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Deck Refinishing

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Deck Refinishing

Refinishing a deck is the process of taking a dull, weathered deck and restoring its finish to a like-new condition. There are two “standard” methods of refinishing a deck: chemical strippers with brighteners, and sanding. One option may leave you poisoned, and the other may leave your knees and back broken.

Option #1  -  Deck Brighteners and Strippers

Not only are these processes hard on a deck, but they’re also hard on the environment, not to mention all the water that gets wasted through numerous stages of washing (typically 4-6 rounds of power washing). When pressure washers are used for removing gray, discolored areas of decks, the soft wood particles between the wood grains wash away and what's left is a ribbed, splintered deck. Watch out for slivers... you usually end up having to sand areas to remove burrs in the wood!

Option #2  -  Deck Sanding 

Sunriver Deck Refinish

This method is far superior when needing to renovate your deck.  It will remove a small layer of the old, gray wood and when done correctly, it results in a nice, even appearance.  It doesn’t have the same “reach” as the chemical method. Edging against siding, stairs, and rails are often skipped because they are difficult to sand.  The sanding dust creates a mess and when done incorrectly, the finished product doesn’t last very long (6-12 months). 

At Webfoot, we’re serious about routine deck care and maintenance! We provide free yearly inspections after our initial refinish. When your deck is properly refinished, you should be able to clean it annually and prepare for winter weather with confidence.

Option #3  -  Call the Webfoot Deck Team

Our process of refinishing uses a combination of sanding and light washing with non-toxic neutralizers. Our procedure is as follows: 

  1. First we check that all your deck screws are properly secured.  
  2. With specially procured deck refinishing equipment, we sand the entire deck surface, including around all edges and nooks, dust-free. We carefully sand against all siding, underneath and around benches, hard-to-reach corners on steps, and handrail tops.  It’s way too common to see decks where all these areas were skipped! 
  1. Next, we use a proprietary blend of non-toxic wood cleaners to remove any remaining dust from the surface, restore proper pH levels, and to open the wood cells up to receive stain once the deck has dried. This process of refinishing has been tweaked and tested over 8 years and countless decks.  
  2. All that’s left is the precise application of stain.  It’s important not to apply too much stain. Why? Because you get those shiny, sticky areas that never seem to dry!  You know, the ones that collect dirt, pollen, and pet hair like a lint roller?  Seriously unacceptable in our opinion. 
  3. When we’re done, we properly dispose of all stain rags and masking materials.  Fire hazards are no joke, and we never take them lightly. Then the furniture gets put back in place and you’re set to enjoy another summer on your beautiful natural wood deck!

Check out our deck refinishing process in detail:

Bend Deck Before Sanding - Webfoot Painting Deck Team
Bend Deck After Sanding - Webfoot Painting Deck Team
Bend Deck After Staining - Webfoot Painting Deck Team

 

Curious about Trex decking and our Deck Building Service?  Webfoot is a TrexPro Platinum installer!


Got Questions? Contact our Deck Team today.

 

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