Stained Buildings
Your Quality Building has been treated with high grade Enviro-Finish stain/sealer. The Enviro-Finish was applied with a spray applicator in our controlled indoor facility maximizing the coverage on your building. It is best to wait at least 6 months after receiving the building before you attempt to re-seal it. Before you re-seal the building, it is good to mix water and vinegar (half and half) and scrub the dirt off of the top layer of the siding. After cleaning the dirt and foreign material off the building, you then need to reapply Enviro-Finish. If you have trouble finding where you can purchase Enviro-Finish or a similar weather seal product, please feel free to call Quality Buildings at 877-364-0516.
After sealing the building, you can then re-spray any time the stain starts fading. The speed of fading will depend on how much sunlight or humidity the building is exposed to. It also can depend on slope, direction, as well as shading. It is also best to have your building placed away from sprinkler exposure. Over time, the tap water can damage the color of the building, leaving salt and chemical deposits. On surfaces with full sun exposure, a light, additional coat may be required when surface shows excess color loss or aging while the remainder of the unexposed areas is in good condition.
Please note that wood can become “spongy”, resulting from excess water absorption. This may substantially reduce the natural insulation value of the wood. At this point that siding may begin to curl, laminated siding will delaminate if re-sealing is not done. Fluctuations in moisture content may cause deeper checks and splits to develop. The result: wood begins to cup, curl, split, and check at an accelerated rate.
In order to prevent voiding your warranty, you are required to re-seal your building every 18 months after your first 6-month re-seal. Please make sure to keep your receipts. Failure to re-seal will void your warranty.
South-facing wood suffers because it experiences the greatest swings in temperature and humidity, which leads to more splits and degradation. Wood shaded by trees is more likely to develop mold and mildew than un-shaded wood.
However, wood can be restored in most cases to a “like new” look. The transformation process involves repair, mold and mildew removal (the dark gray or black growth found on wood), wood surface preparation (removing the gray), and re-sealing application.
Log Cabin Buildings
Thank you for the purchase of your building with White Fir Log Cabin Siding. This siding will provide you with years of beauty and durability. Just like full logs on a cabin, it is subject to the same characteristics inherent to real wood.
Our Log Cabin Siding is produced from the finest Western White Fir available. It is specially dried to remain stable and to produce a superior finish when machined. With time the product can crack and split, just like full logs. This is due to the natural drying process and adds to the rustic look that defines a log cabin. This in no way affects the performance of the product.
With a little bit of care and occasional maintenance, your log cabin will give you years of beauty and performance. For best results we have treated the exposed surface with a high quality exterior stain/sealer. Please refer to the above Finish Care and Maintenance section on stained buildings for maintenance recommendations.
Painted Buildings
Your painted Quality building is constructed with engineered “SmartSide” siding and “SmartTrim” trim components that are factory primed and designed to accept and hold a durable and lasting finish. The base and trim coats are painted with acrylic latex paint formulated to withstand the extreme weather conditions of our changing climate. Surface joints are caulked to assure a pleasing appearance. Re-painting and caulking is necessary when normal fade and wear become apparent.
Common Questions
Q: Can Enviro-Finish be painted or coated over with other weather-sealing products?
A: Yes, but it must be allowed to cure for a minimum of 30 days. Enviro-Finish contains a water repellent, so oil or latex-based caulking, primer, and paint may be used.
Q: How can I tell if my previously treated wood will accept a coat of Enviro-Finish?
A: If water beads up on your wood after cleaning or pressure washing, there is still enough of the old wood treatment remaining to adversely affect penetration of Enviro-Finish. A good rule of thumb is if your wood absorbs water, it will absorb Enviro-Finish. It is always wise to do a test area when in doubt.
Q: What is the best way to re-apply a new coat of finish?
A: A low pressure paint sprayer, hand held pump sprayer with proper tip, or paint roller and brush.
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