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Wood Deck Refinishing in Los Angeles, CA

Wood decks are distinctive outdoor living rooms that incorporate natural beauty and add value to your home and quality of life. The unique appearance and characteristics of wood species such as Ipe, Redwood, Teak, Cumaru, Mangaris, Cedar, Tigerwood, and Mahogany make them perfect for creating these magical outdoor living spaces. However, many people receive little or no information on how to properly care for and maintain them and are unaware a professional service exists to do it for them. If you are one of the many homeowners that have become frustrated with the look and performance of your deck it is fortuitous that we have made contact. We have mastered refinishing and maintenance techniques for each specific wood type used in modern buildings. Teak Master has been performing restoration and refinishing for nearly 20 years and we excel in understanding the unique challenges of weather in the various microclimates throughout Southern California. We often service clients in the Orange County area, which requires special knowledge of the climate and environmental factors. You can rest assured your wood investment will be receiving the highest level of protection and service available.


What Is Teak Master’s Deck Refinishing Process?

restoration-techniqueAt Teak Master, we take a multi-stage approach to refinishing your deck. This involves removing any stains, dirt, and damage that have accumulated over the years to reveal the gorgeous wood deck that’s lurking beneath. Our deck refinishing process includes the following steps:


We begin by thoroughly deep-cleaning your deck. This removes contaminants such as mold, algae, and mildew as well as any buildup of dirt and debris. We begin to battle oxidation with this step. If your deck has old coatings that are nearly gone, they may wash away during our deep-cleaning process. We thoroughly wash, scrub, and rinse the wood during this step, so it needs plenty of time to dry when we’re done. The exact drying time depends on the weather. We may need to wait a few days before we can return and proceed with the next stage of the refinishing process.


Sanding reveals the fresh, smooth layer of wood that’s hiding just beneath the surface of your deck. We carefully sand away any lingering coatings on the wood surface while leaving as much of the underlying wood as possible. We can also sand away signs of severe oxidation that weren’t fully removed in the first step. Our team members are diligent about sanding every exposed surface of your decking. We use a combination of orbital, belt, and floor sanders. We also sand the decking down by hand as needed to get the perfect results. The outcome is a buttery smooth layer of wood with a freshly opened grain that will respond beautifully to the next two steps.


We use a specially formulated wood brightener to promote the natural, rich hues of your deck’s wood. As we’re applying this product, we get rid of any dust that remains from the sanding process. Our wood brightener doesn’t just improve the aesthetic appeal of your deck wood, it also eliminates and prevents contaminants such as mold, mildew, and algae. In Los Angeles’s Mediterranean climate, this type of protection is essential for keeping your deck from succumbing to the hazards of heavy seasonal rains.


Our deck refinishing process concludes with an oil-based sealer that penetrates deep into the wood. This gives your deck a natural-looking matte finish. We understand the complexities of different woods and always use a sealer that’s designed for your deck. Dense woods are known for being difficult to deal with, but we have the solution. With varieties like teak, ipe, and cumaru, we apply a thin sealing product that can deeply penetrate the wood despite its fine grain.

If desired, we can also use a sealer with a stain that will give your deck even coloring across every board. Our team members always apply the sealer by hand. This ensures that every board gets an even coating that fully penetrates the wood.

Deck Maintenance

deck-restoration-2Proper maintenance begins with a visual inspection. A timeframe of four to ten months can be used to get a general sense of frequency. However, as weathering, exposure, and wood type may vary, maintenance might be needed sooner and should be performed when visually necessary regardless of timeframe. Wood decks are large horizontal surfaces that accept massive amounts of UV, contaminants, and foot traffic. This is why horizontal surfaces need maintenance more often to keep them protected and looking their best. Imagine not washing your new car for 8 months. Chances are, it would look pretty bad. The best way to keep the paint looking great is with a periodic wash and wax. They need to be cleaned and periodically re-coated to protect them from damage. Maintenance begins with cleaning the surface to remove contaminants that have settled in the grain. Light spot sanding may be needed to remove severe weathering, stains, or scratches. Wood brightener will be applied to promote natural color and eliminate and prevent mold and algae. The same coating will be applied to enhance and protect the wood. Most maintenance can be performed in one day.

Protecting New Wood Decks

deck-restoration-3New wood should be coated within 2-3 weeks after installation. The damaging effects of weathering will begin immediately on unprotected surfaces and may require more preparation if left untreated for longer period of time. Although lumber comes from the factory looking brand new, it has various imperfections that need to be removed before a protective coating can be applied. Mill glaze is a barrier that occurs when wood is milled at the lumber yard. When boards are run through the mill, natural oils heat up and rub against metal creating a film and possibly varying patterns of black markings. This film can actually prevent a protective coating from fully penetrating and adhering and must be removed before application. Protecting new wood begins with a mild surface cleaning or light sanding to remove mill glaze and black markings. Cleaning also removes unwanted contaminants such as mold, mildew, pollen, and dust from the grain, leaving the wood perfectly clean and ready for the proper coating. Your specific wood type will dictate the correct protective coating. All of our finishes are applied the old-fashioned way, by hand. This thorough method ensures a generous and consistent coating will be applied, even between boards.

