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2008 post:***This deck is located near East Cliff in Santa Cruz. The wood is probably about 15 years old and still looking great. The key is annual deck maintenance! We took over the maintenance in 2003 after years of neglect. These pictures also demonstrate how transparent stains allow the true grain of the wood to reveal itself.  This is Biowash Natural Deck Oil (redw tone) and I believe it is still a little bit wet.

Update 2021:  I promise this deck still looks like what is shown in pics, coming up on 30 y/o

   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

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Deck Floss

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As important as it is to maintain the surface of wood boards on a deck, it is equally as important to keep ALL debris clear of the spaces between the boards. Debris will continue packing in there until it begins to eat away at the wood. Proper air flow and water run-off is key! Pic of a deck off Summit Road.

Door Mats

Door mats will leave your wood boards looking like this. Is it a big deal? Well not to me it’s not, and it shouldn’t be to you. Everybody is told the same thing which is to put the door mat back over it.

Night and Day

Routine Semi-Extraordinary before and after.  This deck is about 10 years old I’d say, and it was headed south in a hurry.  Wish I had a picture of the deck after we stained it.  You’ll have to use your imagination..

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SC Deck Maintenance – Custom Deck Staining Santa Cruz

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Just having a bit of fun testing a few colors on this old wood deck on Palisades Ave. on Pleasure Point.  Love our work on outdoor wood decks.  Endless referrals furnished upon request.

Santa Cruz Deck Staining

Shingle Maintenance

Hardwood Deck San Lorenzo Valley.

Every couple years we make it better than new. It’s more cost effective that way. Every deck will have different maintenance needs.

..Or in this deck’s case, morning rain and pollen, followed by afternoon sun. 14 year old South Facing Ipe deck that really battles the outdoor elements.

Truckee, Lake Tahoe, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties. Custom Wood Deck & Shingle Maintenance.

This is one of my favorite little decks in Santa Cruz County.  It resides in Aptos, CA up behind the New Leaf Foods.  We have been maintaining it since it was installed new in 2006.  My best guess is that it has been stained 6x in 15 years.  It gets direct HOT sun for about six hours per day.  I am told it beads water all year round.  Does your new deck do that?

Cleaning Santa Cruz is full service pressure washing company servicing Santa Cruz County and beyond.  In business since May 2001, give us a call or send us an email for ALL your deck maintenance needs.

Swatching

I love working on this Ipe’ deck in the Seascape area of Aptos. It gets a ton of sun when there is sun. So every couple years it washes up very nicely leaving a very neutral canvas to play with tones. This is a fancy swatch with a secret tone using a very high end transparent water-borne stain. For a while there it was reds and cedars. This time around it was more browns etc. The finished look was beautiful as you can only imagine from this Gucci swatch.

      

It’s Never Too Late

Santa Cruz Deck Maintenance

Hardwood Deck – Felton, Calif

Extreme Stain by Defy, Custom Redwood Blend 

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Because I charge way too much for it, it’s just a given that the homeowner will have the deck(s) entirely cleared of all “stuff” before I show up to begin work.  But if you can’t clear it all off and need some help…

Lost and Found

 Deck Maintenance

Between the Boards

Namaste

Basic rear deck in Santa Cruz California that is obviously clogged with debris, making water runoff impossible.  Many times boards that have been built too close to one another, after years and years, will fuse together, making the removable of debris a potential impossibility.  This wasn’t the case for this eight year old deck on 14th Avenue.  If you’re having a new deck built, make sure your builder knows how to properly space the boards for the long haul.

Of course you do, but explain what you mean!?!  Which slice of natural do you want your brand new deck to look like?  Do you want it to look exactly like it did or does the day it was completed?  Do you want it to look like the guy or gal who built it says it should look?  Natural Blonde or Brunette?  Naturally Grey perhaps?  Do you want it to look natural today and tomorrow?  What about in six months, still natural?  What about six years?   
It’s Relative and It’s For Real

Custom Deck Maintenance in Santa Cruz

Shingles, Arbors, Fences, Privacy Areas

Whole House

In The Wash

These photos were taken during a washing process. Both taken early in the morning. One with the sun behind the lens, and the other looking into the sun. You can see that the washed and unwashed portion of this deck in Live Oak takes on a different look depending on time of day, direction, and the list goes on. The same kaleidoscope phenomenon will also become present when a quality stain is ultimately applied to these clean boards. Capice?

I’m Gorgeous Inside

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