SERVICES: Decks

See also..
What to Expect for Decks
DIY Deck Finish & Maintenance

Wood Needs Protection
Wet and Dry Cycles

The damaging effects of weather on unprotected wood begin immediately. Rain, morning dew and even melting snow are quickly absorbed by the unprotected wood, causing it to swell and soften. The sun's heat causes drying, which makes the wood shrink. These cycles of wet and dry, swelling and shrinking, cause wood to warp, split, crack and checks. This causes wood to have a shorter life span, needing expensive repairs or replacement.

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Mildew and UV
Unprotected wood is also subject to mildew, mold and algae growth, rot and decay, surface graying and degradation from ultra violet (UV) rays from the sun, and insect attack from a variety of sources. To protect exterior wood from damaging exposure to the elements, a high performance wood care product must be applied. The following finishes are available.

Finish Types
We recommend in this order with STRONG emphasis on number one. Any one of these methods can be used with good results, depending on the existing conditions:

  1. Wood preservative stain w/ water repellent - TWP cedartone - Consumer Reports rated this product (TWP) No #1 in 2000
  2. Wood preservative stain w/ water repellent - Wolman F&P cedar
  3. Two coats of latex porch & deck paint
  4. Oil primer and oil porch & deck paint
  5. Oil deck stain semi-transparent or solid coat stain

You can use a wood preservative stain with water repellent on the deck surfaces and repaint traditional painted railings. We also do paint removal on old decks to restore them to a natural finish. See our before and after photos too. (link to deck and railing galleries.)



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