Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

deck cleaningIn the coastal NC region, fall means the beach crowds are thinning out, the night air has a little crisp to it, and the days are getting shorter and a lot less humid! Yes, fall is a great time of year for our little corner of NC and it’s also a great time to give your home an autumn checkup. We understand that taking good care of a home is a year-round job, but there are certain projects and small tasks that every property owner should do in the fall to prepare for the winter ahead. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a short list of fall home maintenance tasks we recommend.

1. Clean those gutters!

Gutters and downspouts can get clogged and cruddy pretty quick around here. With the abundance of pine trees, oak leaves, and birds looking for a place to nest, homeowners in the Wilmington area should take special care to ensure their gutters are cleared of debris. We know most people don’t enjoy cleaning out gutters, but this simple home maintenance task doesn’t take a whole lot of effort and can save you from bigger, more expensive repair costs in the future. If the thought of cleaning gutters makes you cringe, or if you simply don’t have the time, Colour Solutions can help! We offer gutter cleaning as one of our many home maintenance services[Read more…]

Time to Seal the Deck!

Pressure Washing & Low Pressure Washing

Your deck just called and said, “What are they waiting for? Summer and prime deck season are practically here!”

There’s no question that sealing a deck falls under the category of “big jobs.” That’s why you should leave it to the experts at Colour Solutions.

We have learned that in order to ensure the best protection for your deck, annual maintenance is key.

Here in southeastern NC, decks can take a beating from all that heavy rain, frozen precipitation and brutal ultraviolet rays. Unless the decking timbers are sealed each year, rapid deterioration is a danger.

If you’ve been told that a good way to judge if  your deck is due for a sealant is to see if water droplets bead up, sorry not true! Although some products contain paraffin wax,  which does lend to beading, others such as oil-based sealers do not. The best policy is to just take care of this task annually, either each spring or at least by early summer.

A bonus that comes when you use our team to seal your deck is that we’re also professional pressure washers! (say that 3 times fast) We use low-pressure  powerwashers that  will not damage the wood surface of the decking timbers.

New Deck

If you’ve just built a home that has a nice new deck, we suggest having it professionally sealed four weeks or more post construction. To speed up the aging process which is sometimes necessary for new wood, we would likely pressure wash your deck to remove any glazes or treatments that were applied at the mill.

Along with sealing, of course we can handle any type of accompanying paint or stain job. Many coastal homeowners love the look of white painted trim and natural, but sealed, decking. Another popular look for decks today involves using stain on the railings and a sealer on the floor. The stain is usually tinted to match the trim of your house.

We’d love to work with you and get your deck in the best shape possible!

Please give Colour Solutions a call to learn more about our services: 910-686-3067

Deck Staining and Painting in Time for Summer

Deck Painting Wilmington NCIf you want to have your outdoor deck looking ship-shape in time for summer, the time to schedule your staining and painting service is now! Colour Solutions offers high-quality, professional deck staining and painting at affordable prices, which is why we’re already booking up fast!

Summer is a time of backyard barbecues, family reunions and other at-home gatherings. If you’d like to impress your guests with an outdoor space that’s attractive and functional, a deck painting or staining project may be just the thing. You’d be surprised at what a difference a professional paint or stain can make for your deck!

Naturally, wood decks are subjected to the elements year-round, which can cause a lot of wear and tear as the seasons change. In North Carolina, our weather can fluctuate wildly, which means keeping your deck properly protected is essential to extending the life of the material. A high-quality stain not only makes your deck look more attractive, it protects it from Mother Nature’s challenges. Staining can prevent mildew, protect from ultraviolet rays and can help keep the material from rotting. Additionally, deck stains come in a variety of shades to suit your personal style. From rich, dark tones to light, natural shades and a few things in between, Colour Solutions can help you find the right choice for your wood deck stain.

