Deck maintenance tips:
Never treat without proper surface preparation which includes applying a cleaner & powerwashing. Choose a color stain & stick with it. You can go darker but not lighter without stripping the deck. This process can be costly. Hosing off debris & dirt from surfaces will lengthen the time between professional cleanings.
Deck Staining & Sealing
Our Deck Maintenance Treatment services professionally apply a sealer or stain to cleaned surfaces. The beauty & durability of any deck refinishing job depends both on the proper surface preparation & the quality of the product, whether it be sealer or stain. We only use oil-based products which penetrate deep into the wood to help the wood resist the damaging effects of sunlight and wear.
Sealers are popular for deck maintenance for those who do not want color on their deck. Semi-transparent & solid color stains are popular among those who like color or who want a longer lasting product. The more pigment the longer the product will last. On average, stains last about 3-5 years & sealers last about 1-2 years. Deck treatments will not penetrate into the wood if the surface has not been prepped properly, which can cause cracking & peeling.
Deck Maintenance Stripping the Deck
If your deck was treated without proper cleaning or if you decide to change the stain color to a lighter one, the deck surface needs to be stripped. Once we have applied a stripper, we scrub the surface & then powerwash. This procedure can be costly, so to avoid this process, never treat without proper surface preparation & stay with the color stain you choose. You can usually choose a darker color stain, but you can never go lighter without stripping the deck.
By having us to properly prepare the surface, it will allow a longer lasting product protection & will eliminate many problems before they start. Deck treatments are applied by brush, pad, and sprayer. Care is taken to protect areas not to be treated. By us properly applying a good deck treatment, it will save you the trouble of having to pay to powerwash & apply a fresh coat every year. A minimum of 24 hours is required for proper drying time. Afterward, you may start walking on the deck. A minimum of 48 hours is required before return items to the treated area. Weather greatly affects the treatment of wood. The areas to be treated must be dry and remain dry for 24 hours after treatment.
Contact Affordable & Professional Window, Gutter Cleaning and Power Washing Services at 732-946-0168 to schedule your appointment with us today, or browse our website for more information.