Deck Washing Sealing Staining, Deck Stripping, Restoration & Repairs, Sanding & Replacement in MD, VA
Whether your deck is old or new, it needs protection from water and weather. Your deck needs washing and sealing. Trouble begins the day you finish building a deck. What home owners don’t know, is that the treatment given to about 80% of the pressure treated wood used to build decks, is to help prevent against rot and termites. Pressure treating wood offers no protection from weathering. This pressure treatment makes the wood more porous and susceptible to moisture damage. Deck washing and sealing is important to the life of your deck. Cleaning removes microbial grown, and a sealer moisturizes the wood and helps it to retain it’s natural oils.
First of all, the most popular building material is pressure treated lumber. Sealers and stains will typically last longer on a PT deck than on a deck constructed from ipe for example. All decks should be kept clean and free of UV graying, mildew and algae. Pressure washing the deck using high volume and low pressure with gentle cleaners is the best way to care for it. Deck washing and sealing should be done on a regular basis depending on the wood species and finish installed. Once our crew has cleaned your deck they will return on another day when the wood is properly dry to apply the sealer or stain you’ve selected. We’ll take care to properly mask your property, using plastic and tarps to protect the surroundings in your yard. Typically your deck can take a rain within an hour of being sealed, but you should not walk on your deck for twenty four hours. Some companies use just water and high pressure to wash decks with which raises the grain of the wood, causing problems later on.
Next, as your deck ages it may need repair work or wood replacement. Periodic deck cleaning and sealing will help to lengthen the life of the wood. We offer a full range of deck services like, deck maintenance cleanings, deck stripping to remove old coatings, deck repair, deck replacement, and deck restoration services for all species of wood. Rough deck? Deck sanding is also possible in many cases and is less costly than replacement. We’ll be glad to take the time to discuss with you the correct and incorrect methods of properly cleaning and sealing your exterior wood. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Redwood decks and cedar decks need protection too, since much of the wood used in construction today is from younger, second growth trees which have a higher sapwood content and are less resistant to biological enemies. For the best results, mill glaze should always be removed from new wood. We also have experience with the more exotic woods such as Ipe, Teak, Balau, Brazilian Redwood, Pau Lope, Cambara, Mahogany, and Walnut.
After cleaning, decks, fences and so on need to have about 12% to 19% wood moisture content to be properly sealed, depending on the sealer that is being applied. We use a moisture meter to ensure the conditions are right for sealing your deck or other wooden surfaces.
What happens if you don’t put sealant or stain on your deck? Rain, morning dew, and even melting snow are quickly absorbed by the wood, causing it to swell and soften. The sun’s heat causes drying, this makes the wood shrink. These cycles of wet and dry, swelling and shrinking, cause wood to warp, split, crack, and check. This causes wood to have a shorter life span, needing expensive repairs, or replacement. This is why we recommend sealing your deck with a tinted sealer or stain once it has been washed.
Residential deck washing, deck stripping and deck sealing or staining and low pressure house washing for vinyl and aluminum siding are limited to parts of Maryland and Northern Virginia. Our service areas for Maryland are: Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Carroll County, Potomac, North Potomac, Chevy Chase, Wheaton, Tacoma Park, Olney, Rockville, North Bethesda, Bethesda, Garrett Park, Kensington, Columbia, Clarksville, Silver Spring, Laytonsville, Mount Airy, New Market, Ijamsville, Aspen Hill, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, Germantown, Darnestown, Poolesville, Frederick, Urbana, Clarksburg, Barnesville, Beallsville, Brinklow, Brookville, Brunswick, Burtonsville, Cabin John, Colesville, Damascus, Derwood, Hampstead, Kentlands, New Market, Sandy Spring, Spencerville, Woodbine and Boyds. Our service areas for Virginia are: Loudon County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Ashburn, Leesburg, Alexandria, Herndon, McLean, Annandale, Arlington, Chantilly, Falls Church, Glen Echo, Great Falls, Oakton, Sterling, and Vienna. Contact our office today about our pressure washing deck services and other residential offerings. Did we miss your area? Give us a call.