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How Much Bed Liner Do I Need For My Truck

You’ve done the online research and come to the realization that Durabak 18 is the best option as a bedliner for your truck. Now we know you’re smart, and that you’re researching the next steps. Maybe it’s because you know that any product trusted by the Navy is worthy of your time.

Now the time has come to figure out how much bedliner you need for your truck. The calculations are simple and because I already know how smart you are, this should be easy to explain!

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Durabak’s Coverage

One gallon of Durabak 18 (Textured) is going to cover approximately 60 square feet when you apply two coats. Proper application will give you a surface of about a 1/16th of an inch thick with the textured Durabak.

Durabak can be applied by roller, spray or even brush. If spraying, an undercoating gun, or “Schutz” spray gun is recommended. You may also need to thin your Durabak 18 with Xylene or Solvide at approximately 10%. When spraying any material, you need to account for some overspray, so you may want to budget in a little more product.

Calculations

By now you are wondering exactly how much bedliner you need to get this job done. Here’s how you figure that out.

Do The Measurements

Square footage is measured by multiplying the length of the project by the width of the project. For example, if you have a 10-foot length and a 6-foot width, you would end up with a total of 60-square feet.

So, as a general rule of thumb, one gallon should be sufficient for a 6-foot pickup bed. Purchase and additional 1-2 quarts for an 8-foot bed.

Keep in mind that this calculation only provides a rough idea of your total square footage needs. For the best results, you always want to factor in a little extra for waste or surface irregularities. As noted above, if you are spraying the material, you can expect to have some over-spray.

Quick Reference to How Much Bed liner You Need

As a quick reference on how much bed liner you need for a truck, here are some quick calculations that might help. Remember, always measure the truck yourself to determine the proper amount needed:

  • Ford F-150 – If it’s a Regular Cab Ford F-150 truck with a 6-foot 5-inch bed, you would need roughly 3 gallons to cover the entire truck and bed. Plan to use a little over a gallon for the bed, and the remainder for the truck exterior.
  • Toyota Tacoma – On the Toyota Tacoma truck 5-foot bed, you need 3 quarts to cover the bed, and about 2 gallons to cover the truck exterior.
  • Honda Ridgeline – This Honda Ridgeline truck bed is generally 5-feet 3-inches. You will need 1 gallon on the bed, although you may have a little leftover to get started on the truck exterior body, which will again require about 2 gallons.

It is always better to have a little extra product on hand than not enough. If you end up with some extra Durabak, there are plenty of other ways to use it so it doesn’t get wasted. Be sure to check out our 10 Excellent Ways to Use Durabak.

Application Tips

To make the most of the Durabak you purchase, here are a few tips to help keep the waste down.

  1. Durabak is available in gallon or quart containers. This should make it easier to get the amount you need for your truck.
  2. Apply two coats of Durabak. You can opt to apply more than that; just be sure that you apply them in thin layers.
  3. If you have extra Durabak after the project is over, there are plenty of uses for it. Remember that Durabak is good for concrete, wood, metal, fiberglass, rubber, plastic, tile and more.

Conclusion

Now that you know how much bedliner you need for your truck, you are ready to get started. Order your Durabak today and protect your truck with this UV-resistant, waterproof and durable coverage. If you have questions about how much to order or the best ways to apply Durabak, feel free to contact us. Our trained staff is available to help you with your bedliner needs.

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Cool the floor of your boat with this simple hack

Is your boat floor too hot? Do you want to do something to make your boat floor colder?

If you’ve got a Jon boat or any type of boat for that matter this article is for you. If you want to make it more pleasant and comfortable to walk in your boat, then keep reading. In this short article we’ll discuss a simple, effective hack to upgrade the deck or floor of your boat.

So Hot!

Most people will take out their boats on nice days, when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Who wants to spend a day on the water getting rained on? Nobody! With the Sun burning overhead for hours throughout the day, your boat will start getting hot, really hot.

The heat of the Sun is transmitted by radiation, energy waves of heat like infra-red light. Those rays traveled 93 million miles from the Sun unimpeded all the way to your boat. If you’ve ever been skiing or mountain climbing you’ll notice that it’s cold at the top of the mountain, but you can still get a sunburn. The reason for that is because there’s less of Earth’s atmosphere filtering out the harmful UV rays, so you get burnt. There’s also less of the atmosphere above you, insulating you, to keep you warm – so you get burnt, while being cold!

At Sea level much of the UV rays are filtered out but the heat can get intense. At the Dead Sea, Israel, the lowest point on Earth, it’s regularly over 100F, but it’s impossible to get sunburn! So your boat floor is a magnet for heat, and after a few hours in the sun it will become almost too hot to walk on.

Keeping Cool

There are two things you can do to keep your boat cool, either make sure it’s a light color, or cover it. Heat is absorbed more by darker colors, so if your bass boat is getting too hot, it might be because it’s a dark color. Even bright colors like yellows and reds can get extremely hot in the Sun.  So a light green Jonboat getting hot in the Sun is unavoidable.

The only color that does not attract heat is white because white objects reflect all visible wavelengths of light. Black – the color that absorbs all visible wavelengths of light – attracts the most heat, followed by violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, in descending order. – Sciencing.com

So, if you want a nice cool boat floor, go white.

