Deck Staining: 7 Easy Steps.

Here is a quick guide for painting decks at home.


  • Deck cleaner
  • Deck stain/paint
  • Sander/sandpaper
  • Edging pads
  • Paint roller + Extension
  • Broom
  • Hammer
  • Painter’s tape

#1) Remove furniture and decorations. Sweep away debris with a broom.

 #2) Sand rough spots in the wood, and nail in any loose nails.

#3) Clean the surface with a long-arm brush and deck cleaner solution. Allow this to dry for 48 hours minimum.

Tip: Brushes and cleaners are available at most home-improvement stores, and together should cost no more than $50.

#4) Use painter’s tape to tape off edges of any exposed wood to avoid staining.

#5) Paint between slats with an edging pad. Dip the edging pad into the stain, rub between the boards, and roll over with a paint roller to avoid dripping.

Blanner, Julie. Stain Between The Slats. Digital image. Julie Blanner. Julie Blanner, Feb.-Mar. 2015. Web. Apr.-May 2015. <>.

#6) Stain the nails with a small sponge, or edge of roller to avoid missing them when staining the boards– the method for achieving a smooth finish is often to swift, and can miss nails entirely.

#7) Dip paint roller in stain, and roll across boards. Leave this to dry for at least 48 hours.

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#1) Do not apply in direct sunlight.

#2) Check forecast prior to application to avoid rain.

#3) Leave pressure washing to professionals– this can do more damage than good.


Happy Staining!

Spring Home Maintenance Check List

The seasons are changing, and spring has arrived! As you enjoy the warming weather and budding flowers, make sure to check off this list of spring-time home maintenance tips:


#1) The roof: Check for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Hire a professional to make repairs if needed, as roof repairs can be tricky.

Water & Snow                                        Hail Damage                               Cracks & Debris 







If you are planning to do-it-yourself, here’s a good resource for getting started: DIY ROOF REPAIRS.

#2) Examine siding and trim: replace, repair, or simply touch-up with paint when necessary.

Stains (vinyl)                                                                                   Water Damage


#3) Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. Also, Check alignment of these to ensure rainwater collects and drains away from the foundation of the home.


#4) Inspect foundation and masonry for any cracks or damage.

#5) Examine screens on windows, wash and replace as-needed.

#6) Examine exposed wood for insect damage and rot.

Identifying “dry” v.s. “wet” rot:



#7) Replace HVAC filter– a dirty filter forces the system to work harder, using more energy and costing more money.

How-To Guide

#8) Clean grills on air filter ducts, and clean the ducts themselves every 2-3 years.

#9) Test ground fault circuit interrupters.

#10) Check for gaps and cracks around windows and doors– caulk and weather strip when necessary.

#11) Check window and door locks.