Problem: My deck is fairly new and in good condition, but I dread maintenance. I don't want refinish it every few years.
Solution: Rust-Oleum Restore 4x
Restore 4x is designed to refinish decks with little to no cosmetic problems and to provide a long-lasting, maintenance-free coating for many years. Easily applied with a roller, it seals hairline cracks in the wood and creates a smooth surface that feels pleasant on bare feet. Restore 4x can be custom-tinted in 60 colors.
Problem: My concrete patio is cracked, pitted and worn, but it's still my favorite spot to relax in the yard.
Solution: Quikrete Textured Acrylic Concrete Coating
Averaging just 25 cents per square foot, this acrylic coating offers an inexpensive alternative to tearing out and repaving a slightly damaged patio. It employs heavy-duty resin technology that covers small pits and cracks and gives new life to worn concrete while also providing a permanent nonslip surface. And it's easily applied with a roller or brush.
Problem: I finally have a window of free time to stain my deck, but it rained this morning and the boards are still damp.
Solution: Sherwin-Williams Deckscapes Waterborne Semi-Transparent Stain
This stain from Sherwin-Williams can be applied to damp wood, so as long as it stops raining for a bit, you can complete your refinishing project within the day. Whether applied to new or weathered wood, the stain penetrates deeply to protect against sun damage and mildew.
Problem: My deck is structurally sound, but a couple of boards have 1/4-in.-wide cracks that need to be fixed for safety.
Solution: Behr Deckover Solid Color Coating
Just two coats of this thick coating from Behr will fill deck-board cracks up to 1/4 in. wide with no primer required. It spreads on as easily as paint, even on vertical surfaces, and creates a smooth finish that's slip-resistant and comfortable for bare feet. In addition to repairing minor cracks and sealing splinters, Behr Deckover also provides a low-maintenance alternative to standard deck finishes, as it is made to last for many years with very little upkeep.
Problem: The surface of my concrete patio is in good shape, but I want to add some personal style.
Solution: Quikrete Concrete Etching Stains
Acid-base etching stains cause a chemical reaction with concrete, creating a unique, multitone appearance that adds pizzazz to a plain patio. The stains come in a variety of colors (tan, coffee, black, English red and olive) to complement any outdoor décor. After staining, apply Quikrete's Concrete & Masonry Waterproofing Sealer or Concrete & Masonry High Gloss Sealer to preserve the new look.
Problem: I built a deck late last fall and haven't had time to stain it. I want the wood grain to show, but I don't like the gray tones it has now.
Solution: Olympic Elite Advanced Stain + Sealant in One
With Olympic's new Elite semitransparent stain, you can change drab grays to any of 14 wood-look hues. One of four products in the Elite line, the semitransparent stain incorporates just enough pigment to mask the gray while still revealing – even enhancing -- the wood's natural grain. And your deck will better resist UV damage, mildew, algae and barrages of moisture from rain and snow.