White? But…

So white doesn’t absorb the light rays and will reflect the heat rays, but the boat will still get hot. The Sun reflects off the water and heats up the Hull of the boat, and paint isn’t going to help that!

The trick is to not just use regular white paint. Regular white paint will only reflect some radiation, it won’t help cooling. Insulation is needed, a layer of white between the boat and bare feet. A thick layer of insulation is going to be heavy and take up valuable space. A thin layer just won’t help. We need a super-insulator, something light and thin. We need a material that will also protect the boat, and be suitable for a boat floor.

The Hack

The secret to keeping the boat floor cool is Durabak. Made from a unique polyurethane formula, Durabak is ideal for boat floors and decks. Durabak on your fishing boat floor will protect it from fish guts and inhibit overheating. Use it on your Jon boat will keep it cool and strong. On your bass boat Durabak will add essential grip will keeping the heat at bay. Polyurethane is used in refrigerators, ski jackets and mattresses. You know you can trust Durabak, used by the US Navy on the decks of their Nuclear aircraft carriers.

Durabak is available in 16+ colors, in smooth and textured versions. Durabak is formulated to be UV and salt-water resistant, it’s flexibility and strength will add years to your boat.

Get your Durabak here and feel the difference for yourself.

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Protect the Wood on an enclosed trailer

If you have an enclosed trailer which is suffering from the abuse of heavy cargo this article will tell you exactly what you need to know to get it sorted.

Wearing Out Wood

Wood is a great material, not only is it cheap (literally grows on Trees) but it’s also strong, hard and easy to work with. Wood is really lots of cells that have dried and are now holding onto each other biologically and mechanically in the best way possible, the way Nature designed them. Now we have all seen trees snap and topple in high winds, but think of the abusive and harsh weather that wood goes through for tens or even hundreds of years!

Unlike the wood on a tree, the wood in your trailer isn’t protected with an ablative layer of bark. The bark is a brilliant design by nature to protect the wood underneath from abrasion and wear. As you surely noticed, bark is relatively easy to break off and is soft enough to cushion the tree from impacts. The plywood or chipboard in your enclosed trailer doesn’t benefit from this, what you are left with as a very hard material without the layer of protection it grew up with.

Different types of wood panels are made up of tens of thousands, even millions, of fibers, cells, splinters or chips. The chips, although held in strong with glue (natural or man-made) will eventually lift, chip off or fall off after repeated impact and abrasion. This will lead to worn out, scratchy, splinter giving, and all round nasty enclosed trailer floors and walls.

Protecting the Wood

The best way to protect the wood is to add a protective layer coating it in all areas where it will be hit, scratched, chipped or go through any abuse or abrasion. Ideally a protective layer will bond strongly to the wood, but also repel any and all chemicals and liquids from seeping through and weakening the wood’s structure.

Wood experts, namely woodworkers with decades of experience know all this and choose to protect wood they work with to avoid these issues. The very best way to protect wood is not with waxes, oils or varnishing, but to embellish them with a layer of rubbery polyurethane.

Durabak is recommended by woodworking veterans who recognize it’s unique array of features. Durabak will seep into the wood panels to embed in them a layer of rubber like protection, and layers on top will bond to form an impermeable membrane to protect the wood from any and all contaminants.

Durabak for the enclosed trailer

Durabak forms a substantive layer of protection over surfaces, and it’s hard wearing surface will keep the trailer in great condition for many years. Durabak is available both in textured and smooth variants. That means that if you want to add some grip inside your trailer to prevent cargo or equipment from sliding around too much you can go with Textured Durabak which has actual granules of rubber in it. If you just want a smooth and easy to clean surface that still offers plenty off grip for your boots you should go with Smooth Durabak.

Durabak is super easy to apply by yourself. On a wooded surface all you need to do is clean it thoroughly to remove any spills or contaminants, then sand it down with 60 grit and finally wipe it all down with Xylene or Solvide. As soon as that’s dry you can roll on the Durabak, and as soon as the first coat is tough dry you can roll on the second coat and likewise for further coats.

Durabak makes your life simple as it’s sold with texture, color, and hardener all in one can so no mixing or measuring required. It’s also available in 16  mixable colors, or you can save money and use the indoor product for your enclosed trailer available in 12 colors.

 

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How to Pick the Best Tonneau Cover for Your Truck

High-quality truck bed protection is a requirement for most pickup owners, which is why you trust Durabak. You know that the bed of your truck serves as a vital space to hold valued possessions and help you get your job done. Therefore, you want to ensure you take every precaution to secure your cargo with the best tonneau cover for your truck.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of tonneau covers, the various styles available and how to install your new cover. We will also answer some of your most asked questions. Once you are finished reading, you’ll be able to find the right tonneau cover for your truck and your budget.

tonneau cover on Chevrolet Colorado

Benefits of a Tonneau Cover

There’s no question that a tonneau cover creates an aesthetically pleasing look to your truck. Aside from that, there are several other benefits you should consider. These include:

  • Provides safe transport of your equipment and cargo
  • Improves gas mileage
  • Increases security
  • Offers additional organization of goods
  • Increases resale value
  • Protects truck bed from damage

Types of Tonneau Covers for Your Truck

Numerous styles of tonneau covers exist for your pickup. Each has its own capacity, utility and function. On top of that, they all have different pricing. Because of this, you need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of all varieties if you plan to make the best decision. There’s not one tonneau cover that works for every truck owner; you must pick the style the fits your lifestyle.

