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OUR REFINISHING PROCESS IS DIFFERENT
We use a unique process to refinish our decks, refined over years of service to help insure your deck's color is optimized for appearance and durability. We call it our Color Refinement Process. As professionals we know which techniques and methods each deck requires to look its best.
Age, Sun and Shade Exposure, Traffic, Previous Stain Applications, and many other variables play a role in your deck's condition. We take all these factors into account to determine not only the right products and techniques, but of even greater importance, the best percentage of color pigment for your deck.
OUR CLEANING PROCESS
Pressure washing removes the outer most surface layer of your deck's wood. This is the layer that contains the wood's deterioration and any surface growth. (Ex. Gray Discoloration, Faded Stain, Mold, Etc.) Once removed, the wood is clean, porous and ready to accept new stain.
OUR STAINING PROCESS
After cleaning your deck, rarely will we just open a can of stain and apply it straight from the shelf. We use our Color Refinement Process to pick the right color and determine whether to add more or reduce the amount of color pigment depending on the deck's condition. A newer deck for example, will not absorb nearly as much color as an older deck. Color on a deck's surface is vulnerable to UV, expansion & contraction, traffic, and weather among other conditions, so it's important that stain actually soaks in. Continue reading to learn why.
The Importance of Penetrating Stains Relative to Topical Stains
Penetrating Stains soak in, Topical Stains coat the surface like paint. Imagine a drop of Red Wine on a white cloth. Obviously, it would soak in and stain the fibers. We want your color to last, and its durability is improved if the stain actually penetrates the wood fibers as opposed to resting on the surface.
Topical Stains Do Not Hold
Now imagine a drop of paint on that same cloth. Allow the paint to dry, stretch the cloth once or twice (Expansion & Contraction) and the paint drop will peel right off much like Topical & Acrylic Stains . Topical Stains are no match for Nebraska's Weather Cycle and we will never use them on your deck.
ON-GOING DECK MAINTENANCE
No Exterior Stain will last forever. But it's important to choose a stain that can be easily maintained. Penetrating stains allow for successful ongoing maintenance to help create a beautiful finish time and time again.
Has your deck been stained before? Certain types of stain are detrimental to long-term maintenance. If we don't feel we can add value to your deck, we'll tell you before providing an estimate.