can be rough on outdoor structures including your deck or brick pavers. The snow, sleet, hail, wind, and salty air can really do some damage to wood decking as well as brick pavers. Every year homeowners should take steps to evaluate the condition of their deck as well as take steps to protect the surfaces from rot, decay, mold, mildew, and warping. Pavers should be regrouted and cleaned regularly as well. Deck Painting in Beverly, MA by Jerry Enos Painting Contractor

Evaluate First 

One of the first things homeowners should do when getting a deck or patio ready for the season is to do a thorough inspection of the structure. Check each board for rot, warping, and splintering. Mark those that will need repairs. Check rails, steps, and nails that could be sticking up. Each element should be repaired and evaluated for the level of refurbishing that will need to be completed. Don’t forget to inspect the underside of the deck as well as the foundation supports for rotting. 

Power Washing 

Once homeowners have inspected from the top to the bottom of their outdoor entertaining area, they may want to have a professional power washing completed that can remove the mold, mildew, dirt and debris. Our specialists can help you start fresh on the entertaining area. deck

Repairs 

From pounding down nails, to repairing loose railings, the safety of your deck is important not only for the overall look but also for the liability aspect. Be sure to have an experienced repair team take care of any structural issues and safety issues. 

Refinishing or Repainting 

Depending upon the type of deck or patio you have, you may want to consider having the wood sanded and refinished to look new and fresh. Your patio pavers may need some scrubbing and replacing of loosened stones as well. 

Our  multi-step process here at Jerry Enos Painting of stripping and sealing the wood will make your entertaining area look like new for years to come.

 

Spring Exterior Paint Colors on Tan Suburban Home

Spring Cleaning With Power Washing 

If “grimy,” “salt-stained,” and “in need of a good cleaning,” are the ways you would describe your home’s exterior, it may be time for a spring power washing. This form of outdoor spring cleaning can be used in many places including your home’s siding, patios pavers, decking, front steps, walkways, and driveways. 

Power washing, also referred to interchangeably as pressure washing, involves  pressurized water to clean dirt, algae, and other contaminants from outdoor surfaces. This method is often used to wash large areas outside that have accumulated dirt and grime. The surfaces cleaned are typically hard and can handle the harsh spray of the pressurized water. The general idea is that the water will loosen up the grime and simply spray it away. 

There are some caveats about power washing that homeowners, who have no experience with, should be aware of. Power washing can not be used on every surface. The strength of the spray can actually harm some surfaces such as sandstone, roofing shingles, and paint that is damaged or old. The softer or more delicate the surface, the more likely you are to cause damage. Directing the spray onto one of these areas could lead to wood damage or loss of paint or wood stain. exterior painting

Why Your Home Needs Power Washing 

Throughout the year our homes, including the exterior siding, patio, decking, walkways, and driveways experience some rather harsh conditions. Snow, rain, sleet, hail, drastic changes in temperature, salty air, chemicals from the roads during winter, and all the dust and debris that naturally occurs in our atmosphere are just some of the contaminants that our exterior areas face. 

Add these things together and our exteriors deserve a thorough cleaning every spring along with our interior spring cleaning. front door

How Jerry Enos Power Washing Works 

If you are inexperienced at power washing, you may want to have a professional do the work for you, or at the very least, educate yourself about the technique and what could go wrong, even with something as benign as water. 

Pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage.

Power washing is unlike conventional cleaning methods that leave behind detergents or rely on harsh chemicals to get rid of stains and grime. This water spray method can make wood and other surfaces look new and fresh. 

To get a free estimate or to set up an appointment for your home’s exterior spring cleaning via power washing, call Jerry Enos Painting or contact us online. 

 

Gazebos, Patios, and Pergolas. Oh My! 

Have you been enjoying your outdoor space this summer? Or does your deck, patio, gazebo, or outdoor kitchen area need some work? If you answered the latter, then Jerry Enos Painting can help. We know how to make your outdoor space become a showcase for entertaining well into the fall months. 

The dog days of summer are here and we are all looking for a little relief from the heat. An outdoor space is the perfect place to visit with friends, entertain, make a meal, and just chill out. But if your space is looking a little worn you may want to call in our team. Here’s what we can do. 