Toolbox Covers

The toolbox cover is shorter than your truck bed. It allows extra room so you can place a toolbox over the rail. This hardcover sometimes comes with the toolbox, depending on the model you choose.

black retractable tonneau cover

Retractable Covers

This hard or soft cover retracts making access to the cargo easier. Not only can you get to the entire bed, but you can also do it with one hand. This type sits inside and outside the rails of your pickup truck bed. It offers a convenient fit, is efficient and improves the aerodynamics of your truck. You can also get a lock and key if you want additional security. The only real disadvantage with a power retractable tonneau cover will be that the casing that the cover rolls into eats up some of your cargo space, for most that isn’t an issue, but if you also have a toolbox and need every inch of space, it is a consideration that you need to think about.

rollup tonneau cover

Roll-Up Covers

These are most often constructed from a marine-grade vinyl. This material is durable, scratch-resistant and easily folded away. It only takes a few seconds to pull it aside and gain access to your cargo. In addition, installing and removing the cover is simple. When you are ready to secure it, you will find the snaps and latches easy to use. The soft roll up tonneau covers are perfect for general weather protection and as they roll up on top of the truck rim you don’t lose any valuable cargo space.

hinged tonneau cover

Hinged Covers

The hinged tonneau keeps thieves away. Not only does it use an over-the-tailgate design, but the hinges are highly durable. It only takes a short time to install the system, but it drastically enhances the appearance of your truck. Most hinged covers are hard, but you can find soft designs if you prefer. Hinged tonneau covers are mostly made of fiberglass which makes them the most expensive option but also the nicest and sleekest design wise. You can get a fiberglass tonneau cover to match your truck paint exactly but it will set you back thousands. Pro-Tip: Buy a second hand fiberglass tonneau cover for your truck model for a fraction of the original cost and paint it and the body of your truck with Durabak Smooth and not only will you save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars but you’ll also get a fresh scratch guard paint job on your entire truck – and the tonneau cover will match perfectly!

folding tonneau cover

Folding Covers

If getting to your goods needs to be done fast, the folding cover gives you access in record time. You don’t need to remove the cover, but you still have protection from the weather and elements. These tonneau covers are soft and constructed of vinyl for easy manipulation. You can also choose some designs made from aluminum for added strength. Folding covers come in tri-fold form that offer three sections of lid coverage, some allow you to open them up from either end for the ultimate convenience. The best tri-fold covers are strong enough, when installed correctly, to support a lot of weight – be sure to protect the top of the tonneau cover with Durabak as a scratch guard to make it match the rest of the truck and last a lifetime.

What Style Tonneau Cover Do You Need?

After evaluating the varieties of tonneau covers, you need to determine what style suits your needs. It all depends on what you are looking for. If you plan to carry large items and strap them down with ropes, you will want something you can take off easily. In this case, the hard folding tonneau might be your best option.

Another consideration is how much you will need to be in your truck bed. If you have separate areas to the bed, make sure the cover you choose gives you quick access to where you need it the most. If you need to access the entire bed, you might prefer a hinged cover.

Then, you need to factor in the type of goods you plan to store. If you need solid protection, the toolbox cover, hard folding cover or hard retractable cover might be your best option. If you only store essential items like a spare tire and groceries, then the soft cover works fine.

Finally, consider the security you require. Soft tonneau covers are easy to remove and can even be sliced open with a pocket knife with ease, which makes them more susceptible to thieves. If you have a retractable cover without a lock, it’s only a little bit harder to open up. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the city, you might do better with a hard, hinged cover. Bear in mind there are also hard metal retractable tonneau covers which lock shut giving a high level of security and flexibility.

There’s not a one-size fits all option when it comes to tonneau covers. Take the necessary time to determine what style works for you and evaluate your budget to see what you can afford.

What is the Best Tonneau Cover Brand?

With several brands to choose from, you might become easily confused about the options available. While some brands only specialize in a few styles, we found that Truck Hero and their array of makes and styles offers something for everyone.

They sell high-quality truck bed covers that are durable and constructed to provide maximum life. The company currently offers more than 60 tonneau cover styles to choose from.

In addition, Truck Hero is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, so you are supporting an American company and creating American jobs with every purchase you make.

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How Do You Install a Tonneau Cover on Your Pickup Truck?

Once you determine which truck bed cover suits your needs best, you are ready to move forward with the installation. Thankfully, it doesn’t take any special skills or tools to get the job done. Follow these steps for success.

  1. Get the Right Size. There are tiny differences in the widths and lengths of many trucks, although many different makes and models of trucks will need the exact same tonneau cover you can never be too careful in making sure that you are not wasting money on the wrong size kit.
  2. Place the cover rails. Each cover comes with two side rails. These attach to the inside of your truck bed. They usually go on the inner sides and offer support to the cover. You will need to use the clamps or bolts that come with your cover. If you have bolts, you need to drill holes to bolt the rails in place. It’s always recommended to avoid buying a cover that requires you to drill into your truck – as that can cause all sorts of complication.
  3. Place the cover. This part goes quickly. You either have a vinyl roll or metal sheet to install. Just put the cover on top of your installed side rails and unfold it. Adjust the length of the roll if it is too wide or long. With a metal sheet, you will have some different instructions. Just make sure you bolt the cover in place and ensure it is secure.
  4. Tighten the bolts. You might think this is a silly step to mention, but many people overlook it. Then, when the cover comes off, they blame the manufacturer when it was their fault for not tightening the clamps or bolts. You should also check the tightness once a month to ensure that wind, water or loading hasn’t knocked them loose.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Clean a Tonneau Cover?

