Polyurethane finishes look "plastic", are prone to scratching, and need to be recoated frequently. Choosing a Finish for Hardwood Floors.
Coordination and sequencing of Floor finishes and Wall finishes many times leads to damage to walls by floor finishers, or damage to floors by painters.
More on sequencing finishing of wood floors.
Failure of inferior Deck Coatings, and improper drying and preparation of new wood leading to subsequent cupping, splitting, and warping of treated decking material.
Deck Care Radio
Driveways/ Concrete Patios
Improper mixing of ingredients, and incorrect water ratio leads to widespread irreparable weakness in a majority of residential applications, including stamped concrete installations. Solutions
|Drywall Preparation & Finishing
Drywall finish problems lead to unacceptable paint finishes, and Nail-Pops lead to inconvenient and generally unacceptable repairs for the builder and new homeowner.
Drywall Dust is a controllable nuisance. Homeowners should encourage their contractors to utilize dust-free solutions for all drywall and prepaint sanding.
Studs must be dry before drywall is installed in order to prevent most common Drywall Finish Problems
Paint Failures Exterior Wood Trim
Exterior Paint Failures resulting from the use of finger-jointed or
Pre-Primed exterior wood siding, windows, and trim. See video
Oil Based or Acrylic?
Use of Oil-based Paint on exterior wood leading to a brittle and non-breathable paint film that will crack and trap moisture; resulting in costly repaint, and wood deterioration or rot. See video
Paint Problems Cold Weather
Failure to maintain a constant temperature or using temporary heat during paint application, or painting in low temperature leading to inability to match color when Touch-up Paint is applied at higher or normal temperature leading to problems for the painter, builder, and new homeowner. More...
Exterior Wood Clear Finishes
The use of Marine Spar Varnish and other Exterior Polyurethanes on wooden entryways and doors leading to moisture entrapment, brittle film cracking, and guaranteed coating failure on exterior wood surfaces. See Video
Moisture damage to a variety of surfaces and substrates resulting from the common use of inferior or incorrect Caulking Products, or the "one caulk does it all" approach.
Unsatisfactory results and coating failure when staining and protecting Fiberglass Doors. more..
Mildew Resistant Paint for Kitchen / Bath
Improper preparation, and incorrect coating and caulking selection for Bathroom Walls. We see excellent performance from Perma-White Mildew Resistant Paint.
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New Home Paint Guide
Moisture in Deck Lumber
Wood Floor Finishing
Painting Exterior Wood
Hiring a Contractor
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