What to Expect

After your deck has been fully refinished, it will need some care and maintenance to keep up its appearance. Our time-tested clean, sand, brighten, and seal method will restore the wood to as close to new condition as possible. The characteristic of any protective coating is to gradually fade and dissipate over time. The rate at which the coating will dissipate will depend on several factors. Sun and UV are gigantic factors when it comes to the rate at which a deck will weather. Southern California’s harsh UV rays, coupled with increasingly warmer temperatures, wreak havoc on a large, fully exposed horizontal surface like an outdoor wood deck. The wood itself absorbs a massive amount of UV on a daily basis, coupled with its surface heating up to temperatures that could reach 130 degrees. Moisture, such as rain, marine layer, and fog, is also a huge factor when it comes to the rate at which your deck will weather. When it rains or when the marine layer occurs, the horizontal portions of the deck will have water sitting on its surface.

Repeated moisture will eventually break down any protective coating. Water and moisture are so harsh they can break down paint on a car and also cause damage to the metal. Just imagine how much damage it can cause on the horizontal portion of a wood deck. Repeated moisture can eventually wash off and even extract oil-finished from the wood. Moisture can also mix or combine with dust and contaminants on a deck that has not been maintained on a weekly basis and leave marks. Of course, weather patterns may change from year to year. Southern California weather can be riddled with extreme heat that may vary from year to year. Temperatures seem to be increasing on a yearly basis. The valley areas in Los Angeles can reach up to 120 degrees! Believe it or not, the occasional El Nino weather pattern will douse Southern California with glorious rain. With this being said, your deck will weather at varying rates from year to year.

Ultimately, nature will dictate how often a deck needs to be serviced. With this being said, we recommend maintenance whenever visually necessary. Your microclimate will also determine the rate and frequency of maintenance and longevity of the coating. We recommend between maintenance service at 4-12 months, depending on the weather pattern, microclimate, and wood species.

Other factors will contribute to the rate at which a deck will weather, such as pools and overflow and splashing, sprinklers overflow, planters, foot traffic and day-to-day use, patio furniture, space heaters, outdoor carpets, pets, animal droppings, trees, and foliage above, overhangs and pergolas that drip moisture, runoff from roofing or overhangs. Needless to say, a wood deck has an enormous amount of abuse to endure. The protective coating can only do so much. The main function of any deck sealer or coating is to slow down the graying and weathering process. The coating’s trans oxide pigments are the UV protectant and will need to be re-applied periodically for it to continually do its job. You can think of it as applying sunblock to your skin. Over the course of daily activities, your sunblock will wear off and need to be reapplied. It’s simple! The protective coatings will also help with reserving the integrity of the wood, providing the deck is built correctly.

Manufacturers of deck coatings often give vague descriptions of what their products will do. We gather that the main function is to help preserve and also slow the weathering process. Unfortunately, they do not make a claim to stop any of the damage listed above, such as overflow and splashing from pools, sprinklers overflow, planters, foot traffic and day-to-day use, patio furniture, space heaters, outdoor carpets, pets, animal droppings, trees and foliage above, overhangs and pergolas that drip moisture, run from roofing or overhangs. If you have any questions or concerns about the longevity of the protective coating or maintenance and care of your wood deck, please call us anytime.

Daily Care

refinished ipe deck with pool

Your wood deck is going to need periodic care to keep it clean and ready to use. Nature’s contaminants, along with other environmental debris, will land on the surface of your deck. This debris will need to be cleaned off periodically to keep the wood clean and prevent it from being embedded into the grain. Just as your automobile will need to be cleaned to show off the beautiful color and for safety reasons, so does your deck. Keeping a clean and ready-to-use deck will help prolong the life of the protective coating and will also help with the integrity of the coating itself. A dirty and unkept deck can mix with moisture and the coating itself and leave marks. The most efficient way to clean is by investing in a leaf blower. A quality leaf blower that will push air at 150 mph will work sufficiently. A leaf blower can be bought at most local and big-box hardware stores or online. They are available in electric and even battery-powered options. The blower will remove dust and debris settled on the surface.

The frequency at which the wood should be blown will be up to you. We recommend weekly maintenance for optimal results. Your gardener or maintenance person may also be able to incorporate this in their routine, so you don’t have to incorporate it in yours. Your wood deck can also be mopped clean to remove stubborn debris. Warm water alone will do the trick. Simply mop the deck clean until no dirt is being removed. Be careful not to have the fastener of the mop scratch the deck. For extremely stubborn stains, a mild solution of warm water and Simple Green or Mrs. Meyers will also work. Your deck can be mopped once a month or quarterly for the best results. Never mop your deck in direct sun or when the wood is hot. It is best to perform this work in the morning or when the temperature is between 80 and 90 degrees.

Our deck refinishing services in Los Angeles and Orange County are the most thorough way to keep your investment up to par. We are always here to answer questions about deck maintenance and care. We ultimately want to eliminate the need to have a full deck refinishing performed ever again.