Most manufacturers provide specific details about the cleaning and maintenance of the cover. Sometimes, you are required to use a special cleaner, so make sure you look into that. Otherwise, you can spray cleaning fluid on the cover and then wipe it off with a dry, soft cloth.

If you go off-road, this might not cut it. In those cases, you might need to wash the cover with car wash soap and warm water instead. For deep dirt and grime, make sure you allow the soap to sit for a couple of minutes. Then, use your brush or sponge to rub the surface. Use gentle pressure; don’t scrub your cover. Then, rinse it off thoroughly and allow it to dry completely. If you desire extra shine, you can use a protectant as well. For added protection from the elements try coating the outer shell of your tonneau cover with Smooth Durabak, the Durabak will form a protective scratch guard that (if applied properly) also acts as a barrier against water, salt-water, corrosion, oil and chemicals. An impermeable membrane of Durabak will protect your truck bed, cargo and tonneau cover for many years.

How Secure is the Cargo with a Tonneau Cover?

The level of security you receive depends mainly on the style cover you choose. It’s not hard to damage or puncture a vinyl or fabric cover with a sharp tool. Hardcovers, on the other hand, don’t crack easily. Some styles also come with a built-in lock which offers some extra security.

Your cargo is always more secure under a tonneau cover than without one. When you drive around with an open truck bed, you leave your goods out in the open; available for any thief to snatch.

What Other Accessories Can You Use With a Tonneau Cover?

It’s likely that you want to include other accessories on your truck. You can use your tonneau cover with your Durabak bed liner without any issues. Some styles also work well with cargo boxes, tool storage systems, bike racks and other add-ons. Just verify before you make a purchase that the cover has what you need.

Final Thoughts

Having a tonneau cover for your truck bed is a great way to ensure the security of the goods, provide protection for the vehicle and increase the resale value. This small investment pays off in big ways, but you need to make sure you choose the right style for your needs.

Having the best tonneau cover is essential to your truck’s capability and performance. Make sure you evaluate all your options and make a wise decision, so you won’t regret it.

Don’t forget that a truck bed cover paired with Durabak looks sharp and offers maximum protection. We want to help you create the truck of your dreams. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.

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10 Tips to Elder-Proof Your Home

As your family gets older, it’s natural to be concerned about their safety. The NCOA states that one in four Americans aged 65+ fall in their home each year. That’s an astounding number and reason to worry. To keep your loves one in their house longer, you want to make sure you elder-proof your home.

We’ve got the ten best tips to protect your family from injury.

 

1. Make Sure the Walking Paths are Clear

Take a look at the furniture in your home. Does your loved one have enough room to walk around freely? If not, you need to move the furniture in a way that creates clear walking paths free of tripping hazards.

2. Remove Hazards

Aside from the furniture, you want to remove anything else that might cause slipping or tripping. This includes everyday clutter small décor, power cords and throw rugs.

3. Avoid Wet Floors

You need to be aware of the smallest amounts of water on the floor. After you do the dishes, check the floor and make sure there’s no water present. Also, watch for any drips from your faucets and showers that might lead to a slippery surface.

4. Secure the Carpets

Make sure all your rugs are non-slip or attach them securely to the floor with double-sided tape.

5. Slip-Proof Your Bathroom

There’s a variety of non-slip items you’ll want to install in your bathroom. Get non-slip strips for the rubber mat on the floor of your shower or bathtub. You can also get handles that make it easy to get in and out of the shower.

6. Check the Stair Handrails

The handrail is the most critical aspect of your stairs if you have seniors in the home. Because of this, you want to make sure they aren’t loose and that your loved one uses them correctly. In addition to using the handrail, you don’t want them to carry any items while going up or down the stairs. Instead, they should use both of their hands to help them keep balance which prevents falls.

7. Light up the House

Good lighting is one of the easiest ways to elder-proof your home. As people get older, their eyesight begins to diminish. With ample lighting, your loved one remains aware of their surroundings and is better equipped to avoid obstacles.

To begin, make sure every entrance and room is well lit. Similarly, pay especially close attention to the stairs and outdoor walkways. Above all, choose bulbs with the highest wattage available for each light fixture.

Pay close attention to the lighting situation in the middle of the night. This is the most dangerous time for your loved one. Not only are they tired and their balance is off, but there aren’t often lights on at this time.

Place a lamp on a nightstand next to their bed that they can turn on if they get up. You’ll also want to install night lights in the hallway, bathroom and kitchen.

If you prefer, install motion-activated lighting, especially for nighttime trips to the bathroom. It’s also wise to put a flashlight on their nightstand, just in case. You don’t want them to get up if the power goes off without some sort of light.

8. Check the Hot Water Settings

While this isn’t related to falls, it’s a vital step to elder-proof your home. Make sure the max temperature of the water heater isn’t hot enough to cause burns. The ideal setting would be 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less. You also want to ensure that all the faucets have clearly marked hot and cold knobs so your loved one doesn’t become confused.