 

Power Wash 

Does your deck seem a little dingy, dirty, or in need of some work? We can bring it back to life with a power wash that can not only clean it of the grime that builds up over the year but also rejuvenates the wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces. A high pressure power wash can remove entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage.Think about it for your gazebo, wood deck, brick pavers, walkways, and driveway. 

Refinishing 

If your deck needs more than a powerful wash, then refinishing may be the way to go. Sun, rain, snow, and the annual winter freeze all work in tandem in New England to make wooden decks age faster than they should. Our team at Jerry Enos Painting can repair, clean, and refinish your outdoor deck to a like-new condition so you can spend the warm months enjoying the outdoors instead of avoiding stepping on splinters and tripping over warped boards. Once we have determined the extent of weathering and damage to the deck, we use a multi-step process to strip and seal the wood so it looks like new for years to come.

Exterior Painting 

Protecting the wood on your patio is crucial to keeping it healthy under the sometimes harsh New England climate. If your outdoor space, including your pergola or gazebo, looks like it needs a facelift, we can complete a thorough cleaning, priming, and exterior painting project in the color of your choice! 

If your outdoor oasis is not quite the getaway you are looking for, call Jerry Enos Painting and we can help you restore it to its former, once-shining glory. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

Arbor Coat on the Deck: Beverly, MA Painting Contractors

Does your Deck Need a Facelift?

Is your deck trying to send you a message? Most homeowners enjoy their decks during the spring, summer, and fall months when they entertain around a fire pit or BBQ. It is during the winter months, however, that decks can begin to age and experience weather that can cause much-needed repairs. Take a look at your deck this month and see if it is sending you a message that it needs some repair, paint, or a facelift. Here are some signs that your deck needs some TLC.

Aging Finish

If your deck is made of wood, as so many decks in our region are, it may be trying to tell you that it needs a new coat of paint or finish. Has the finish on your deck started to deteriorate such as peeling, bubbling, oxidizing, or flaking? It may be time to call Jerry Enos Painting to clean it up and put on a fresh coat of finish.

Signs of Rot

Take a closer look at your deck. Does the wood feel soft? Does it look damp or discolored? Are the supports solid? If you feel like your wood is beginning to rot, or has become the meal of some unwelcome pests, you may need to repair the wood and then have it re-stained or re-painted to seal and protect the wood from further damage.

Signs of Repair Needed

While you are examining your deck, check each board to be sure it is not warped or cracked. Check the railings and stairs to be sure they are secure as well. Wiggly or loose railings or boards are a sign that some repairs are needed.

Jerry Enos Painting offers services that can restore your deck back to the glory of the days when you first built it. Natural wood decks have a beauty all their own, and we pride ourselves on bringing out that beauty by reversing the ravages of time. First, we use a floor machine designed specifically for hardwood to strip the deck of dead fibers to reveal the fresh, unsullied wood underneath. Then we seal it with a high quality, hard wearing clear or tinted penetrative coating that highlights the qualities of the wood itself and protects it from moisture and the elements. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and new your wood deck will look after refinishing and how easy it is to care for from here on. Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

 

Bring your Deck Back to Life

Now that summer is in full swing, your deck and patio are probably getting lots of use with BBQs, nights around the fire pit, and other fun outdoor entertainment. If you are finding that your deck is looking a little worn, giving barefoot guests splinters, or perhaps just losing the fresh look the wood once had, then maybe now is the time to clean, restore, and/or refinish your valuable outdoor entertaining space. Jerry Enos Painting has years of experience evaluating decks and outdoor spaces for much needed repairs, power washing, and restoration to bring the area back to the new look it once had. Let’s take a look at how you can bring your deck back to life.

 

New England poses some serious climate problems for outdoor structures including deck and patio areas. Harshly cold and snowy winters give way to exceedingly warm and humid summers in our region. These extreme changes in temperature alone can cause wood to decay, splinter, and warp. Add to that the fact that we northerners tend to over-use salt and deicing products, thus causing further decay. Grime, dirt, and mildew can make your deck look old, worn, and tired faster than in other areas of the country.

 

  • Power Washing – One of the first steps in making your deck or hardscape come back to life is to give it a good cleaning in order to wipe away the salt residue, dirt, mold, and grime that can build up over the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Power washing should be done by a professional who understands the angle and force that can be safely used on wood and stone surfaces.
  • Repair and Restoration – After checking the supports, footings, slats, and railings, the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting can repair any rotting wood and ensure that the deck is safe for family and friends to enjoy.
  • Deck Refinishing – After your deck is deemed secure, it is time to consider refinishing it to make it look refreshed and new again. Once we have determined the extent of the weathering and damage done to the deck, we use a multi-step process to strip and seal the wood so that it looks like new for years to come.

