Deck Restoration and Reconfiguration With Feeney Cable Handrail Retrofit…

The following deck restoration, reconfiguration, and handrail retrofit was completed in the north-central part of Greater Cincinnati. In its previous life, the deck served its purpose but it certainly left a lot to be desired from a design standpoint. The numerous wood balusters blocked a lot of the view out of the large great room windows. Even though the deck was up to code, there were options to improve the overall look. Check out below how our team’s deck restoration and reconfiguration work in addition to the Feeney CableRail system truly transformed the look of our customers exterior deck. You can find more info about the CableRail system here.

Outdoor Living and Deck Installation and Remodeling by Building Concepts

Your outdoor and deck areas are where you entertain your friends and family so you want to make sure to get them just right. Building new wood or composite decks, restoring and staining older structures, or even small custom upgrades have always been a staple in our portfolio of residential remodeling and construction.
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Building Concepts specializes in custom remodeling projects across the Greater Cincinnati Area. Our comprehensive residential and commercial experience has built a reliable reputation you can trust. Everyday we work to build trust through communication and attention to detail. We strive to enhance the lives of our clients by providing high quality solutions with hands on service. Throughout the remodeling project, minimal disruption to your home or office is our highest priority.

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Door Installation and Repair – Tips For Keeping Wood Entry Doors Looking Their Best…

Large front entry doors are an amazing staple to the curb appeal of your home. Unlike steel or fiberglass doors, natural wood entry doors require maintenance to keep that beautiful appeal. If you stay ahead of the natural degradation of the finish, the wood doors will last for a very long time.

Dealing With Minor Damage and Oxidation

Although the overall before photos below may not look terrible, the doors did need some maintenance attention. The close up photos, shown later in this post, provide examples of the minor damage and oxidation. Oxidation will cause the outside of the door to look chalky and dirty. If these minor blemishes are not fixed, the actual wood of the door will become susceptible to moisture deterioration (rot). Once the rot starts, the scope of repair becomes more involved than what we would consider maintenance.

The Door Isn’t Dirty, It’s Varnish Is Breaking Down

The next few pictures are where a trained eye comes in handy. Most homeowners may look at the doors and think its simply dirty. What may appear to be dirt and water stains is actually the varnish of the doors breaking down. Once the outside coating is compromised, the actual wood structure of the door becomes exposed to the many elements of Cincinnati seasons.

Sanding Is a Must Before Applying New Varnish

A key step to restoring the finish of the large wood front doors is sanding. Sanding the doors by hand will provide a solid, straight, and somewhat coarse surface for the first coat of varnish to adhere to. As shown below, this step in the process is where, “it gets worse before it gets better.”

After sanding and the first coat of varnish is applied, another light sanding will take place to smooth out any dust or debris that may have stuck to the first coat of varnish. The second sanding is again vital, as it provides the proper surface for a strong bond between the varnish and the door face. From here, the final coat of varnish is applied. The result is always well worth the work. This door will now weather the elements for years to come.

Business Concepts Installs and Repairs Doors

Entry Doors are one of the first pieces guest will see as they enter your home. An appealing door is important but it must also function well to keep your home safe. Building Concepts has installed and repaired hundreds of doors over the years.
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Exterior Entry Door – BEFORE & AFTER!

Exterior entry doors are a key and vital component of any home. Although there are many styles of doors they all are designed to provide important home security, natural light, and necessary protection from the elements. Just like your roof or siding, entry doors are your homes first line of defense and take a real beating over the years.

Recently, a client in the Cincinnati area contacted us about replacing their sliding door unit. The sliding door unit they had was original to the house, circa early 1960’s. The door was not functioning well and lacking in not only the efficiency but visual department as well. As you can see in the Before photo below, the sliding door was in need of an upgrade.

Exterior Patio Sliding Door Cincinnati Door Install

Now for the fun part. Our team installed a Marvin quad door unit in the existing opening. Prior to the install some homework had to be done. Measuring and checking the framed opening is a key step to helping the install go smoothly. Many times we can source a door unit that is very close to the original size. The Marvin sliding door unit we installed was slightly smaller than the framed opening.

To combat the “gap” around the new slightly smaller unit, wood blocking was used to provide solid structure for mounting. In addition to blocking, we insulated, sealed, and installed trim inside and out. Adding insulation is a step that should never be skipped. Without that added detail, your home’s efficiency will suffer regardless of how energy efficient the new door unit is.  

Our goal at Building Concepts has always been and always will be to provide our clients with the best service and highest quality materials for our Greater Cincinnati customers. A great example is the synthetic exterior trim we used on the outside of this door unit. Wood trim would have been the cheapest solution but wood has a far shorter lifespan than the newer synthetic materials on the market. We discussed the options with our client and decided on installing a high quality synthetic trim. Synthetic trims are able to be painted and mounted in the same manner as wood. The major benefit of the material is it will not rot and will hold up to the elements far longer than any comparable wood trim.

After the synthetic trim was painted, the door unit and synthetic trim combination significantly improved the look of their home. Check out the new Marvin sliding door unit below! For more door pictures click HERE.

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Building Concepts specializes in custom remodeling projects across the Greater Cincinnati Area. Our comprehensive residential and commercial experience has built a reliable reputation you can trust. Everyday we work to build trust through communication and attention to detail. We strive to enhance the lives of our clients by providing high quality solutions with hands on service. Throughout the remodeling project, minimal disruption to your home or office is our highest priority.

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