9. Fix a Slippery Staircase

In addition to #6, you also want to make sure the stairs coming into the home and traveling up to the second level aren’t slippery. Indoors, you can fix a slippery staircase with a variety of methods, including using Durabak.

Outdoors, you can use Durabak on the stairs or you might consider eliminating them completely by installing a ramp instead. You can also add non-skid paint to a ramp for additional protection. This allows easier access to the front doors, especially if your loved one ever ends up in a wheelchair.

10. Get them an Extended Grabber

These tools help them to reach objects that are on the floor, behind furniture or up high without straining. By using an extended grabber, you eliminate the need for them to use step ladders or bend over unnecessarily.

Durabak is Here to Elder-Proof Your Home

At Durabak, we care about all of life’s stages. We don’t just provide the best product for protecting your truck bed, but also offer solutions to elder-proof your home. Consider using our textured bed liner on stairs, ramps, decks and patios to create a non-slip surface you can rely on. Give us a call at 303-690-7190 to discuss your next project.

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Deck vs Patio: What’s the Difference?

house with patio and deck

If you need some outdoor space, you might be contemplating the difference between the deck vs patio. Both of these increase square footage without breaking the bank. You can use them to gather with friends or family and simply relax. Which one is the most popular option?

In 2017, almost 24% of the 780,000 single family homes that were built contained a deck. On the other hand, in 2014, nearly 100,000 homes were sold with patios. It appears that they are both popular choices with today’s homeowner. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each option and the main differences.

Difference in Materials

One of the main differences you’ll find is the material used to create your outdoor space. With a deck, you’ll utilize the following options:

  • Wood – this is the most natural and popular option. On the other hand, it does require more maintenance.
  • Composite – this looks like wood, but often costs more.
  • Plastic – requires less upkeep but costs as much as a composite.
  • Aluminum – cost the most but comes with a long lifespan.

With a patio, you’ll want to use one of these materials instead.

  • Concrete – you’ll find this the most often, but it’s also very plain.
  • Stamped concrete – requires more maintenance but adds some personality.
  • Gravel – easy to install and affordable.
  • Stone – higher priced but creates an upscale appearance.
  • Brick Pavers – costs less than stone, but tends to look just as nice, if done properly.
  • Wood – requires regular replacement but looks natural.

Overall, the patio offers more material selection than the deck. That’s good if you have a specific look you want to create.

Difference in Costs

Of course, the majority of the cost is going to come from the materials you use. You still have to consider the installation expenses as well. With that said, we can still look at the national average to get an idea what it will run.

Deck Cost:

  • National average runs about $7,000.
  • Installation works out to about $35 per square foot.
  • Materials cost anywhere from $3-$25 per square foot.

Patio Cost:

  • National average runs about $3,200.
  • Installation works out to about $10-$20 per square foot.
  • Materials cost anywhere from $1.50-$30 per square foot.

That makes the patio the winner when it comes to cost. If you need a low-budget way to create a new space, the patio might be the way to go.

Difference in Return on Investment

If you’ve been thinking about the difference between a deck vs patio, then you’ve likely considered the resale value. Will you be paid back for your efforts?

It truly depends on how you look at it. Sure, the deck has a higher return on investment with averages hitting between 60-80%. With that said, they do cost more to install and take more work.

deck vs patio - outdoor space

On the other hand, the patio only features a ROI of about 50% but it costs less to install. The majority of what you’ll gain from a patio is enjoyment.

If the return on investment is most important, then you’ll want to go with a deck.

Advantages of a Deck

  • Higher resale value
  • Works well with any terrain – you can install it even when the yard isn’t level
  • Offers a better view
  • Customization is simple
  • Comfortable when it’s hot

Disadvantages of a Deck

  • Requires more maintenance
  • Shorter lifespan
  • You might need a permit to build
  • Costs more
  • Weight restrictions

Advantages of a Patio

  • Less expensive
  • Easy to maintain
  • Offers more privacy
  • Longer lifespan
  • Doesn’t require any permits

Disadvantages of a Patio

  • Not good on uneven terrain
  • Prone to cracking
  • Prone to stains
  • Requires more construction if located with ground movement

Caring for Your Patio or Deck

One of the main things people think about when looking through the deck vs patio debate is what it will take to care for either. The wood deck needs year-round maintenance to retain its beauty. This might require sanding or scrubbing. If you let it go too long, you might have to paint or refinish it again.

Whether you choose to refinish it or paint it, you’ll still have a good amount of work ahead of you. Both methods require that you prepare the area adequately. This requires you to ensure there are no loose screws, boards or nails.

You’ll also need to refinish or sand to take care of any peeling wood pieces that could lead to splinters. Thankfully, there are plenty of deck products on the market to help you care for your deck.

As far as a patio is concerned, you’ll find that maintenance isn’t typically as hard as with a deck. Depending on the material you choose, determines how much work you have before you. For example, with bricks, you could easily replace them as needed. Pea gravel requires that you rake and clean it on a regular basis. Furthermore, concrete needs to be regularly cleaned to get rid of mildew and mold.

The one downside that you will face with a patio vs a deck is more debris. You’ll encounter more leaves, dirt and nearby grime just because it is sitting on the ground. This typically isn’t something that’s difficult to clean, however, as long as you stay on top of it.

