SC Deck Maintenance, Custom Deck Staining Santa Cruz
Emeline Road, Santa Cruz
when it just has to be clean..
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This beautiful, 3yr old Ipe’ deck is nestled in the hills of Santa Cruz County off Hwy 17. This photo was shot just after the deck was cleaned. It had been previously stained when the deck was built. Typically when a new deck is stained immediately after it has been built, the lasting factor stands to be pretty short. That means the wood boards needs a little time to “open up” before being stained. Especially on a hard wood deck like Ipe’. After this particulardeck was washed, it virtually had no stain remaining on it from the previous application.
Way more times than not, the deck boards that I(we) monkey around on, and have been monkey(ing) around on every single year for the past 17 years, have all been built too close to one another.
I don’t claim to know too much about building decks, but I do know a thing or three about how the deck boards should be spaced for optimal maintenance. I’m going to leave it at that for now…
We see this a bunch. A very functional deck that has been cared for in the past with a solid or a semi solid stain. I forget this exact story, but from what I remember, this RED job was done 8-10 years ago. Capitola, New Brighton Beach area deck. Gets tons of sun. That being said, I knew that just by washing the deck, an additional 85% of red would wash away, and it did. In addition to that, all the bare wood you see in the pictures would become very clean and ready to go the transparent route.
Had we tried to convert this deck five years go, there may have been too much existing stain. This company does NOT sand, stain, strip, and/or the like. If a mistake was made in the past with a stain that was TOO dark or TOO solid, or TOO dark AND solid, the silver lining is that the wood is probably being very well protected.
Unfortunately I do not have any additional shots of this particular project. It was all washed, and just the floor and top piece of rail were stained with a redwood tone transparent stain. Water based of course. The white pickets were also washed, and to save a $$$, the client decided to stain them herself.
Shadows on transparent materials are magical. It is the reason why it’s important to stay transparent(pun) and not make or be persuaded into a decision to do otherwise. If you begin the deck journey with a solid stain, or even a low end semi-transparent, you’re going to be sorry. *Just a note about picture on right. The three boards on left side of picture are clean, but do not contain any stain.
These decks shown here in Ben Lomond CA were in serious need. Because it had been ten years since the last bit of maintenance, thankfully a solid stain had been used the last time. The color tone was a flaky pinkish-auburn, and it wasn’t pretty. After the deck was prepared for stain, it was determined that the both decks would easily absorb a fresh coat of transparent material. Transparent material demands a bit more attention and maintenance, and the client bought in after half the results were in. This is a mid morning photo from mid July. We used a high end water based product called Extreme. You be the judge!
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Here are some in progress pictures of a recent deck refinishing job in the Prospect Heights area of Santa Cruz. I find it helpful to show different stages of the project, different times of day, drying times etc..
Fifteen year old deck give or take. We were told five years since the last bit of maintenance. Dangerously slippery when wet. Awfully mustardy in color we all agreed. Deck gets medium to good amount of sun.
These shots are taken of a Cumaru deck. We washed and stained this particular deck in the summer of 2014. The homeowner had us back out again in 2015 to do what we do. These pictures show something that is very common with all wood decks. Horizontal boards take more heat the Vertical ones do. The flooring of this Cumaru deck easily took another coat of transparent stain, yet the boards that surrounded the raised patio wouldn’t take product whatsoever.
We waited two years to wash and stain this new deck. Built in 2013, I was asked to look at it and submit a bid in July 2014. The suggestion was to wait until Spring 2015 to wash and stain. This home is close to UCSC with southern exposure to sun. In the second picture, the staining process has begun with the rails. Redwood Tone Transparent..
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