By: Tim Gilliam
What is it?
Chances are if you own a deck, at some point you will need professional restoration. In fact we have restored over 100 teak decks throughout Southern California. How do you know you need deck refinishing? Take a close look at the color of your deck. If it has changed from a beautiful blonde honey color to an unsightly gray appearance, it needs to be professionally restored. Deck restoration consists of applying proven refinishing methods to decks made of wood to make it new in texture and appearance. Years of hands on experience is why we are highly skilled in addressing all types of deck restoration issues such as gray oxidation removal, varnish and polyurethane removal, and mold elimination.
Our deck restoration process begins with an onsite evaluation to determine what needs to be done. Many decks are in need of refinishing because of lack of maintenance. When decks are unprotected, they will gray in color when the natural oils in the wood oxidize. The grain of the wood can lift because of temperature change and dust, dirt, and mold can embed itself in the wood leaving it black in color. Contractors often apply varnish or urethane to coat decks to resemble a yacht look. Varnish and urethane may be ok for a small deck of a boat or yacht whose owner has the time and money to maintain it, but for a large deck, it’s an absolute no-no. We have restored many decks that have had the wrong finish applied to it such as varnish and other subpar products.
Deck restoration begins with cleaning the wood’s surface to remove dirt, dust, pollen, oxidation, and mold. Inferior coatings will be stripped to remove it from the surface of the wood. After the deck has been cleaned, it will be thoroughly sanded. Efficient sanding will eliminate remaining coatings and restore a smooth feel back to the wood. After the wood has been completely sanded, it will be cleaned and bleached. Wood bleaching is needed to promote color and eliminate mold. The final step is coating the wood. The best way to maintain a natural appearance of a deck is to have it sealed with a high quality sealer. Our sealers are natural in color and dry matte.
Before & Afters
Sealing Teak Decks
Teak decks are rare and very expensive. These decks need to be coated within two weeks after construction has been completed. Contaminants such as dirt, sun, moisture, and pollen will discolor a new deck immediately if it is not properly protected. Our process for sealing new teak decks begins with a thorough surface wash with deck brightener to remove tannins, mill glaze, and mold. This is essential because it removes unwanted contaminants from the wood and allows the coating to adhere and penetrate to full potential. After the wood has dried for at least 24 hours, it will be coated. Penetrating sealers are the best coatings to protect decks because they are maintainable. Our sealers dig deep down into dense wood, adding natural elements and pigments to protect. Overtime the sealer will dissolve and natural wood will be exposed. Maintenance service will need to be performed at this time.
After your deck has been coated properly, all that is needed is intermittent maintenance to keep it from needed deck refinishing. Our sealers will gradually fade overtime depending on exposure to sun and moisture. We will plan a tentative schedule to check on you deck to make sure it stays protected. Our deck maintenance consists of a mild surface clean to remove contaminants that have embedded themselves in the wood grain. The wood will be brightened to promote color and appearance. Your deck will be coated with the same product as used initially. The whole process is simple and will keep your valuable deck in tip top shape.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of deck restoration is based on the level of refinishing that needs to be done. Many decks have simply weathered over time and some decks have years of coatings that have accumulated on their surface. On site evaluations ultimately determine the cost of deck refinishing. The factors listed above are taken into account with many other variables to consider. Deck restoration is a cost effective way to keep your deck without having to replace it. If you choose to restore your deck, simple maintenance can keep it looking great, saving you money in the long run.
What Areas Do You Service?
Our services have been sought after by clients in search of deck restoration from around California, Nevada, Arizona, and New York. Our crew efficiently travels to your location and restores your deck and leaves your home and yard clean and ready to use each and every day they are onsite. We have been performing Teak deck refinishing in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego areas for many years. Our main focus is restoring decks in our own backyard of Southern California.
I am as passionate about the services our company provides as the day I started as Teak Masters' only employee in 1997. For 2 decades I have been obsessed with continuing to developing state of the art refinishing techniques and application of the finest cutting edge wood coatings modern science can create. I have training certifications and have been hired as a consultant for esteemed companies such as Benjamin Moore, Arborcoat, Messmers, Dewalt, Porter Cable, TWP, Sikkens, Tropitone, and Brown Jordan.