Tips on Protecting your Deck and Outdoor Decor from Heat and Sun Damage

Protecting yourself from the sun’s harsh UV rays has always been important. But have you considered what effects the sun’s rays might have on your personal property and outdoor decor? Just as a person would hastily apply SPF sunscreen to protect their skin, it’s important to remember to protect one of your other investments – your furniture.

Sun exposure and heat damage to your furniture is detrimental and usually irreversible. Below, you will find some tips to keep in mind for this Summer season.

Make sure that wood is protected

The sun’s rays are one of the most destructive elements to wood furniture. It can cause fading, which is often irreversible. Certian woods, such as teak and ipe, can endure the sun and the elements. However, raw wood will require some type of coating.  Coating acts as both a water sealant, as well as an ultraviolet light-resistant barrier.  It will be in your best interest to make sure that your wood is properly sealed, stained or coated.

Clean your furniture prior to protecting it

Make sure your furniture is in good condition before you take efforts to protect it. Wood should be pressure washed and in good condition prior to sealing or coating. For metal and plastic, apply a container of furniture protector to minimize the impact of heat and radiation.

Clean any outdoor upholstery  

Upholstery should be cleaned with soap and water.  Make sure it dries completely to avoid mildewing.  Once clean and dry, spray every piece with fabric protector and reapply at the start of every season.

Protect against stains and water damage

Stain and water repellents help prolong the beauty of your furniture. Most sealants include a water repellant, which will help preserve your investment. Water repellents help prevent water from soaking into your furniture by quickening the evaporation of moisture from seeping into the wood and causing it to warp, weaken, or rot.

Store furniture correctly

When your outdoor furniture is not in use, make sure to cover it. If you don’t get much use out of a particular piece, go ahead and store it in a garage or shed. Covers help to protect from light, but not against temperatures.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

1. Streamline the stuff

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. (All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty, designers say.)

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Get ready to fall in love with Fall colors & decor

Fall is a favorite season for most, and with good reason. Beautiful colors, perfect weather, seasonal crafts and fall-inspired foods are enough to make any person fall in love with Fall. What are some of the biggest trends for colors and home decor for this Fall?

 

Inspired by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, Fall colors have always been rich earth tones. Warm reds, burnt orangea, and lush greens undoubtedly represent the season and mimic the colors that we see in nature. But how can we use those colors to spruce up our homes, and bring some of that natural Fall beauty indoors? Continue reading Get ready to fall in love with Fall colors & decor

What do humid, hot summer months mean for your deck?

Summer is officially in full swing; hot, humid weather. Less moisture in the air undoubtedly affects us and our bodies, but what about our outdoor property and possessions?

When there is less moisture in the air, it can cause the boards in your deck to crack, splinter and break. The best time to waterproof a deck in mid-late summer, when moisture in the air is scarce.

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Protect your Deck and Outdoor Decor from Heat and Sun Damage

Protecting yourself from the sun’s harsh UV rays has always been important. But have you considered what effects the sun’s rays might have on your personal property and outdoor decor? Just as a person would hastily apply SPF sunscreen to protect their skin, it’s important to remember to protect one of your other investments – your furniture.

Sun exposure and heat damage to your furniture is detrimental and usually irreversible. Below, you will find some tips to keep in mind for this Summer season.

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Does your deck have an expiration date – try the water test?

Decks put up with a lot, literally and figuratively. On a daily basis, a deck must withstand weather, traffic and general wear & tear. Regular deck maintenence isn’t always at the forefront of our minds, so it can be quite easy to ignore a deck in need of repair. Letting your deck go for too long can range from “no big deal” all the way to eventual collapse. Ensuring that you keep up with your deck in small ways can help you avoid a big catastrophe down the road.

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How to Brighten up Any Space with a Bold Color

Go Bold or Go Home

The accent wall has become a popular staple for those who want to have a trendy, chic look and feel to their homes. It is a great way to use ra vibrant color that you love, and also a creative way to showcase some of your favorite décor. Accenting a wall has even been known to highlight the architectural features of your home. Taking the accent wall idea one step further has lead to even more stunning results. We call it the accent room, and we think that it’s the next big trend in home décor. Continue reading How to Brighten up Any Space with a Bold Color