Newly built decks typically must weather for a year before stain and sealant are applied. Below are some key points for Oakton VA clients to understand about our deck wash and seal process. This timeframe allows the wood to dry out and the wood fibers to open up so that sealant can be absorbed well into the wood.
A key question we get asked is how we know when the deck is ready for staining? An absorption test will tell us a lot. New wood boards bead up following installation of a deck. This is not the best condition for staining. You want the wood to be porous so that stain and sealant can soak into the wood. When water is no longer beading – or when it soaks into the deck within a few minutes or so – then the deck is ready for staining. Just about!
The first step, when we come out to your home in Oakton VA for a deck wash and seal, is to clean the deck thoroughly and to touch up any rough places where there may be splinters. We want to make sure there is no dirt and debris in the grooves or clogging up the wood fibers. We’ll then need to make sure that the deck is completely dry before applying stain to ensure the stain can be absorbed well into the wood. This usually takes a few rainless days.
Nova Deck Dr will then apply a stain made by local company near Oakton VA as part of our deck wash and seal. This is a really impressive brand stain that contains seven – yes, seven – different oils. Wood decks love oil that are luxurious and make woods vibrant again. This product allows us to provide our customers a three year guarantee for our work.
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