Category Archives: Decks

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!

The Signs It’s Time to Restore Your Deck

For years your backyard deck has been a lot like Old Faithful, i.e., reliable. It’s there when you need it in spring, summer, and perhaps fall, and waits patiently for your return during the cold winter months. But even if you’re extra careful about how you treat your wood deck, Mother Nature is a harsh mama. Every season in New England brings new worries for wood decks – leaves, scorching sun, downpours, and months of ice and snow.

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If yours is an older house, there’s a good chance your wood deck has seen better years. Full wood deck refinishing and restoration can take care of most issues but is it time? Here are some very good reasons you might want to put refinishing a deck at the top of your to-do list sooner rather than later:

  1. Restoring a wood deck before major damage happens costs less than replacing a wood deck, and refinishing your deck will cost a LOT less.
  1. New England deck restoration is eco friendly. The greenest deck will always be the one that’s already built. If there is still life left in your wood deck, restoring it makes a lot of sense.
  1. Major problems like severe structural issues can’t be undone but sometimes you can halt deck failure in its tracks by replacing just a few boards. Wood doesn’t deteriorate overnight, which means that the maintenance you do now may let you put off deck replacement for many years.
  1. You’ve found rot. A quick inspection will show you where rot has set in. All it takes is a Philips screwdriver – use the tip to poke beams, into the joists between boards, and post brackets. There’s more than likely rot anywhere you feel “give”.
  1. Warping floor boards, loose pieces, shaky rails, and splintering are all good reasons to look into restoring your wood deck. These are the kinds of minor problems that if addressed quickly, won’t turn into bigger issues later on.
  1. Your wood deck simply looks terrible. Maybe there is peeling paint or the wood looks dry and faded – in either case, deck restoration or deck refinishing can restore the beauty of your old deck and make it look like new.

When isn’t it a good time to refinish a deck? Simply put, when the ledger is bad. Solid beams and joists and good looks aren’t much use when you should be worrying about a rotting ledger board. Similarly if any of your wood deck’s framing is bad, that needs to be addressed before you can even begin to think about restoring or refinishing a wood deck.

Is your MA, NH, or New England deck ready for those spring and summertime barbecues? We can breathe new life into even the most weather-beaten wooden deck with expert deck refinishing and restoration. Call our team at 978-546-6843 or email to discuss the details of refinishing a deck and a free estimate. You’ll be barbecuing in no time!

Put It on Your To Do List: Winterizing Your Deck

Your wood deck has supported you all summer; now it’s time for you to return the favor. In fall and winter, decks take a lot of abuse from wind and rain, leaves piling up, and then ice and snow.

To ensure that your deck is barbecue ready come spring you need to prepare it for the onslaught of weather that’s coming soon. Here’s what you need to do sooner rather than later. Winter will be here before you know it!

The first step is to evaluate the current condition of your cleared deck. Sprinkle water on as many different areas as you can and see what happens. If water soaks right in it’s time to reseal but if it puddles your deck’s seal is probably sufficient to make it through another winter.

A once-over to check for splintering, rot, warped boards, cupping, popped nails, mold, and mildew is important. Making repairs now before harsh weather arrives can prevent further damage.

But assuming the seal is good and everything is in good condition, the next step is giving your deck a good cleaning. First sweep up dirt and debris, paying special attention to the spaces between boards where soil can collect. A leaf blower can speed this up! Then wash it with the deck soap formulation that’s right for the wood and rinse carefully.

Winterizing your deck may cost you a weekend of apple picking but the payoff will last all year because you’re not spending a lot to undo neglect.

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Stain or Paint: What’s the Right Finish for Your Deck?

Wood is beautiful, durable, and a great decking material. It’s also a material that expands and contracts with changing temperatures, is vulnerable to sun damage, and is porous so moisture can get in and cause further damage. Unprotected wood? Gets ugly fast. That’s why most decks (and most wood exteriors, too) are either painted or sealed with stain.

But which finish option to choose… there are positives and negatives to both.

Paint, for instance, is the longer-lasting option because solids in the paint form a protective film, but the natural beauty of the wood is lost as multiple coats cover up the grain. Painting is also the messier option – one that requires much more effort in the form of prepping and priming the wood. It’s also more difficult for the amateur to achieve good looking results.

Water-repellent stains, on the other hand, won’t provide a finish that lasts as long or offers as much protection as paint, but will keep the wood stable while letting its natural beauty shine through. And speaking of looks, stain won’t ever crack, peel, or flake off, though like paint it will eventually fade.

One other thing stain has going for it is the ease of application. Painting a deck may prove overwhelming for the well-intentioned homeowner, while staining often requires little prep and as little as a single coat.

As for what both deck paint and stain have in common, they need to be reapplied as necessary to ensure that wood is protected season after season. Both can fail if not cared for. Provided you plan to repaint or re-stain when needed the choice between paint and stain really comes down to which you think looks better.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting company in Massachusettsto subscribe, contact us!

 

 

 

 

Stain or Paint: What’s the Right Finish for Your Deck?

Wood is beautiful, durable, and a great decking material. It’s also a material that expands and contracts with changing temperatures, is vulnerable to sun damage, and is porous so moisture can get in and cause further damage. Unprotected wood? Gets ugly fast. That’s why most decks (and most wood exteriors, too) are either painted or sealed with stain.

painted deck versus stained deck

But which finish option to choose… there are positives and negatives to both. See?

Paint, for instance, is the longer-lasting option because solids in the paint form a protective film, but the natural beauty of the wood is lost as multiple coats cover up the grain. Painting is also the messier option – one that requires much more effort in the form of prepping and priming the wood. It’s also more difficult for the amateur to achieve good looking results.

Water-repellent stains, on the other hand, won’t provide a finish that lasts as long or offers as much protection as paint, but will keep the wood stable while letting its natural beauty shine through. And speaking of looks, stain won’t ever crack, peel, or flake off, though like paint it will eventually fade.

One other thing stain has going for it is the ease of application. Painting a deck may prove overwhelming for the well-intentioned homeowner, while staining often requires little prep and as little as a single coat.

As for what both deck paint and stain have in common, they need to be reapplied as necessary to ensure that wood is protected season after season. Both can fail if not cared for. Provided you plan to repaint or re-stain when needed the choice between paint and stain really comes down to which you think looks better.

Did you know that Jerry Enos Painting offers deck refinishing and restoration? We can breathe new life into even the most weather-beaten deck! Call us to find out more.