Ipe in all its glory. The four or so boards on the bottom are washed but not yet stained. The rest of the boards are stained with Defy for Hardwoods. We used a mix of Butternut, Cedar, and a sprinkle of Redwood Tone. Interesting to see how each board is totally unique in color and grain. It had been four years since I last washed and stained this 15 year old deck off San Andreas Road in South County Santa Cruz. It obviously cleaned up nicely and the final look is better than new. Am I right or what?

More than I can ever remember, I am seeing so many shingled and wood sided homes in Santa Cruz County that are in desperate need of basic maintenance. I’m not sure what homeowners are thinking as they let the asset go. Like I remember not very long ago that most of the shingled or partially shingled homes all along Opal Cliffs looked pretty darned good. Not anymore they don’t. I recently gave a deck bid in the Jewel Box and I was blown away by how poorly these homes look now. Monster cliffside homes that have shingles that are black and curling OR areas of wood siding that “de-modernize” your empty desire to keep a modern style home. The same can be said about the abundance of shingled homes in the greater Santa Cruz Harbor area, especially on the west side of the harbor near Aldos Bakery. It’s too bad because with a some professional TLC, restoration is totally possible. Santa Cruz, Aptos, Saratoga, San Lorenzo Valley, Los Gatos, Scotts Valley, Truckee.

This client got a brand new door and he wanted me to stain it. The old wood siding was stained a few years back after being neglected for who knows how long. We all found it to be a perfectly imperfect looking contrast. Happy New Year, 1/5/24, Boulder Creek, CA

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Here’s a property that we maintain every couple years. This is a one story home in Aptos near the golf course. They have 900 s/f of redwood boards in back with a pretty extensive wood arbor above the hot tub. The deck gets a lot of sun in the summer(when it’s sunny in Aptos) and not so much sun in the winter. The lower portion can get slick as snot, especially after months of wet leaf and debris sitting there taking hold. Lots of big trees dropping big wet leaves all over. Some photos of things that get cleaned along the way sometimes .

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Metal roofs should be washed every year. The dirty film you can see from the picture is what makes this roof almost too slippery to walk on when wet. After that slippery film is removed, albeit still potentially treacherous for the amateur roof walker, it is considerably safer.

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Every three years like clockwork for this 500s/f Redwood Deck in Live Oak. Deck Maintenance intervals can vary throughout Santa Cruz County. This particular deck doesn’t get nearly the everyday sun exposure that perhaps an exposed deck in the hills of Soquel might. It doesn’t remain wet or damp for long periods of time like it might in Boulder Creek or the like. There aren’t a lot of tall trees dropping constant debris on this deck. There aren’t kids and dogs and barbecue parties happening on this beauty either. So yeah, every three years it is it’s been.

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This is common. Sometimes I am able to find out exactly why something like this has happened, and sometimes I am not. The remedies are numerous and it usually doesn’t involve doing too much about it immediately. The reason something like this happens are also numerous and usually involve some combination of improper application and/or over application of a transparent stain. Transparent stains can easily be built up over time. Building up the coats on a single application can easily encourage the stain to peel. A transparent stain that peels doesn’t make any homeowner happy. It’s just awful, and in many cases very orange. Double Awful. If this is your deck, let’s talk. Deck staining and maintenance in Santa Cruz County has been a specialty of ours since 2001.

We spend about six weeks every summer in the Truckee area. This home gets a couple weeks worth of attention within every stint. There are some problem areas that pay to stay ahead of, and those can range. This house is beautiful. It’s also giant. There are about a half dozen spots on the second story where snow build up has really done a number on the bottom portions of this beautiful cedar siding. In addition, there is one pitch of the house that gets heaps of hot sun made hotter by the metal roof. The deck is Ipe and there are some trouble spots from water run-off. So there are about six boards that lose all their stain every year, and I don’t like it. Therefore, annual staining and maintenance is needed to stay well ahead of any outdoor board needing to be replaced. And we mean any..

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This one got underway mid April. These beauties can be rare in Santa Cruz County. The only information Happy Homeowner should know is that it will always prove to be a smart decision to take the wood maintenance route, especially if the wood siding on the house is built with good old fashioned wood from the good old days. The alternatives can range from not doing anything about it(lame) to an extra costly, complete replacement job(stupid) to I would suppose a paint or solid stain job.(nightmare).

It just needs to be loved up. And it needs to be loved up right. In the case of this beautiful wood sided house on the upper westside of Santa Cruz CA, a proper cold water wash followed by a high end, water based material.

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Small little deck on the upper west side Santa Cruz. Seemed pretty neglected. I was told that the deck was made by the homeowner, and it showed. it was built in 2009, and it appeared like the homeowner used some sort of sealant. Many of the boards were now too close together which is never going to be a great thing for the life of the deck. However, there is never a wrong time to begin the process of maintaining a wood deck. Especially Ipe. We know they last forever. Looking good forever is a different story. Santa Cruz Ipe Deck Maintenance. Wood Shingles & Siding. Aptos Capitola Santa Cruz Scotts Valley Felton Boulder Creek Truckee

This one felt good. Los Gatos California. Storm drain @ bottom of steep enough driveway that is designed to catch water before going into the garage. Bring on the Atmospheric Rivers!

Protect your wood deck from the elements. Rain and Sun. Santa Cruz County Deck Maintenance, staining and sealing, give us a call or shoot us an email today.

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Deck staining and maintenance has become this company’s bread and butter. In 2022 we completed 31 such deck projects. As usual, they ranged in size and shape. Some had rails, some didn’t. Some were very high up in the air and some weren’t. Hardwoods and Softwoods. If you have a deck you are interested in protecting and you live in Santa Cruz County, please shoot us an email. Include some pictures. 2023 sure got off to a wet start. Make sure you stay on top of the maintenance of your wood deck.

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If the spouts are clogged, the gutters are likely filled. If you can safely unclog and clean yourself then you should do it. If you can’t, we can help.

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Up near the university. One of the final deck projects of the year. Some different looks from different parts of the day. Cedar boards. Properly spaced. Fastened from below. 20 years old

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The final wood wash and stain project for 2022 was on the upper west side of Santa Cruz just off Escalona. Pretty typical job. Large redwood deck in the backyard that wrapped around to a side area, and an much smaller Ipe deck off a 2nd story master bedroom. The ground level redwood deck was about five years new and had been stained immediately by the deck builder after it was finished being built. The Ipe deck was ten years old and never cared for.

Both decks were pretty greyed out from heavy sun exposure and cleaned perfectly well with just cold water. There was side-to-side cupping on the Ipe boards, but I would say that is pretty common. Nothing you can do about that and certainly nothing you are going to do to remove the cupping outside of maybe flipping the boards. We applied a redwood tone transparent stain on the the redwood deck and a much deeper tone was used on the Ipe.

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