Category Archives: Front Porches

In this category, you will read about my experiences with some of the latest porch replacement projects I have completed. Along with photos and my professional experiences and challenges during each project you’ll also find some great tips.

Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don of All Trades

This weathered deck got a transformation into a beautiful and inviting living space again with some advanced preparation, repair work and an application of good quality deck stain to block the sun’s harmful rays and to protect the wood. Completing this deck with a professional finish. For this project we used a solid stain to hide any mismatching boards and  any imperfections.

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Cleaning and staining a weathered deck extends its life.

Preparing and Cleaning the Deck

 

Step 1

Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services started off this project by removing all furniture, plants and grills. The deck was swept clean and surrounding plants and shrubs located around the perimeter were covered with plastic.

Step 2

An inspection of the condition of the deck was done looking for any loose, split, popping nails and rotting boards  to be replaced. For areas with splintering, 80 grit sandpaper would be used to sand any rough areas of the wood.

Step 3

A power washer was used to help remove any loose flaking stain, dirt and debris.

Step 4

We visited our local Whitby Shores Benjamin Moore Store and purchased the Benjamin Moore REMOVE (315) wood cleaner and followed the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct cleaner to water ratio. REMOVE was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck.

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Product Features Include:

-Removes both latex and oil stains

-Fast acting formula

-Removes clear finishes through SOLID COLOUR STAINS

-Concentrated Formula

-Clean up soap  and water

-Recommended Exterior

 Step 5

The second phase of  preparing this deck was applying  another product called Benjamin Moore Restore.  This product helps to restore old weathered wood. It’s a bleach flee formula and is gentle to wood and the environment. Restore also helps bring back the natural grain in the wood and helps the wood accept the new stain.  Restore  was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck. We allowed some time for the deck to dry out before the staining process.

Good To Know:

Be prepared to spend most of your  day completing this process depending on the size of your deck. This deck was approximately 350 square feet and this project took  approximately 9 hours to complete.

 

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Product Features Include:

-Restores old weathered wood

-Bleach-Free formula is gentle to wood and environment

-Not intended for removing old finishes. Use Benjamin Moore REMOVE Finish Remover (315) to remove old finishes

-For restoring severely weathered wood

-Ideal for removing moderate to severe mold and mildew

-Concentrated formula

-Clean up- soap and water

-Recommended-Exterior

 

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Applying the Stain

Good To Know

If you have near by  plants and shrubs around your deck, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recommends to cover  them with plastic in order to protect them from any splattering or dripping stain.  Once the staining is completed, remove the plastic from the plants and shrubs.

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 Our client’s choice of stain to be applied on this deck was the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Stain Brand Natural Cedar Tone Solid Stain.  Solid stain was used for this rather than the semi-solid due to the fact that this deck had been stained 3 times in the past with a solid stain.  2 Gallons were used to complete this 1 coat project.  Recommended curing time: Let the stain cure for at-least 1 week but light traffic only after 2 days.

Our experience applying the Arborcoat Exterior Waterborne Exterior Stain was that this product had a much better finish on the floor planks, the tack  up time was nice with a quick flash drying time and laid down very nicely. The end results were fantastic and our clients was extremely pleased at the results.

So what is the difference between  Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solids and Solid Stains?

Semi-Transparent— Lightly pigmented, these stains impart more color the surface than wood toner stains, while still letting the wood grain to be seen.

Semi-Solids—Semi-solid/semi-opaque finish masks most of the wood grain, but allows some of the wood texture to be seen.

Solids— Choose these stains if you want a rich, vibrant opaque finish that completely hides the wood grain while allowing very little of the wood texture to show through.

 

More Handy Tips:
  • Deck cleaner solution and deck restore products are very corrosive and be mindful of any splashes against your home as it may cause damage including to  any surrounding plants. Would recommend doing this project in the early spring, before the plants come up.
  • Avoid staining the deck in direct sunlight. The stain will dry too quickly and the decking boards will not have time to absorb the stain.
  • Use a long-handled scrub brush to help scrub the deck with solution.
  • Pay close attention to the weather for the week.
  • Wear safety glasses, rubber gloves, close-toed shoes and protective clothing.
  • Stir the stain thoroughly. Avoid shaking the container because bubbles will develop and it will be hard to get a smooth finish. Pour the stain into a paint tray.

