WOOD DECK STAINING

What is deck staining?

Deck, pergola and lattice stained same color.
Boat dock before and after
Elevated deck and stairs that have been stained.

Everyone knows that weather and wood don’t mix. When exposed to sun, rain and snow, un-protected wood will quickly begin to turn gray and begin to deteriorate. This is especially true for outdoor wooden decks. Unlike fences, decks are horizontal surfaces that take a direct hit from the sun and rain. It is especially important to protect your wood deck from both the UV sunlight as well as water and moisture.

Staining and sealing your deck will greatly extend the life of the wood, as well as keep it looking beautiful. We use only professional grade penetrating oil stains that beautifully stain, seal and condition the wood with both drying and non-drying oils. Using a pigmented stain rather than just a clear sealer is very important. The pigments are what reflect the harmful UV light away from your deck. Clear sealers will protect against water and moisture but will soon allow the wood to turn gray from the ultra-violet light.

As with most restoration or home improvement projects, proper cleaning and preparation is always the most important step. Our time spent on your fence restoration will be approximately 2/3 prep and only 1/3 actual staining. We do not and will not cut comers when it comes to cleaning and preparing your fence for staining. Many pressure washing or painting companies will simply blast your wood with high pressure water without the use of any cleaners or conditioners. This is always the firs step to failure. Using the proper cleaners allows us to remove any old stains or sealers, kill any mold or mildew living on or in the wood, and restore the wood to a better than new appearance.

Proper deck restoration should include the following steps:
  • Remove any existing paints, stains or sealers from the deck.
  • Apply concentrated wood cleaner.
  • Gently pressure wash entire structure.
  • Neutralize and restore pH with wood brightener.
  • Rinse with low pressure water.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Apply two coats of penetrating oil stain.
  • Clean and re-apply a maintenance coat every 24 months

Need your deck restored and looking better than new?

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