Exterior stains and finishes for every condition — designed to strip away confusion and replace it with simple language and visual cues we all understand, Storm System® makes choosing exactly the right finish for your deck job easier than ever. And with each Storm System® category composed of only best-in-class formulations, you can rest assured no matter what you choose, you will be getting one of the most beautiful, long-lasting finishes available.
Which category is for your deck?
Category 1 finishes are the most transparent. They allow the most natural look of the wood to show through. Even with their transparency, they still provide a base level of CLEAR UV protection.
Category 2 features toners and semi-transparent finishes. They provide a hint of color while still permitting the texture and wood grain to show through. With more pigment comes LIGHT UV protection.
Category 3 is the semi-solid finish category. These finishes provide color that is a bit more opaque, yet still allows the natural character of the wood to show through. A MODERATE level of UV protection comes from additional pigmentation.
Solid color finishes make up Category 4. They provide a completely opaque, paint-like appearance. With their complete opacity comes the maximum level of HEAVY UV protection. For best results, start with one of our best-in-class primers in Category 5.
Category 5 features the primers of the Storm System. These amazing products are invaluable when either the surface that is to be refinished is in extremely weathered, distressed condition, or if the surface is going to be exposed to extreme weather or high traffic and wear. Using one of these unsurpassed, best-in-class primers will make the long-lasting finishes of the Storm System last even longer. After applying a Category 5 primer, choose a finish from Category 3 or Category 4 for a look and longevity that is second to none.
Prep and Maintenance – Versatile & powerful products to prepare and maintain exterior surfaces. Highest quality formulations. Exceptional performance.
This is the fifth year Hirshfield’s has carried the Storm System products and H’s sales staff tell me, “the customers seem to like it.” Coming from a Minnesotan is there any higher praise?
In addition to Storm System® our stores carry a number of deck care products: ABR X-100, Arborcoat, Cabot, Proluxe, and Ready Seal.
Memorial Day marks beginning of summer, a long weekend, no worries about snow, and lots of great sales. But we can’t forget all the men and women who died while serving our country. We salute you.