Cedar and Deck Restoration

Power Rinsing?

not Power Washing
Although the term power washing is used in the wood restoration industry, there are some concerns when the wrong person is holding the power, just like everything. In reality the washer is just a power rinser and should not be used aggressively on wood or risk tearing up the soft wood between the grain. Using the proper cleaner you don't have to use a power washer at all, it is just a tool that helps in skipping the scrub brush and low pressure water hose.

Better Than Composite

is there another alternative?

There are two woods that are made for decking and have 20-30 year life expectancy if never sealed. These woods are in the iron wood family, and are so dense that when dropped in water they sink. The 20 year wood goes by the name Tiger Wood and has coloring much like that of cedar when sealed. Tiger wood is the least expensive of the two options, and is a very good successor if you like the cedar look but not the tendency to split crack and rot if not maintained properly. The other wood is Ipe, which has a 30 year life if not maintained, and a deep mahogany look when sealed. Ipe is in the top 5 of the hardest woods in the world, and the look when sealed is rich and elegant.

Latex or Oil

how about stain or preservative
Looking at this site and all of the photos it is obvious that almost all of these jobs were done with Total Wood Preservative (TWP). This is not the only wood preservative on the market, but it is made locally and we support our local vendors when ever possible. That said, TWP in our opinion is the best product, which is a win win for our clients. The biggest difference between a stain or a preservative is that stains are made to protect the wood by putting a coating on the surface of the wood in hopes of not letting water or UV rays to penetrate, while an oil preservative absorbs into the wood and bonds with the fibers leaving the wood looking and feeling like wood. Stains do a decent job when applied properly, for the first year maybe, and then after the wood expands and contracts with the weather starts getting fine cracks that allow moisture in. Once the moisture is able to get in the coating will start peeling or flaking. While a preservative is in the wood and wears with the wood, which is a good thing in our opinion because it allows you to "Know" when your wood is no longer protected, rather than a year of moisture underneath a surface coating allowing mold and mildew to flourish.

Warranties

REALLY?

Knowing that everyone would like to KNOW how long something will last, yet there is no way to predict what nature will throw our way. That said, any product that has a 5+ year guarantee is just playing the game that they KNOW you don't have the patience for. There have been a few that have won the game, and the maker of the product paid hundreds of dollars to have the product stripped off. Unfortunately most of us don't do our duty to keep companies honest, and in letting them get away with their false promises YOU are ultimately responsible for the next person to get taken in by this mislabeling of promises. Do your duty for the sake of your neighbor, and if you are purchasing a product just because of a promise that IS going to be broken, then keep your receipts and the date the product was applied so that they can pay you to pay us to come strip it off next year when it fails.

DIY is not a bad word

anyone CAN seal a deck.
Anyone that is physically able at least, but that isn't why we do what we do. We do it because most of you don't WANT to do it. But for those of you that do want to do it yourself, don't be afraid to contact a professional and ask what you should be using. We aren't here to tell you not to do it, just do it with a product that is made for wood and not made for profit, like the stuff at the big box stores. A product that is made for the sole purpose of protecting the wood should not need a super aggressive stripper that not only eats the stain but the wood too. Most paint stores have enough knowledge for most situations to get a home owner through the process, and using a product from a paint will more than likely mean that the product will be maintainable and easier for a professional to fix if there are mistakes made or the process was just too much for you to handle.