Deck Power or Pressure Washing, Staining, Restoring, & Sealing
There are many deck staining companies in Kansas City. It's important to choose the right one. One and Done Handyman is a deck staining services company that also does deck restore. There are three steps to protecting your deck once it’s been built or repaired.
Keep in mind, deck staining cost can vary depending on the steps involved and the cost of stain. Staining wood will depend greatly on the condition of the wood and the deck paint or deck stain chosen. It is also possible to stain treated wood, but often requires the treated wood to dry for several weeks to months.
The first step is the initial inspection.
Depending if you have a new decks or fence, it may need time to acclimate to our climate in Kansas City. The amount of time needed varies with the type of wood used. For example, if you used pressure treated wood, it may need a couple months to dry while other woods, like cedar wood, may need to be stained and sealed immediately.
Existing structures are treated differently than new structures. When we come out for a free and no obligation estimate for staining your deck, we will be looking for various conditions like the following:
1. Is the deck or wood fence subject to full sun or shady damp conditions? A shady or damp condition can lead to prolong drying and curing times.
2. What previous paint or stain products were used? This information helps us determine if the deck or wood fence will need stripping, sanding, or both. This process is labor intensive and can increase the cost of staining and sealing your deck or wood fence.
3. Is the deck located on ground level, elevated, or multiple stories?
4. Are there any landscaping elements or items around the deck that will require special preparations?
Upon the inspection, we may recommend necessary repairs which may include replacing cracked, split or rotten boards or re-screwing any loose boards. We may or may not be able to do such repairs. In some cases, a deck or wood fence may be beyond repair and require replacement.
The second step in properly treating your deck or fence is to power or pressure wash it.
It is critical to clean your Deck or Wood Fence before you stain it. Deck cleaning is best done by power or pressure washing.
Before you apply any type of finish, regardless if it’s paint or a paint to a wood deck, you must remove any existing finish or there's a good chance your new finish will fail prematurely. It will sit on top of the old finish instead of penetrating, and eventually peel off. If you're staining an older deck, you also need to remove the gray surface layer of oxidation if you want the deck to appear anything like it did when it was new. A thorough power or pressure washing of the deck also removes grime, dirt, tannin and rust stains and other blemishes that will show through the finish.
There are advantages of pressure washing a deck or wood fence.
The high-pressure spray from a power washer, also called a pressure washer, effectively wears off the surface layer of the wood, removing old finish, gray wood and stains in one fell swoop. Pressure washing your deck also removes debris from between the decking boards, which helps prevent the growth of wood rot and fungus. Because a pressure washer uses only water, it's harmless to surrounding vegetation and introduces no noxious gases into the atmosphere. After Pressure washing, it may require a day or two to dry before applying a restorative paint or stain.
The final step in properly treating your deck or fence is to paint or stain it.
There are two primary methods to apply paint or stain. In some cases, we will use a spray gun and apply an even coat of stain to your deck or wood fence. This is often the case if we use a transparent or semi-transparent stain as well as the overall condition of the deck or wood fence. If we are able to use a spray gun to apply stain on your deck or fence, it is more economical.
Another method is to apply restorative paint, stains, and sealers with brushes and rollers. Brushing stains provides uniform coverage and works the product into the grains. It takes more time but can provides better results. Again, the method used is determined by the type of paint or stain as well as the overall condition of the deck or wood fence.
Depending on the use, porosity, type of stain, and color selected a second coat may be recommended, though uncommon.
After 24-48 hours dry time, the deck is ready for use.