Uncategorized

You are currently browsing the archive for the Uncategorized category.

Somewhere in Soquel

Love the spacing on this redwood deck in Santa Cruz County, Soquel Hills off Old San Jose Soquel Road. Proper spacing will always lend itself to proper cleaning. Proper deck cleaning will allow for super nice deck staining results.

As with any properly applied, high-end transparent or semi-transparent stain, the tone you see depends on where you are in relation to the direction of the board, AND where the sun is in relation to your direction. It is why the people, in general, will forever want their exterior wood maintained with the beauty of a “see through” material.

This deck was built by the owner in 2019 and they immediately stained the boards with an oil based product of some sort. The deck was pretty filthy yet the boards were in fine shape. Loads and loads of afternoon sun. Heavy sun is enough reason to have your decks restored and maintained at least every few years.

Santa Cruz Soquel Aptos Corralitos Scotts Valley Capitola Live Oak

Privacy

West Side Santa Cruz

Decks, Shingles, Arbors

   Not sure why I decided to put these two photos together in the same post.  Each photo represents a completely different section of this glorious deck, facing a different direction altogether.  And of course it’s a different time of day after a much stormier kind of night.  

One common bond is that both pictures represent a finished look after a fresh coat of high end water based transparent stain.  This deck is 10 months new.  Good times.

Santa Cruz County Deck Staining & Maintenance

Wood Siding, Shingles, Arbors, Privacy Areas

2022 Inquiries best to email and include some photos

cleaningsantacruz at gmail dot com

A dry winter, a very busy spring, and the No-Eyed Dog Days of Summer began early this year. Wouldn’t be the same without Quinn.

Santa Cruz County Deck Maintenance. Washing & Custom Staining. Scotts Valley, Aptos, Santa Cruz

cleaningsantacruz@gmail

May 28, 2021 | Permalink

Pasatiempo. Afternoon time. Redwood privacy wall. 8 months new and it probably could have gone another 6 months before having it stained. It was aged, just not aged enough for my taste, My suggestion moving forward was to wait 3-4 years before applying another coat.

Serving entire San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County

Deck Staining-Shingle Maintenance-Outdoor Wood Protection

See through Green? Who makes that!! Nobody has it except this client in Truckee California. This blended transparent tone went directly over redwood siding

Heart Broken

So much time and effort spent at 355 Boulder Brook in Boulder Creek California over the past 15 years. A special place and a special client. The special client is going to be OK. The special place is burned to the ground and totally destroyed. Breaks my heart.

For this particular deck in Ben Lomond area I finished half of it and then came back like a week later to finish the second half. Long story. Nonetheless, I quickly rewashed the side that I hadn’t put stain on and because of that I was able to get a picture that might just be worth those thousand words.

The boards on the right side of the picture are the deck boards that just got washed again and are in the process of drying. These are new boards. Actually they are about 14 months new. Most people with new decks, when referencing a tone, say that they like how the deck looks when the boards are wet. And I understand what they mean by that. And what they really mean by that is that they like how clean, new, and wet boards look. And that’s because dirty, new, wet boards are too slick to appreciate the tone.

This is a blend of sorts. A little red, some cedar, some butternut tone. The mistake is usually to use too light of a tone. And it’s not that the darker the tone, the better. There is a way to make a tone appear dark when it needs to appear dark, yet appear light when it should seem light.

The boards on the left side of this picture are finished. Washed, Stained, dried, finished. It’s about as natural as one would ever want, yet this is NOT the result of using a quote unquote natural tone.

Deck Maintenance, staining and sealing, Santa Cruz, Aptos, Soquel, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, and beyond.

Email today. Now giving bids for 2021 projects.

Here’s a fairly new hardwood deck, three years old max. This picture shows a finished swatch up against boards that haven’t even been washed. The home is off Graham Hill Road between Santa Cruz and Roaring Camp. The picture was taken at 10:45am, without sun, in early May 2020 as the morning dew was finally burning off.

…and that ended that workday
The tendency is always to stain immediately. Resisting the urge will always prove correct in this marathon.

This particular redwood deck was built in July 2019. The washing and staining took place in February 2020.

The weather was perfect for a full week. Here are clean redwood boards in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Specialists in Outdoor Wood Maintenance, Deck Staining, Shingles and Siding Restoration, Arbors, Fences.

Note to all Deck Builders.

Space out the boards properly or you are doing your client a major disservice in the end. The boards need to be separated beyond the old school of thought that suggested the separation needs to be no wider than the width of the nail or screw heads that are being used to build the deck. How much wider depends on many factors. Too many factors to mention actually. Just make sure they are spaced out properly for long term wear/tear and of course maintenance. And while you are at it, you might suggest softening the edges for your client. Softening along the boards, AND the ends of the boards make so much difference in look and feel.
*Here’s a real nice example in Capitola. I could have chosen perhaps a more relatable measuring device like the depth of an iPhone8 inside one of those fat Otterbox cases, not the iPhone8 itself. And there in lies the difference!

These are steps obviously. These steps lead up to a front door. They are used fairly regularly though not everyday, all day. The steps get filtered afternoon sun. The steps were built in summer 2018, and a few months after being built, the client wanted them stained with a very dark tone that the stain manufacturer calls Butternut. It turned out beautiful. To die for actually.

Fast forward one year, and just one year and this is what the steps look like. Warn down in the middle of each and every step yet holding stain nicely on both sides of the middle. Could this have been prevented?

The answer is Yes and No.

Santa Cruz Aptos Soquel Seascape Scotts Valley Felton Live Oak Capitola

    This brand new deck in Santa Cruz was a pleasure and challenge wrapped into one.  Springtime proved to be way too consistently variable with heavy rains and winds during the three week span it took me to properly wash and stain this Clear Cedar Deck near Steamer Lane.

These pictures are both taken around 11am after one of the heavier springtime Santa Cruz storms in decades.  I chose to showcase them side by side because they tell one of the more important stories regarding deck maintenance.  For another time…..

Call or email today.  Decks, Arbors, Fences, Shingle Siding

State-of-Art Custom Transparents

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Felton, Boulder Creek

Beautiful Ipe Deck in La Selva off San Andreas.  Every 24 months keeps this deck just about right.

      

Even after all these years, I still get confused when the client says they want the shingles to look natural.  I’m never sure if that means naturally clean or naturally filthy.

Not What You Want

A question Quinn and I get asked a lot:  What is the best method to match & maintain my wood deck when a board or two, or perhaps large portions of our deck are replaced with new boards?  It’s a good question.

IMG_5909 IMG_5916 IMG_5908

« Older entries