What if You Can’t Choose Deck vs Patio?

There comes a time when it feels impossible to choose between the two. That’s natural and there’s a handy solution for this. By selecting a patio-deck combo you give yourself the best of both worlds. To do this, you would simply place the attached deck higher above the patio.

This effective solution comes with many advantages. The main ones include the fact that you easily double your entertaining space outside and don’t have to choose between the two.

Of course, there are some downsides to consider in the process. You’ll want to build your deck high enough that you allow plenty of entertaining space below. Otherwise, your patio won’t be useful. This makes it more complicated to do if you own a split-level or rambler style house.

What is Best for Your Needs? Patio vs Deck?

There are many factors to consider when you need to choose a patio vs deck. Of course, the ones we listed are the most prevalent, but they aren’t the final say in your choice.

What outdoor addition is going to work best for you? It’s all going to depend on how you want to use it. If you’re going to incorporate your landscaping into the overall design, you might feel better about using a patio. This helps you to create more privacy if you have flowers, shrubs and trees in your backyard.

On the other hand, homeowners that desire a view will want the deck. This is helpful if you live in a scenic area like the mountains. Building higher up allows for a wider range of what’s around you.

They also are ideal for yards that aren’t level. If you live on a hill, you’ll find that the deck can use supports built to almost any height. This saves money and time in construction.

You could also add on stairs to your deck so you can access it from the yard if you prefer. Of course, this isn’t necessary, and some people prefer to have it completely enclosed. If you want to protect your yard while entertaining, you’ll find the deck is an ideal solution.

Deck vs Patio With a Pool

The patio is also a great choice if you want the space separate from your house. That’s because nothing is saying it needs to be connected. Many people with in-ground pools find that the patio is a better option. It allows them the area they need to relax and grill out while swimming.

As far as pools go, if you have an above ground pool, you can easily make it feel like an in-ground addition simply by building the deck out to it and around it. This creates a cozy entertaining space without spending the money on an in-ground swimming pool.

Either way you look at it, deciding between a deck or a patio offers many things to think about. From the cost, materials used, level of care required and the return on investment, you have a lot to consider. Do what works for your family and your surroundings.

Durabak Cares about Your Outdoor Space

No matter what you choose, we have solutions to make your outdoor space even better. We’ve outlined the steps to paint a concrete porch. This gives it a personal touch and helps to create a non-slip surface for heightened safety.

If you prefer to build a wooden deck, you can use Durabak to protect it. Not only will this protect it from rotting and keep it from deteriorating, but it’s simple enough that anyone can do it. Again, using Durabak also helps to create a non-slip surface for more protection of you and your guests, especially if you plan to be near a swimming pool.

Whatever your needs are, the helpful staff here at Durabak cares about you. Contact us today and we will gladly steer you in the right direction. Together, we can build the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.

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How to Bleed Drum Brakes

How to Bleed Drum Brakes

Some modern vehicles feature drum brakes on the rear axle. On older cars, they were installed on the front wheels as well. While these are different than the typical disc brake, they operate under the same principles. For people that like to perform their own work, it might be confusing trying to figure out how to bleed drum brakes. To alleviate confusion, we’ve created this guide to help you out.

How Do Drum Brakes Work?

When you press your brake pedal, fluid makes it way down the brake lines and forces your pistons inside the wheel cylinder to come out. This forces your brake shoes to push against the brake drums. This process causes the vehicle to stop if everything is working correctly.

If there’s any air inside the lines, your brake pedal won’t feel right. You might notice a spongy feel when pushing down the pedal. To alleviate this, you need to know how to bleed drum brakes.

How to Bleed Drum Brakes – Step by Step

Before you begin, you need to prepare for your work. Gather these supplies:

  • Jack stands
  • Brake fluid
  • Automotive jack
  • Plastic or glass jar
  • Lug wrench
  • Wrench set
  • Clear plastic tubing

Step #1 – Remove Your Wheels

Use your automotive jack to lift up the rear of the vehicle and then support it with jack stands. Loosen the rear wheels with your lug wrench. Then, remove them and set them aside.

Step #2 – Bleeding the Brakes

Bleeding your drum brakes is the same process as with disc brakes. Start with the wheel that’s furthest away from the car’s master cylinder and work towards it. You’ll find the bleeder screw on the rear of the backing plate, usually near the top.

Then, remove the rubber or plastic cover that’s protecting the screw. Place your hose over the screw and put the other end into your container. This will catch any brake fluid you bleed out. Make sure you keep an eye on the fluid levels in the tank throughout the process. You don’t want it to run dry.

Grab a helper and have them press lightly on the brake pedal. Open up the bleeder screw which should cause the brake pedal to slowly make its way to the floor. During this time, brake fluid will come out of the bleeder.

Once the fluid stops leaking, you can close the bleeder and have your helper release the pedal. Continue doing this process until there are no more air bubbles in your tube. Then, repeat it with your other wheel.

Step #3 – Check Your Work

Confirm that there’s still plenty of fluid found in your master cylinder. Then, you are ready to put your wheels back on and head out for a test drive. If the pedal continues to feel spongy, you need to continue the process over again. You should have a firm brake pedal if you bled the drum brakes properly. This ensures that everything is running smoothly and your brakes are working properly.