 

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Flag Stone Step Repair

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Flagstone steps, walkways and patios need occasional maintenance and repair, usually to renew the mortar between the stones or in the case of stones laid without mortar, to level those that have tilted or sunk.

The work is not complicated, but it can be strenuous if moving stones is required.

Areas of cracked mortar between flagstones should be repaired. (Individual cracks, unless they are several inches long, can usually be left alone.)

Moisture seeping into cracks and repeatedly freezing and thawing will eventually cause further cracking, and weeds sprouting in the fissures can do the same thing.

Below are  before and after photos of a recent project our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services completed.

 

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Flag Stone Step Repair
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Flag Stone Step Repair
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Flag Stone Step Repair
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Front Porch Post Replacement

 

 

 

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 I was hired recently to replace a damaged front porch post. This is another one of those instances where  you really don’t know how much damage is actually evident until I had completely dismantled it. As you will see, there was quite a bit of damage to the original post due to  moisture  and carpenter ants. Once the new post was in, I then gave the railings a nice coat of paint to give the a nice clean finished look.

 

 

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This is the original damaged post I removed. I know it’s a little difficult to see in this photo but have a closer look at the damage on the top end of the post. Basically it crumbled instantly. Good thing my client decided to get the work done. If left unchecked, this post would have surely failed in supporting the roof.

 

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The damage as shown in this photo, has been caused by the post being installed  directly on a concrete surface resulting in moisture being transferred from the concrete into the wooden post.  There was no moisture barrier  put in place to prevent this damage from occurring. When ever building,  wood should never come into contact with concrete without a moisture barrier put into place.  Not only was the post damaged my moisture, also a colony of carpenter ants decided to make a comfy home inside this post.

 

 

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I put in place a jack post to temporarily   support the structure while I installed a new post.

 

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The end result as you can see in this photo, is that I used an 8 ft. primed colonial porch post having a load bearing limit of 5,800 (lbs.) . The post also has a moisture barrier seal on the bottom. I also installed a quick mount elevated bracket. this bracket provides a ventilating moisture barrier between post and ground. By doing these two steps we will prevent water damage, increasing life of post by years.

Now don’t get me wrong, anything that you build doesn’t last forever. This just extents the life of the product.

 

 

 

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New Look For An Old Porch By: Don Of All Trades

Finished Product
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We are very pleased at the end result of giving this old porch an new look. With a little hard work, patience, concrete and skill anyone can have this cleaned and finished look!

 

 

Front Porch Before

This home owner had upgraded this front porch years before over the existing concrete porch with cedar wood.  Every year the spindles, handrails, base, pillars and steps had to be re-stained as part of their maintenance.  Well we decided to get rid of it and to our surprise we had an opportunity to work with the original steps and base since they were in good enough condition.

Original Concrete Base

Condition of the porch base, steps and pillars after all the cedar was removed.

New  Formed Steps

A new wider step was formed from concrete to give a more even look to the form of the steps and the porch.

Brick Pillars

These pillars were in very good condition considering the age of this  75 year old home.

Resurfacing Pillars

Concrete was incorporated to the pillars which defined the accents on them. This gives off a new, fresh clean look  and more character to the entire porch.

Concrete Resurfaced Pillars

Finished Product. Front porch is more inviting, has more curb appeal and value to this home.

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Front Walkway Rebuild

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Previously this week I had a client hire our services to redo a slab front walkway. My client decided to incorporate some of the original slabs along with the new. Items on the list to purchase in order to complete this project just to name a few was screening product, new slabs to replace broke ones. Gaiters edge, and landscaping spikes.

 

I basically tore out everything and started from scratch. My client was addressing major water damage issues. We corrected the problem by putting 1/4 inch slope going away from the house with the screening and the new slabs.

 

Using gaiter edging, will keep all slabs in place even after the frost gets to it. New grading should correct the water situation. Doesn’t look like a big job, bit don’t kid yourself!!!  30 feet of new walkway is more time consuming work that you may think.  Don’t forget the front steps were moved and replaced back due to the fact they were sinking.  All in all, the front walkway looks so much better, is safer and adds more curb appeal.

I have included some of the before and after photos.

 

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