 

Bring back the life to your entertaining area, whether it is with a quick power wash for your deck or hardscapes, or a full restoration and refinishing for the deck itself. Call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Transform Your Outdoor Space

For months, New Englanders have endured the winter weather. This year it seemed to last forever. The cold, windy, and snowy wrath of Mother Nature makes us all savor the months that we can be outdoors even more so. Now that outdoor entertaining time is here, is your deck and patio area ready? Jerry Enos Painting has several services that can help transform your outdoor space into an outdoor living area to be proud of.

 

Look around your deck and patio area. Does the wood look worn or tired? Does it need a good cleaning? Do the structures around your grill or fire pit need a fresh coat of paint? These are all elements that can make or break your outdoor space.

 

  • Power Washing – Whether you have a pool, patio, hardscape, fire pit, or traditional deck with a grill, Jerry Enos Painting offers professional power washing that can rejuvenate your outdoor entertaining space. Mold, dirt, and discoloration can make your deck or hardscape look old and worn. Power washing is about more than just aesthetics, though. Unlike conventional cleaning methods that may leave behind detergents or harsh chemicals, pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage.
  • Deck Refinishing – How is the wood on your deck faring? Take a look. Has the sun, rain, snow, or ice melt caused your deck to look old, start to splinter, or warp? Deck refinishing means a comprehensive treatment including: repair, cleaning, and refinishing your outdoor deck to like-new condition.  
  • Exterior Painting – Does your backyard have a trellis, gazebo, or other outdoor structures that need to be maintained with stain or paint? Jerry Enos Painting can help strip, scrape, stain, and/or paint any of your outside structures so that your entertaining area can be in tip-top shape.

It’s been a long, hard winter. Do you need help transforming your outdoor space back to its original glory? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Prepping Your Deck for Spring Entertaining

Finally Mother Nature has begun to cooperate by providing the northeast with some much needed warmer weather and sunnier days after a winter of back-to-back Nor’easters. For all of us hibernating in front of the fireplace, it is time to start thinking about getting outdoors and prepping for outdoor entertaining. That means more than just firing up the grill, and buying some tiki torches. It means examining the deck and hardscapes for damage, power washing, and making your deck look like new again through refinishing. At Jerry Enos Painting we can help your deck and patio area be “entertainment-ready.” Here are some tips.

 

  • Visual Inspection – After a winter of heavy, wet snow and wind, it is a good idea to complete a thorough inspection on the wood on your deck, regardless of whether it is natural redwood, cedar, or pressure treated. Check the entire structure, including the underdeck, for rot, mildew, or nails that have popped out. Look for softspots, splinters or discoloration of the wood. Check closely that there is no rot around supports.
  • Pressure Wash – Nothing brings back the new look of a deck like a pressure washing. Pressure washing can actually rejuvenate wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage.
  • Deck Refinishing – Once your deck has been inspected and cleaned thoroughly, it is time to refinish the wood to bring it back to its former glory. Our crew here at Jerry Enos can strip it, seal it, and protect it for another season of entertaining.

 

If you love to entertain outdoors and need some help getting your decking prepped for the spring season of grilling, call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more

Replace or Refurbish Your Deck?

In New England, where there are precious few weeks of warm weather to entertain outdoors, it is important to inspect your deck and patio area annually to see if it is time to replace it or refurbish it. Jerry Enos Painting offers power washing, repair and refurbishing of decking and patio areas so you can get the most out of the warm months in the northeast.

Before you fire up the grill every spring and summer season, do a thorough inspection of the decking. Are there any nails that are sticking out? Do you see any rotting wood or warped boards? Is the railing secure? How are the footers doing? Decks and patios are meant to last for a long time but only with proper maintenance. Even the strongest hardwoods can succumb to the elements if not cared for correctly. A full replacement can be expensive so check these warning signs before you make a decision between repair or replace.