Final Thoughts

Considering brake failure leads to about 5% of all accidents, it’s imperative that you care for your brakes properly. That’s why you should know how to bleed drum brakes so you remain safe on the road. If you want to further increase your safety on the road, you’ll also want clean headlights.

At Durabak, we care about your safety and are always looking for ways to serve you better. We continue to be your go-to source for a durable, effective truck bed liner that protects your investment. Contact us today to see how we can serve you.

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How to Clean Truck Headlights – 3 Methods

How to Clean Truck Headlights - GMC truck headlight

You spend time maintaining your truck and working to make it look its best, so why do the headlights become cloudy and covered with haze? Even the most conscientious truck owner faces this concern, which is why we put together a step-by-step guide teaching how to clean truck headlights with three diverse methods.

When headlights switched to plastic or polycarbonate construction in the 1980s, oxidation began occurring. These oxidized headlights naturally happen over time and aren’t the result of anything you’ve done. Some culprits include atmospheric chemicals, road debris and UV light.

Start by giving your truck a good washing. If that doesn’t work, you’ll want to move on to further treatment. Let’s take a closer look at some in-depth remedies.

How to Clean Truck Headlights with Toothpaste

You might think this seems silly, but people online swear by it. The best part is that you already have toothpaste in your home, we hope. Toothpaste is great for removing stains on your tooth enamel, and apparently, it does the same for your headlights.

Start by gathering the materials you need, including:

  • Car wax
  • Plastic gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Toothpaste
  • Water
  • Soft cloth

Clean the area with soap and water first. Then, rinse them off with water. Allow the headlights to air dry and then protect the surrounding areas with some masking tape. Put on your gloves and put some toothpaste on a damp, clean cloth.

Firmly rub your headlights with this cloth, moving in small circles. It’s okay to add more toothpaste and water if needed. It shouldn’t take you more than five minutes per light.

Rinse off the toothpaste and allow your headlights to dry. If you want to protect the lights, consider adding a layer of car wax followed by another rinse.

How to Clean Truck Headlights with Automotive Polish & Glass Cleaner

If you aren’t interested in sharing your toothpaste with your truck, we’ve got another option. Gather these materials to get started:

  • Automotive polish
  • Glass cleaner
  • Car wax
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic gloves
  • Rotary buffer
  • Water
  • Soft cloth

Protect the surrounding areas with some tape just like before. Spray the headlights with your glass cleaner and wipe off. Then, apply the automotive polish and rub the surface in a circular motion. Add more polish when needed and spend about five minutes per light. If you have a rotary buffer, you could use that instead.

Rinse off the polish with water and apply some wax for further protection.

How to Clean Truck Headlights with a Polishing Compound Kit

There are products on the market designed to deal directly with the fogging issue. Start by gathering these materials:

  • Car wax (some kits include a sealant)
  • Soft cloth
  • Mild soap (or the cleanser in the package)
  • Masking tape
  • Polishing compound
  • Water
  • An array of sandpaper (from 600 and 2500-grit)

Start again by protecting the surroundings with some masking tape. Wash the headlights with the mild detergent and rinse with some plain water. Apply the kit’s polishing compound with a clean cloth. Work it in with small, circular movements. Again, you’ll need to allow about five minutes for each light.

Then, wet sand each light. Start with the smallest grit and run it in cool water. Firmly rub it back and forth on each light. Don’t allow the sandpaper to become dry. Do the same action with each set of sandpaper, moving to the largest grit.

Rinse off the headlights with water and apply your wax or the kit’s sealant for additional protection.

Final Thoughts

If these methods fail to bring the results you desire, it’s time to seek out professional support. We believe that one of these sets of instructions will bring you the bright headlights you hope for. When you’re done fixing the lights, you’ll want to further accent and protect your truck with Durabak. Contact us today.

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How to Build a Truck Bed Cover Out of Plywood

Build a Truck Bed Cover out of Plywood

Pickup trucks are what we live for; not only do they carry our families around, but also all the cargo we need. These workhorses are indispensable to businesses and families everywhere. The only problem that remains is many of them have an open truck bed, which means cargo isn’t secured. If you are handy, it’s possible to build a truck bed cover out of plywood.

Follow our instructions and keep your gear safe while in transit.

Step #1 – Take Measurements & Cut

You’ll need the measurements of your truck bed’s length and width on each of the four sides. Then, cut two pieces of 2×4 with a saw so they equal the length of your bed. After that, you’ll need an additional 2×4 that measures the width of your truck bed.

Take a ¾-inch piece of plywood and cut a section to the dimensions you measured for the truck bed. To do this, just draw your pattern on the plywood and use a saw to cut along your lines.

Start at the top of your side edges and measure ¾-inch down. Mark the spot with a pencil. This is the place where your 2×4 pieces should go.

Then, measure 1 foot along that line you marked, moving toward the center of the gate and cab. You’ll make two marks, each an inch apart. These are the spots you want to drill holes. They should be 1-inch below the line for your 2×4 pieces on the side.

In total, you’ll have eight marks – putting two on each end of each side of your truck bed.

Step #2 – Assembly

Drill holes into the side of your truck bed with a ¼-inch metal drill bit. Do this at the marks previously made. Then, measure 1-foot alongside the 4-inch side of each side piece. Make your marks to correspond with the holes drilled into the truck bed.

