A beautiful, refinished deck will not only look great for the entire exterior of your home but also extend the life of the wood itself. Routine deck maintenance is a smart way to ensure the longevity of your investment and will help identify issues early on before they require costly and time-consuming repairs.
Additionally, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors warns that less than half of the existing decks in the US are completely safe. Luckily, regular deck refinishing can save you from worrying about your next gathering ending in disaster. Webfoot is your source for everything deck related. Our team is made up of true craftsmen who specialize in the design, layout, care, know how, and maintenance of decks and outdoor living spaces in Bend and surrounding areas.
If your deck looks dull, is fading and has discolored boards, it’s definitely time to refinish. Over time the weather, traffic use, and even chemicals in cleaners or previous stains will bleach and degrade the wood. This includes bleaching related to UV exposure. A faded deck needs attention and refinishing.
Even if you have a newly re-painted deck you can still find yourself with peeling or flaking paint because the deck was not properly power washed before re-painting. If you have peeling and flaking, it’s best to have the entire deck stripped, then power-washed before the staining and refinishing process.
Split or cracking deck boards can be the beginning of what could be a much larger problem.. These must be replaced before you can stain the deck. It’s a good idea to check to see if any boards are starting to bow and warp. This also includes the railing, posts, sills and joists. If a board is badly warped and you put a lot of weight on it, the board can split or break completely. If you see any of those signs, it’s time replace those boards right away.
Check the boards closely for any mold, mildew, or other fungi. Even if your deck is treated, the wood can still rot. Pay special attention to where every post touches the ground…especially if you have a second story deck. If you see mold on the boards, they will need to be replaced before any staining can be done. If you see it on more than one of the support posts, it’s probably time to for a new deck.
Consistent and routine deck refinishing will extend the life (and beauty) of your deck and allow you to enjoy it for years. Refinishing means the preservation of the wood's integrity and longevity as well as protection against moisture, UV rays, mold, and other environmental factors. If your deck is not re-stained regularly, the wood will begin to deteriorate. In severe cases, your deck can even begin to rot away, forcing you to spend unnecessary amounts of money to have the failing components replaced or even have your entire deck rebuilt. To prevent this from happening, we recommend that you re-stain your deck no less than every two to three years.
Refinishing your deck can also add value to your home. A wooden deck that has not been maintained is viewed as a financial liability for those looking to sell and/or purchase a home. A wood deck that has been freshly restored, however, can be an asset. In fact, a well-kept deck can recoup up to 90% of the value that was originally spent to build and install it.
When it comes to natural wood decks we're the seriously great team for the job. Seriously. From our state-of-the-art dust-free sanding and refinishing equipment to our tried and tested application methods and stain products, we are committed to delivering superior results and customer satisfaction. Our experienced team of professionals skilled in deck restoration have expertise with all wood types: cedar, red cedar, redwood, mahogany, ipe, teak, fir and we have carpenters on staff for board replacement, structural repairs, upgrades and expansions ( no sub-contractors here). We even offer a Certified Deck Inspector to assess repairs, advise on replacement, and to bring your deck up to code.
Refinishing your deck may seem like an easy weekend project, but it can get complicated and time-consuming quickly. Although it can be done in a few days, staining a deck requires the proper cleaning, preparation, and application processes to ensure a smooth, even finish. Don’t take shortcuts or rush the prep work! If you want your deck to look great and get the peace of mind that the stain will last,the Webfoot team is here. Let us help you enjoy your beautiful deck for years to come.