Decking Woods We Service in Los Angeles


  • Ipe or Ironwood as it is sometimes called is a very dense and oily hardwood from South America. Over the past 10 years it has become increasingly popular for exterior wood siding, trim, and furniture. Being dense and high oil in content makes maintaining it quite a challenge if you are not thoroughly experienced. We have over 13 years of experience restoring, protecting, and maintaining Ipe for hundreds of clients. Read more
  • Teak is a great choice for exterior wood surface use as it is impervious to rot and wood-boring pests. It is the premier choice for outdoor wood furniture and is becoming an increasingly popular outdoor wood structures. We are experts in restoring and maintaining its beautiful natural honey color. Read more
  • Mahogany has many different varieties from different parts of the world. Although it is rare to find an entire deck made of solid Mahogany they do exist. We have pictures in our before and after section of a dramatic restoration in San Marino. Mahogany has always been known for its beautiful rich reddish-brown color and tight grain. There is no one who knows more about maintaining Mahogany in exterior use than us. Read more
  • Mangaris is a beautiful wood similar in grain to Mahogany but different in hardness and color. It is a beautiful alternative to teak and ipe and its vibrant brown color is a perfect complement to any home. Being a bit softer than some of the other wood types makes it a bit easier to maintain because it accepts more sealer. We have the most knowledge and best protective coatings for this beautiful wood. Read more
  • Redwood has been used for centuries in many different types of exterior use. It has been the most popular choice since the mid 1900’s. Did you know most types of redwood are considered hardwoods? Yes, it may be softer than teak but it is hard enough to last an extremely long time when exposed to nature’s elements. Being softer than other hardwoods makes maintaining redwood easy because it is able to accept a greater amount of protective coatings. Restoring and maintaining the rich color and beautiful color of this timeless wood is our specialty. Read more
  • Cedar is a beautiful wood that is mainly used for fences and sometimes decks in exterior wood use. Although there are many different species of cedar found throughout the world, maintaining it remains the same. It is able to accept a large amount of sealer so it maintains its color for years. We have the best sealers for maintaining cedar. Read more

Let Teak Master Create an Outdoor Oasis for Your LA Home

For expert deck refinishing services that enhance the beauty and longevity of your outdoor space, contact Teak Master today. Whether you need teak, ipe, redwood, cedar, pine, or pressure-treated wood decks refinished, we are here to deliver exceptional results. Complete our secure online contact form or call us at 888-448-8325 to contact the deck restoration experts at Teak Master. With over 25,000 satisfied customers, let us transform your weathered deck into a stunning outdoor oasis. Your outdoor space deserves the best, and Teak Master is here to make it a reality.

Deck Restoration FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions we get about wood deck care, maintenance, and refinishing.

How often should I have my deck refinished?

You should thoroughly clean your deck every four to 12 months. With proper maintenance, you should only need to have your deck refinished every one to three years.

Is deck refinishing a DIY job?

While you can perform regular maintenance such as sweeping, washing, and spot sanding on your own, it’s best to call a professional for a full refinishing project. Properly refinishing a deck is labor intensive, and it requires specialized tools and cleaning products. We provide you with the best brightener and sealer for your deck’s wood, and we’re confident that you’ll be satisfied with the results.

What are the benefits of refinishing my deck?

Refinishing your deck radically changes its appearance. This process eliminates unsightly dirt and stains and enhances your home’s curb appeal. If you’re considering selling your home, refinishing the deck is a must to make sure you get the best price. Regularly refinishing your deck will extend its life span so you get as many years as possible out of this beautiful installation.

What’s the difference between staining and sealing?

Staining adds color to the wood, enhancing its appearance while offering protection. Sealing provides a protective layer that guards against the elements, improving durability. 

How long does the deck refinishing process take?

The duration of the refinishing process depends on several factors, including the size of the deck, its current condition, and the project’s specific requirements. It can take a few days to a week to complete, depending on the scope of your project.

Can I change the color of my deck during the refinishing process?

Yes, you have the flexibility to choose from various stain colors. Changing the color of your deck can match your preferences and align it with the overall aesthetics of your outdoor living space.

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Deck Refinishing Fact Sheet

Deck RefinishingDetails
Steps for Refinishing Wood DecksBasic steps is deck refinishing consists of removing old coatings and weathering. Exposing fresh new smooth raw wood and apply a quality oil penetrating sealer.
Wood Deck ProductsThe finest products for protecting wood decks are oil based. Oil based penetrating sealers provide optimal protection while enhancing natural grain and making maintenance a breeze.
Can you Refinish Wood Deck Cheap?A low cost option in deck refinishing is doing the work yourself. It takes time, skill, and a good amount of will, but it can be done.
Best Wood Deck ResurfacerGood old fashioned sand paper is the best deck resurfacer. Sanding exposes new raw wood and is ultimately the best wood restorer.
Rustoleum Deck RestoreDeck restore by Rustoleum is a great tool for removing surfaces dirt and contaminants off of wood decks.
How to Maintain a Wood DeckThe best way to keep your deck looking its best is by periocally cleaning to remove surface dirt and contaminants. Applying a maintainable protective coating leaves maintenance a breeze.
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