Once you drill your holes through your 2x4s, attach your side pieces to your truck’s bed. To do this, just place the 2×4 over your area featuring the holes.

Put a fender washer on top of the holes, between your truck bed and 2×4. Then, put another one over the hole on the opposite side of your board. Put a locking washer on top of your fender washer. Then, place a 3-inch bolt into the 2×4 and attach this to your truck.

You’ll need to repeat this process for all eight holes. Make sure you fasten all the side rails to your truck bed. When it’s done, they’ll sit about ¾ of an inch from bed side top.

Then, you need to cut a notch measuring 2×1-inch in both ends of your 2×4 piece. This should be done by the size of the truck bed’s width.

Once you’re finished, the completed pieces resemble a “T.” They should also fit on the side rail tops and measure even with your bed’s top. You’ll recognize that this is your cover piece brace.

Once you’ve verified the accuracy, screw the piece down to your side rails. Do this by driving a screw into each side of your brace, into your side rails.

Step #3 – Completion

Take three T-hinges and screw them to the top part of your cover brace. Then, you’re ready to attach the plywood to your hinges. This creates a truck bed lid that swings upwards toward your truck cab.

When the lid is closed, it covers the bed completely, if done correctly. Now, you can step back in pride and tell people you know how to build a truck bed cover out of plywood.

If you wanted to paint the cover, Durabak makes an excellent choice, especially since it’s available in numerous color options.

Build a Truck Bed Cover Out of Plywood – Keep This in Mind

As you make your way through the process to build a truck bed cover out of plywood, there are several things you want to keep in mind:

There might be factory-drilled holes already in your bed. If that’s the case, simply use them to attach your side rails instead of drilling holes on your own.

Make sure you take measurements on all of the truck bed’s sizes. Some beds don’t measure uniformly with their width. If that happens to you, your lid might not fit properly without all of the measurements.

We are always available to help! If you need further guidance or suggestions on how to make the most of your truck – contact us today.

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How to Build a Bike Rack for a Pickup Truck

Build a Bike Rack for a Pickup Truck

You’re ready to head out on the biking trail, but don’t want just to throw your bike in the back of your truck; so what do you do? You could purchase a bike rack for your truck bed, but they can get expensive. Plus, they tend to be hard to move and heavy. Instead, consider how easy it is to build a bike rack for a pickup truck.

With the help of some PVC pipe, you can make your own 4-bike rack to put in the truck bed. This saves you lots of money and it stands up on its own. That means you can put it in your garage between biking trips.

Supplies Needed

  • 40-feet of 1-inch schedule 40 PVC pipe
  • (9) 90-degree elbows
  • (26) T-connectors
  • Spray paint for plastic
  • PVC cement
  • A power miter saw or hacksaw
  • Sandpaper

Build a Bike Rack for a Pickup Truck – Step by Step

Step 1

It’s essential that you collect everything you’ll need ahead of time. Preparation is the key to any project. The items should be readily available at your local hardware or home improvement store.

Step 2

Cut your PVC pipe to these lengths:

  • (8) 18-1/2 inches
  • (9) 9-3/8 inches
  • (8) 8-1/2 inches
  • (9) 9-1/5 inches
  • (12) 1-3/4 inches

Set a stop block when cutting so that all your pieces match identically with each other. Then, wipe off each end with your sandpaper to remove any burrs.

Step 3

Put together your pipe sections with one of your T-connectors. Start with an 18-1/2 inch piece and add the T-connector. Then, take another 9-1/2 inch section and put it with a T-connector. Repeat this process six times.

Your next step is to assemble two of your end sections using the same pattern. This time, use a 90-degree elbow at the end instead and then, lay these created sections out in pairs.

Step 4

Join the sections with a 1-3/4-inch and 9-3/8 inch piece between each pair.

Step 5

Create the support pairs with an 8-1/2 inch section as a vertical. Top this off with a T-connector. Then, use the other 9-3/8 pipes as horizontals. Again, you’ll place the 90-degree elbows on for the corners.

Step 6

Now it’s time to connect your support structure and the central section together. You’ll want to work on a flat surface and adjust the fittings as needed. Make sure you have all the right angles for your T-connectors and elbows.

Step 7

Before you glue anything together, you want to test the rack inside your truck bed. If it fits well, then you can proceed with cement. Merely remove the tubing one piece at a time and apply the glue before replacing it back.

Be careful because the glue sets fast. Because of this, you want to ensure that everything is angled correctly before you put them back together.

Step 8

You can just install it in your truck bed as it is or customize it and make it your own with a little spray paint. This also helps protect it from sun damage.

Once the rack is dry, then you can secure it in your bed with bungee cords and bed hooks.

Step 9

Set your bike in its spot by pushing it forward until the tire fits between the smaller spaces of the PVC pipes. Then, use a bungee cord attached to the handlebar to securely fasten it to your rack. It’s simple to wrap the bungee cord around the PVC or you could drill holes if you wanted.

Final Thoughts

This project is simple and easy for anyone to accomplish. Plus, think of the bragging rights you’ll have when you tell people you know how to build a bike rack for a pickup truck. All that’s left to do is get out there and enjoy a ride.

When you are done building that rack, you might also be interested in finding the best truck bed divider.