Most Commonly Asked Questions about Deck Restoration
Cleaning & Preserving
Q. Why does my deck need sealing or preserving? It’s made of pressure treated lumber.
A. Pressure treated lumber is treated to prevent rot, decay, and insect infestation. However, constant changes in the moisture content due to water penetration can cause warping and splitting. A wood preservative and sealant is needed to prevent excessive water penetration and damage.
Q. Can you remove the grey color?
A. The grey color is caused by the presence of degraded wood fibers on the surface. We use special cleaners to remove these fibers, mildew and other dirt and brighten up the deck.
Q. Can you remove the old stain or sealer?
A. It is important to remove any old sealer or stain before applying a penetrating sealer. Old finishes will interfere with penetration.
Q. How often does it need to be done?
A. Decks should be cleaned and sealed about every two years, depending on its exposure to sun, weather and traffic.
Q. What do you use to clean the deck?
A. We use specially designed cleaners and strippers to remove mildew, dirt, grey color and old sealers to restore the deck to a like new condition.
Q. Will it damage the grass or the bushes?
A. The cleaner we use is safe on your shrubs and lawn.
Q. How long does it usually take?
A. Most jobs require one day for cleaning and one day for sealing with enough time in between for proper drying.
Q. Are you licensed and insured?
A. Yes. We are licensed through the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. MHIC# 51996.
Q. Do you bring your own water?
A. We do have the capability to haul some water to the job site. However, some jobs require more water than we can haul. You need to inform us in advance if water is a concern.