If you’d rather have your deck painted, Colour Solutions can recommend a paint material that works well for outdoor wood surfaces. In addition, Colour Solutions will completely prepare the surface to minimize the risk of moisture and other environmental factors that may compromise your deck’s material. Like staining, painting your wood deck offers a variety of protective benefits, but may require a few additional steps; applying an exterior wood primer, for instance (see: Deck Painting Ideas in North Carolina) . But don’t worry; Colour Solutions has a team of highly experienced home improvement professionals who will treat your project with the utmost care and professionalism.

Instead of trying to do it yourself, hiring a professional wood deck stainer or painter can save you a lot of time and energy. If you’d like to begin planning your deck staining or painting project, feel free to contact Colour Solutions today. Give us a call at (910) 686-3067 or simply fill out our contact form online – but don’t delay! Our schedules are quickly filling up as people begin preparing for spring and summer!

Color Stained Decks

deckStaining your deck will offer valuable protection against mold, mildew and sun damage. But how do you determine the best shade or color to use?

Colour Solutions offers a wide variety of color stains for wooden decks, from light stains like oak and pecan to dark shades like ebony or even deep reds like mahogany or cherry. If your looking for something a little different, we can even give your deck a blue, green, gray or white stain.

With so many options to choose from, it’s best to narrow down choices that will complement your home’s existing color scheme. If you need a little extra help deciding, Color Solutions’ experienced professionals will be glad to offer suggestions and show you photos of past projects.

At Color Solutions, we offer pressure washing and high quality deck staining at reasonable prices. Call us today to hear more about color stained decks and to schedule a free estimate: 910-686-3067

Pressure Washing Your Deck in NC

Pressure Washing Wilmington NCDid you know that in addition to interior and exterior painting, Colour Solutions also offers pressure washing?

Summer is a great time to give your outdoor space a good, thorough cleaning and pressure washing is a great way to get rid of tough mildew and ugly debris that has been accumulating over winter and spring.

Pressure washing is a service we offer using special equipment that sprays a mixture of water and cleaning solution at a concentrated pressure onto your deck or your home’s exterior. The method is relatively fast and inexpensive and can greatly improve your home’s appearance.

A few reasons to pressure wash your deck or home:

Removes mildew and debris, which can cause damage and make your home look older than it is.

Gives your deck a fresh, clean look. (A great way to get your deck ready for entertaining this summer!)

Makes your deck/home more attractive to potential buyers. (If you’re putting your home on the market, pressure washing is highly recommended).

Extends the life of your exterior paint or stain.

Removes visible mold and algae as well as the spores they release, making it a proactive way to keep your deck/home clean.

Over time, exposure to the elements and extreme weather can make your deck deteriorate. By regularly power washing your deck, you can help extend its life. Since we live in the South, where heat and humidity are part of everyday life, it is recommended that you power wash your deck or home exterior once every 2 years.

Contact Colour Solutions today to schedule an estimate for pressure washing your deck! 910-686-3067

Deck Painting Ideas in North Carolina

Are you tired of your worn out looking deck? Ready to give your outdoor space a facelift in time for summer get-togethers? Take a look at this list of deck painting ideas and tips and then call Colour Solutions for a free estimate! 910-686-3067

Tip #1
Decide whether you want to paint or stain your deck. Both choices have certain benefits. Stain will protect your wooden deck from mildew, moisture and ultraviolet sun damage and comes in several shades and colors. Paint comes in a wide variety of colors as well, and will still offer some protection. Talk to an expert at Colour Solutions for more specific advice on your particular deck.

Tip #2
If you decide to choose a paint for your deck, you’ll probably need additional products to get the same level of protection that a stain will offer. Exterior wood primer, for instance, can offer extra protection against moisture.

Tip #3
Choose a paint or stain color that complements your home’s exterior. If your home’s exterior is in earth tones, you might not want something too bright or extreme. Alternatively, if your home is brightly colored, a white paint or bright and cheery paint color may work perfectly!

Bottom Line: There are several factors that go into choosing the best paint or stain product for your deck. Location, material and your home’s overall color scheme will help determine the specifics for your deck painting or staining project.

