Hi all, Martin with you, and it’s my first chance to wish you all a happy New Year, so happy 2017. All I can say about the start of this winter season is Brrrrrrrrrrrrr! And I’ve had enough snow and ice here in the Pacific Northwest to last for decades. I know it’s probably the last thing on your mind right now, but protecting your deck from the layers of snow and ice is a must. If you have a PVC deck from Inteplast Building Products like I do you don’t have the year-round maintenance and worry of a traditional wood deck (you know, water damage, mold, mildew, rotting, splitting, warping, and decay) but there are still some measures you should take to care for your deck, especially properly and safely removing snow and ice.
Just like any other surface material, snow can melt and freeze on an Inteplast PVC deck. And once it piles up beyond the point of being able to easily sweep it off, it’s time to grab a shovel. But not just any shovel. Make sure you use a plastic shovel with round, smooth edges. I can’t repeat this enough: Do not use metal shovels or tools with sharp edges, nuts, or screws because they can scratch or gouge your deck. These types of scratches aren’t typically covered under your product warranty.
When it comes to products to melt ice on your deck, it’s a good idea to stay away from rock salt that’s typically used to melt snow and ice on roads because the coarse texture—especially when crunched by foot traffic— can actually scratch your deck.
Products for melting ice that are safe for metal and concrete like Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) are the safest to use on your Inteplast Building Products deck. It’s also the least harmful to children, pets, and vegetation. Eco-friendly But keep in mind, CMA only works at temperatures above 20°F, so basic calcium chloride de-icers may be necessary for below freezing temperatures.
The most important tip I have for you: Do not use hot water to melt the ice on your deck. Oh, it’ll melt the ice…until it refreezes and you have to start all over again!
As for some quick clean up and easy maintenance once spring arrives and the ice is gone, all you have to do to get rid of the left-over white residue is to spray off the deck with a hose and a warm soapy water solution with a soft bristle brush. It may be tempting to use a pressure washer, but Inteplast generally doesn’t recommend that method because improperly using a pressure washer could damage the deck surface and result in loss of warranty coverage. However, if you choose to use a pressure washer, make sure you don’t exceed a maximum washing pressure of 1400 PSI, and spray in the direction of the brush/grain pattern so you don’t damage the deck. For more information on Inteplast Building Products Deck maintenance, visit here.
That’s it for me this week. I wish you all happy deck de-icing! Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)
If you haven’t checked out the Creative Projects section on our Design Next Door blog, you’re missing out on a wealth of exciting, functional, inspirational, DIY home and décor projects using Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and moulding products that any skill level can have fun with. So if your New Year’s resolution was to get more crafty and creative in 2017, let’s do it together! Heck, taking on some creative projects could actually help you mark off some of those other typical New Year’s promises we make but rarely keep after January 3rd. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find there.
If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year was to get more organized, we’ll, you’re not alone. That’s like the number 2 goal on everybody’s list. Between my hubby and me we probably have ten sets of keys for everything from cars, trucks, boats, garage, you name it—plus we can never find them. So here’s a solution to keep your keys organized (and findable): This DIY Key Cabinet under our Creative Projects.
Spending more time with family is another trending resolution for 2017. With our fast-paced, online lifestyles these days it’s easy to forget to schedule quality together time. Though you might want to tackle this one when it gets a little warmer—or you can play in your mittens—this cornhole game board project is a great opportunity to get the kids or grandkids involved in building it together. And, guess what…this counts for staying fit and healthy too once it’s all put together, so you get to mark off an additional resolution with this cornhole project!
Ahh, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, another popular New Year’s resolution year after year is to fall in love. I can’t really help you out with the love part, but I can help you get prepared for your new romance with a made-from-the-heart soda bottle Flower Vase Holder. Because this fun and funky flower vase uses Inteplast Trim, a sustainable wood-alternative product, you can fill the vases with water and fresh flowers for years to come!
These are just a few of the exciting, easy do-it-yourself projects you’ll find on the Design Next Door Creative Projects section of our blog. Don’t forget to check the section often for inspiration how-to ideas. And good luck with those resolutions!
Until next time, thanks for reading.
If you don’t follow us on Facebook or Instagram (by the way, why aren’t you following us?!) then you don’t know that we were at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando this week. We had a great time!
During the 3-day event we talked with a lot of people. We love getting to see our customers and introduce new people to our products. Some exciting visitors stopped by to say hello. Dr. Decks (aka Jason Russell) stopped by and talked with us a little bit about what he loves about our PVC Deck.
We also had DIY Network stop by to get some film of our new product (I will let you know when you can see it on TV!)
Here are a few pictures from our great week:
What do you think? Do you see something interesting and would like more information? Give us a shout over on Facebook and we will get back to you with an answer just as soon as possible!
There is nothing more relaxing than the quiet sound of the New Year after the family has gone, the decorations are down, vacations are over, and it’s back to life as usual before the frenetic holiday festivities. It’s not surprising this time of year to feel restless or even a little down after the holiday break. Don’t despair, it’s a just brief adjustment period. Find things to look forward to; things that will get you out of your rut. How about a bedroom makeover?
The best post-holiday blues blaster is to make some quick renovation fixes or style boosters to your master bedroom. Because it’s not the most visible room in the house to visitors and guests, the master bedroom doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. The truth is, you want your bedroom to be the most splendid, comfy room in the house—a relaxing haven that you look forward to spending the rest of your evening in. And with just two ingredients, it’s not as difficult as you think: paint and faux wainscoting.
You can see the dramatic transformation that a bold wall color can give to an otherwise beige, ho-hum room from the makeover below. Rich, deep colors create a cozy sense of warmth during the winter months.
From the photos you can see the striking detail that faux wainscoting can add to a bedroom. Here are some DIY instructions to help you get a similar look in just a few hours.
Some supplies you may need:
First, determine how tall you want the wainscoting to be and if you’ll cover your entire room or just an accent wall. This will help you determine how much product to buy. I recommend using Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding and trim products in Crystal White so you don’t have to prime and paint each board, which saves a lot of time. If white isn’t your color of choice, they’ve got nearly a dozen wood grains and shades to choose from. And the best part, you can buy them at your local Lowe’s stores or online on Houzz.com.
Once you’ve measured all of your pieces, counting for gaps between baseboard and walls, cut the end of each piece at a 45° angle using a miter saw. Next, lay out the four pieces of moulding for each frame and glue and nail the corners together.
Now you’re ready to attach the frames to the wall using adhesive. You can follow the adhesive with finishing nails if you’d like. You’ll most likely want some help placing, leveling and nailing the frames to the walls to ensure they’re even.
You can fill in the squares with white paint, or a color that matches you wall, or Inteplast’s batten or bead board. To finish up, use caulk or spackling to fill in any gaps or nail holes.
Thanks for reading, and as always, share your inspirational makeover ideas with us!
Happy New Year,