Top Five Misconceptions for Deck Refinishing

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Refinished Redwood DeckCommon Misconceptions with Deck Refinishing

Along the way of refinishing hundreds of decks across San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles, we have heard quite a range of assumptions and misinformation regarding Deck Refinishing and deck maintenance.  That experience has resulted in this Top 5 list, which is our “best of the best” misconceptions regarding deck refinishing.

  1. New Wood Should Be Allowed to Weather Before Sealing.   Nothing could be further from the truth.  If prepped properly, a new deck should be sealed as quickly as possible.  Studies show that wood degradation starts taking place as soon as the wood is exposed to the outside elements so protection is vital as early on as necessary.
  2. There Is A Magical Protectorant That Will Last Forever.  Unfortunately, this common misconception is the most common question that we get asked. “Isn’t there something you can put on the wood that will last forever so I won’t have to do maintenance?” With the amount of sun in Southern California, any wood treatment will deteriorate over time. Surface protectants such as varnishes and paints will chip and peel while penetrating sealers such as oil will gracefully fade over time before yielding to the natural graying of the wood. At Teak & Deck Professionals, we only use penetrating sealers that can be maintained over time.
  3. Bleach is the Only Chemical Needed for Prepping Decks. Again, something we hear all the time, especially from so-called ‘pros’ coming from a home improvement store. Bleach can be a very caustic cleaning agent on wood and can actually cause more harm than good. While certain deck refinishing situations do call for a brightening agent of some kind, bleach is rarely our product of choice.
  4. A Deck Needs 2-3 Days to Dry Properly After Being Refinished. If you ever hear this from a so-called professional in deck refinishing, run for the hills and do not let him touch your deck. Any high-end sealer should be fully dry and usable within 12 hours of application.
  5. More Deck Sealer Is Better than Less.  Most high-end, penetrating sealers are designed as one-coat products where ‘more’ actually is worse than ‘less’. The wood can only absorb so much sealer and anything left on the surface is only going to degrade the final finish, not enhance it. In fact, we hand-wipe each of our refinished decks as a final step to ensure that no excess sealer remains on the surface of a completed Deck Refinishing job.

I hope you can identify with at least some of the misconceptions regarding deck refinishing cited above.  If you have any questions regarding your particular deck and what may be best for it, please give us a call at (760) 930-6060.

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