{2015 lake home & cabin show preview}

Unique Window Treatments on Display at Lake Home & Cabin Show

“Up North.” It’s a Minnesota thing. Wherever you live in the state, we all know what we mean when we hear those two special words. We have a special relationship with our home away from home; a love affair with our lake homes and cabins. With more than 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, (11,842 lakes to be exact, according to the DNR), cabin culture is entrenched in our very being. It’s our deep connection to the lakes and the land that drives us to pack our cars, motor deep into the woods and exhale for a weekend away.

And, what better time to get cabin fever (in a good way) than the 2015 Lake Home & Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center this weekend: February 6-8. Read the rest of this entry »

{storm system®: exterior wood care system}

 

 

Designed to strip away confusion and replace it with simple language and visual cues we all understand, Storm System® makes choosing exactly the right finish for your job easier than ever. And with each Storm System® category composed of only best-in-class formulations, you can rest assured no matter what you choose, you will be getting one of the most beautiful, long-lasting finishes available.

Storm System® offers retailers, DIYers and Professional Wood Care Contractors more than products that deliver a fresh, like-new appearance to exterior surfaces. The brand brings a fresh, new approach to the whole category – a freshness that is reflected in a simpler, more intuitive system; a more progressive, innovative personality; and a true focus on Independent Retailers.

storm system

Category 1 finishes are the most transparent. They allow the most natural look of the wood to show through. Even with their transparency, they still provide a base level of CLEAR UV protection.

Category 2 features toners and semi-transparent finishes . They provide a hint of color while still permitting the texture and wood grain to show through. With more pigment comes LIGHT UV protection.

Category 3 is the semi-solid finish category. These finishes provide color that is a bit more opaque, yet still allows the natural character of the wood to show through. A MODERATE level of UV protection comes from additional pigmentation.

Solid color finishes make up Category 4. They provide a completely opaque, paint-like appearance. With their complete opacity comes the maximum level of HEAVY UV protection. For best results, start with one of our best-in-class primers in Category 5.

Category 5 features the primers of the Storm System. These amazing products are invaluable when either the surface that is to be refinished is in extremely weathered, distressed condition, or if the surface is going to be exposed to extreme weather or high traffic and wear. Using one of these unsurpassed, best-in-class primers will make the long-lasting finishes of the Storm System last even longer. After applying a Category 5 primer, choose a finish from Category 3 or Category 4 for a look and longevity that is second to none.

Prep and Maintenance – Versatile & powerful products to prepare and maintain exterior surfaces. Highest quality formulations. Exceptional performance.

This is the second year Hirshfield’s has carried the Storm System products and H’s sales staff tell me, “the customers seem to like it.” Coming from a Minnesotan is there any higher praise?

In addition to Storm System® our stores carry a number of deck care products: ABR X-100, Arborcoat, Cabot, Sikkens, Superdeck, and TWP. Click on this link for great savings and mail-in rebates.

Memorial Day marks beginning of summer, a long weekend, no worries about snow, and lots of great sales. But we can’t forget all the men and women who died while serving our country. We salut you.

{top tips for deck care}

Keep your deck looking great.

Home improvement projects extend to the outdoors now that sunshine and warm weather have become regular occurrences again. Take advantage of the great outdoors by investing in a new deck, but also invest the time and resources to keep your deck looking great for summers to come. Here are Hirshfield’s expert tips and tricks to keep your deck looking great. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: deck care products}

This is the weekend to buy. No, seriously, let me explain.

Memorial Weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. ‘Tis the season to be outdoors as much as possible, on either your deck or patio. I’m sure you’ve already determined if your deck needs refinishing; this is the weekend to buy your deck care products during the Hirshfield’s Memorial Day Sale.

Hirshfield’s is making your job easier with sales associates who are experts in deck care.  At Hirshfield’s, our experts are always willing to share their product knowledge and help guide you through the important steps to success. You’ll also find a great online video library on decks at this link.

Get all the details for the Memorial Day Paint Sale right here. Have a safe and fun weekend.

{friday finds: it’s a paint sale}

{friday finds: creating an outdoor living space}

Longing to add more usable living space to your current home? Wishing you had more room to entertain? Dreaming of an excuse to spend more time outside, enjoying the summertime weather? You don’t need to move to a new home or invest tons of money into your current home to make all of these things possible. Just take a look out your window and start seeing your backyard as an extension of your home…

DIYLife.com has 5 tips for transforming your backyard from a blank canvas into a beautiful outdoor living space.

1) Plan the space near your back door. You will be more likely to use it if you don’t have to traipse through the yard to get to it. It will also make it easier to carry food and drink outside to your guests.

Apartment Therapy

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{getting your deck ready for summer}

Summertime means spending time outdoors, enjoying the great weather on your patio or deck. If your deck needs some work, it’s not too late to get it looking great.

Working with stains doesn’t have to be a messy, complicated process anymore. Hirshfield’s offers several products to make your project a success. Sikkens Cetol Waterborne for Siding, Rails and Decks is a great translucent finish and is available in 8 colors.
This product is easy to use and easy to clean up with just soap and water. It also dries to the touch in 2-4 hours (you can walk on it in 24 hours) so you don’t have to worry too much about the forecast.

Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT is also a great option for your deck. It’s low maintenance and will keep your deck looking new for years – it even provides a mildew-resistant coating to your deck.
This product also uses waterborne technology so it’s easy to apply and clean up.  And, it’s better for the planet.

This previous post features great advice on getting your deck in top shape. We always recommend using a semi-transparent stain or clear finish with UV protectors so the grain shows.  When it’s time to get to work, make sure your deck is dry. Sprinkle some drops of water on the wood — if it is absorbed into the wood it’s ready to accept a penetrating stain or deck finish. If the water beads up, you’ll need to sand it, power wash it or use a deck cleaning product to get it ready. Let the deck dry for 2-3 days and then apply your finish.

Deck coatings in Minnesota do not last forever. A semi-transparent stain will most likely need to be redone every 2-3 years. A good cleaning is always recommended and if there is mildew present it will need to be killed with a mixture of bleach and water. Again, let the deck dry for 2-3 days and then apply your stain.

Visit the deck page on our website for more tips to keep your deck looking brand new!

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