If your deck is looking dingy, cleaning it might help. But, in order to properly get your deck in shape, you must also seal it. Neglected decks can fade, fracture, split, and warp as a result of constant exposure to UV radiation and rain. A well-maintained deck not only looks nicer, but it also lasts longer. Because there is a time lag between cleaning and sealing, this is a multi-day process. You can do it yourself, but expert deck staining services from 360° Painting of Arvada, CO will make your life much simpler.
The simplest technique to check that the wood can absorb sealer or finish is to do a water test. Pour some water on the deck. If it soaks in right away, the deck should be sealed. If the water beads up or stands on the deck, it is possible that it does not need to be sealed yet. You may, however, need to apply a fresh wood treatment.
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In heavy activity areas, pick a deck stain or sealer that repels water, resists mildew, and prevents fading. Water-based and oil-based sealers and stains are available. Oil-based treatments tend to maintain their color for a longer period of time, but water-based finishes are more robust and last longer. When it comes to deck staining, there are four basic types of sealants and stains, which are mentioned in alphabetical order below. Each carries progressively more pigment. The more pigment you apply, the less evident the wood grain and texture are, but the greater the protection you provide for your wood.
frequently provides basic protection, such as waterproofing, UV protection, and mildew development prevention. Because they are transparent or natural-look coatings, UV protection is inadequate, and the underlying wood will begin to gray within a few months. Performance might range from 6 months to 2 years.
is similar to clear sealant, but it contains extra pigment or color. This gives further protection against solar damage, delaying graying of the wood even more. Furthermore, the color can assist to restore the natural appearance of the wood, even if some fading has happened.
contain more pigment, creating subtle color while revealing the grain and structure of the wood. These offer extra protection against water and sun damage and often last 3 to 4 years.
has the greatest pigment or color and hence provides the best protection for wood. However, it also conceals the wood grain, allowing just a portion of the texture to shine through. Because of its outstanding concealing capabilities, solid color stain is frequently used to hide up damaged wood fibers in badly worn wood. Because there are usually more color options in this area, an appealing option would be to choose complementary colors for the horizontal boards or railings and the vertical balusters or spindles. Performance often lasts 5 years or more, depending on the quantity of direct sunlight and weather exposure, as well as the amount of foot traffic experienced.
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When selecting a stain, keep in mind that the completed color changes depending on the wood. Choose a hue that is close to or darker than the original if you are placing a fresh stain over an old one. The previous coating should be sufficiently worn or fully removed to allow the new coating to permeate into the wood. To verify the right color and look, apply a tiny test patch of the stain in an inconspicuous place.
Tannins, which are naturally occurring hues in redwood and cedar, may flow to the surface. Use a dark-colored stain to help cover tannin stains on certain woods, or a wood cleaner particularly intended to remove tannin stains. Recoating should be done every 2 to 3 years to keep the look fresh.
Deck staining services offer the chance to improve the look of your outdoor space while also protecting it. This process will take several days, so don’t hesitate to contact your local 360° Painting of Arvada, CO professionals today. We can provide you with a free evaluation and estimate on site. 720-689-0191
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