Refinishing your deck in Chantilly, VA using a power washer can either clean your deck quickly or can ruin your deck quickly if you do not know what you are doing, leaving you in a state of absolute disarray. If you are considering using a power washer for your deck refinishing in Chantilly, VA you might want to call in the professionals at NOVA Deck Doctor. We specialize in deck building and maintaining your deck to extend its life and appearance.
Benefits of Using a Power Washer for Your Deck Refinishing in Chantilly, VA
Some homeowners who attempt to use a power washer themselves to refinish their deck in Chantilly, VA use too high a jet pressure and place the tip too close to the wood. Set the pressure on the power washer for your deck refinishing as low as possible while still being effective. For soft wood such as cedar or pine, the pressure should be at about 500 psi to 600 psi. For harder wood you can go a little higher but no more than 1200 to 1500 psi. Use a fan tip or a rotating tip. The normal size of a fan tip for deck refinishing is 40 to 60 degrees.
Begin by depressing the trigger to start the water pressure. Keep it away from people and about 24 inches from the wood deck, then slowing move into about 12-18 inches from the deck. Unless you are on low pressure, never get closer than 12 inches. Start off in an inconspicuous area so if you would ruin the board, it can be easily replaced. Set your pressure to about 600 psi to start with and increase if needed but not too much or it may damage the surface of the wood. Use a sweeping motion along the grain spraying two boards at a time, covering the whole length of the deck. Keep the nozzle moving to avoid etching the wood. Your second pass should overlap the first. Try and be consistent so you will not leave any overlap marks on your deck. Allow deck to dry 24 hours before finishing and sealing your deck.
If you have any questions regarding deck refinishing for your home in Chantilly, VA, please call us at NOVA Deck Doctor. We will be glad to help you in any way possible.
Now that the deck is done it is beautiful. We love the workmanship and just being able to sit out in the back of our house with friends and grill out. This company truly has our gold star approval for professionalism and quality of work.
- Sharon J.
The Deck Doctor crew worked clean and made sure all debris was removed upon completion. They even added a "sunburst" pattern to the deck railing at the entrance to give it a more inviting look.
- Scott H.
They began building our deck the same day as the permit was granted, and finished in two days and clean up was spotless. We are delighted by the quality of the materials and workmanship.
- Mr. & Mrs. Peter J