Fences, Shingles, Siding

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This mammoth shingled home on Rebecca Lane in Boulder Creek is officially underway.  Thirty years of neglect.  This is the north facing front of this beautiful mountain hideaway.  As always, we decided on Extreme by Defy.  We will use a cedar tone as a 3/5 base, and add redwood, driftwood grey, and butternut to complete the mix.  

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.

Santa Cruz Fence Maintenance

Staining & Sealing

Custom Tones

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One section at a time.  This new fence wraps around a corner lot home and stood unprotected for the perfect amount of time, which in this case was 8 months.  Quick wash, 3x coat blending a driftwood grey tone with an earth tone.  Delicious!

Every so often, a picture does more justice than if the moment wasn’t captured at all.  This is an early evening shot as you can maybe see by the moon in the sky.  This is a 40 year old wood structure that I first overhauled in 2012.

The February 2018 work weather aligned perfectly for some routine maintenance on these beautiful West Side town homes off Mission Avenue above downtown Santa Cruz.  This is the west facing side.  Takes a lot of sun..

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Call or Text today and schedule a bid.  Decks, Shingles, Fences..

831-246-2010

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This is high end lumber on a custom home built in 1995.  We began the siding maintenance in 2004.  Therefore, in the 13 years since we got the job, this was our fourth time adding a maintenance coat to this South facing wall.  From the top, you can see that the staining process is underway.  So yeah, 4x in 13 years due to the heavy sun exposure.  Many parts of this beautiful home in Live Oak have received only one coat during the past 13 years.  Another example of “as needed” exterior wood maintenance.  The alternative to “as needed” maintenance is waiting every 10 years to stain the entire home.  Bad idea!!

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Another case of the solid stain blues.  In this case, it’s really just the top piece that needs the maintenance.  The question will forever be how to best accomplish this.  I can think of six off hand…

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IMG_3960This is was an old fence.  This fence now beads water motor oil.

These are 20 year old wood shingles that have almost 100% UV and moisture protection by virtue of them being covered.  They were stained(not by us) when the house was built.  The bottom portion of the shingles do receive a little bit of late afternoon direct sunshine.

We washed the shingles with cold water and 800lbs pressure.  We used a Crystal Clear stain by Defy towards the top, and even in and around corner nooks.  We then blended in some Cedar/Light Walnut pigment as we got closer to the flooring and the more exposed shingles..

The goal being to bring the top and the bottom together to form a new and neutral tone.  We triple coated these shingles.  Surely they are good to go for a long, long time.

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IMG_3660IMG_3662Extreme by Defy.  Redw/Cedar tone mix.  Get your grain on..

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cleaningsantacruz@gmail.com

(831) 246 – twentyten

img_2843img_2856This was supposed to be just a concrete cleaning job in Midtown Santa Cruz.  We see these neglected fences and driveway dividers quite often.  At the very least we always recommend at least washing the fence down to slow down the infestation of mold.  If this sort of maintenance doesn’t appeal to you, at least it will appeal to your curb.

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Greens, Blues, Reds, Browns.  Our latest project involved an eight year old fence, a telling swatch, a creative client, and fifteen dedicated years working with the most sophisticated water based transparent stains in the industry.

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Since 2001.  We specialize in the custom maintenance of outdoor wood.  Decks, Fences, Arbors, Shingle & Wood-Sided Homes..  We service the entire Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay, East Bay Area, and Glenshire Community in Truckee CA.  Tell us what’s on your mind.

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The curing process…

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img_2595So the third board up from the bottom here, the board above the electric outlets, has just received a “maintenance coat” in the form of a swatch.  The swatch is to determine tone for second homeowner that was not present at the time.  I sent this picture and he gave me the thumbs up to proceed.  This tone swatch is behind a hot tub on a very nice cedar privacy wall.  I assured the client that after this application, it would be five years before he could consider another round.  It’s called getting ahead of the Jones’s.

This was a complete home and garage makeover.  Because of the extreme temperatures that Lake Tahoe affords all the wood-sided homes in the area, we applied a genuine double coat of Extreme: A water based semi-transparent stain by the Defy Company.  To get the transparent green, we mixed three parts XYZ and then two parts TNT and then one final part ABC  We can’t give away our secrets.

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A June 2016 project in Glenshire

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