Storm remedies for your home

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

It is now storm season, and 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, luckily are at home centers and local lumberyards.

Keeping water out.

Although water damage and flooding happens on a devastating scale after a storm, the experts at WAYNE Water Systems say flooding can happen anywhere and in any climate. National director of retail sales Kent Koeter 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 with the status of water levels. “A quality back-up sump pump and new notification systems can provide peace of mind for any homeowner,” said Koester. “It’s a small price to pay to protect your home, pets and valuables.”


Durable decks with indoor beauty.

Wooden structures in the backyard also 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 resists stains and scratches and requires 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,” said 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. 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,” said Alan Crupper, vice president of marketing for Red Devil Inc.

For today’s fine homes, Crupper says that for exterior aesthetics, there are caulks that specially are 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 said.

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 DIYand eco-friendly options to cover cracked patios, concrete slabs, decks, balconies and even flat rooftops. Available in an array of colors, these pavers quickly and easily install 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,” said David Justice, product manager of 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.”

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.