Stay one step ahead of Mother Nature with new outdoor solutions

After one of the harshest winters in history for many areas of the country, it is likely that your property has suffered some damage or wear and tear. New products and solutions that resist moisture damage, help reduce maintenance, and stay one step ahead of the weather are just around the corner at home centers and local lumberyards.

Keeping water out

Although water damage and flooding happens on a devastating scale after a large snow melt off, the experts at WAYNE Water Systems say flooding can happen anywhere and in any climate. Kent Koester, national director of retail sales, says sump pumps with back-up battery systems are an effective first line of defense to prevent flash flooding from driving water into your home. New alert systems that call your landline or text you when water levels rise or power is lost can keep homeowners up to the minute on their basement status. “A quality back-up sump pump and new notification systems can provide peace of mind for any homeowner,” says Koester. “It’s a small price to pay to protect your home, pets and valuables.”

Durable decks with indoor beauty

The assault of moisture and wintry weather can be wood’s worst enemy, so it is likely that wooden structures in the backyard have suffered. A great way to upgrade and enjoy years of low-maintenance without the hassles of wood, is to choose a capped composite or capped PVC decking that resist stains and scratches and require less upkeep. “There are decking options with the game-changing aesthetics of dramatic surface textures and streaking effects that deliver the rich look of interior flooring to the outdoor deck,” says Carey Walley, vice president of marketing for TimberTech/AZEK. “Imagine having a deck that looks like tropical hardwoods or freshly stained lumber – without all of the work, but with all of the durable, lasting beauty.” Many decking options have comprehensive warranties and can be enhanced with lighting, hidden fasteners and premium railings.

Caulks can protect your home

Caulks and sealants can go a long way in protecting areas of the home that are vulnerable to moisture and water damage. They can seal out winter’s chill or the heat of summer, while saving on energy bills. And, caulks are a great way to keep water from entering the home according to the caulk experts at Red Devil , a 143-year-old family-owned company. “There are water-tight, greener formulations that seal around windows, doors, receptacles and rooflines to keep the home safe from water damage,” says Alan Crupper, vice president of marketing for Red Devil Inc. And, for today’s fine homes, Crupper adds for exterior aesthetics there are caulks that are specially formulated to accept paint, so an exact color match is possible for sided or painted homes. “An example is the Create-A-Color caulk colorizing kit that allows any professional or DIYer to match the caulk to any interior or exterior color,” he says.

Patio repairs hide nature’s wrath

Moisture and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on concrete or brick, causing cracks, gaps and uneven surfaces. Imagine an outdoor patio repair that can be installed as easily as assembling children’s building blocks. There are now DIY- and eco-friendly options to cover cracked patios, concrete slabs, decks, balconies and even flat rooftops. Available in an array of colors, these pavers install quickly and easily with no special masonry tools required. “As an example, these lightweight, recycled pavers fit into a grid system and can cover up many outdoor disaster areas after a rough winter,” says David Justice, product manager, AZEK Pavers. “They are greener options that allow any homeowner to easily create beautiful paver patterns over an existing surface at a significantly lower cost than replacing the entire patio or deck.”

Old Man Winter and Mother Nature may be an overwhelming power couple, but consumers can win the battle with new technologies and products designed for longevity, high performance and durability season after season.


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