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 your wood, as well as
keep it looking beautiful. We use only professional grade penetrating oil stains that beautifully stain, seal and condition your 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 home improvement or restoration projects, proper preparation is always the most important step. Our time spent on your deck restoration will be approximately 2/3 prep and only 1/3 actual staining. We will not cut corners when it comes to cleaning and preparing your deck for stain. Many companies will simply blast your wood with high pressure water
without the use of any cleaners or conditioners. This is always the first step to failure. Using the proper cleaners will allow 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 and maintenance is a multiple step process
that should include the following steps:
- Remove any existing, stains or sealers on the wood.
- Apply concentrated wood cleaner. NO BLEACH
- Gently pressure wash entire structure.
- Neutralize and restore pH with wood brightener.
- Rinse thoroughly with low pressure water..
- LET DRY COMPLETELY!
- Apply two coats of penetrating oil stain - wet on wet.
- Clean and re-apply a maintenance coat every 24 months.
Our service area includes all of East Tennessee
Including: Farragut, Knoxville, Maryville, Fountain City,
Hardin Valley, Kingston, Sevierville, TN and everything in between.
We use the Baker's Gray Away system from Southern Stain and Seal. These premium quality penetrating oil stains offer excellent protection from both the sun and rain. Unlike the garbage found at most home improvement stores, these stains protect and condition your wood from within, rather than form a film over the surface. Film-forming products will eventually flake, peel or chip, leaving you with a costly mess.
Our stains work 100% below the surface of the wood to stain, seal and protect from within. Unlike other products, when it comes time for maintenance there is no costly stripping involved. Just simply clean and re-apply.
Give us a call today to see full size samples of our deck stain colors!