It’s funny how every time you have a new product or personal interest, you start noticing that very product seemingly everywhere. You know the feeling; if you’re shopping for cars, you’ll start seeing the same model everywhere and certainly the blue ones. Whether you’re shopping for a new roof, in the market for a bike, or you’re looking at what color to re-finish something, you selectively notice just these objects, colors, and styles everywhere you look.
Well, it has been this way with decks and other outdoor wood surfaces for The ARCH. It’s seems that we want to breathe new life into old, cracking, (deteriorating in many cases) wood surfaces. They seem to be everywhere!
So much wood out there is thirsty for both attention and a new finish! Give the wood a drink I say!
One of my daughters was visiting Asheville this weekend looking at houses to rent and several places we looked at seem to keep up the interiors, but many of the exteriors and decks needed a great deal of attention.
Investing in maintenance and finishes is important. The deck and all that surrounds the house definitely influences the person looking for a new place.
If the wood is maintained the renter or seller may actually make the sale, children may not need shoes every time they walk across a sorry-looking deck, years could be added to the life of a house exterior, and, if someone would only notice,the garden bench might actually make it another decade.
Vermont Natural Coatings not only provides protection, durability, and beauty, but it’s healthy, non-toxic and so easy to apply.I read that a health food store coated vegetable boxes with a Vermont Natural Coatings finish and they’re loving the product because it is non-toxic as well as durable. Shown here are a few projects showing some happy decks and happier homeowners.
Hopefully, I’ll start noticing the details of islands and the varying shades of blue in the ocean!
For more information about Vermont Natural Coatings exterior, flooring and furniture finishes click here.
New color just in! Exterior Finish Barn Red
All Vermont Natural Coatings products are available at The ARCH. We also offer deck cleaning service.Free estimates in the Asheville area.
Unless your deck is totally covered, the access to your deck is paved from all sides, you have no pets, and you wear slippers to walk across your deck- it’s going to get a mean work out- every year.
Abrasion and the weather elements are going to take it’s toll. North Carolina’s 2010 winter meant frequent snow piled high on our deck- which meant c-o-n-t-a-c-t with the shovel from time to time. We work in the yard a great deal, so unless you have a “shoes off” policy for your deck, (inside maybe- but the deck?), here again, comes a good bit of dirt, sand, and occasional gravel stuck in your soles. Then there’s the intense sun exposure- especially during the summer months. The list goes on… but don’t forget the dog racing back and forth in excitement.
Your deck needs something tough and you need something non-toxic, and we highly highly recommend Vermont Natural Coatings Poly Whey Exterior Finish. Just last summer (before we carried Vermont Natural Coatings in our showroom), we applied “a different” brand that was admittedly toxic-we thought we had picked a “relatively safe” choice among the selection at a big box store (a very bad decision – and we know better). Hey, we’ll be applying it outside right? Wrong. Evaporation is not a funny thing when it comes to toxins and I, for one, unfailingly ended up with a headache and this was just one symptom that I was aware of. As for cost? It wasn’t worth it for a minute. A year later our deck looked pretty bad once again, and what’s our health worth? As dealers of Vermont Natural Coatings since the Fall of 2010, we are thrilled to have a product we have full trust in and continue to receive great feedback about.
We can’t say enough good stuff about Vermont Natural Coating’s products- all of their products. It feels good knowing we’ve recently put down a really great product. It’s coverage is superb, it’s cost is very reasonable, and it’s a sustainable, durable product. Best of all- when we applied Vermont Natural Coating we experienced NO toxic fumes during or after the application and no headaches to worry about.
We are very excited to now stock Vermont Natural Coatings at The ARCH. We also carry their non-toxic wood cleaner which is safe for all wood surfaces, vegetable-based, and safe for people and pets.
Vermont Natural Coatings was designated a Top-10 green building product at Greenbuild, the premier annual green building event.
Give us a call at The ARCH at 828 253 5455. Also, please know we can have the product shipped to you! Hey, Northern Michigan friends- I know what your decks go through!
To view The ARCH February Newsletter click here
How intentional are your choices these days? What kind of building and finish materials do you live with? I watched a little girl say “yes” to the CVS clerk when asked if she wanted a bag for her purchase the other day. The little girl had purchased a single pack of (already) packaged gum. Out she ran with the bag around that oh so heavy and certainly awkward pack of gum. The store clerk didn’t get it and the little girl was taught absolutely nothing about conservation. From small purchases to larger ones the “compromise meter” should be leaning more towards “smart” than “stupid” by now. Take the flooring industry for example. By now most everyone knows that toxic chemicals are present in many flooring products and finishes on the market, or perhaps we don’t want to wrap our minds around the fact that that “steal of a deal” floor we’re interested in may have been manufactured where unjust labor practices take place, or perhaps lurking behind that “green” label is a company that is wasteful and compromising on every other level. The ARCH chooses to work with companies with the highest environmental standards. For more information about the companies and products we work with we invite you to check them out or give us a call and we will share what we know about sustainable practices. Whether you’re looking for a floor that is FSC- certified, LEED compliant, reclaimed or recycled, whether the company maintains high standards for fair labor practices, high quality control, The ARCH has made an intentional choice to work with reputable flooring and finish companies.
Here are a few of the companies and their environmental standards that The ARCH is proud to be working with:
January is a good month to think about detoxing your home. As noted in a LOHAS blog (Lifestyles of health and sustainability) the average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air
How about inviting more positive intentional changes into our environment?
Introduces Award-Winning Vermont Natural Coatings®
September 28, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Asheville, NC- Today The Arch announced the introduction of Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey® wood finishes. An environmentally safe alternative to traditional polyurethane, Vermont Natural Coatings is a high-performance, natural finish available in Floor, Furniture and Exterior formulations.
We are excited to have Vermont Natural Coating wood finish products in our showroom. We were drawn to the high safety standards, coverage, and love the fact that the use of a whey by-product has proven to provide impressive results. We have experienced other finishes not drying properly due to touchy humidity conditions or other environmental factors, so the quick drying quality and easy application of the VNC is critical to us. We are confident that professional finishers as well as homeowners will be impressed with the Vermont Natural Coatings products.
In development since 2001 and in collaboration with the University of Vermont, Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey gets its name and performance from whey protein, a renewable resource rescued from the waste stream that improves building air quality without compromising quality. It offers twice the cured hardness and greater per-gallon square footage coverage of typical water-based finishes. Contractors who have worked with PolyWhey have universally praised the quality of the finish, its workability and the absence of fumes during application and curing. The entire product line is safe for children and pets.
Vermont Natural Coatings is nationally acclaimed as the only wood finish named to the Top-10 Green Building Product List by Environmental Building News and its specification guide GreenSpec.®
“Vermont Natural Coatings is pleased to provide a high quality product to the green market through The Arch,” said Andrew Meyer, founder of Vermont Natural Coatings.
Vermont Natural Coatings products can be purchased from The Arch Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact:
171 Weaverville Hwy
Asheville, NC 28804