Before beginning any exterior wood restoration project, the first step is evaluation. The specialists at Apex DeckSavers take time to fully evaluate all work to be done. This includes measuring dimensions, checking for rotted or damaged wood and examining the level of dirt or any previous finishes. If necessary we may also restore a small test spot to demonstrate the dramatic transformation your wood will enjoy. During this time, our specialists will also provide you with a comprehensive bid folder containing before and after photos and additional information along with your price.
Restoration is the key to restoring your wood to a like new condition. Depending on our analysis, your deck may receive either a chemical finish remover or commercial grade cleaning detergent. These professional grade cleaners will safely remove years of failed stain, mold, mildew, and other dirt. A low pressure wash will remove these detergents to reveal a clean wood surface.
Because commercial grade cleaners are caustic on the PH scale, a chemical neutralizer must be applied. This balances the wood’s PH making it more conducive to staining. In addition to preparing the wood for stain, the neutralization process acts as a brightener, returning wood to it’s natural look.
One the deck has been fully cleaned, our specialists proceed to set nails, sand handrails, and perform any other agreed upon repairs. We also make sure to mask your house and any nearby vegetation to protect against stain.
Once we have finished cleaning, neutralizing, and prep work, your deck is ready for the final beautiful step. We apply a high quality oil based sealer to all surfaces, railings, steps, and posts on your deck. All our sealers are commercial quality and resistant to mold, mildew, and water, unlike many products available over the counter.