 

  • Deck Posts – Before deciding on repairing or replacing your deck, check the base of the deck where it goes into the ground. Standing water or rotting wood around the deck post should be a sign that you may need to replace that post or repair it. Posts that show signs of rot should be replaced immediately, as they can break without warning, and could cause an injury to anyone standing on the deck.
  • Joists – Check under the deck to be sure the main joists are still in good condition and not showing signs of rot or fatigue. If these are still solid and the deck posts are fine, then most patio areas just need a facelift including a good stripping, sanding and restaining.
  • Deck Surface and Railings – Once you have looked at the posts and joists, check the general condition of the railings for any loose areas as well as issues on the surface of the deck. For many homeowners, the surface can get old or tired looking due to weather conditions but that can be resolved in a very affordable way –– power washing or stripping the wood and a quality top coat.

If your outdoor area is looking worn down, consider calling Jerry Enos Painting to discuss giving it a much needed facelift and refurbishing this spring or summer. We can have it looking like new in no time so you can go on enjoying your outdoor entertaining area.

Decks – an Extension of Your Home

How many rooms does your house have? What if I told you that you could increase that number and create an extension to your home just by caring for and properly maintaining your deck and patio area? There are many styles of outdoor furnishing, accent pieces and  lighting options out there from which to choose to add square footage to your home. With annual maintenance and clever accessorizing, your patio or deck could become an outdoor room where you can entertain, relax or enjoy a meal.

What would you need to do to get your deck or patio area “entertainment ready?” Let’s take a look at some of the trends on making your backyard an extension of your home, as well as what Jerry Enos Painting can do to help you get that extra square footage during the warmer months.

  • Deck or Patio Restoration – Before you start thinking about an expensive re-design of your outdoor area consider restoring the wood or having a professional power washing to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Jerry Enos Painting can repair, clean, and refinish your outdoor deck to like-new condition so you can spend the warm months enjoying the outdoors instead of avoiding splinters and warped boards. Depending upon your specific needs, we can strip the wood to reveal the unsullied wood beneath and then seal it with a high quality clear or tarnished coating. If repair is not needed we can power wash to clean up the dirt and grime that probably settled in during the snowy months. Power washing is also a great idea for brick pavers on your patio!
  • Furnishings – Depending on your personal tastes, homeowners can create a cozy sitting area around a fire pit or al fresco dining area. There are hundreds of styles of furnishings to choose from including sectionals, love seats, swings, hammocks and the list goes on and on. Choose the pattern and colors you love with outdoor carpeting and pillows to match!
  • Lighting – From twinkle lighting to full landscape lighting, your backyard room can be illuminated to the level of your needs. Choose from safety lighting around your pool or garden to mood lighting around the conversation areas. The choices are endless.
  • All the Bells and Whistles – Once you have your deck and patio properly maintained and furnishings and lighting chosen, now you can go crazy with outdoor sound, a movie screen, an outdoor bar, or maybe a hot tub to work out all those aches and pains of the day.

Call Jerry Enos Painting to get yourself started on making your deck or patio a beautiful extension of your home today.

Are you Ready for Outdoor Entertaining?

The smell of the grill, the laughter of friends and the warmth of the fire pit are just a few of the things we have been dreaming about all winter long, right? Spring is here and summer is right around the bend, which means it’s time for outdoor entertaining!

 

However, just because the calendar has turned to spring doesn’t mean you are ready for the patio party season to begin. Have you checked out the condition of your deck or patio? Does the area need some revitalizing or a bit of sprucing before you invite all your friends and family for the traditional summer barbecues? Here are 3 of the ways Jerry Enos Painting can help you get ready to fire up the grill!

 

  • Power Washing – Snow melt products and heavy shoveling can cause serious damage to decks and patios. Pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage. We can power wash your deck, walkways, patio area or the exterior facade of your home to make it look clean and new!
  • Deck Refinishing – After several seasons exposed to the elements, the wood on a deck can begin to look old, discolored and in need of some serious TLC. We can strip and seal your deck to protect it and bring back its natural beauty. In stripping the deck we remove the dead fibers to reveal the fresh, unsullied wood underneath. Then we seal it with a high quality, hard wearing clear or tinted penetrative coating. The like-new condition of your deck will have friends and relatives wondering if you installed a new deck!  
  • Exterior Painting – Jerry Enos Painting can prep, prime and paint any exterior structure including your home, garage or sheds. The damaging effects of salt, moss and mildew can really do a job on exterior facades so consider contacting us for a free estimate on painting your home before the BBQ season kicks off this year!