Deck restoration paint: Pros and cons
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You’ve probably seen those deck restoration products advertised on television or in magazines. After applying the new coating, happy homeowners dance the afternoons away on their smooth new surfaces, their pets wriggling with glee nearby.

Is it really that simple? We talked with homeowners and found a mixed bag. Some homeowners like the results. The thick coatings cover splinters and fill cracks, which protect bare feet on old, weathered decks. And they improve the appearance dramatically.

Others complain that the coatings are expensive, hard to apply, hot and can be rough underfoot – and that they peel. And keep this in mind: The thick coating covers screw heads, making repairs more difficult.

With temperatures soon to be ideal for deck painting (that is, between 50 and 90 degrees), read on for advice on whether you want to give it a shot.

First, the paint. Behr DeckOver is available at Home Depot, and Lowe’s sells Restore, made by Rust-Oleum. The 4X version, Rust-Oleum says, is four times as thick as other deck coatings; the 10X version is 10 times as thick. Olympic’s version is called Rescue It!

They’re 100 percent acrylic, like the top exterior latex paint. Brushes and rollers clean up with water. Some have additives that create sand-like texture.

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5 tips to avoid home design arguments
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Sharing your life with someone is a beautiful thing, but that doesn’t always mean you share the same design and style preferences when it comes to your home.

Whether you’ve lived together for one year or 20, use this advice from highly rated interior designers to stop the fights that have kept you from painting the walls or tiling the floors.

1. Start with a design plan

Jodi Schavone, owner of highly rated Décor Coach in Apex, North Carolina, says to make a list of how the room has to function for each person before embarking on a design project. This will help couples and families prioritize and understand why one idea might be better than another.

Think realistically about how you’ll use the space, along with whether you have a big family or like to entertain. Look through pictures online or in magazines, and talk openly about your likes and dislikes.

2. Listen to each other

Communicate openly, and don’t forget to listen. Interior designers say the majority of their job comes down to listening to clients. Sometimes your spouse or partner might just want his or her ideas heard. Discussing concerns helps to avoid conflict, and will help you determine what he or she likes about a particular color, pattern or piece of furniture.

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