Deck & Home Staining in Raleigh, NC
First, it is crucial to completely restore all wood surfaced by pressure washing before any staining occurs. However, spraying water at high pressure is not enough. It is imperative to kill all mold, mildew, and moss with the proper cleaning solution before staining. Otherwise, you could trap mold and mildew into the wood, which could increase the likelihood of wood rot.
While staining is essential to preserving your deck – if you have cedar, natural wood siding, or other related trim – keeping your home stained is just as important.
The photo properly illustrates the transformation of cleaning wood surfaces. However, not every exterior wood surfaces require blasting. In most cases, a low-pressure wash with a proper solution will suffice. But in some cases, both are required.
Choosing a Stain
An excellent deck or house stain should deeply penetrate the wood. Most importantly, the ingredients that are used should contain a balance of both raw materials and solvents.
Single dimensional products that only contain either high solids or penetrating sealers are not the best choices. These products typically do not protect as long for exterior staining applications.
Solid color stains sit on the wood’s surface and wear in less than a year – especially on horizontal surfaces. Products that only penetrate and seal eventually evaporate once exposed to the sun. In some cases, complete evaporation can take place in one summer.
Usually, semi-transparent stains and toners supply the best combinations between protection and color retention. Toners and translucent stains are recommended for first-time applications.