Ready for a free deck painting or deck staining estimate? Call 910-686-3067 today!

Wilmington NC Decks and Porches – Paint, Stain, or Natural?

We are often asked by homeowners whether they should have their deck painted, stained, or let the wood weather to a natural color? It largely comes down to personal preference and what looks best with the style of the home.

porch ceilingPaint
When painting a deck or porch generally the paint is matched to the trim color on the rest of the home’s exterior, most often white or an off white or cream color. The porches on historic homes such as the Victorians found in Downtown Wilmington are sometimes painted an array of colors, creating a unique and eye catching look. A classic color choice for porch ceilings in homes of all styles is a pale blue. It’s said to repel bugs and bring the look of the sky to the outdoor space.

Stain
Staining your deck or porch allows you to deepen or darken the color of the wood if you choose, with available shades ranging from lighter pines and oaks to darker chestnuts, cherries, and walnuts. This is a popular choice and can result in a very attractive look.

Natural
deckLeaving the natural color of the wood is also a great look, and is particular popular in coastal homes. Over time new wood will weather to a grey color. Choosing this natural look does not mean that we simply leave your deck or porch exposed to the elements – we would use a transparent finish to protect the wood while allowing its natural beauty to be seen.

Whichever finish you choose for your deck or porch it is important to have it redone every few years. The paint, stain, or coating protects the wood from water, mildew, and sun damage – allowing you to enjoy your home’s outdoor areas for many years to come!

Contact our expert Wilmington NC Painters for help with your deck painting or staining: 910-686-3067.

Choosing A Finish For Your Wilmington NC Deck

Here in coastal North Carolina we are lucky to be able to enjoy our decks, balconies, patios, and other outdoor living areas just about year round. They can be among the most used and most loved parts of the home! Give your deck the care it deserves with proper maintenance so that it will last for years to come.

There are many options to choose from when it comes to deck finishes. Unlike some parts of the country that have a characteristic style, there are many looks that are right at home in the Wilmington, NC area. Though you might make one choice for a historic Victorian downtown and another for a beach house along the Waterway, here are a few possibilities to consider:

  • Deck Staining – Choose from a wide variety of colors from deep chestnut and walnut to lighter oak and pine.
  • Keep It Natural – Letting the wood weather to a classic gray is a popular choice, but be sure to protect it with a water repellent finish. This will greatly extend the life of your deck.
  • Bright White – Make your deck pop against the color of your home with a bright white exterior paint.
  • Trim Color – Match the color of your home’s trim whether it is a classic off white or a bold and attention grabbing color.
  • Accent Color – Give your deck its own personality with a hue that accents the other color choices on your home’s exterior.

For more ideas browse through our gallery of exteriors and then give Color Solutions a call for a free estimate. You can reach us at 910-686-3097.

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Deck Staining, Painting, and Refinishing in Wilmington NC

Deck Staining, Painting, and Refinishing in Wilmington NC

In addition to expert painting and pressure washing services, Colour Soutions is also an ideal source for deck staining, painting, and refinishing.

Many of us live, work, and retire in the beautiful Wilmington, NC area because of the warmer climate here on the southeastern North Carolina coast. The warmer temps and sunny days allow us to spend more time outdoors and for that reason, most homes are built with back decks or front porches to help us enjoy the outdoors from the comfort and convenience of our own homes.

Wood decks need quality care to help them last in our humid environment. Regular deck refinishing and staining or painting is imperative to having a deck that survives over 10 years or so with minimal cracking or splintering. Deck work also helps keep your home’s exterior looking sharp and attractive which can do wonders for your peace of mind, not to mention the potential resale value of the home.

Colour Solutions has extensive experience with deck refinishing, staining, and painting – including work on the deck boards, steps, railings, and built in bench seating. Trust us to help maintain your deck and keep your yard and home’s exterior looking its best! Take a look at our gallery of exteriors to get an idea of the work we can accomplish.

Contact Colour Solutions today to learn more about our deck staining, painting, and refinishing services: 910-686-3067.