{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!

{tips for new homeowners}

Congratulations! You’re now a homeowner! May 1 is actually a holiday just for you – it’s “New Homeowner Day.”

Being a homeowner can be overwhelming and the list of projects can seem endless. But think of the possibilities that are ahead of you. What colors will you choose to inspire you? Paint or wallpaper? What types of window treatments do you want? And then you head outdoors – maybe to a patio or deck or a lovely garden. When you begin to think about decorating your home think about the ‘feel’ you want to have. Do you want it to be bright or cozy, masculine or feminine, opulent or minimalist?

As a new homeowner you might be painting for the first time. Making sure you have your supplies ready to go before you start is key. You’ll want to have the right brushes, rollers, dropcloths, tape and of course paint. The professionals at Hirshfield’s can help you get exactly what you need and our video series on taping before you paint shows you just what to do before you load up your brush. You can also find out more in these posts about which window treatments are best for kids’ rooms, bright spaces and which ones will even make your home more energy efficient!

Maintenance is a big part of home ownership. Staying ahead of problems will help you tackle them before they get to be really big issues. Look for any signs of water damage or leaking – it could signal you need to get your roof looked at. Most experts recommend getting a roof inspected if it’s older than 12 years. Check your fixtures too – any leaks around a faucet or toilet could mean it needs a fix that you can likely find at a home improvement store.

A great part of owning a home is having some outdoor space to enjoy. Our blog on getting your deck ready for summer is a great place to start on what you need to get done.

Happy New Homeowner Day! To celebrate, Hirshfield’s wants to give away three Home Owner’s Journals, so you can keep track of all your invoices, color choices and home improvement projects! Just comment on this blog or on the Hirshfield’s Facebook page telling us what project you tackled or will tackle in your new home! The winner will be announced May 2!

{friday finds: stop right there! before you go any further…with your deck}

Advertised in the Lowe’s circular last week was a product from Cabot Stain called Express Deck Wood Stain. It states in the description you can clean and stain your deck in just one day. Do not be lured in by the promise of a good looking deck in one day. It won’t happen, people. Do not take shortcuts when it comes to cleaning and staining your deck. The key to a quality finish, which stands up to the Minnesota elements, is proper preparation. It will take time and elbow grease.

On the Hirshfield’s website you will find great information on deck care. The Hirshfield’s blog has a couple videos and a post which you’ll find at www.hirshfields.wordpress.com. Or do as I do, I go to my local Hirshfield’s (Roseville rocks) place my projects in the very capable hands of my Hirshfield’s co-workers. I take full advantage of their expertise on application and products.

As soon as the weather warms up to a surface temperature of 50°, and stays that temperature for at least 24 hours, then you can start thinking about tackling your deck. Before you start your project call Hirshfield’s to find out which deck care products we have on sale.

Hirshfield’s carries an assortment of superior deck products:  Cabot Stain, Sikkens, ABR, Benjamin Moore ArborCoat™, and Super Deck.

All of us at Hirshfield’s appreciate your support of a local company.

{using wood stripper to refinish your deck}

Deck looking a little shabby after the long winter? Jen explains how to use wood stripper to refinish your deck so it’s ready for summer!

Get Your Deck Ready for Summer!

Hirshfield’s Jen Miranda helps you get you get your deck looking great for all those summer cookouts with helpful tips and advice for decking prepping and refinishing!

{exterior winter cleanup}

With melting snow and a warming sun, I feel like I’ve received a new lease on life! This was a tough and long winter, and I’m itching to be done with the cold, the snow and the dark evenings. But as I’m inspecting the perimeters of my house, I’m finding that winter left behind some wounds that are tough to hide with only a few ceramic flower containers.

So, as I do every spring, I bring out my basic checklist to help me stay on track as I tackle a few maintenance projects in the yard. I start with windows and screens (doesn’t it feel good to have the windows open again?). I remove all screens and lay them on the driveway and spray them with water from the hose and use an all-purpose cleaner to get rid of whatever is left. I let them dry while I clean the windows (inside and outside) and windowsills. Read the rest of this entry »

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