Mildew vs Algae What is that black stuff growing on my house? Mildew, right? Well…maybe not. For the past few decades, homeowners, contractors, and paint and stain manufacturers have automatically labeled black spots on paints and stains as “mildew,” but recent studies have shown that as much as 50% of these black growths are actually algae. (Yep, that same stuff that grows on rocks. Yuck.) Many folks will ask specifically about stains that resist mildew, and rightfully so – mildew resistance is important! But did you know that the fungicides added... Read More
Winter is winding down, and you might be noticing some tears in the caulking around your windows, doors, siding and more. What causes these tears, and what can be done to fix them? There are three types of caulking failures. We’ll discuss their causes and, (most importantly), the solutions, so you can get on your way with permanent fixes. After all, who cares to caulk over and over again? Not you. Caulk can fail in 3 different ways: Cohesive failure – when the caulk bead splits down the center. Read about causes... Read More
First thing first, choose a good quality chinking. Let Sashco teach you how to apply chinking! We prefer Log Jam, it has been the recognized industry stander in elasticity, adhesion and durability since 1985. So what makes it so great and what should you expect from a quality chinking product? Log Jam moves with your logs and sticks like no other, eliminating costly repairs. Superior early water resistance. No more worrying about that unexpected rain storm. It won’t eat away at Styrofoam bead board. No more unsightly chinking lines that... Read More
Dear Friends and Loyal Patrons, Sashco would like to take a moment to say thanks. Thanks for making our caulking and stains look so darn good. Thank you for giving us a reason to wake up, drink some coffee and head into work everyday. We live to make awesome caulking and stains for your do-it-yourself projects. After all, there wouldn’t be an us without a you.
Routine Maintenance Everyone knows that a $30 oil change twice a year beats a $2,000 mechanic’s bill. Routine maintenance on your logs, timbers or wood could be the difference between $2,000 every 3-5 years or $20,000 to completely redo the job. It’s truly the key to “a better way to stain.” 1. Cleanliness is still a virtue: Lightly power wash your logs or timber to remove grease spots, pollen, bird droppings and other surface contaminants. If mildew is present, apply Sashco’s CPR® in the cleaner strength according to the directions, or apply fresh... Read More
Here are some more staining tips from Sashco. Proper application of stain, combined with the sampling and proper prep discussed in steps 1 and 2, will complete the transformation of your wood. You’ll turn your dull, gray or unfinished yellow wood to the home or deck your neighbors envy, with the natural beauty of the wood grain both highlighted and protected. Follow these steps to staining your wood right the first time. 1. Stay dry Use a moisture meter to make sure wood is at or below 19% moisture content level... Read More
Some more staining tips from Sashco. Proper substrate preparation and application mean greater longevity, better color, and better long-term performance. Make sure it sticks If you are changing from one stain product to another, make sure your new stain can be used over top of the old. Be aware that any product already on the wood that contains waxes, non-drying oils, silicones, or anything that forms thick layers on the wood, can interfere with the adhesion and penetration of any stain and must first be removed. Many surfaces that have had an oil-based... Read More
When it comes to staining decks, logs or wood sided homes, the “what ifs” worry us. What if my wood turn gray and rot? What if termites start eating my cedar siding? What if I pick the wrong stain color and end up with an orange house? And the list goes on. Over the next few blog posts, we’ll give you some staining tips that will be covered through these step-by-step instructions that will make staining and maintaining your wood structure less worrisome and easier to enjoy: 1. Sampling: To get the... Read More
If you’re like most homeowners with siding, you’re tired of the cracked caulking in the butt joints. But what can you do about them? Here are some great caulking tips. They’re too small to accommodate a bond breaker or backer rod, so the caulk can’t stretch properly once applied, but…they’re too large to simple leave alone. A lot of moisture – rain, snow, water from sprinklers – can get in there. Enough to do damage. So what’s... Read More
Watch this video for some easy-to-do caulking tips: Learn how to caulk in 5 easy steps.